Bendigo Spirit joins forces with La Trobe (Issue 45, 2010)


The Spirit team stadium in Bendigo

The Bendigo Bank Spirit received a massive off court boost with the signing of a major partnership agreement with La Trobe University.

The agreement will see the basketball players actively working to promote the opportunities that La Trobe University offers prospective students.

Bendigo Spirit General Manager Kristi Harrower said both the Spirit and La Trobe University were committed to providing opportunities for young people in regional Victoria.

‘La Trobe University makes a significant contribution to the local community and even within our own team we’ve had four players undertake studies at the Bendigo campus in teaching and pharmacy.’

‘Having such a high profile partnership with La Trobe will also help with the future retention and attraction of players who may choose to study at university in Bendigo.’

Pro-Vice Chancellor Regional, Professor Hal Swerissen said the agreement was a significant investment by
La Trobe University to work closely with the Bendigo Spirit.

‘We believe that La Trobe University can provide a great deal of support to the Bendigo Spirit as the club continues to grow and that in return the Spirit can promote our campus and opportunities throughout Victoria and interstate.’

‘Both organisations recognise the benefits to regional communities of opening up opportunities for them to enjoy their sport and have access to tertiary education close to home.’

‘It will also provide an opportunity from La Trobe University students across a range of disciplines and campuses the opportunity to work with an elite national sporting team to put some of the theory into practice.’

‘Existing students and staff of the university would also benefit from game nights when discounts will be available for Trobe University community members.’

Harrower said the Spirit now has strong partnerships with several significant organisations in regional Victoria including the Bendigo Bank and the Victorian Government’s ‘Make it Happen in Provincial Victoria’ campaign.