Sport has always had a special significance through the performance of sporting clubs, teams and high profile athletes that enhance the reputation of the University. Increasing numbers of students, staff and alumni continue to participate in a range of sport, fitness and recreation activities (visitor numbers exceeded 1 million in 2009) encouraging a balanced lifestyle and building a healthy community. Participation and involvement in sport events and clubs also develops life long connections that encourage the alumni to support the University and ensure that sport is an essential component of the Melbourne Experience.
The University of Melbourne Sport Strategic Plan has been prepared by the Board and staff of Melbourne University Sport (MU Sport) with the vision that the University of Melbourne will be the leading Australian university in sporting performance, participation and quality of facilities. The plan is the culmination of almost twelve months of review and consultation involving the Board and staff, Office of the Provost, sporting clubs, the Melbourne University Sports Association, residential colleges, key strategic partners, programme and facility users.
The strategic plan is consistent with the University's ‘Growing Esteem Strategy' and supports the objective of attracting the ‘best and brightest'. According to the results of the Melbourne Experience 2008 Survey (p. 42) almost 40% of first year students accessed the sporting facilities either frequently or occasionally with 55% of students agreeing and or strongly agreeing that sport, fitness and recreational facilities and programmes are an important part of their university experience. It will be critical to achieving the vision for sport that the University support capital development projects to continue to provide access to quality sport and recreation facilities.
Sport at the University has a long and proud history and as the custodians of this legacy the plan belongs to all the stakeholders. It is the belief of the Board that achieving the objectives contained in the plan will significantly improve the outcomes for students, staff and the broader University community for 2015 and beyond.
Geoff Rees - Chairman
Tim Lee - Director of Sport