Deakin University is set to become the Official Education Partner for Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens, after signing a three-year deal.
The deal will allow the organisations to collaborate on professional development, graduate employment, integrated learning and research projects, benefiting both the university and the netball world.
Netball Victoria CEO, Rosie King, said the partnership will help university students prepare for the transition to graduate employment at the end of their studies.
“The partnership between Netball Victoria and Deakin will provide opportunities for students to prepare themselves for life after university through our internship program and graduate employment, but also for the development of the sport as we look to work with Deakin on research relating to netball.
“Netball has long been ahead of the game in women’s sport, and the access to Deakin’s resources will ensure we progress with the times which will be invaluable to the future of the sport,” Ms King said.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, said the university is proud to be a strong supporter of Australian netball.
“Deakin is committed to inspiring girls and women to achieve at whatever they do,” Professor den Hollander said.
“This includes achievement at the highest possible level in all sports, on and off the court or field, and that is why we are delighted that through this partnership our netballers will get the benefits of the important research we have underway now and into the future.
“The partnership also means Melbourne Vixens players and Deakin students Liz Watson and Kate Moloney will be further supported to combine their studies with their sport, thanks to Deakin’s Elite Athlete program,” she said.
The partnership will also see Deakin University feature on the Melbourne Vixen’s 2019 uniform, with the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball fixture set to begin on April 27.