Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Our Blog



Inaugural four-day festive football programme kicks off collaboration, with further fixtures for 2019

10 December 2018 – 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.

Red Savannah (01242 787800, redsavannah.com) offers a week’s festive holiday at Amilla Fushi from £5,919 per person – saving from £3,668 per couple – including seven nights in an Ocean Reef House accommodation, daily breakfast, return flights and seaplane transfers.

For more information on Amilla Fushi please visit: www.amilla.mv/festive2018.

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About Amilla Fushi

Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International (Velana International Airport), Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestle among lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand; plus 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. 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 & 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 The Sultan’s Village, Amilla Fushi is putting the Maldives on the map as a destination not just for couples, but for families and friends.

About The Small Maldives Island Co

The Small Maldives Island Co’s main focus is on Resort Management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts.

Amilla Fushi and sister resort Finolhu are owned by Coastline Hotels and Resorts – part of the Coastline Group of companies, one of the Maldives’ largest private companies, established in 1994. The Coastline Group is engaged in logistics; oil importing, storage and distribution; pilling and construction; building material supplies; hotel resort development; condominium development; airport ownership, development and operation; and luxury yacht and boat manufacturing. It is the largest importer and distributor of Fuel Related Products such as Marine Gasoil and Mo Gas to resorts in the Maldives, servicing 65 per cent of the country’s resorts through its company Asian Gasoil. In addition to building both W Maldives and Huvafen Fushi, Coastline’s recent developments within the tourism sector include Mudhdhoo island, subsequently acquired by Dusit Thani Hotels; Baa Atoll’s Dharavandhoo Airport; and the newly opened Raa Ifhuru Airport.

For further press information please contact:

Kate Faulkner (kate@bacall.net), Sarah Harvey (sarah@bacall.net) or Nat Frogley (nat@bacall.net) at Bacall PR or Tel: +44 (0) 207 360 2880.

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