Maddie Boyd is one of the first people selected for the AFL's new Women's League. She's also a Deakin student, studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.
We support female participation across a range of sports, and we've got the facilities, staff and knowledge to empower successful athletes.
We see our VFL Women's Program as a way to provide pathways for local female athletes in pursuing their passion to play AFL, as well as providing a pathway for Deakin students to forge careers and experience working in the sports industry.
ACADEMY AND VFL MANAGER, GEELONG CATS
Has AFLW started a powerhouse movement for women in sport?
Professor Pamm Phillips comments on the success of the new AFL women's league and the rise of female participation in Australian sport.
|Deakin helps lift women's footy to new heights|
|16 May 2017|
|Teams in the newly launched Eastern Region Women's Senior Competition, as well as those in the Eastern Region Girls under-16 and under-18 competitions, will now battle it out for the Deakin Cup, as part of a new sponsorship agreement announced today.|
|Women's Ride and bicycle training|
|7 March 2017|
|Deakin staff, students and members of the Whitehorse community are invited to take part in a series of activities designed to support and encourage women's cycling participation. Run by Deakin, and in partnership with the Whitehorse Council, activities aim to help women get back on their bikes and enjoy the ride!|
Dr Natalie Saunders, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (the top-ranked sport science school in the world) talks about Deakin University's focus and contribution to women in sport at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Support from the ground up
Building a community of people dedicated to advancing women in sport takes more than talk: it takes programs, facilities and research. At Deakin, we walk the walk.
Our Melbourne Burwood, Warrnambool and Waurn Ponds campuses all have dedicated, fully equipped gyms to train in. The Waurn Ponds Campus even boasts an elite regional sports precinct, with facilities so new that AFL teams like the Geelong Cats use them to train.
Our research is just as innovative. Through our Centre for Sport Research, we aim to improve the health and performance of people through sport. Our research smashes boundaries, from investigating effective coaching techniques to using data analytics to predict and enhance performance.
We’re proud to be investing in the next generation of female sporting stars and game changers. It’s not just about fuelling the passion of young minds. It’s about building a community of women dedicated to breaking the mould.
Elite Athlete-Friendly University program
Deakin can help you stay on top of your studies whilst you train. You can also access our elite sports precinct and train on our MCG-sized AFL oval, eight-lane 400-metre athletics track, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, and more.
Through our research and innovation partnership with Deakin, we explore the big questions and don't know what answers we’re going to get. These sorts of projects are a fundamental part of our football program, in an industry where a competitive edge can make all the difference.
DEAKIN ALUMNA AND FOOTBALL OPERATIONS MANAGER – GEELONG CATS