La Trobe University and the Carlton Football Club have entered into an expanded partnership, with La Trobe becoming Carlton’s exclusive Higher Education partner.

La Trobe and Carlton began their collaboration in 2016, aiming to further education and community outcomes in Melbourne’s North. With the expansion of the relationship announced by the University on the 14th of March this year, La Trobe will assist in developing an educational suit with the Club through a Sports Development Institute to be at Ikon Park, the home of the Blues’.

The Sports Development Institute is planned to be a pathway for students to study a wide range of sports qualifications at the diploma level. Upon completion, it also offers a pathway to enrol in a degree course with the University.

Recently, La Trobe University has stated, “the renewed partnership will see increased student experiences from the number of internships, research and game day opportunities, as well as access to the Club’s specialist facilities. The Club will also bring its presence to the new La Trobe Sports Park, with their VFLW and AFLW scheduled to train there in 2019.

La Trobe University is Australia’s University of choice for sport and is committed to making a substantial contribution to the sustainability of the Australian Sport industry. We are therefore delighted to expand out strong mutually beneficial partnership.”

Cain Liddle, Carlton CEO has said, “We are particularly excited about the establishment of the Sports Development Institute across the coming months and we soon look forward to taking expressions of interests from students across the state for this innovative initiative,” Liddle has expressed that the partnership will only lead to game changing collaborations between the Club and the University in their shared commitment and emphasis on furthering Melbourne’s North.

Following the expanded partnership, Blues players’ match day and training shorts will now also hold the La Trobe University logo across the next five years, next to Carlton partners and global brands Virgin Australia and Hyundai.

Vice-Chancellor John Dewar looks forward to the enhanced partnership, stating its significance to both the Club and the University.

“Our students will continue to have exclusive access to internship opportunities, our research students will work alongside staff across all aspects of the Club, students and staff will benefit from unique behind-the-scenes opportunities, and our international students will experience our unique sporting culture at game day experiences,” Dewar said, adding that having the AFLW and VFLW teams on the La Trobe Melbourne campus will add to the city’s reputation as a destination for elite sports.

La Trobe offers more sport-related courses than any other university in the country, and has a wide variety of education partnerships across sports and the arts, including The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Rebels, AFL Players Association, and the NGV.

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