Swinburne has joined forces with the Richmond Football Club to establish the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership.
The unique program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry and combines a Diploma of Sport Development with a Diploma of Leadership and Management.
The Institute is located in the heart of Richmond, on Swan Street, and students will also have access to a fully equipped gymnasium with state-of-the-art equipment, a running track, altitude room and aquatic recovery area.
The Club will provide students with potential employment opportunities, not only at the Richmond Football Club, but also at Aligned Leisure.
"The establishment of the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership is a bold and innovative step for our football club," says Richmond president Peggy O'Neal.
"We are thrilled to be in a position to deliver this opportunity in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology, one of the country’s most respected educational institutions.
"In addition to providing us with another business interest, it is also hoped that the Institute will help deliver some of the very best young employable talent for the club and our subsidiary."
Swinburne Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Jennelle Kyd, says the partnership with Richmond Football Club would enable more athletes to gain tertiary qualifications.
“We’re excited to be working with a professional sporting club to deliver high-quality training programs.
“Swinburne is a world-ranked university leading the way in innovation, industry engagement and social inclusion.
“This new endeavour with the Richmond Football Club will create opportunities for individuals looking to pursue careers in the sports industry.”
In addition to potential employment outcomes with Aligned Leisure and the Richmond Football Club, students from the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership will be guaranteed entry into any Swinburne undergraduate business course, after successful completion of the double diploma.
The Institute is holding a series of open days for prospective students to experience what the program is about. Register your interest to find out more.