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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 -

  • Joel Smith (Academy Director, Asia B Coaching Licence, Brisbane Roar Youth Assistant coach)
  • Dale Zimmerlie (Asia B Coaching Licence)
  • Melissa Andreatta (Asia B Coaching Licence, Brisbane Roar Women's Assistant/Manager coach)


Guest coaching staff - Rado Vidosic (Asia A Coaching Licence, Brisbane Roar Assistant coach, former Cavendish Rd SHS Football Academy Director) conducts coaching sessions when requested, provides advice to players and parents on career pathways and opportunities, provides technical advice on national and international trends in Football and provides an important link for the Academy to the Brisbane Roar and A league competition.

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 - Rob Farrow (QLD Lions 1st team Goal Keeping Coach, member of Keeper Training Australia).

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

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

Joining the Academy 

  • Complete the application form and return it to - The Director, Cavendish Rd State High School Football Academy.
  • Attend one of the Trial Days (PDF, 306KB) to be held at Cavendish Rd State High School.
  • Players will be judged and selected by the school coaching staff.
  • Phone if you have any queries. We are happy to help you

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.