Athlete support and sport scholarships

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is committed to supporting student athletes as they strive for success academically and in their chosen sport.

Student Athlete Network

The Student Athlete Network recognises the difficulties associated with balancing competitive sport and study. The network aims to help students juggle these demands through practical assistance, development opportunities, and a supportive community.

Find out more and register to be a part of the Student Athlete Network and set yourself up for a successful year.

Sports scholarships

We are committed to supporting our athletes by offering a variety of sporting scholarships to assist students with the financial demands they face.

Our sports scholarships page is updated regularly, and students are encouraged to also search through the central scholarships database for other opportunities.

Athlete friendly living

Athlete friendly living options aim to offer a supportive and positive living environment for students pursuing competitive sport alongside tertiary study.

OBU Rugby Academy

The OBU Rugby Academy is a partnership programme between Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the OBU Rugby Club, proudly supported by the Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust. The Academy is a multi-faceted programme focused on the holistic development of student rugby players.

Follow the progress of this years Academy cohort via their Academy Facebook page.

University Running Hub

The University is in the initial phase of developing a Running Hub, an environment that supports students who are performance middle distance runners to connect and develop.

The intention of the Hub is to facilitate these athletes coming together to share their experiences as student runners and support one another; it aims to provide opportunities that complement existing club and training commitments.

To find out more or to get involved in the Running Hub, email

High-performance Sport NZ Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network

As a committed member of the High-Performance Sport NZ Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network, the University provides carded and identified athletes with additional support and guidance to stay on track.