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.
As a result of this strong relationship, 30% of Melbourne City's employees are La Trobe University alumni.
About Melbourne City Football Club
Melbourne City FC is an Australian professional football club based at La Trobe University. The club joined the national competition, the Hyundai A-League, in August 2010 as Melbourne Heart Football Club, to become the league's 11th official franchise. Melbourne City plays its home games at Melbourne's rectangular stadium, AAMI Park.
For more information visit the Melbourne City Football Club website [external link].
About the partnership
La Trobe University has worked collaboratively with the Melbourne City Football Club since 2009, offering students placement in a number of the organisations departments. La Trobe works with all of its premium partners on staff and student experiences, real world research, and outcomes that enhance the sustainability of the Australian sports industry.
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 well as training at their City Academy site, the coaches and players have access to the University sport playing fields, gym and swimming pool.
Preparing for life after football
In order to help prepare City players for life after football, La Trobe provides a range of flexible study and assessment options, which the University offers through the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program.
Helping students gain real world experience
Through the partnership La Trobe students studying in the areas of allied health, journalism, event management and marketing may be able to undertake a placement with the Melbourne City to garner experience and put their skills to use in a professional football club. Additionally, La Trobe staff, students and alumni have access to discounted Melbourne City memberships.