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FINAL COMMENT RE: FNQ FIVES

October 17, 2020

THE TRUTH: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CARAVELLA FAMILY. A LONG BUT IMPORTANT READ.

As you might know, we recently sent out a statement regarding the operation of FNQ Fives, the five-a-side tournament we started back in 2015. We came up with the concept and business model while Zenon was still playing in the A-League.

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High Performance Trials 2021

August 19, 2020

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.

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THE WORLD CUP 5v5!

August 11, 2020

The World Cup has landed in Cairns and there’s no better place to host the world’s most prestigious football tournament than at The Grounds – FNQ’s only FIFA rated, world class turf!

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Come play Catch Up Football with us!

June 5, 2020

Club football is officially back July 11 and we have lots of stuff happening at The Grounds Cairns to help you prepare so come get ready with us!

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Football Fitness Mondays!

May 17, 2020

CFA Football Fitness Mondays start next week at The Grounds!
Open to all players as a casual single session or 5-week block.

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Academy closure #Covid_19

March 28, 2020

It is great sadness that we would like to announce that academy sessions in their physical form have been cancelled effective immediately while we deal with COVID-19.

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#LockDownLive starts this week!

March 28, 2020

FREE football session hosted by Zenon Caravella LIVE at 4.30pm Thursday 26th March – the first of many while we’re all staying at home!

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CFA goes online!

March 28, 2020

There is no better time to practice your isolated training while we’re all staying at home #COVID_19, and that’s why we have made our CFA Online program available to players outside of our academy On Demand

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FNQ Youth Cup 2020 – POSTPONED

March 17, 2020

In line with the Australian Government crowd regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host the Far North QLD Youth Cup as planned April 13-16. But all is not lost – we have moved the dates to October 3-6 making for the ultimate end-of-season tournament in paradise!

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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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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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EATING AFTER TRAINING

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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NUTRITION 101

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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TIME-SAVING MEAL IDEAS

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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HYDRATION

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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