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Football Academy

Aims of the Football Academy 


The Football Academy aims to provide students with unparalleled opportunities to develop their football ability to the ‘elite’ level. In order to do so we provide superior football coaching and targeted support for balancing academic, sporting and career goals.    

How the Academy works


The Football Academy, which is endorsed and supported by Football Queensland, is conducted as a school subject under the umbrella of Health and Physical Education. While addressing general health and personal development outcomes, the curriculum also focuses upon specific Football related elements such as nutrition for the athlete, sports psychology, fitness, injury management and prevention, goal setting, careers in sport, coaching (Junior Coaching Licence) and refereeing (Laws of the Game).

Football conditioning, technical and tactical skills are sequentially developed over the five year course and are linked closely to the ‘Building Blocks’ phases of the Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) National Curriculum. Accordingly, the Football focus for each year is -
  • Year 11 & 12 – ‘ELITE’: Game and Performance Training.
  • Year 9 & 10 – ‘ADVANCED’: Skill Acquisition and Game Training.
  • Year 8 – ‘INTERMEDIATE’: Skill Acquisition.

In order to ensure that players have the best opportunity to perform at the elite level, the Academy provides personal support in a number of areas.  This includes academic assistance, individualised skill and conditioning plans, specialist speed and goal keeper coaching and on site physiotherapy assessment and treatment.

Academy staff 


The Academy is run by teachers who are passionate about Football and have extensive playing, coaching and leadership experience.  They are: 

  • Cail Turp (Academy Director, Asia B Coaching Licence - Assessment Pending, Brisbane Roar Women’s Scout)
  • Darryl Cash (Asia B Coaching Licence, FFA Community Coach Presenter/Assessor)
  • Melissa Andreatta (Asia A Coaching Licence, Brisbane Roar Women's Head Coach)
  • Georgina Amos (Asia C Coaching Licence)

Football conditioning coach - Eric Brown (Level 5 Australian Athletics Coach) provides advice to students on running technique and conducts “Speed & Football Conditioning” sessions.

Goal keeping coach – Brodi Sams (Brisbane Roar Goal Keeping Coach).

Guest coaches - from Brisbane Strikers, Football Queensland, Brisbane Roar, Football Federation Australia and overseas visit the school regularly exposing players to a broad range of high quality coaching.

Physiotherapy staff – Luis Resa and staff from ‘Elite Body Management’ specialise in physiotherapy, strength & conditioning and massage therapy services.  

Joining the Academy 

  • Complete the appropriate Expression of Interest form​ and submit with Sporting Academy Application form to our school office.
  • Attend one of the Trial Days to be held at Cavendish Rd State High School (to be advised).
  • If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Entry requirements 

Students must be playing or have the ability to play at regional representative standard, e.g. Metropolitan East, National Premier League, Brisbane Premier League or equivalent. Students don’t need to be registered with Football Brisbane, as we also accept quality players from other leagues (e.g. Church League, other Zones, or Interstate). Students must meet 3 criteria to remain in the Program:
  • Progression in Football;
  • Academic standards that reflect genuine effort; and
  • A high standard of attitude and behaviour. 

School standards


Cavendish Rd State High School is an enrolment managed school with an outstanding reputation for academic and sporting achievement. Students accepted into the Academy are expected to maintain the high standards of our school and participate fully in the school curriculum. We encourage commitment to Football, genuine effort in all academic studies, a positive attitude and high standards of behaviour.