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 completed the Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management last year, and has now enrolled in the Master of Sport Business.
We caught up with him to find out why he felt it important to return to education while still playing professional soccer, and parenting young triplets.
It’s definitely busy! We like the busy lifestyle though. I think I have a great relationship with my wife Sam which makes things much easier. We work together as a team and share responsibilities, which keeps us connected as well.
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.
The number one reason for me in getting 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.
The graduate certificate course built on my existing industry knowledge. It also deepened my understanding of sports management, and gave me the tools to continue my learning.
The interactions with classmates and exposure to such a diverse range of people and minds was beneficial, and the lecturers are keen to share their knowledge and experience.
I’ve met some interesting people since beginning my studies. The information and learnings I’ve acquired are the reason I’m studying – I’ve really expanded my knowledge since beginning my studies. And, it’s great former Melbourne Victory Captain Carl Valeri was studying the same course with me.
For me, the graduate certificate was a great stepping stone with a vast amount of knowledge packed in there. Most of us in these courses are working part or full time, so everyone was going through the same workload. Even if you think you are too busy for it, you can always make the time to make it work.
I’ve now enrolled in the at VU. So I’ll chip away at that over the next few years. As for the business, we want to keep it at a level where it’s worthwhile but doesn’t take over our lives. We still want to enjoy family life and be a big part of our kids’ lives."