Championing education

Leigh Broxham in a stadium poised to kick a soccer ball, one arm in the air
I believe athletes gain valuable discipline, knowledge and life skills through the demands of professional sport. Upskilling and studying can enhance these attributes and prepare you for the next stage of your career.

Leigh Broxham
Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management

Leigh Broxham is a father, a Socceroo, a four-time A-League Championship winner, the record-holder for most appearances for Melbourne Victory Football Club – and a VU student.

He shares why – in the peak of his career while parenting young triplets – he feels it’s so important to return to education.

“I’m currently playing football for Melbourne Victory and completing the six-month Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management at Victoria University.

The number one reason for me to get an education is that an athlete’s career is finite. I believe athletes gain valuable discipline, knowledge and life skills through the demands of professional sport. Upskilling and studying can enhance these attributes and prepare you for the next stage of your career.

My wife Sam and I manage Broxham Fitness, also known as BFIT, which focuses on personal fitness and group social training. Starting the business further piqued my interest in sport management as a study choice.

I chose VU for its partnership with Melbourne Victory and the flexibility of the course structure. VU is supportive of work and life demands, which appealed to me, particularly with a young family.

I’ve appreciated VU’s adaptability, as they delivered courses remotely and continued to engage even during the global pandemic.

The course has built on my existing industry knowledge. It’s also deepened my understanding of Sports Management, and given me the tools to continue my learning.

The interactions with classmates and exposure to such a diverse range of people and minds has been really beneficial. The lecturers are keen to share their vast knowledge and experience.

Right now I’m giving myself options and trying out different aspects of the course that I enjoy.

In future, I’d love to stay in the game in some capacity to help grow the code in Australia.”