There are plenty of options for staff and students wanting to join a sporting club and play in local competitions.

Joining a Victoria University sport club helps keep you fit while doing something you love. You will also get to meet new people and maybe do some travelling too.

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Athletics Essendon is one of Victoria's largest athletics clubs, catering for track and field in the summer and cross country and road racing in the winter. The club welcomes new members to their friendly, competitive and supportive club atmosphere and have had strong and long history of student membership as well as elite athletes representing Australia at Olympic and Commonwealth Games. As a member you will enjoy a top-class track, a well-appointed gym and have access to highly qualified coaches across all disciplines. 

Join Athletics Essendon

Email: [email protected]
Website: Athletics Essendon

University High School-Victoria University Amateur Football Club (UHSVU) is a community-based AFL football club located in Parkville. The club prides themselves to be a very welcoming and inclusive club respective of families, cultures and lifestyles.

Current teams:

  • Seniors/Reserves/Thirds
  • Club 18.

Join the UHS-VU club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: UHSVU on Facebook

The VU Western Spurs are a proud women's football club competing in the NFNL Women's competition. They have more than 160 players across four teams including Division 3, Division 2, Division 1 and women's VFL. Women of all ages and abilities are welcomed to the club.

The clubs focus is on building strong pathways for players who may want a career in AFLW or just to come and enjoy the club and family culture that is a part of being a Spur.

Join the VU Western Spurs club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Western Spurs on Facebook
Instagram: VU Western Spurs on Instagram
Twitter: VU Western Spurs on Twitter

The Victoria University Badminton Club is an inclusive sporting community that welcomes everyone, no matter what their skill level.

The club invites anyone who is eager to play some social and competitive badminton to join them.

Join the VU Badminton Club

When: Fridays, 8pm – 10.30pm
Where: VU's Footscray Nicholson Campus, Building D, Level 5
Email: [email protected]

The Newport Baseball Club was established in 1928 and is a Division 1 club. It has a rich history of great players, characters and impressive results achieved over many years. The club also has many individual player achievements at all age groups.

Whether you are a current member, previous member or potential new member, come down to the RAM-DOME and take the field or just enjoy being part of our great club.

Join the Newport Baseball Club

Email: [email protected]
Website: Newport Baseball Club

Flemington Cricket Club is a short distance from the VU Footscray Park and City campuses. It offers five senior sides (VTCA) that all play on turf wickets at Newmarket Reserve (corner of Racecourse Road and Epsom Road, behind the bowls club) and Walter Street reserve in Ascot Vale.

Catering for both the serious and the social cricketer, in addition to the five senior sides the club also has Saturday and Sunday social teams, as well as a womens team. The club has its own clubhouse, training facilities and playing ovals and enjoys a multicultural and inclusive environment with low membership fees and student discount.

Join the Flemington Cricket Club

President, Matt O'Neill:
Email: [email protected]
Phone:+61 423 685 439

Secretary, Adrian McMillan
Email: [email protected]

Footscray Cycling Club

We have an affiliation with Footscray Cycling Club. There is racing all year round and the Club is affiliated with Cycling Victoria.

During the Road Season (April-October) the club conducts racing over a number of different circuits ranging in distance from 75 kms to 125 kms. During the Criterium season (November-March) we have races on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Victoria University circuit at the VU Werribee campus.

Join the Footscray Cycling Club

Mark Micallef
Email: [email protected]

Social Riding Group - VU Diamonds

Join the VU Diamonds Cycling Group for a social ride every Saturday morning. With an approximately 50km round trip the ride will see the group reach Mordialloc before making the return trip back to Port Melbourne for a rewarding coffee at the Melbourne Bakehouse.

Join the VU Diamonds

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Diamonds via VU Sport on Facebook

Major League Dodgeball operates its Footscray competition on Wednesday nights at Victoria University’s Nicholson Campus (Building D, Level 5). Aligned with the National Sporting Organisation, Dodgeball Federation Australia, dodgeball is a great social sport tailored to all abilities and fitness levels. We welcome new teams and players to join our competitions. Registration is open throughout the year, to VU students and staff as well as the general public.

Join Major League Dodgeball

Website: Major League Dodgeball
Phone: +61 431 052 148
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Major League Dodgeball on Facebook

Southern Storm Paddle Club is a dragon boat racing club based in Docklands, Melbourne. They take pride in their sense of community and commitment to the club, teammates and the sport. At Southern Storm, they love the thrill of racing and the friendships forged on the journey, and strive to race competitively at state, national and international regattas. Members also regularly compete in representative State and National level teams.

Join the Southern Storm Paddle Club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Southern Storm Paddle Club on Facebook

The Western Crusaders are an American Football club located at the Henry Turner Reserve South, behind VU’s Footscray Park campus.

The club has men’s, women’s and junior teams and welcome all new players. The club has also benefited from experienced players coming from USA, Japan, UK, NZ, Samoa, Tonga, Italy and other backgrounds.

Join the Western Crusaders

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Western Crusaders on Facebook

Werribee Hockey Club

We have a strong affiliation with Werribee Hockey Club. The Club is situated in a key growth corridor of the Wyndham area a short distance from the University's Werribee Campus. The club has more than 300 playing and social members - four senior men's teams, four senior women's teams and 11 junior teams.

Join the Werribee Hockey Club

Email: [email protected]
Website: Werribee Hockey Club

Footscray Hockey Club

Footscray Hockey Club is ten minutes from the Footscray Park Campus and is one of 12 Premier League Clubs in Melbourne. Established in 1934, it has over 600 members and 45 teams, fielding nine men's, nine women's, six masters and 21 junior teams. There are two superb pitches, a large pavilion and a very welcoming and social environment.

Join the Footscray Hockey Club

Nicole Virtuoso
Email: [email protected]

Darryl Jahnke
Email: [email protected]
Website: Footscray Hockey Club site

Kendo is a martial art originating from Japan and literally translates to "way of the sword".

The Victoria University Kendo club is based at the Footscray Park campus and trains on Monday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm and Wednesday evenings, 6.30-8pm. The head instructor is Kate Sylvester (5th dan), who is the current national coach of the Australian Kendo Team.

The club assists with VU’s representation in the Kendo competition at the Australian Nationals.

Join the Kendo Club

Reuben Barnett
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Kendo Club

The VU Lacrosse Club is a club dedicated to growing the game of Lacrosse at the University level. The club competes in weekly competitions (mixed gender) in conjunction with the University Lacrosse League (ULL) and is active in getting students organised and prepared to represent the University at Unisport Nationals. Those new to Lacrosse, Experienced Players, and Social Members are encouraged to join and experience University Lacrosse.

Join the Lacrosse Club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Lacrosse Club on Facebook

The Footscray Park Bowling Club is a friendly lawns bowls club located just steps away from the Footscray Park Campus and Unilodge Victoria University.

All students and staff are welcome - serious or social bowlers - and those just looking for fun with social barefoot bowls.

Join the Lawn Bowls Club

Phone: +61 3 9687 5563
Facebook: Footscray Park Bowling Club on Facebook

We have an affiliation with Footscray Rugby Union Club based at the rear of the VU Footscray Park campus.

The club has a long history supporting men's in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th grade and also has women's, colts and junior teams. The club welcomes any new players whether experienced or novice.

Join the Footscray Rugby Union Club

Andre Van Der Schee
Phone: +61 458 911 000
Email: [email protected]

The VU Vultures Netball Club is based at the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium at VU Whitten Oval in Footscray.

Our teams compete in the Parkville Netball Association Competition at the State Netball Centre.

Premier League Open - Tuesday nights

The club trains on Sundays from 3-6pm at the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium.

Join VU Vultures

Email: [email protected]
Website: VU Vultures Netball Club website
Facebook: VU Vultures Netball on Facebook

Footscray Rowing Club on the Maribyrnong River has coaches available to cater to all skill levels from beginner to elite. You can develop your skills and compete in city and country regattas or take it up a level and train and compete at state, inter-varsity and national regattas. Boats include:

  • sculls
  • double skull
  • quad skull
  • pair
  • four
  • eight.

Join the Footscray Rowing Club

Introductory courses and discounted rates for Victoria University students are available. Come and visit the club house, located at the rear of the Footscray Park Campus, open every Sunday from 10am.

If you like running, join the VU River Runners! We run distances of 3-5km weekly. It's free and open to all staff, students, the community, friends and family, regardless of running abilities.

Every Wednesday from 4.30-5.30pm we'll be running along the Maribyrnong River. Meet at the Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Building L, Level 0, Footscray Park Campus.

Join the River Runners club

Just come along on a Wednesday, or contact us for more information.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Sport on Facebook

Shorinji Kempo is both a traditional martial art and an excellent form of self-defence. Shorinji Kempo offers a training system that can be practiced by everybody regardless of gender or age.

Shorinji Kempo Melbourne City Branch trains at twice a week at Victoria University, Footscray Park: Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Level 0 Group Exercise Room.

Date & times of Shorinji Kempo training:
Tuesdays 7.30–9pm
Saturdays 2.00–4pm

Join the Shorinji Kempo club

Sean McCurry
Phone: +61 400 667 375
Email: [email protected]

The VU Snow Club is passionate about giving VU students the opportunity to visit the slopes in a friendly club environment.

As a club member you'll be invited on:

  • snow trips around Australia and New Zealand
  • social events and activities in Melbourne
  • meet and ride events with VU elite snow athletes.

Join the Snow Club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Snow Club on Facebook

Represent VU in sport

The VU Snow Club is active in getting students organised and prepared to represent the University at the Nationals Snow.

If you are a VU Student and have an interest in snow sports or have previously competed before, you have a chance to represent VU at the Nationals in Snowboarding, Skiing and Cross Country Skiing.

For more information please contact VU's Sport Department.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4434
Email: [email protected]

Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club is a women's soccer club with three teams in the Football Federation Victoria (FFV) State League, and three junior teams.

Training is held from 7-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from February to September at our home ground located at Johnson Reserve, Essex Street, West Footscray.

We are a proudly inclusive club that welcomes players of all abilities – from beginners through to experienced players.

To find out about membership please send us an email or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Join the Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club

Facebook: Maribyrnong Swifts FC Facebook page
Email: [email protected]
Website: Maribyrnong Swifts FC website

The Victoria University Taekwondo Club offers high level taekwondo training for complete beginners through to elite players, focusing on sparring, poomsae (patterns), demonstrations with fitness, flexibility, and strength. Our club has achieved impressive results at Unisport Nationals, with multiple members receiving a green and gold medal.

If you are interested in building your fitness, strength, and flexibility in a highly professional and welcoming environment, please contact us for more details.

Join the Taekwondo Club

Minseung Choi
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: VU Taekwondo on Facebook

Taido (躰道, "the way of the mind and body") is a martial art from Japan created in 1965 by Seiken Shukumine. It has evolved from its karate roots to incorporate simultaneous defensive/offensive movements.

Taido techniques rely on body axis changes and flexible footwork, and draws on the Japanese tradition of developing body and mind as one. Along with strength, stamina, body control, and flexibility, taido teaches us about strategy, confidence, resilience, and focus.

We are a friendly community who regularly come together in international workshops and competitions. We provide intensive and comprehensive training in a relaxed atmosphere – in taido you will find a new family who will help you grow!

Join the Melbourne Taido club

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Melbourne Taido on Facebook

VU Volleyball Club participates in the Volleyball Victoria State League competition. Opportunities are available for men and women with training held Tuesday to Thursday nights at Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Building L, Footscray Park Campus.

Teams play every Saturday at the State Volleyball Centre in Dandenong.

We are seeking committed players to participate in various team divisions. All students and community members welcome. Feel free to contact the club for more information.

Join the Volleyball Club

Email (men and women): [email protected]
Facebook: Victoria University Volleyball Club on Facebook

This club is affiliated with Essendon Water Polo Club who train out of our purpose-built water polo pool at the Footscray park campus on Monday evenings. The club recruits men, women and juniors (over 8 years).

All ages and abilities are welcome so come and have a go at our free (no obligations) training session.

Join the Essendon Water Polo Club

President, Marcus Jones
Phone: 0448 900 406
Email: [email protected]
Website: Water Polo Club site

VU's Taekwondo Club offers high level taekwondo training for complete beginners through to elite players.

The Rugby Union club has men's, women's, colts and junior teams.

The Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club is a women's soccer club that welcomes players of all abilities.