Eagles to benefit from Edith Cowan University for a further five years
Edith Cowan University extends their fruitful relationship with the West Coast Eagles by renewing their partnership for a further five years.
ECU will again be a prominent feature on the apparel of senior coach Adam Simpson and his assistant coaches.
The partnership has grown since 2015, a feature of which has been the successful placement of ECU students into club operations such as sports science and analytics, community, events, marketing and communications.
ECU has also supported the club’s diversity programs, partnering with West Coast’s growing female academy ahead of its entry to AFLW in 2020 as well as the Naitanui Academy, which provides an opportunity to football’s next generation multicultural talent.
Chief executive Trevor Nisbett believes the alignment of the respected research institution and WA’s most popular sporting club is a natural and mutually beneficial relationship.
“The partnership with ECU has been truly beneficial to both parties,” Mr Nisbett said.
“It’s fantastic to receive their extended support for our coaching group, however, this partnership is integrated so much more with the student placements, joint research opportunities and our Media Broadcast Centre and High-Performance Centre at Lathlain Park.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman says the agreement extension will formalise what has been a long history of collaboration between ECU and the Eagles.
“ECU is proud to be continuing as a premier partner of the West Coast Eagles, supporting Adam Simpson and his elite coaching team.
“The new five-year agreement sees ECU and the club working closely together in the areas of research, teaching and industry placements,” he said.
“Students from the Sports Science and Football program are already reaping the rewards of this partnership, undertaking their work placement units in the Eagles football department helping with performance analysis.”
The University, ranked in the top 100 for Sports Science in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, has also welcomed several Eagles coaches and players as ECU students.
West Coast Eagles development coach (backs) Mark Nicoski has recently commenced a Master of Teaching (secondary) at ECU, while forwards coach Jaymie Graham has enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (secondary).
Nine players are also studying with ECU in the areas of strength and conditioning, exercise and sports science, commerce and education.