Western United and Victoria University (VU) are continuing their association for a further two years, in a win for students and the football industry.
VU has supported Western United since their inception in 2018 and will remain a premier partner of the club, aiming to provide a unique work placement experience for its students.
Work placement opportunities will be offered in Western United’s marketing and commercial sector, football and matchday operations, and consumer business developments.
VU also offers courses in physiotherapy and sports science which, whilst not disclosed in the official press release, could see students offered a valuable experience with the club.
Given the promise around Western United’s expansion, the decision to continue its collaboration with VU is a sensible one, and presents an exciting opportunity for students with ambitions to enter the football industry.
University affiliations are a key feature for many A-League clubs, who recognise the role they can play student aspirations and the broader community.
In addition, it creates many benefits for Australia’s football industry, where new and existing jobs continue to grow both locally and nationally.
VU Vice-Chancellor Professor, Adam Shoemaker, elaborated further on this via press release.
“Victoria University is a leader in sports education and research, and we are so pleased to continue our support of Western United – a club synonymous with Melbourne’s west,” he said.
“Together, we are kicking off a new chapter of collaboration, fostering growth on and off the pitch for VU students and communities.”
Meanwhile, Western United General Manager of Commercial, Chris Speldewinde, is overjoyed to be working with VU for another two years.
“VU have shown their support since our inception and as we have grown as a Club, they have been great partners and will continue this for at least another two seasons,” he added via media release.
“The opportunity to work with students within the Club has been rewarding for both parties. We truly value the opportunity to have the support from one of the great institutions in the West.”
As part of the renewal, VU will continue to be Western United’s shirt sleeve sponsor for the next two seasons, and will feature prominently on home match days and social media campaigns.
Supporting the next generation of industry leaders is crucial to the long-term development of Australian football, and through Western United’s continuing partnership with VU, empowers young people to drive the future of the game.