Padua College and Liverpool Football Club International Academy

On Friday 26 April Padua College were delighted to announce its partnership with Liverpool Football Club International Academy Australia (LFC IA). This exciting collaboration will see Padua College become home to the LFC IA on the Mornington Peninsula, offering the exclusive soccer program to its students and wider community.

Fuelled by a shared passion for excellence, integrity and community, Padua College in partnership with Liverpool FC International Academy launched the internationally recognised program that develops not only the technical, tactical, and physical skills required for football, but also the social and psychological aspects necessary for the development of players both on and off the pitch.

Speaking at the official launch, Padua College Principal Kelly McGurn said: “The alignment between the values of Padua College and Liverpool Football Club sets the stage for an extraordinary journey ahead. Through this partnership, our students will have the opportunity to not only hone their sporting skills but also cultivate essential life skills such as teamwork, resilience, and leadership.”

Adding to the excitement of the day, the partnership launch was attended by Elise Kellond-Knight, one of the Matildas’ most decorated players, and Padua College alumni and professional jockey Jake Noonan, who participated in a Q&A session with Principal McGurn. This was followed by an impressive technical skills drill hosted by LFC IA Technical Director, Kevin Grima, and Padua College Head Coach, Andrew McMellon.

The coaching model of instruction not only enhances academic achievement but also fosters the development of essential life skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-regulation. Moreover, incorporating sports into educational settings is not just about winning games; it's about building character, nurturing potential, and empowering students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

The program will be offered to students at all three Padua College Campuses, and to the wider community in the form of an afterschool program and holiday clinics.

Padua College Year 7 & 8 Curriculum

The Liverpool Football Club International Academy (LFC IA) program will be offered to Year 7 & 8 students as part of the Padua College Capability Unit subject offerings.

Padua College Capability Units are term-based electives designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to become well-rounded individuals who will thrive in an ever-changing world.

They go beyond traditional subjects to provide future-focused learning opportunities that assist in developing key knowledge alongside the critical skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

The LFC IA unit will help students enhance their expertise in various aspects of health, safety, wellbeing, and proficiency in movement, emphasising both football skills and personal values.

Skills Development Clinics

The LFC IA Skills Development Clinics are weekly sessions that align with school terms, delivering a program designed to boost your game. Led by passionate LFC-accredited Academy coaches, you'll learn the 'The Liverpool Way', refining your skills on and off the field. Enjoy mini-tournaments, skill challenges, and small-sided games, where you'll have the chance to supercharge your skills development. Wear the LFC Kit, access the eAcademy, and embrace the LFC values through practice, role models, and repetition.

School Holiday Clinics

Designed to deliver an authentic LFC experience learning to play 'The Liverpool Way', the School Holiday Clinics are comprised of three-hour sessions spanning three days. From mastering ball control to refining dribbling, passing, and shooting techniques, the clinics offer both education and entertainment. Delivered by accredited LFC International Academy coaching team members, players will engage in expert skill sessions drawn from the LFC Academy in the UK. Designed to suit individual player abilities, these sessions ensure holistic development to showcase skills in mini-tournaments and small-sided games, where fun and competition mix. Each participant receives a Liverpool International Academy Certificate of Attendance and an authentic LFC Academy NIKE training jersey. The player who receives the LFC value award will also receive exclusive prizes revealed on the final day of the clinic.

For more information visit our website

SIS Swimming

Congratulations to our swimmers for clinching the title of 2024 SIS Swimming Champions! After months of training, our teams secured the win by over 100 points at the annual Southern Independent Schools swimming carnival at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre yesterday. Padua College won Overall Girls and Boys and came away with the following pennants:

U13 Girls

U14 Girls

Junior Shield

U15 Boys and Girls

U16 Boys

Intermediate Shield

U17 Boys and Girls

Open Girls

Senior Shield

We thank our wonderful sports staff and the parents of our swimming stars for their ongoing support, and congratulate our students on their achievement.

Padua College Equestrian Team

The Interschool Victoria State Championships were held recently in Werribee with Padua’s equestrian team punching above its weight. While small in numbers we are big on talent, finishing in 52nd place overall out of 161 teams!

Ruby Walles (Year 7, Doyle House), riding Mr Marvellous, finished mid-field individually in both the dressage and show jumping, and Jasmine Lazaar (Year 11, John XXIII House) on Pencil Pine Poppy, also competed admirably. Jasmine also competed very successfully at the Tintern Horse Trials, achieving 1st place in the EV80 class, with Ruby close behind in 6th place. Isaac Staley (Year 8, Geoghegan House) competed in the EV65 class placing 5th. The school team came in 5th place overall.

Claudia Lewis (Year 10, Djeembana House) competed most recently at the Boneo Park show jumping day, along with Grace Hamilton (Year 8-M) and Jess Twigg (Year 8, Cardijn House) in dressage. Well done to all riders and their talented horses!

I recently received some exciting news from the mother of one of our equestrian star riders, Amy Bennett (Year 11, Merton House). Amy has been selected in a Pony Club Australia team for an exchange to China in May 2024. It will be the trip of a lifetime and I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Amy all the very best.

Gina Thompson
Equestrian Team Coordinator

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