Deakin partners with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne VixensMedia release
Deakin University has signed a multi-year deal with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens to become an Official Education Partner.
An extension of the national partnership with Netball Australia, Deakin and Netball Victoria will collaborate on professional development, graduate employment, integrated learning and research projects for the next three years.
Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King said the benefits of the partnership extended beyond a traditional sponsorship.
"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," Ms King said.
"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."
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO said the University was proud to be a strong supporter of women's netball, the most popular sport for girls and women in Australia.
"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."
Deakin University will be featured on the Melbourne Vixens' 2019 uniform as part of the partnership.
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