Athlete support

The University is committed to supporting its students competing in sports at a high level while they are studying.

As a committed member of the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network, staff at Victoria University of Wellington will help all student athletes balance the many challenges they face when juggling study and sport commitments.

If you are an athlete competing at a national or international level, complete our Athlete support form and we'll be in touch to discuss the support available that suits you.

Individual sponsorship

Student athletes who are dealing with high costs related to training, equipment, or attendance at tournaments or events may be eligible to apply for sponsorship from the University.

Find out more about sponsorship and funding.

Athlete friendly accommodation

Victoria University of Wellington will have athlete friendly accommodation options at two of its halls of residence in 2020. Dedicated rooms and spaces will allow student athletes to live alongside one another, creating a supportive performance environment for those serious about competitive sport and tertiary study.

In 2020, Helen Lowry Hall will house students who share a passion and commitment for mountain biking. This environment will support recreational and performance riders alike as they explore Wellington, hit the trails, and complete their tertiary study.

To register your interest, contact the University Recreation Wellington team:

Athlete Training Grant

Student athletes at the University are encouraged to apply for an Athlete Training Grant with University Recreation Wellington.

An Athlete Training Grant provides student athletes with free access to facilities and equipment on campus, as well as a dedicated fitness professional to help them stay on track and achieve their training goals.

To be eligible for an Athlete Training Grant, students must:

  • be studying full time at Victoria University of Wellington
  • be competing at a Regional or National level
  • complete the application process in full.

Applications are now open, with a limited number of grants available for each trimester.

Complete the Athlete training grant form or for more information, contact

OBU Rugby Academy

Victoria University of Wellington partners with the OBU Rugby Club to deliver the OBU Rugby Academy. The academy is an intensive development programme for OBU players helping them to fulfill their potential and transition into representative rugby.

For more information and to apply, visit the Academy website.

Blues Awards

The University Blues Award is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and long-standing awards that recognises a university student’s performance in representing their region and/or New Zealand at the pinnacle of their sport whilst successfully progressing their academic studies.

To understand more about this award, contact