Inaugural four-day festive football programme kicks off collaboration, with further fixtures for 2019
Top-scoring luxury resort Amilla Fushi is once again raising the game for family holidays in the Maldives, after signing up legendary Everton FC and Socceroos star Tim Cahill to lead a series of free football camps for younger guests. Starting with a four-day festive football programme from 26-29 December 2018, Australia’s all-time record goalscorer will lead regular training camps during school holiday periods throughout 2019, providing kids and teens with elite coaching on the island’s very own full-sized pitch.
Australia’s most-capped outfield player and scorer of a record 50 international goals, Cahill made his farewell appearance for Australia in a friendly against Lebanon yesterday. Although yet to call time on his playing career at club level, Cahill is studying for his UEFA coaching license and is passionate about sharing his unparalleled experience with the next generation. The Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy, a free grassroots football programme launched in Australia in 2013 to inspire young Australian players through exclusive coaching clinics, will also provide an elite team of coaches for the Amilla Fushi football camps including experienced English Premier League coach Robbie Anderson. Working for the past 20 years with Everton FC academy, Robbie has trained players including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Kevin Keegan to name a few.
Open to all skill levels from beginners to budding professionals, Amilla’s Junior Camp welcomes players aged from 5-8 years, whilst the Senior Camp is open to those aged 9-16 years. The camps will focus on teamwork tactics and individual techniques, including dribbling, footwork, passing and receiving. At the end, players will go head to head in a fun-filled World Cup match before a crowd of their loyal fans.
Translating to ‘My Island Home’, Amilla Fushi offers spacious luxury island living in a broad range of family accommodation, all with large freshwater pools and outside areas for al fresco dining. Families can choose from two-bedroom Ocean Lagoon Houses, Beach Houses and Tree Houses, or spectacular four- to eight-bedroom self-contained, fully equipped Residences for a true ‘home from home’ experience. Relaxed dining options allow families to indulge in diverse culinary offerings from around the world whilst the Javvu Spa offers an award-winning holistic retreat in stunning surrounds.
Families staying at nearby fun-loving sister island Finolhu can also be part of the action with complimentary daily boat transfers between the resorts for kids.