Friday, 25 September 2015
ECU already offers a course in Australian football. But thanks to a new agreement with the West Coast Eagles, students and researchers from a wide range of other disciplines are set to benefit.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed the opportunity to support the Eagles.
“The West Coast Eagles have achieved great things on the sporting field. But it’s their positive impact off the field that this agreement will be based upon. Like the Eagles, we’re committed to engaging with our local communities and inspiring individuals to reach their full potential in life,” Professor Chapman said.
“This agreement will also include exciting new opportunities for both ECU researchers and students in the areas of sports science, management, communications and events management.”
On the eve of their do-or-die finals game in Perth, ECU announced it will become the premier Eagles coaches’ partner, supporting Adam Simpson and his elite coaching team.
But win, lose or draw this weekend, the agreement will see ECU and the club working closely together for the next three years in the areas of research, teaching and industry placement.
The agreement will formalise what has been a long history of collaboration between ECU and the Eagles. Over the years it has included facilitating study tours to professional US sporting teams, contributing to the Eagles Vision TV program, supporting PhD students and physiological testing of Eagles players.
“On behalf of the ECU community, we’ll be right behind the West Coast Eagles in their finals campaign this month,” Professor Chapman said.
The partnership is expected to begin in November 2015.
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