A university-sport partnership : towards a sustainable knowledge-transfer model

C. Hanlon, Brian Edward Melville King, S. Orbell

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In the 1980s Victoria University (Australia) and the Western Bulldogs Football Club (Australian rules) jointly initiated a range of projects which connected to teaching, research and/or community engagement. The initial ad hoc, informal and project-focused approach has subsequently progressed to more formal engagement with a clear strategy and implementation plan. This case study reports how a model that has been piloted with a sport organisation and incorporates business, science and community has formed a template for other university-community partnerships. The model builds collaboration and communications and provides a centralised referral point and templates which minimise duplication of effort. The paper highlights lessons learnt from the choice of a sport organisation to implement the model and its role in shaping university-community partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-38
Number of pages20
JournalAustralasian journal of university-community engagement
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • University stakeholder partnerships
  • Partnership-focused model


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