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Home of the finest in FNQ football education for players aged 6-14 years old.
Cairns born and bred, A-League and International football stalwart Zenon Caravella grew up with the ball glued to his feet - dreaming of becoming a footballer. Through sprinkles of talent, hard work and determination, Zenon forged a successful football career that now makes him the first of his pedigree to return to Cairns to give back to grassroots.
After hanging up his A-League boots in July 2015, Zenon Caravella now dreams new dreams: to make every young player he coaches a better one.
Zenon Caravella knows nothing else but being a footballer - from playing the game, to living the lifestyle. For this reason alone, there is no one more qualified to coach the next generation of FNQ footballers. His career speaks for itself.
At CFA, Caravella leads a team that that have been hand-picked for their individual experience. Along with our reputable football coaches, we have an in-house Nutritionist as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach making our academy FNQ's first, fully integrated football academy developing elite, junior footballers.
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I know Zenon to be a trustworthy player on and off the pitch – I enjoyed playing with him. He’s got great technical skills and is a hard worker. These things combined are the attributes you need as a player at the highest level.
Zenon is a Club Champion of The Reds and a player who always got the best out of himself. A player with a fantastic work rate and great technical ability who always put the team first. He would be a great coach of younger players, he knows what it takes to be successful and can teach aspiring footballers to reach their full potential. He’s always led from the front and is a great example to anyone that with patience and hard work you can make it to the top. A great coach for any young p…
Although small in stature, Zenon has been a shining light over a terrific career. His superb technical ability and ability to understand and read a football game has shown that size doesn’t matter. A fantastic example to young aspiring footballers – and what a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn under him.
There is no person better placed to inspire the next generation of footballers. Zenon’s experience in the top leagues of Europe and Australia are testament to someone who combined their passion for the game with technical ability to reach their goals.
I met Zenon in my younger years – he always stood out from the rest because of his technical ability. He was a very clever player with tight and tidy football skills. Our paths crossed again in our later years at the Newcastle Jets and I have nothing but great respect for him as a player and person. He gave 100% in everything he did – games, training or gym. He’s the ultimate professional. A friend and a family man, Zenon is a fantastic role-model for any young player that wants to…
Zenon’s personality and character demonstrates good values in supporting and encouraging people around him. As a player, Zenon showed the passion and enthusiasm to work hard on his technical skills throughout his football career. Example: A willingness to stay back after training seeking perfection. It’s this determination and positive attitude that will inspire young players to achieve their enjoyment in the game.