Athlete support

Victoria 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 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, contact the clubs team to discuss the support available.

Blues Awards

A 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.

For more information on the awards, contact

To nominate yourself or someone else for a Blues award, go to the VUWSA website. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 14 September.

Individual Sponsorship

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

Find out more about funding and sponsorship.

Athlete Training Grant

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

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 meet the following criteria;

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

Applications for trimester one close 25 March with a second round of grants being awarded in trimester two. A limited number are granted across the year.

For more information or to apply, please contact Matt Higgins.

Rugby Scholarships

Two new rugby scholarships are now available to female and male students with an above average rugby ability and the potential to play representative rugby at a senior level.

Find out more and how to apply.

OBU Rugby Academy

Victoria University 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 contact