Padua College and Liverpool Football Club International Academy launch the first soccer program of its kind on the Mornington Peninsula.

Fuelled by a shared passion for excellence, integrity and community, Padua College in partnership with Liverpool FC International Academy offers an 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.

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.

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Promotes Active Learning

The coaching model encourages active participation and engagement from students. Rather than passively receiving information, students are actively involved in the learning process, which enhances their understanding and retention of the material.

Individualised Support

Coaches can provide personalised support and guidance to each student based on their unique needs, strengths, and learning styles. This individualised approach helps students progress at their own pace and address any areas where they may be struggling.

Encourages Critical Thinking

Coaching encourages students to think critically and solve problems independently. Coaches ask probing questions, challenge students to think deeper, and encourage them to explore different perspectives, fostering the development of critical thinking skills.

Builds Confidence

Through the coaching model, students receive constructive feedback, encouragement, and support from their coaches. This positive reinforcement helps build students' confidence in their abilities and fosters a growth mindset where they are willing to take risks and embrace challenges.

Develops Self-Regulation

Coaching empowers students to take ownership of their learning and develop self-regulation skills. By setting goals, monitoring their progress, and reflecting on their learning experiences, students become more self-aware and accountable for their learning journey.

Strengthens Communication Skills

Coaches model effective communication skills and provide opportunities for students to practice expressing their ideas, asking questions, and engaging in meaningful discussions. This strengthens students' communication skills, both verbal and nonverbal, which are essential for success in academic and professional settings.

Fosters Collaboration

The coaching model emphasises collaboration and teamwork, as coaches work closely with students to set goals, solve problems, and achieve desired outcomes. This collaborative approach helps students develop interpersonal skills and learn how to work effectively with others.

Encourages Reflection and Growth

Coaches facilitate reflection activities where students can analyse their progress, identify areas for improvement, and celebrate their successes. This process of reflection promotes self-awareness and continuous growth, empowering students to become lifelong learners.

"Through this exciting partnership, students will have the opportunity to succeed no matter what their soccer skills are, as we teach them a range of transferable skills to use both in school and outside of school through the sport most participated in by U18's in Victoria."

Andrew McMellon, Head Coach

Padua College

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