Everton legend Tim Cahill leads free kids football camps at Amilla Fushi

Top-scoring luxury resort Amilla Fushi has once again raised 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.

Beginning with a four-day festive football programme from December 26-29, 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. Families staying at nearby fun-loving sister island Finolhu are also able to take part in this action with complimentary daily boat transfers between the resorts for kids.

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, has also provided 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 five to eight years, whilst the Senior Camp is open to those aged 9-16 years. The camps focus on teamwork tactics and individual techniques, including dribbling, footwork, passing and receiving. At the end, players go head to head in a fun-filled World Cup match before a crowd of their loyal fans.

Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport, Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestled amongst lush tree tops or hugging the shores of pristine white sand. Additionally, eight spectacular four to eight-bedroom Beach Residences ideally suited to large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy are also available.

Amilla’s innovative restaurants range from the diverse, informal foodie hub Baazaar to the relaxed yet sophisticated overwater dining at the signature Feeling Koi. Guests can even drop in to gourmet café and deli The Emperor General Store or The Wine Shop and Cellar Door to treat themselves to lighter snacks, a favourite bottle or a gourmet selection of artisanal cheeses.

With an unrivalled range of purpose-designed multi-bedroom accommodation options, and an exciting, inspiring and active Kids’ Club, Amilla Fushi is putting the Maldives on the map as a destination not just for couples, but for families and friends.

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