Sport and gyms

Sport has always been at the heart of Deakin, and is one of our greatest strengths. We have a variety of facilities across our campuses, including gyms, fitness classes, basketball courts and sports ovals with pavilions. We have also recently launched a new, state-of-the-art Elite Sports Precinct at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Sporting competitions at Deakin

Deakin Dragons

Interested in competing for Deakin University? You could be a Deakin Dragon. 

The Deakin Dragons compete across a range of different sports in national and local competitions, including the Australian University Games and UniBattle.

Find out more about the Deakin Dragons

Deakin YMCA Burwood

A fun way to keep fit and stay social, Deakin's YMCA on the Melbourne Burwood Campus hosts an array of local sporting competitions and social nights.

Find out more about local competitions at Deakin YMCA Burwood

Deakin YMCA Geelong

From basketball to badminton and everything between, there's a wide range of local sporting competitions held at the YMCA at Waurn Ponds Campus.

Find out more about local competitions at Deakin YMCA Geelong

Elite Athlete Friendly University

The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) is a program designed to help students balance study, training and competition. That means that as an elite athlete, you'll be able access resources to help you manage your sporting and academic commitments when there are conflicts or increased demands.

Find out more about Deakin's EAFU program

Deakin Spirit

Deakin Spirit celebrates the successes of our student and alumni elite athletes. On the blog you'll find student athlete profiles, information about sporting events – including the Olympics – and photos of our athletes and teams in action. Get into the Deakin Spirit!

Check out the Deakin Spirit blog

Sport clubs and societies

Sporting clubs and societies are a great way to get involved, get fit and make friends. We have clubs and societies dedicated to different sports, and new ones are starting up all the time. You could even start your own.

Find out more about clubs and activities at Deakin University Student Association

Where to find sports facilities on campus

Melbourne Burwood

Find us Contact us Opening hours
Building HB +61 3 9251 7719
Email Burwood YMCA
Monday–Friday
7am–9pm

Saturday–Sunday
9am–5pm

At our Burwood Campus we have:

  • a YMCA gym with 300 square metres of floor space, bikes, treadmills, weights and plasma screens
  • group fitness classes (including our half-hour Express Lunch class) 
  • a stadium with two basketball courts
  • the Elgar Road futsal court 
  • a football field
  • a general-purpose field.

Learn more about Burwood’s gym facilities

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Find us Contact us Opening hours
Building DA +61 3 5227 2711
Email Waurn Ponds YMCA
Monday–Thursday
7am–8.30pm

Friday
7am–7pm

Saturday
8.30am–12.30pm

Sunday
12.30pm–4.30pm

At our Waurn Ponds Campus we have:

  • a YMCA gym with 290 square metres of floor space, a cycle room and a cardio room
  • group fitness classes
  • a stadium with two basketball/multipurpose courts
  • a range of community spaces for hire
  • a brand-new Elite Regional Sports Precinct. 

Learn more about our Waurn Ponds gym facilities

Check out our Elite Regional Sports Precinct

Geelong Waterfront

There are plenty of gyms and centres within a short walk of our Waterfront campus. There's also a free shuttle-bus running all day to and from Waurn Ponds, so you can easily take advantage of our great sport facilities and fitness centre there.

Warrnambool

Find us Contact us Opening hours
Building H4
near the cafeteria
+ 61 3 5563 3488

Facilities hire
+ 61 3 5563 3138
Monday–Thursday
7.30am–9am, 12.30pm–6pm

Friday
7.30am–9am, 12.30pm–5.30pm

Saturday
9am–11am

At our Warrnambool Campus we have:

  • a fully equipped gym with weights and cardio equipment
  • fitness assessments
  • an oval with floodlights and pavilion
  • two multipurpose courts that can be used for tennis, netball or basketball
  • a nine-hole golf course.