University Sports Fund
Sport has been an integral part of University life since the University Boat Club was founded in 1881. Our sporting clubs promote healthy, active lifestyles and athletic excellence to our students, children in the South Australian community and our alumni.
Establishing our Sports Fund
We have established the University Sports Fund (USF) to provide grants to our sporting clubs and associations. We recognise the important role that our sporting clubs play in:
- offering students universal access to sport
- fostering sporting excellence in children, young adults, men and women
- cultivating talented athletes to represent the University, state and country
Every gift to the University Sports Fund is subject to the Sports Fund Rules.
You can make a difference
Our sporting clubs urgently need assistance to purchase new equipment, develop sporting programs, offer scholarships and maintain their facilities. When you make a gift to the University Sports Fund, you are directly supporting our committed and talented sporting clubs, including:
- AU Sport
In 1896 the Adelaide University Sports Association (now AU Sport) was established. Today, AU Sport has 37 clubs under its umbrella.
Affectionately known as "The Blacks", AU Sport manages seven venues across South Australia, has an independent board, and takes great pride in promoting a healthy lifestyle on campus.
When you nominate AU Sport as the preferred beneficiary of your gift, you will be supporting all of our sporting clubs, including those not listed here.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate AU Sport as your preferred group.
- Adelaide University Boat Club
Established in 1881, our Boat Club is one of Australia's oldest rowing institutions. The club proudly counts both state and national representatives amongst its membership. Members of the Adelaide University Boat Club strive for excellence, and are renowned for their dedication to their sport.
The club needs support to purchase new boats and to fund shed space for equipment storage.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Boat Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Cricket Club
Founded in 1907, the AUCC has a proud history as one of the longest established clubs of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). The AUCC also fields four teams in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Competition (ATCC) and one Women's SACA 2nd grade T20 and One Day Team. The club offers opportunities for players of all levels to participate.
The club needs support to fund coaching development, offer scholarships to promising student players to progress them to representative honours and to purchase equipment including helmets and starter kits for students.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Cricket Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Football Club
The Adelaide University Football Club is the world's largest AFL club, including six senior men's teams that compete in the SA Amateur Football League, and three senior women's teams that compete in the SA Women's Football League, every week.
The club consists of more than 400 registered players every season, with players ranging from social to serious! The club needs support to fund equipment purchases.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Football Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Gridiron Club
Also known as American football, the Adelaide University Gridiron Club prides itself on its inclusive culture. Players of all levels of skill and experience are offered the chance to participate.
The club's senior team recently completed an historic five-peat premiership run, and its junior under-18 team secured back to back titles.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Gymnastics Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club
With the recent addition of cheerleading to the club's repertoire, the club has seen an influx in membership. Located across two gyms, the cheerleading branch boasts more than 35 members across six teams. The club secured third place in the 2017 National competition and has set it sights higher for the years to come!
The club urgently needs support to purchase equipment including mats to cover the sprung floors that are a vital part of the club's success.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Hockey Club
The Adelaide University Hockey Club was established in 1912 and is one of South Australia's oldest continuing hockey clubs. With more than 200 members, the club proudly fields teams ranging from under 9 mixed teams, through to men's and women's teams competing in the Premier League - the highest level of competition in South Australia.
The club needs support to maintain its grounds in West Beach, and provide development opportunities to talented players.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Hockey Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Motorsport Club
One of the University's newer clubs, the club was formed in 2015 to provide a hub for motorsport enthusiasts on campus, and to provide support for the continuation of the Formula SAE team.
In 2018 the club is undertaking an ambitious project: designing and building an electric vehicle to compete in the 2018 Formula SAE Australasia competition. Support from donors will help make this a reality.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Motorsport Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Scuba Diving Club
The Scuba Diving Club offers underwater enthusiasts the chance to get into the water. From dive instructors to beginners, and people who love to snorkel, the club welcomes all-comers.
The club offers dive and snorkel trips all year round, discounted equipment hire and organises South Australia's only interstate underwater rugby team, the Adelaide White Pointers. The club needs support to build shelters for the clubs' two boats to provide UV protection while at sea, and to buy a towing vehicle that will increase the club's capacity to offer dive activities.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Scuba Diving Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Soccer Club
As the University's largest sporting club, the club proudly hosts more than 40 teams for men, women, girls and boys. Led by experienced coaches and growth-orientated thinkers, the club offers players of all levels of experience the chance to play.
Founded in 1936, the club proudly supports a range of innovative junior programs to encourage young Australians to stay active. The club needs support to fund equipment purchases and ensure the junior programs can be delivered.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Soccer Club as your preferred club.
- Adelaide University Waterski Club
The Adelaide University Waterski Club has been offering students and the broader South Australian community the opportunity to develop their water sports skills since 1963.
The club hosts more than 20 events every year, based in Murray Bridge and Morgan. Support is urgently needed to fund equipment ranging from life jackets, wetsuits and helmets, to ropes, skis and wakeboards.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Waterski Club as your preferred club.
- Joint Capital Project (Cricket/Football/Soccer)
Our cricket, football and soccer clubs urgently need support to develop facilities within the North Parklands precinct. The facilities will include new practice wickets, a third oval within Park 12, re-alignment of lighting facilities in Parks 10 and 12, and upgrades to changing rooms in Park 12 to make them female-friendly.
Make a gift to the University Sports Fund today and nominate the Joint Capital Project as your preferred cause.
Get in touch
For a confidential discussion about how your gift can make a difference to our best and brightest athletes, contact +61 8 8313 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.