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Curtin University and Hockey Australia

The partnership between Curtin University and Hockey Australia provides Curtin students with real life opportunties.

Curtin University and Hockey Australia formed a partnership in December 2015 in which a collaboration on research, media and marketing activities provided Curtin students to work closely with elite players and coaches.

Curtin University's relationship with Hockey Australia began more than three decades ago, when the national program relocated to the Bentley campus. During that time, both organisations strived to develop a national and international reputation for excellence.

The collaboration aimed to build on the reputation whilst providing an opportunity for Curtin students to work closely with the Hockey Elite athletes and coaches through placements in areas including film and television, media and communications, event management, sports science and physiotherapy.

Hockey Australia benefited from Curtin University's research strengths, in particular a study into retaining talent and attracting new players to the sport.

Curtin University also supported in maintaining Hockey Australia's competitive streak in this ever adapting environment with research projects including the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science that utilised Curtin’s climate chamber that studied the effect of climate changes on Hockey Australia players.

The School of Design and Art (now known as School of Design and Built Environment) undertook a Uniform Design Capability project looking at potential improvements to the playing kit of Hockey Australia such as adding smart devices into the design that assisted with player management.

The partnership between Curtin and Australia Hockey coincided with Curtin's strategic plan to expand its networking with relevant organisations and provided students with the highest possible learning opportunities to equip them with skills for their future careers.

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