Soccer boost for St Patrick’s College

November 16, 2023

St Patrick’s College Principal Steven O’Connor and Liverpool FC International Academy Director Kevin Kalinko celebrate the partnership between the two entities.

St Patrick’s College is building on its reputation as one of the country’s premier sports schools, partnering with Liverpool FC International Academy to offer a high-performance soccer program.

The exciting new collaboration will see a first-class co-curricular soccer program delivered at St Patrick’s College from 2024, cementing the College as one of the leading sports schools in Australia.

The Liverpool FC International Academy partnership will complement St Patrick’s other highly-successful co-curricular sports programs, including rowing, basketball, cricket and football.

The program will deliver top-tier soccer education and training to students at St Patrick’s College and see the school become the hub for Liverpool FC International Academy community training sessions and holiday programs.

College principal Steven O’Connor said SPC was proud of its co-curricular sports programs and thrilled to partner with the Liverpool FC International Academy to enhance its soccer offerings.  

“The partnership between St Patrick’s and the Liverpool Football Club is really exciting and will provide students at the College with access to the extraordinary approaches and training techniques of one of the great soccer (or football) clubs of the world,” he said. 

“Liverpool FC has established partnerships with a few schools in Australia and I am delighted that they approached St Pat’s as a partner school.”

Mr O’Connor said the College’s soccer program would benefit greatly from the professional expertise and knowledge of Liverpool FC. 

“We have a strong soccer program already in place at SPC, but we are always looking for opportunities to strengthen and improve all of our programs – inside the classroom and outside in terms of sport, music and drama – and the partnership with Liverpool FC is a wonderful example of this,” he said. 


Liverpool FC International Academy and Australian College of Physical Education director Kevin Kalinko said the collaboration with St Pat’s was exciting and presented myriad opportunities for the school.

“We share similar values as well as a strong desire to integrate world leading football into St Patrick’s College. In addition, we are tremendously excited to offer our programs to the broader community,” he said. 

“Finally, this presents students of St Patrick’s College pathway opportunities into tertiary education in sport, health and fitness at the Australian College of Physical Education. We look forward to welcoming St Patrick’s College to the LFC International Academy and Australian College of Physical Education families.”

The official launch of the SPC Liverpool International Academy was held at the College on Thursday 15 November.

More than 50 guests, including City of Ballarat Mayor Des Hudson and Committee for Ballarat Business Support Officer Lee Martin, attended the launch.

To learn more about this exciting partnership and other opportunities that St Patrick’s College can offer your son, contact the College on 5331 1688.