Sport partnerships

At La Trobe, we are passionate about providing our students a wide range of opportunities in the sports industry in Australia.

We’re the proud Higher Education partner for the Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club and the Melbourne Rebels. Our long-term ties with these major sport organisations enable us to provide our students with practical employment outcomes and give us behind-the-scenes access to some of the most iconic sporting grounds in Australia.

Offering the most amount of sport-related courses than any university in Australia, we’re dedicated to turning our students’ passion for sport into fulfilling careers. Many La Trobe graduates have gone on to become staff at all three of our partners, with 30% of Melbourne City FC’s staff being a La Trobe alumni. Plus, the Carlton Football Club has employed a La Trobe graduate in a full-time position after they’ve completed an internship with the Club every year since 2015.

Through our industry connections, we also collaborate on a wide range of sports-related research. We’ve investigated things like ACL injuries in the AFLW, strength and conditioning protocols in Super Rugby and the social value sporting clubs bring to their community.

La Trobe University's industry partnerships at local, state and national level sets us apart as the University of Choice for Sport in Australia.

Major Partners

Carlton Football Club

We 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.

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Melbourne City FC

La Trobe University and Melbourne City FC have been proud partners since the club’s inception in 2009. A fully integrated partnership, Melbourne City FC head quarters are based at the University’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora.

Through this partnership, La Trobe University students receive access to unique placement and volunteer opportunities. Our researchers also assist on high performance outcomes and we have measured the social impact of the Club’s City in the Community programs.

Melbourne Rebels

La Trobe University 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.

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.

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.