Sport partnerships

La Trobe University's partnerships with leading international, national and local sport organisations help set it apart as the University of Choice for Sport in Australia.  Partnering with these organisations provide students, staff and researchers meaningful educational, research, social and community outcomes through sport.

Core to all of our partnerships is the ability to provide employability outcomes for our students through exclusive internships, game day experiences and industry mentorships.

Our premium partnerships with The AFL Players' Association, Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club and Melbourne Rebels and other delivery partners ensure our sport knowledge, expertise and impact covers the broad spectrum of the sporting landscape in Australia.

Major Partners

AFL Players' Association

AFL Players' Association

La Trobe University has been the official higher education partner of the AFL Players' Association since 2013.

The partnership arrangement allows La Trobe to work with the Association on key research across a number of sport-related disciplines and facilitates work integrated learning opportunities for students.

The AFLPA works with our staff and students to help grow the AFLPA brand and affirm La Trobe's Elite Athlete Friendly University status.

Carlton FC

Carlton FC

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

The partnership provides La Trobe students with greater access to internships at the club while University researchers will assess and refine the Club’s "Carlton in School" program - its popular mentoring, health and sport education syllabus.

The organisations will focus on conducting collaborative research in sport science, providing La Trobe students with unique experiences to improve their employability, supporting the professional development of Carlton’s employees and delivering school and community outreach programs.

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Melbourne City FC

Melbourne City FC

La Trobe University and A-League soccer team the Melbourne City Football Club have been proud partners since the clubs inception in 2009.  Through this partnership La Trobe University students receive access to unique placement and learning opportunities.

Melbourne City's facilities located on the Melbourne Campus of La Trobe University are state of the art and feature advanced new training pitches, world-class medical and sports science facilities, and expansive new office space.

As a result of this strong relationship, 30% of Melbourne City's employees are La Trobe University alumni.

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Melbourne Rebels

Melbourne Rebels

La Trobe University signed as the official university partner of the Melbourne Rebels in 2017.

The partnership will boost sport-related research at La Trobe and help students get real world experience in the industry by providing them with greater access to internships and work experience opportunities.

The relationship will also lead to collaborative research ventures, further boost opportunities for women in sport and provide unique game-day experiences for staff and students

Delivery Partners

Northern Football Netball League (NFNL)

The Northern Football League (NFL) conducts AFL football and netball in the northern region of metropolitan Melbourne.

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with the NFL, working together on research projects, a program for student internships and joint facilities.

AFL SportsReady

AFL SportsReady provides education and training to prepare elite footballers for a career beyond playing AFL.

We have entered into a partnership with the organisation that recognises the skills and experience of SportsReady students, allowing them access and recognition of prior learning in sports related courses.

The partnership is also working on the presentation of joint executive certificate courses to the sporting industry.

Bendigo Spirit

The Bendigo Spirit are the third Victorian based team in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). We have been a proud sponsor of the Spirit since the club joined the League in 2007.

They played their first ever WNBL game at their home court, the Bendigo Schweppes Centre, on Saturday October 6 against the Dandenong Rangers and claimed an historic 87-66 victory. In 2013 they played the Grand Final in their hometown in front of a record crowd.

IPL Kings XI Punjab

A unique collaboration between La Trobe University and the Indian Premier League (IPL) Kings XI Punjab team provides students with internship opportunities related to sport management.

The Kings XI Punjab team has attracted a number of Australian cricketing stars including George Bailey, who captains Kings XI, as well as Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson; with IPL attracted 174 million television viewers in 2014 and has a colossal social media following – including 12 million Facebook fans and 1.8 million Twitter followers.

This partnership will facilitate work on joint programs, activities, projects and research on training and education in the domain of sport management and science, and will provide students with invaluable experience far beyond what they could achieve in the classroom.

AFL Coaches Association

The AFL Coaches Association is the collective representative voice of coaches in the Australian Football League.

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with the organisation to support them in areas of research, education and networking.

We also sponsor the annual 'La Trobe University Education Award' given to a coach who has shown exceptional commitment to their professional development as judged by AFLCA Management.