The Richmond Football Club Institute, in conjunction with the Swinburne University of Technology, is now providing its flagship course of a Diploma of Sport (Sport Development)/Diploma of Leadership and Management to students in Mildura.

Around 250 students across three campuses in Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura are now part of the course, with Mildura students beginning their theory and practical work, held at the Hothouse, this past week.

Through the course, students have the opportunity to learn how to enhance athlete performance, manage people and teams, and become a leader.

Industry placement, personal development in and out of sport, and national trips are all part of the course, as well as access to guest speakers, industry experts and formal ambassadors who all use their industry experience to provide important and useful insight.

Mildura campus manager, Nigel Pavilach, believes bringing the course to Mildura was a must.

“Mildura has such a rich history with our sporting culture,” he said.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for students to learn, gain industry experience and offers genuine pathway opportunities in an industry that is so enriching.”

At this stage, the course runs for 10 months and will give students the chance to build credits which they can put toward studying degrees at Swinburne after completion.

Many post-graduates have gone on to further study or work in their chosen field, while 37 past students have secured employment at the Richmond Football Club across various departments in casual to full-time capacities.

“The Richmond Institute is getting bigger which is exciting because it means more students in places like Mildura will gain the exposure and networking opportunities that can help them succeed,” Mildura campus manager Nigel Pavilach said.

“I urge anyone interested in a career in sport to enquire today.”

For more information head to to register your interest.