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Touch Football Academy

Touch Football Centre of Excellence

Cavendish Road SHS offers Touch Football as part of its highly successful Excellence in Sport Program. Successful applicants study Touch, in the same class, depending upon their preference and ability.

Aims of the touch football academy

The aim of the Touch Football Academy is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their potential along the elite pathway of Touch Football whilst maintaining their performance in academic studies.
We aim to provide students with quality coaching and feedback on their development within the school, environment and allow students access and opportunities to compete in elite competitions in Touch Football across South-East Queensland.  We utilise technology resources including drones and video match analysis applications to improve the individual and team performance of our student athlete. 


Applicants must be playing or have the ability to play Touch Football at a representative level.  Students must also meet 3 criteria to remain in the Academy:
  • Progression in Touch Football
  • Academic standards that reflect genuine effort
  • High standard of attitude and behaviour

School standards 

Cavendish Road SHS is a school with an outstanding reputation in academic and sporting achievements.  Students accepted in the Academy Program are expected to maintain the high standards of our school and participate fully in our school curriculum. 

The program

Successful applicants study their chosen sport as one of their 6 subjects.

Touch Football will be taught in class, together where the skills overlap and separately where the skills diverge.

Practical areas include skills, strength and conditioning, speed and agility development.

Theory will encompass diet and nutrition, sports medicine, exercise physiology, coaching and refereeing.


Years 7 – 10 will incorporate relevant outcomes from the Health and Physical Education KLA syllabus and complete a:

  • Level One Touch Football Referee Course. 
  • Years 11 – 12 will complete a Physical Recreation SAS course where they will complete a:
  • Level 1 Touch Football Coaching Course
  • Sports First Aid

Academy staff

The Academy is run by teachers who are passionate about Touch Football and have extensive playing, coaching and leadership experience.  They are:
  • Cathy Farrelly (Academy Director, Elite Coaching Qualifications, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch A/Coach and QSST Secretary)
  • Chris Loth (Elite Coaching Qualifications, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch A/Coach, Australian Under 19 Boys A/Coach and Queensland Men’s 30s Coach) 

Application process

  • 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.