La Trobe world-class Sports Park

La Trobe University has begun work on developing a new Sports Park, creating a unique and major sports precinct on its Melbourne Campus in Melbourne’s north.

The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria will be recognising this exciting and significant investment by the University by turning the first sod on the proposed site of phase one of the new Sport Park.

In consultation with a large number of stakeholders, initial designs and infrastructure plans have been drafted for the Sports Park which will include an eight-court indoor multisport stadium for netball and basketball.

First for Australia

Initial plans also include a strength and conditioning training facility, world-class teaching and research area, synthetic hockey and soccer pitches and upgrades to existing ovals and pavilions.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar said the integrated Sports Park concept was a first for Australia as it will facilitate engagement of community and elite sport user groups with the University’s teaching and research expertise.

Located on 60 hectares in the south-west corner of the University’s campus in Bundoora, it will provide a unique environment for play, performance, teaching and research in sport.

Community participation and world-class research

‘It will allow community participation in sport and physical activity alongside elite athlete programs, and foster collaboration between university students, world-class sport researchers and the sport industry,’

La Trobe University is one of Australia's foremost higher education providers with aspirations to be the nation's preferred university for tertiary sport studies, sport research, sport performance and participation, as well as industry collaboration for innovation in sport.

Commercial expertise

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development) and Director La Trobe Sport, Professor Russ Hoye, said La Trobe already had considerable expertise working with commercial sport partners including Melbourne City Football Club, the AFL Players’ Association, and Carlton Football Club.

He said the La Trobe Sports Park concept was developed after 12 months of close consultation with local councils and state government departments and agencies, internal University stakeholders and national, state and local sport organisations.

The project is part of La Trobe’s Master Plan for a ‘University Town’ in Melbourne’s north, for students, residents, businesses and the wider community.

Media Contact: Professor Russ Hoye, (03) 9479 1345 or Ernest Raetz, Media and Communications, 0412 261 919.

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