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Bulldogs and Jets kick off Footscray Sport and Learning Precinct

Footballers from the Western Bulldogs and the Western Jets TAC Cup squad were put through their paces at the opening of the Sport and Learning Precinct at Victoria University's Footscray Park campus last week.

Bulldogs players Brian Lake, Jason Tutt and Matthew Panos joined Jets players in a demonstration of heat chamber exercises.

The young Jets footballers were fitted with "smart leggings" developed by the CSIRO to test their kicking skills and took part in an interactive multimedia skills development test in demonstrations of the cutting edge sports science technology available at the $68.5 million facility.

Director of the University's Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Professor Hans Westerbeek, said it was fitting that players from the Bulldogs and the Jets, who are partners with Victoria University, were demonstrating the latest technology in sports science.

"Athletes are just some of those who will benefit from the world-class facilities here. Our researchers are already working on a range of projects addressing health and wellbeing, rehabilitation and fitness, as well as the science of competitive sports."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said the new facilities exemplified the University's commitment to providing excellence in education and research to the western region of Melbourne.

"We already have a reputation as a national leader in sport, exercise science and active living. The new labs and learning spaces will enable the University to become a world leader in these areas."

University Librarian Ralph Kiel said the Learning Commons, with its open plan and wide variety of formal and informal learning spaces, placed the University at the forefront of student-centred education.

"The Learning Commons is information rich and technology rich.  It also provides seamless educational support services to students often provided by specially trained students in an environment that enhances the social aspects and benefits of learning."

The building was officially opened by the Honourable Alex Chernov,  AO, QC,  Governor of Victoria. The opening ceremony was also addressed by the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon. The building was supported with funding from the Australian Government.


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