Better People, Better Players


Melbourne Victory’s own Adrian Leijer and Leigh Broxham hosted a special networking event this week, giving Victory players a chance to learn more about life outside of football.

Melbourne Victory’s full playing squad was in attendance, along with all coaching staff, at the ‘Better People, Better Players’ networking event, held at Hellenic Republic in Kew.

Leijer said the event would give Melbourne Victory players a chance to meet business leaders and learn more about life off the pitch.

“The intention of this event is to help all the boys, both young and old, take a wider view of their lives and careers, through reflecting on the journeys of our guests,” Leijer said.

Broxham said the guests also got an insight into life as professional footballers, with a speed dating setup giving business guests and players a chance to learn more about each other.

“We hope that through sharing in this way, each player will at least identify areas to reflect on that might improve their playing careers as well as their life-after-football options,” Broxham said.

Guests on the day included Melbourne Demons coach Paul Roos, former Socceroo Craig Moore, chef and Victory number one ticket holder George Calombaris and Westfarmers Group Commercial Director, and Melbourne Victory board member, Ian McLeod.

Both Broxham and Leijer hosted the event as part of their business diploma and said they hoped this would be an annual event for all Melbourne Victory players.