NPL Youth Squad

Cairns Youth Squad - Talent Support Program (TSP)

Our 2018 NPL Youth Squad will be coached by our Senior Coach Danny Graystone and the club’s Technical Director Mark Boyd. Both coaches are AFC ‘A’-Licenced full-time professional’s, with exceptional coaching experience and background and committed to ongoing youth development within Far North Queensland.

A squad of 16-18 players will work with Cairns FC coaching staff regularly on Monday and Wednesday evenings, playing in competitive internal and external fixtures and trained under the same philosophy as our Cairns FC NPL Senior Program.

Players will continue to represent their FNQ Premier League clubs on a weekly basis and will also play select matches for Cairns FC as ‘Guest Players’ against our regional adversaries from Mackay and Townsville.

Players will be consistently monitored by Cairns FC NPL coaching staff, local club Senior Coach’s and regularly assessed by the club’s medical staff to ensure that player training loads, injuries and over-training is reduced.

Players will be provided with regular assessment, feedback, and development programs to assist with their performance in the local competition, their suitability for the Cairns FC NPL program or future professional / semi professional career options in the game. In addition to this, Youth Squad players will be provided access to the club’s physiotherapists, remedial therapists and podiatrists to ensure they are receiving professional medical support during the season.

We are presently working towards finalising additional playing opportunities post season for an end of season tournament with options either within Australia or overseas.

The object of the NPL Youth Squad is to bridge the gap for Cairns FC players between our Junior NPL Academy Squad’s and the Senior NPL squad. This will be done by providing a High Performance Coaching Environment and also links to A-League Clubs such as Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets.

Our drive is to assist with their development into senior football, either for Cairns FC, FNQ League clubs or A-League Youth programs.


This will include:

* Cairns FC Youth Squad club Training Kit and Training Bag
* Minimum 40 Training Sessions by Professional A-Licenced Coaches
* Minimum 15 Games – These will include internal games with a combination of Youth Squad Players and NPL Senior Players and Cairns FC Representative games against local FNQ Premier League clubs and NPL clubs.
* Access to club Physiotherapy and Podiatry
* Opportunity to train alongside our NPL squad
* Access to Cairns FC Youth Squad TeamAPP
* Access to FIT360 programs
* Access to the region's most qualified coaching staff (This does not include the cost of any overseas or inter-state tournaments should you wish to participate)
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