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Want to complete your VCE in exciting locations?

Media Release
6 March 2009

Want to complete your VCE in exciting locations?

Secondary school students who are passionate about a career in sports can now study in clubrooms-turned-classrooms at organisations such as the MCG, soccer stadiums or surf lifesaving clubs.

Sports Education and Development Australia, in partnership with Victoria University, offer a fully accredited and unique alternative to VCE for students aged 16 to 19 aiming at careers in sports administration, sport marketing, facility management, coaching, or sport media.

On completion of the three-year full-time course, graduates receive a Diploma of Sport Development from Victoria University, with additional qualifications in first-aid, coaching, event management, marketing, and refereeing. They also have direct pathways to VU's higher education courses such as sport physiology, exercise rehabilitation or recreation management.

All programs are based around a particular sport - football, rugby, cricket, soccer, yachting, swimming or aquatics.

Jo van Son, Head of VU's School of Sport and Science, said the community-based program offers a different way of engaging students in education.

"In the same way as many secondary schools, students wear a uniform and use laptops, but they receive invaluable work experience with sporting organisations during the program", she said.

About 40 per cent of the program is theory, and 60 per cent, applied learning. Students enrolled in the Aquatic Sport Development Program, for example, spend a few hours in formal classes at a lifesaving club, then undertake practical training at sports venues the rest of the day.

Students are selected by application and interview and acceptance is not dependent on sporting ability. Enrolments are now being taken.

For more information or to apply visit: or call (03) 9819 9669

VU Contact: Jo van Son, Head of School, Sport and Science Ph: (03) 9919 5580

VU Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt,
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University. Ph: (03) 9919-5487.

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