Victoria University has been unveiled as the naming rights partner of the Western Bulldogs’ revamped high performance centre at Whitten Oval.

Strengthening VU’s position as a leader in sport, the elite training base will be known as the Victoria University High Performance Centre.

The VU High Performance Centre will provide VU students with unparalleled experience to embed with the Western Bulldogs high performance team through work integrated learning placements – particularly those studying the Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.

The new facilities, which have been made possible by the Bulldogs’ redevelopment of the Whiten Oval precinct, will include an endurance heat chamber, cardio mezzanine, hydrotherapy zone (pool, spa, sauna), state of the art medical facilities and unrivalled player change and recreation areas deliberately designed for the modern, elite athlete journey.

The gym is six times the size of the previous space, and the largest in the AFL, and a 50m by 35m indoor training field with synthetic grass has a glass reinforced roof to mimic playing conditions.

VU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Impact, Professor Andy Hill said the facility will provide incredible experiences for VU students and researchers.

“VU is incredibly proud to be associated with the Western Bulldogs and supporting the Club in all aspects of performance.  The VU High Performance Centre will have many obvious benefits to the players but also for our students and researchers,” Professor Hill said.

“Whether it’s placements in remedial massage or physio or undertaking specific research projects in collaboration with players and Western Bulldogs staff – these unique opportunities are significant contributors to VU being a leader in sports.”

Western Bulldogs Executive Director of Football, Chris Grant, said the Club’s football department was thrilled to be working in an elite training facility at its home base.

“We have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the new Victoria University High Performance Centre at Whitten Oval, which will completely transform the way we are able to look after our male and female athletes,” he said.

“We have enjoyed a fantastic partnership with VU over a long period of time, and we’re excited to know that their investment in our program continues to elevate.

“The practical integration we’ve been able to facilitate with VU has helped our players and staff, along with providing students with invaluable experience of being part of our program.

“There will be even more opportunities for integration, given our men’s and women’s athletes will be training side-by-side, all year round, in these brilliant facilities.”

VU and the Western Bulldogs originally partnered up in the 1980s, in one of the longest-standing relationships for both organisations.  It was renewed this year for a further five years.