Sporting chance for all students

Students Dominic, Conor, Zac, Cam and Tom invite fellow soccer players to join the new Bendigo Campus team.

The key to a good life is to make a living out of your passion, right? Second-year Sport Management student Zac Gilmour is well on his way.

Although it took a couple of years at uni to settle on his ideal course, the signs were all pointing to a career in sport since Zac was a kid, kicking a soccer ball around his dusty hometown of Broken Hill.

“I’ve enjoyed it since I was eight years old,” he says of the beautiful game. “We had a very small but tight-knit competition.”

Zac is hoping to foster the same culture at La Trobe. This year he’s helped establish the new La Trobe University Soccer Club, part of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.

“I felt there was a need for it,” he says. “I’ve got good connections with La Trobe Sport in Bundoora and I felt a sporting culture was something the Bendigo Campus was lacking and that this was something uni students would enjoy.”

So far 15 fellow students have joined and are training each Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm to 8pm on the campus oval. However, there’s a need for many more.

The club is planning to field three teams, and Zac anticipates plenty of players will be needed to cover for student placements, holidays and all those amazing trips the outdoor edders take. (Fellow player and Outdoor Education student Cam will be AWOL while abseiling at Arapiles when classes start.)

“Anyone can join, it’s an amateur competition so it’s open to everyone,” Zac says. “Some people had taken time away from sport during year 11 and 12, we have some newcomers who just want to enjoy sport at uni and others have already been playing.”

He says the league covers Shepparton, Swan Hill and Echuca, so there will be five or six away games during the season.

For Zac, managing the team will also serve a higher purpose. “It’ll help build the resume as well. I hope to be able to walk into a job I want after this – that’s the plan anyway.”

With working for a Victorian, Australian or even international soccer association in his sights, he’s making great headway, grassroots.

For details go to the team’s Facebook page or simply show up at training.


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