High Performance Trials 2022 – NOW OPEN




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 fifth year of operation, perfectly complimenting club and representative commitments.

Make no mistake – our program is first and foremost about quality football education. No promises, no fluff – just holistic “old school” methods of developing players so they can get the most out of themselves in the sessions they are with us.


HPP 1-4

HPP Development 1-2-3

For advanced players aged U8-15 (2022 age)

COMMITTMENT – 40 weeks

Standard program: 1 x football session, 1 x strength and conditioning session (1 day per week) – both at The Grounds Cairns $390 per term

HPP Plus Program: 2 x football sessions and 1 x strength and conditioning session  $585 per term (Term 1 and 4 only. Term 2 and 3 reverts to standard program)

Optional school holiday progress sessions with Zenon Caravella – $25 per session 


For the first time since the inception of the CFA High Performance Program, we are excited to be offering four HPP scholarships for the Cairns location in 2022 – one for each HPP squad.

In partnership with Next Level Training Academy the scholarship gives the successful player:
🔥 Half price fees for the entire year as well as a complimentary CFA kit pack
🔥 A paid return flight to the Byron Bay region where they’ll be given the opportunity to spend time with Caravella Football Academy – Northern Rivers, NSW and Zenon Caravella
The scholarship is performance based with all players being assessed at HPP 2022 trials this November. Technical skills, attitude, sportsmanship, resilience as well as age-appropriate game intelligence will all be considered.


Zenon with then Socceroo’s coach Ange Postecoglou

The HPP program is personally curated by two leading specialists in Far North Queensland.

Our football program is overseen by Zenon Caravella – former A-League veteran with over 300 professional games to his name. In 2016 Zenon was awarded with an “Outstanding contribution to the A- League” award by then Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and FFA CEO David Gallop. Aside from his priceless playing experience at the highest level, Zenon currently carries his AFC B licence making him one of the most formally educated coaches in the region.

The coaches delivering the football program in 2022 will be Crios O’Hare and Josh Taylor – two of the region’s highest regarded footballers and most successful coaches at club level.

Our strength and conditioning program is also run by leading high performance coach, Crios O’Hare from Next Level HPT. Crios is not only qualified in S + T training but has played football at a high level in Australia and overseas meaning he is able to design a program for our players specific to football.

Crios O’Hare

There is no more qualified team in the region able to guide junior FNQ footballers to the next level.


“Bridging the gap”

With all HPP football sessions high-quality and requiring full attention, players are required to adjust to an intense environment not unlike elite programs offered in the metropolitan areas all over the country. Sessions are all pre-planned and carefully designed, incorporating all facets of football education from technical work to decision making in game situations.

Through HPP training our players are able to take what they’ve learnt from the program into any team they are selected for, whether it be Club, Representative, Peninsula, State or if they have aspirations to move interstate or overseas for football. The HPP program aspires to create individually sound footballers, ready to slot into any elite environment outside of Cairns.

The sessions

Josh TaylorOur football program is designed to not only challenge players both mentally and physically but is about creating an environment that brings out the best out of every player.

The sessions take place at The Grounds Cairns, the region’s first and only FIFA rated, world class, purpose built football facility. This ensures our players will train on high quality grass with a smooth surface all year round, ideal for technical training.

Each football session is a minimum of 60 minutes and finishes off with a game to implement what’s been learned. Sessions may go overtime.


The aim of the strength and conditioning program is to develop our athletes in all areas with an emphasis on building good foundations as they grow. There is a big focus on co- ordination, balance, proprioception and core strength, while also instilling good habits in regards to self care (flexibility, recovery etc).

HPP S+C coach Crios O’Hare has designed the program specific to the needs of a growing junior footballer, ensuring he is in constant liaison with the football team to meet any specific needs of a player.

Strength and conditioning aims to create the athlete first, and the player second.

The sessions

The strength and conditioning sessions will take place at Next Level Training Academy at The Grounds Cairns. Players train in small groups and the sessions go for 40 minutes.

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April 11-14: FNQ Youth Cup in Cairns


In April of 2018, 2019 and 2021 over 500 elite players each year from all over Australia came together for the FNQ Youth Cup which combined one day of optional advanced training (the FNQ Youth Cup Invitational Camp) followed by a 3-day tournament featuring some of the best teams and academies from all over the country.

Watch highlights of the 2021 event below

Advanced camp

The day prior to the cup an advanced camp is held for all participating players in a multi- station format, giving our players the opportunity to train with likeminded players from all over the country. In the last three events we’ve had current A-league coaches, former National Team players and other high profile coaches attend.


June/July 2022

Plans have commenced to curate our own high-level academy carnival with our academy partners in SEQ and Northern NSW including Caravella Football Academy Byron Shire. This event will be crafted by former footballers and high profile coaches to ensure development is the priority. We look forward to welcoming other academy partners to this event and we look forward to see it come to live.


October 2022

The Sydney International Cup is the biggest independent competition in Australia – featuring over 150 teams from all over Australia and abroad.


We plan at least two weekend carnivals against our Townsville partners Edds Football Academy – one in Townsville, one in Cairns.


Each HPP player receives two formal assessments per year, one at six months (written) and one at the conclusion of the year (verbal and written).


COST 2022

Standard program: 1 x football session, 1 x strength and conditioning session (1 day per week) – both at The Grounds Cairns $390 per term

HPP Plus Program: 2 x football sessions and 1 x strength and conditioning session  $585 per term (Term 1 and 4 only. Term 2 and 3 reverts to standard program)

Optional school holiday progress sessions with Zenon Caravella – $25 per session 

HPP players will wear an exclusive One Ten HPP shirt to football training, and a Next Level shirt to S + C training.

  • –  Travel is additional
  • –  Players must wear the current CFA One Ten travel apparel when travelling



You can trial in November 20 + 21 at The Grounds for the 2022 program – successful triallists are guaranteed a spot for the 40 week program.

The only other time you can trial for the program is if spots become available. If they are, they will be advertised.

Trialing for HPP 2022 iss free, un-obligated and open to all players, whether you are a current academy player or not. All you have to do is register and show up!

Register here

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