Australian Football League (AFL) side Richmond Tigers have renewed their partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.
The four-year extension builds on an agreement which has been in place since 2016, and includes the naming rights to the Australian rules football team’s Punt Road Oval.
The deal will also lead to collaborations in the areas of research and industry placements, along with providing access to specialist facilities for Swinburne students.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity that works on so many levels,” said Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale. “Both organisations have a shared commitment to diversity, equity, education and excellence and the opportunities to integrate this partnership across our business are many, including the future aspirations we have for the development of this facility into the future.
“Swinburne is a highly regarded organisation and we have already worked collaboratively with them on the development of the innovative Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership. To have the Swinburne name attached to this iconic facility, in the heart of one of the world’s great sports and entertainment precincts, is fantastic and we look forward to working with them.”
Duncan Bentley, Swinburne’s deputy vice chancellor, added: “We are continuing to grow our health and sports related portfolio and believe this partnership with a leading Australian sporting club will create many exciting opportunities for our Swinburne community.
“Richmond Football Club place great importance on equity and diversity and we are proud to support an organisation with these values that mirror our own.”
Richmond are 5th in the 2017 AFL Premiership after defeating Essendon 81-66 in their match on Saturday.