Athlete Development Program

Students in Year 7-10 participate in an extensive Athlete Development Program (ADP) during the elective blocks within the normal school timetable.  Senior (VCE) students complete components of ADP during VET Sport and Recreation & VCE Physical Education classes as well as scheduled sessions before and after school. It is taught and monitored by a team of tertiary qualified strength and conditioning staff, physical education/ADP teachers and a wide range of consultants and sport scientists.

ADP is curriculum based learning of the fundamental movement patterns required for strength and conditioning training based on long term athletic development models. The aim is that after their ADP education all Sports Academy students are capable and proficient to operate in a high performance training environment and for them to be physically prepared for the load in volume and intensity and competent in all advanced gym movements. The limiting factor in almost all sports is speed, so during ADP we teach full movement skills to promote explosive power development. This is where our platform lifting focus comes into the program. We commence this education with our year 7 & 8 students with a lifting program based around safety and progressions and start the lifting movements with modified equipment with minimal resistance. Correct technique is constantly reinforced and each student athlete is progressed through developmentally appropriate drills for their age and competence.

We take the time in ADP to ensure that the correct timing, technique, and sequence of exercises are done through Year 9 & 10 and move to more traditional structured programming when at VCE level, when more can be done to further develop the older athletes. The ADP curriculum is designed to develop key components of fitness that are generally important to student athletes regardless of sport and include strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility/mobility, and aerobic speed. Significant parts of the ADP curriculum are dedicated to prehabilitation and rehabilitation programs and recovery activities such as hot/cold contrast baths to enhance continuity and longevity in in training and competition.

Athlete Development Program (ADP) curriculum time:

  • Year 7 & 8 - 140 minutes of ADP /week

  • Year 9 - 280 to 420 minutes of ADP/week (can select 6 periods minimum or 9 periods maximum

  • Year 10 - 235 to 470 minutes of ADP/week (5 periods one semester/ten periods the other or vice versa)

  • Year 11 & 12 - 90 minutes compulsory ADP before or after school plus optional extra sessions and some ADP components embedded in senior subjects such as VCE PE and VET Sport and Recreation (90 minutes per week)

Physical Preparation Coaches

Calvin Pane - Senior Physical Preparation Coach: Previously Strength & Conditioning Coach at Badminton Australia, Previously Strength & Conditioning Assistant at Footscray FC and Previously Head of Strength & Conditioning at North Ballarat Rebels FC. Bachelor of Applied Science ( Honours) , Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (Level 2 Accredited coach) and Victorian Weightlifting Association (Level 1 Accredited Coach).

Trent Saunders - Senior Physical Preparation Coach: Bachelor Exercise Science(Hons), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (Level 1 Accredited Coach), Victorian Weightlifting Association (Level 1 Accredited coach), Senior Physical Preperation Coach at Maribyrnong Sports Academy for 7 years.

Tennille Hay- Physical Preparation Coach: Bachelor of Exercise Science; Masters of Applied Exercise Science. Australian Strength and Conditioning Association – Level 2 Coach. Australian Weightlifting Federation – Level 1 Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach

Wes Carter - Physical Preparation Coach: BSci(Ex&SpSci), GDip(ClinExPhys), Level 1 Accredited Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach AWF, Maribyrnong Sports Academy 2013 - Present

Todd Carlon - Physical Preparation Coach: Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) Honours Degree, Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 2 Accredited Coach, Club Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach 1 License with the Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF). Worked at Maribyrnong Sports Academy since 2013.

Ben Sortino - Physical Preparation Coach: Bachelor Exercise Science and Human Movement 2013, Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) 2015, Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), and a Professional Level Coach within the ASCA Professional Coach Accreditation Scheme. Ben is also a Level 1 Club Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach with the Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF).