Brodie Grundy, a La Trobe Health Science student, was joined by fellow La Trobe students Hawthorn premiership player Matt Spangher and St Kilda youngster Nick O’Kearney at an on-campus ‘Footy Day’ to celebrate the partnership extension.
The new agreement will see La Trobe University continue as the official higher education partner of the AFL Players’ Association and sponsor of the Education and Training Excellence Award at the annual AFL Players’ MVP Awards night.
The partnership also sees both organisations host sport symposiums, collaborate on research projects and player appearances at key university events.
With La Trobe University offering more sport-related courses than any other university in Australia, Brodie Grundy says he’s thrilled to represent the organisation in an official capacity as the partnership ambassador.
“Having been a student at La Trobe University for three years, and part of the universities’ elite athlete program, I couldn’t be more impressed with how supportive the teaching staff have been in allowing me to balance my studies with my football career,” he said.
“I look forward to working with the staff and other students at La Trobe to help the uni realise its goal of becoming the university of choice for sport.”
Director of La Trobe Sport, Professor Russell Hoye is eager to be building on the strong partnership that has been established with the AFL Players’ Association over the past three years.
“At La Trobe University we have a strong focus on developing our students so that they can achieve and be their best, in and out of the classroom. AFL players are a great example of this – through dedication to their studies, they show the importance of education to achieving on and off field success. This is a great message for our students and for La Trobe’s broader community”, he said.
“We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with the AFLPA for another three years.”
AFL Players’ CEO Paul Marsh agreed the partnership was a natural fit.
“At the AFLPA, we’re dedicated to ensuring all players maximise their time in the game, whether that be by studying or following their passions outside of football, so the extension of this partnership with La Trobe was an obvious progression for us and we look forward to what the next three years bring,” he said.
Photo; L-R Hawthorn's Matt Spangher, Professor Russell Hoye, AFLPA's Georgie Herbert and La Trobe Collingwood player Brodie Grundy.
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