Sport partnerships

At La Trobe, our major sport partnerships mean we can offer you exclusive opportunities in the world of sport. Whether that’s work experience, applied research, mentorship or a game day experience, you can access it all through our industry connections.

We’re passionate about offering you a wide range of opportunities in the sports industry in Australia. La Trobe University is the proud Higher Education partner for the Carlton Football Club and the Melbourne Rebels. In 2020, we expanded our network even further, establishing partnerships with The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Victorian Branch (ACHPER Victoria), the Northern Football Netball League, Softball Australia and Softball Victoria as part of their tenancy at our multi-purpose La Trobe Sports Stadium.

Our ongoing ties with major sport organisations give you real opportunities to grow your professional networks, get hands-on work experience, and secure employment in the sport industry. They also give us (and you) behind-the-scenes access to some of the most iconic sporting grounds in Australia.

Offering a wide range of sport related courses in physiology, business and media, we're dedicated to turning your passion for sport into a fulfilling career. Many La Trobe graduates have gone on to become staff at our partner sporting clubs. The Carlton Football Club, Melbourne Rebels and the Northern Football Netball League have employed many La Trobe graduates upon completion of their internship.

But there’s even more to our industry connections. We also collaborate with our partners on research, education pathways and community outreach. We’ve researched topics like ACL injuries in the AFLW, strength and conditioning protocols in Super Rugby and the social value sporting clubs bring to their community.

We believe in working with all kinds of groups – from professional sport organisations to grassroots sport clubs and leagues – to keep our expertise relevant to the entire landscape of sport in Australia. For you, this means getting the most up-to-date sport education you can have while benefiting from our broad network of sport connections.

Major partners

Carlton Football Club logoWe are the official University partner of the Carlton Football Club.

Since 2016, our partnership has provided exclusive internships for students, game-day experiences for our community, access to industry speakers and collaborative research opportunities.

In 2019, the Carlton College of Sport (powered by La Trobe University) was launched. The College offers a Diploma of Sport Development and Coaching, and a Diploma of Elite Sports Business, with pathways following completion directly to La Trobe.

In 2023, we extended our partnership with the Carlton Football Club for a further 5 years, ensuring we continue to provide high quality student experience opportunities for years to come.

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Melbourne Rebels Logo

We became the official University partner of the Melbourne Rebels in 2017 and subsequently the University of choice for Rugby in Victoria.

The partnership includes high-performance research, exclusive internships across the Club including in key departments such as commercial, media and performance, and a commitment to further opportunities for women in sport and the Pasifica community.

In 2022, 30% of students who interned with the Melbourne Rebels received employment with the club following their internship.

Community Delivery partners

Northern Football Netball League LogoA long-term partner of La Trobe University, the Northern Football League (NFL) conducts Australian Rules football and netball in the northern region of metropolitan Melbourne.

In 2020, We formed a 20-year agreement with the NFNL that provides the league with access to our Sports Stadium. The partnership will enable us to work together to increase opportunities for community sport participation in Melbourne’s North and build real-world industry experiences for students.

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Softball Australia and Softball Victoria logosIn February 2020, we entered into an exciting new partnership with Softball Australia and Softball Victoria. Then we announced the relocation of the softball organisations’ headquarters to our new Sports Stadium in Bundoora.

The move will enable Softball Australia and us to work together to build real-world industry experiences for students. As well as providing Softball Australia and Softball Victoria with access to our cutting-edge sports management and sports science expertise.

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The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Victorian Branch (or ACHPER Victoria) is a not-for-profit organisation working towards the state’s education goals.

ACHPER Victoria advocates for the highest quality health and physical education in Victorian schools, and by produces professional teaching and learning materials in collaboration with government, academia and school teachers.

ACHPER Victoria has been based at the La Trobe Sport Park Stadium a tenant since 2021, where it has hosted numerous state-wide Secondary and Primary School conferences for Victoria's PE teaching cohort.                                                                                          ACHPER Victoria

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Providing our expertise in exercise science and sport development, we support the development of local children to lead active and healthy lifestyles with the Bendigo Junior Football Club and AFLCV. We welcome the junior league’s teams onto our campus more than 40 times a year, providing the coaches and players with opportunities to learn the latest developments in the game. Our students are embedded within AFLCV, often leading to employment when they graduate.

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Bendigo Academy of Sport Logo

Supporting young people to achieve their dreams in education and sport is a natural fit with our Bendigo Academy of Sport partnership. Located on the Bendigo campus, the Academy is involved with our leading academic experts and emerging student researchers throughout the university.

In our state-of-the-art strength and conditioning lab, the Academy athletes work with Sports Exercise Science students to learn how to best prepare for elite competition. Two annual scholarships are available to students for academic achievement and commitment to the Academy.

Bendigo Pioneers Logo

The La Trobe University Bendigo Pioneers women’s and men’s teams compete in the top tier Under 18 AFL competition, the NAB League. The Pioneers teams are based on our campus and are supported with leading research into player development, one-to-one support by exercise science students scholarships to maintain their education and fitness testing to prepare for elite competition.

Bendigo Spirit Logo

We're right behind our Women's National Basketball League team, in spirit and in sponsorship. The partnership also provides opportunities for our students to have an internship with the team across a range of courses, from health science to marketing and sport management to human resources.