FNQ Youth Cup 2020

November 21, 2019

We have now officially released dates for the 2020 edition! The FNQ Youth Cup will be held from the 14th to the 16th of April with the one day optional advanced camp (all teams welcome) being held on the 13th featuring an all-star coaching panel in a multi-station format. This third instalment is expected to be our biggest and best so far, boasting a brand new location at The Grounds Cairns – FNQ’s only FIFA rated football facility complete with state-of-the-art synthetic turf as well as high quality grass turf. We also have on-site Cairns’ newest and hippest eatery, Pizza Loca Cantina, …read more

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Q + A with Zenon Caravella

November 19, 2019

High Performance Q + A with Head Coach Zenon Caravella! ** With 2020 High Performance Program trials just around the corner and with a record number of triallists registered, we thought we’d speak to the man himself about what makes HPP at Caravella so special ** ⚽️ Let’s start with the basics. What’s HPP? The High Performance Program at CFA is the highest level at the academy and it’s been designed for players that want to challenge themselves as footballers to be the best they can be. It combines high-level, high-intensity football training with football specific strength and conditioning training …read more

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High Performance Trials 2020

November 8, 2019

The Caravella Football Academy High Performance Program is the first fully integrated football program in Far North Queensland. Combining high-level and cutting edge football education with the latest methods in strength and conditioning, this program is for the most dedicated of footballers that want to develop themselves towards an elite level. The HPP program is now in its third year of operation, perfectly complimenting club and representative commitments.

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September exclusive: 1v1 with Zenon Caravella

July 28, 2019

12 spots available for the month of September only! Register before you miss out!

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July 12, 2019

Eating appropriately after training is one of the most important parts of a junior footballer’s diet. After a big day of school, followed by training, their muscles are likely feeling tired!

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Caravella takes Sydney: 2018

September 10, 2018

In July, we completed our mega 12 day Sydney trip with 36 Far North Queensland players aged 9-14 having experienced so many amazing and unique experiences that will have inspired and motivated them to be the best players they can be. And now, our U8’s and U11’s are preparing for the Sydney International Cup starting September 29th.

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FNQ Youth Cup 2019 – Dates announced

September 10, 2018

In April 2018, 300 elite players from all over Australia came together for the FNQ Youth Cup which combined one day of optional advanced training followed by a 2-day tournament featuring some of the best teams and academies from all over the country. In 2019 we’re taking it to a whole new level with a more teams, more regions and a new world class location, The Grounds in Woree.

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High Performance program 2019

September 10, 2018

We’re nearly three quarters of the way through the inaugural Caravella High Performance Program and we have seen some incredible results from our players this year. And wiith our move to world class football facility The Grounds Cairns, 2019 is shaping up to be even bigger and better than ever.

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Countdown to the biggest Cairns junior football event is on!

March 29, 2018

Cairns, are you ready for the biggest junior football event to happen to this city?

In an absolute first-of-its-kind 3-day football fest, elite players from all over Australia will come together for quality games and training and with a star-studded line-up of guest coaches, it’s in your best interest to black out that weekend so you can come check out not only the talent but genuine stars of football. And all this, in our own backyard.

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Our star-studded line-up just got massive

March 3, 2018

Massive news coming out of Caravella HQ today with the confirmation of bonafide football superstars Shane Smeltz and Patrick Zwaanswijk as guest coaches for the Advanced Camp in Cairns this April.

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My goals for 2018 – Zenon Caravella

January 20, 2018

Last year, after we won our first tournament in Sydney, I tried to talk but it sounded like I had laryngitis. I had been yelling at my players you see, not in an aggressive way – because people know my coaching style isn’t that way inclined – but I had been yelling with pure joy. It took us four visits, 2 years of development and many, many games against really tough competition – after all, Sydney boasts some of the best juniors in Australia – but we had finally won a trophy. 

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Jace and Kai: The boys from Doomadgee

December 24, 2017

Australia has a rich indigenous history that in many ways influences modern Australian values. The oldest living culture in the world, we are proud to have siblings Jace and Kai Fraser representing the remote indigenous community of Doomadgee.

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Our upcoming star-studded Holiday Workshop

November 20, 2017

Caravella Football Academy is excited to announce our star guest coach for January is Premier League star and Channel 9 Sports commentator Michael Bridges! Sign up now as there are limited spots available.

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Caravella finishes Third in Yanmar Cup

November 20, 2017

History was made twice this month with Caravella Football Academy not only being the first ever Queensland team to compete in the highly regarded Yanmar Cup in Osaka but the first Australian team to bring home silverware.

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High performance program announced for 2018

November 13, 2017

Caravella Football Academy are excited to announce a new 40-week program in 2018 which will combine all facets of elite football development; cutting edge football education, strength and conditioning and nutrition.

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FNQ Youth Cup + Camp to be held in Cairns

October 18, 2017

Massive news over at CFA HQ where we are excited to announce a 4-day National Advanced Training Camp being held in Cairns this April 2018.

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CFA Introduces Caravella Beginners squad

October 10, 2017

Caravella Football Academy are excited to announce the introduction of our Caravella Beginners Squad – tailor made for U6 + U7 players starting their first season of football next year.

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Zenon’s Blog: Two years on

October 1, 2017

I know many former players that have had a very difficult transition from playing professional football to the next chapter. It’s a hard thing to explain, but professional sport gives you a focus like no other.

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September 12, 2017

Before we get into the sports nutrition specifics, lets just recap some basic healthy eating messages that really form the foundation of a junior footballer diet.

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When it comes to eating after a game or training session one of the key things is to make sure you have food available. This can be tricky, especially if you have more than one child training for sport after school and lead a busy lifestyle.

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A night all about junior development

Here’s what happens when seven likeminded, passionate individuals get together to talk about their fields of expertise: You get a highly informative evening all about Creating Athletes.

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Choc, banana and raspberry muffins

This recipe is one of Tony Vidmar’s (former Socceroo) family favs. His partner Patrice makes these for their two kids for really busy training weeks.

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Kids can often become dehydrated quicker than adults as they aren’t able to regulate their body temperature as well. This means that drinking regularly throughout the day is an important habit for them to get in to.

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Winners! Sydney recap 2017

August 1, 2017

11 CFA U12 players were selected to participate in a Sydney football tour which included an elite tournament and friendly matches against three of the biggest NSW NPL clubs in an epic 7-day Sydney football trip.

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Game Day Nutrition

Fuelling and hydrating for a morning game starts the day before. Use this time to offer meals and snacks based on quality carbohydrates and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.

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Is “The Pathway” working?

March 1, 2017

THERE has been much debate over the years whether our ­national football curriculum is working.
Our national youth teams haven’t qualified for the Olympics since 2008 nor created any game-breakers since it’s inception.

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Halfway mark

January 10, 2017

AS we move into the second half of the season, some fans will hope that 2017 will bring a fresh start, a new vigour and a little spark that may give their team the slightest glimmer of hope to get back on track.

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