The Port Adelaide Football Club and the University of South Australia have teamed up to form a high performance partnership centred on research and education in elite sport.
UniSA’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd and Port Adelaide Football Club Chief Executive Officer Keith Thomas have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Port Adelaide Football Club/UniSA Centre for High Performance Sport.
Mr Thomas says this high performance partnership will provide exciting opportunities and build on the long-term relationship Port Adelaide has enjoyed with UniSA over the last fifteen years.
“From our perspective this new, enhanced partnership with UniSA has the potential to significantly add value to our existing club high performance program led by (Port Adelaide’s High Performance Manager) Darren Burgess,” said Mr Thomas.
“Our goal is for Port Adelaide and South Australia to become a global focal point for developing high performance coaches and research.”
Prof Lloyd says the centre will focus on collaborative sport, education and research excellence.
“Joint training and education programs and joint research programs in areas of mutual interest will be at the heart of collaborative activities in this partnership,” said Prof Lloyd.
“From a research perspective, it’s an exciting opportunity to turn up the volume on quality research in AFL football, particularly in the areas of optimising player performance, injury prevention and best practice for recovery.
“From an education perspective, there are already links with sports science staff at Port Adelaide Football Club completing higher research degrees at our University and teaching in our undergraduate programs, while for the players themselves this MOU may assist them to plan their careers after their time as an elite footballer has come to an end.”
Other collaborative activities under the MOU may include the development of outreach programs for young people in disadvantaged communities in South Australia, and staff exchanges between the two parties to promote research and teaching excellence.