Melbourne Victory Football Club

Melbourne Victory Academy players in action

In 2017, VU began a five-year Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Melbourne Victory Football Club (MVFC).

This exciting engagement will initially see Victoria University provide sport science and performance support for the Melbourne Victory Academy teams. The Melbourne Victory Academy support will provide a range of unique learning experiences for current and prospective Victoria University students.

Further areas of collaboration include translational research projects, joint staff appointments, professional development, and community activities.

Student opportunities & placements

Victory University students have the exciting opportunity to work with the biggest football club in Australia. They will learn from the best in an elite sporting environment. This will help our students to finish their courses career ready, with invaluable industry contacts.

Our graduate students in Masters of Sport Science (Football Performance) and Master of Sport Business and Integrity are eligible for Melbourne Victory Academy internships.

Undergraduate students in sport science, coaching and sport management can take part in placements as part of the Melbourne Victory Academy sport science and performance program.

VU’s Dr Fabio Serpiello has been appointed Head of Academy Performance and Sport Science and will lead the sport science and performance program with Melbourne Victory Academy Director, Paulo Cardoso. Students will benefit directly from Fabio’s industry knowledge in the Bachelor of Sport Science and Master of Sport Science (Football Performance).

Elite sport programs & world-class facilities

 Athlete on an exercise bike at Footscray Park physiology lab
Footscray Park physiology lab

Melbourne Victory benefits from Victoria University's skills, knowledge and experience working with elite sporting organisations. We offer the team our expertise in sport science, high-performance coaching and sport management.

Our sporting partners have access to VU’s state-of-the-art sport and exercise training and research facilities.

Melbourne Victory’s football players are also be eligible for our elite student athletes program, which supports elite athletes to study while maintaining a high-level sporting career.

"We are thrilled to be working with Australia's leading Sports University for the next five years, and we're looking forward to building a strong and sustainable partnership with VU.

"We will truly benefit from the access to VU's coaching, sport science and high performance programs, and we're pleased to be able to offer VU's students an opportunity to experience working in an elite sporting organisation."

Melbourne Victory CEO, Ian Robson 


To find out more about this partnership, please contact:

Michael Clayton

Manager, Industry, Community and Sport Engagement

Phone: +61 3 9919 6318