Regional administration centre at Deakin.
AFL Western District is establishing a new regional base at the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus in a partnership that will add to the vibrancy of the Campus and give regional football a central home.
Five AFL staff will be based at the Campus from 27 February, and the regional administration centre is expected to lead to new coaching clinics and educational forums on site.
The centre follows a successful model used in other parts of the state and marks the first time all south-west Victorian AFL administrators have worked from the same location.
Deakin University Warrnambool Campus Director Alistair McCosh said having the AFL on site was a "good fit" for both parties.
"We see many positives from the opportunity to be aligned to the AFL with its focus on sport and health," he said.
"It is an opportunity to have more young people on Campus as they participate in AFL Western District activities, such as coaching and training clinics.
"There may also be scope for Deakin to run forums around sports management and coaching on Campus."
"There is already a strong AFL connection as Geelong Football Club trains on Deakin's facilities at Waurn Ponds; this is just another opportunity for Deakin and the AFL to work together."
Mr McCosh said the addition of the AFL would add to the vibrancy of the Campus.
"This new AFL centre is a strong signal of Deakin's commitment to a sustainable Warrnambool Campus. It's a great fit for Deakin and a real coup for the entire community.
AFL Western District Region General Manager Lachy Patterson said there were synergies between the organisations and Deakin's resources and central location would benefit member leagues and affiliates.
Lois Chislett speaks with Western Area AFL Commission General Manager Lachy Patterson.