Padua Athletic Development Program

At the start of 2013 an athletic development program was introduced at Padua College. In a world where our children play less and are becoming increasingly more sedentary it is becoming necessary for professionals to teach and correct the basic movement patterns of our youth. The Padua Athletic Development program is very innovative and unique as it is integrated into the current school curriculum throughout a number of classes. The program also provides access for students to participate in expertly developed and safe sport-specific training programs before and after school hours, as well as at lunch times.

The Padua Athletic Development program focuses on two main objectives. The first is the development and acquisition of functional movement patterns by all our students as it is essential for leading a healthy life. The second objective of the program is to physically prepare our students so they are competitive in all sports that Padua College compete in. In many sports it is necessary for participants to have well-developed muscular strength, coordination, flexibility, agility and speed not only to be successful but to decrease the risk of injury.

Mr James Moran is the Head of Athletic Development and Sports Administration at Padua College. He is an experienced strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist. He has worked in many different sports including all AIC Sports, Rugby League, Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is the currently the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Norths Devils RLFC, who compete in the Intrust Super Cup (Queensland Cup) competition. Mr Moran has a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Australian Catholic University (ACU) and is currently completing a Master of High Performance Sport part time also at ACU. He is highly passionate about assisting competitors with their physical preparation for sporting competition. Additionally, adolescent movement literacy is of high interest to Mr Moran as he believes it is paramount that youth are given the ‘building blocks’ by participation in physical activity as this can ensure they enjoy a healthy and productive life.

Goals of the program:

  • Improve movement literacy of all of our students.
  • Provide a safe and motivating environment for  Padua College students to train and develop.
  • To develop in students the desire to continually improve through practice, training and the development of a strong work ethic.
  • Produce and implement strength and conditioning programs for students competing in Associated Independent Colleges sporting competitions.
  • Use best practice to properly prepare students for a variety of sports.
  • Develop student’s athletic ability to their potential.
  • Identify students who show potential to succeed at specific sports or events.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to participate in physical activities they might never have been exposed to.


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