SANFL and Torrens: what this dynamic partnership means for our students

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We’re excited to announce that the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Torrens University Australia have joined forces to launch a unique three-year major partnership. And it’s particularly great news for current and future students enrolled in our sports management courses.

From supporting players of the future, to giving our own students incredible career opportunities, here are some of the key features of this exciting partnership…

The Torrens Uni Cup

We’ll be sponsoring the SANFL’s Under-16 and Under-18 competitions as the up-and-coming players compete for the new Torrens Uni Cup.

Scholarship opportunities

For many young players, it’s essential to be realistic and ensure that they are ready for the job market, beyond a life in footy. To fulfil this need, Torrens University will be offering SANFL players and staff 12 places on our Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) degree. This is great news for the game. “It ensures talent is developed for future leadership of football in SA”, said SANFL Chief Executive Officer Jake Parkinson.

In an interview with The Advertiser, young Norwood midfielder, Stefan Giro, can see how the partnership will help shape his future. “I’m excited by the opportunity to be able to apply for one of the free scholarship programs and further my education … This can only enhance my employability and career success outside of my football career,” he told the paper.

Enhanced employment outcomes

For our own students, the collaboration will mean work experience places will be available to those enrolled in our sports management courses.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson is thrilled to partner with Torrens University Australia to form this truly dynamic partnership. “We will welcome students from Torrens University within various SANFL business divisions to learn business operations and undertake a real SANFL project throughout the year,” he said.

We are also looking forward to hosting SANFL administrators for a series of guest lectures which will offer our students valuable and timely insights into the industry.

Torrens University Australia’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Justin Beilby added that “collaboration with industry leading organisations strategically aligned to our programs of study – locally, nationally and internationally – is a key principle of how we operate, and we are incredibly excited about the opportunities the partnership will deliver our sports management students.

“Through these innovative collaborations, we are able to offer students the type of real world experience which helps enhance graduate employability and career success, the core objective of everything we do.”

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Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) 
Master of Business Administration (Sports Management)