Swinburne teams up with Croydon Football Club

Wednesday 23 March 2016

The croydon football team line up with their arms around each other on the field

Swinburne's trades and apprenticeships courses are housed at the Croydon campus.

In summary

  • Swinburne primary sponsor of Croydon Football Club
  • Club's ground to be renamed 'Swinburne Oval'
  • Three-year partnership in time for 2016 season

Swinburne is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Croydon Football Club. This new partnership positions Swinburne as the club’s primary sponsor.

The sponsorship includes the renaming of the ground to ‘Swinburne Oval’, which is located directly opposite Swinburne’s Croydon campus.

Mr David Coltman, Executive Director of Pathways and Vocational Education at Swinburne, says the partnership is a symbol of Swinburne’s commitment to the Croydon community. 

“We are very pleased to expand this partnership with the Croydon Football Club. Local sport is part of what makes communities strong. We will continue to do whatever we can to support a strong vibrant community in and around Croydon.”

Mr Coltman says the university’s support of the Croydon Football Club fits nicely with the educational opportunities available to the local community through Swinburne.

“Swinburne has a long history of trade and vocational programs in Croydon.  We have had a tough couple of years in all our vocational programs but this year we have seen a fantastic increase in the number of students.  This has allowed us to strengthen our support of the community and do our bit to give back,” Mr Coltman says.  

“We are looking forward to a great season of footy for Croydon, and very pleased to be working with the Croydon Football Club,” he says.

Croydon Football Club President, Ray Thatcher, is also eagerly awaiting the grand opening of Swinburne Oval, which is to take place at the club’s first home game against Bayswater on Saturday 9 April.

“It is absolutely fantastic for the club to have such a highly regarded sponsor on board as our major partner for the coming years. We certainly appreciate their support,” Mr Thatcher says. 

Swinburne has campuses in Hawthorn, Wantirna and Croydon. The Croydon campus is home to courses in trades and apprenticeships, youth programs, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), as well as English Language and general education for adults.