The Joondalup United Executive Committee would like to update you on the club’s stance following the recent statements from the Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan and the Football West CEO James Curtis.
Firstly we hope you’re all going okay and coping with the ongoing restrictions. We understand how frustrating this has been for everyone, however we are all very fortunate to be living in WA and hopefully we are through the worst of the coronavirus and are now starting to see things gradually return back to normal for us all.
Whilst the current situation may have seen some restrictions lifted, unfortunately, the Premier has not yet relaxed any restrictions for community contact sport (e.g. football, AFL, etc). Therefore we must reiterate at this point we are still not allowed to return to full training, friendlies or games.
During this ban all current bookings with the City of Joondalup have been suspended meaning that all shire grounds and sporting fields and facilities are closed and will not be available to use for clubs until advised by the State Government.
Football West are following guidelines set by Football Federation Australia (FFA) and along with the local Council, are all working in conjunction with advice from the State Government and Health Officials. In turn we are following this advice to ensure the safety of all members.
As things progress we are sure we will see further restrictions lifted and eventually all community sport will be giving the go ahead to return to normal.
Over the coming weeks we will be liaising with Football West to work on the best possible outcome for everyone to continue to play football, in the immediate future, under the proposed guidelines and in a safe environment for all involved.
In the meantime we thank you for your patience and commitment in keeping players engaged whilst the semi-lockdown restrictions have been in place.
If you haven’t been able to watch or access the Premier’s Statement, click here.
The statement from Football West CEO James Curtis can be accessed here.
Joondalup United can today confirm that Neil Sherwin has been appointed as the first team coach of the Football West Amateur Premier Division squad for the 2020 season.
A JUFC member for ten years and an AFC/FFA C Licence coach, Sherwin was the player/coach of the reserves side that finished fifth in the top flight in 2019.
He was also the reserves captain as they claimed four league titles in a row between 2015 and 2018.
“Following the disappointing news this week that Ben Williams was unable to continue as the Amateur first team coach, we are very pleased to announce Neil Sherwin as his successor,” said JUFC President John Stone.
“It’s good to see Neil step up to this position as he has been involved in coaching the Amateur reserves for some time now and this promotion shows very much how we operate – natural progression from within and club development across all levels.
“Another senior player, James Green, will step into a coaching role for the first time as the first team assistant.”
Sherwin and Green have played together since 2007 when they were members of the Hamersley Rovers side that won the Amateur Cup.
Green was in the JUFC side that progressed to State League football before joining the current Amateur set up under outgoing coach Ben Williams and he was an integral part of the team that won the Division One title in 2018.
“I was delighted to be asked to take on the role and appreciate the backing of the club and the senior playing group,” said Sherwin.
“The Amateur Premier Division is a tough league, however we proved in the second half of last season that we can compete at this level.
“Neither myself or James are ready to hang up the boots just yet but we’re both looking forward to continuing Ben’s great work over the past seven years.
“We have a very strong squad in place but will be looking to add a few new faces to freshen things up and increase competition for places in the starting eleven.”
Preseason begins in the coming weeks with beach sessions at Mullaloo, the first of which takes place on Tuesday, December 10 at 6.15pm.
The balls will get moving at Beldon Park in early January and new players are welcome to attend all sessions.
JUFC are now taking expressions of interest for the vacant Amateur Premier Division reserves coach position; for more information about that role and the Amateur preseason, email email@example.com.
JUFC would like to thank Ben Williams for seven years as Amateur first team coach following his decision to leave the position due to work commitments.
Having taken over the role in 2012, Williams led the JUFC Amateurs all the way from the lower half of Division Three to a seventh place finish in the Premier Division last time out.
Promotion to the top flight came in 2018 as JUFC took out the league title following a close run battle with local rivals Quinns FC.
Williams also guided the JUFC to the Division Two first team title in 2016.
“This is sad news for both Ben and the club,” said JUFC President John Stone.
“In the last seven years as the Amateur first team coach, Ben has overseen their progression and eventually reached the top division in 2018 which was a huge achievement at our second tier level.
“During his time as a player and coach he is one of the longest serving members of the club and at the heartbeat of our culture.
“A truly passionate and loyal member of JUFC, he’s not gone forever and will still be around the club in some capacity.”
Williams leaves behind a strong squad that performed superbly in the second half of the 2019 campaign.
The Executive Committee will now work through the process to identify and appoint a new first team coach for the 2020 season and beyond, with preseason training details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Joondalup United’s Amateur Premier Division squad put their weekend off to good use by working with Right at Home Perth North Suburbs to help members of the community.
Right at Home Perth North Suburbs provides in home services and assistance for seniors, adults with a disability or chronic health condition, and those recovering from surgery, allowing them to maintain their independence while receiving care.
Around 25 of the amateurs visited locations across the Perth last Sunday to do some manual labour for company’s clients.
Activities included painting, landscaping, gutter cleaning, hedge trimming, lawn mowing, sweeping, and power washing, and even the bad weather couldn’t put a dampener on the day.
“On behalf of Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs and our wonderful clients, we would like to thank JUFC for going above and beyond helping our community,” said Helen Green, the company’s managing director.
“Your willingness, kindness and enthusiasm to go that extra mile to brighten people’s day and put smiles on all their faces was overwhelming.
“It truly was memorable for all of us and your generosity to give up your time is priceless, thank you so much from all at Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs.”
Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs is the Amateur Premier Division kit sponsor and first team coach Ben Williams was only too happy for JUFC to give something in return for their backing.
“Our major sponsor does great work and we are very grateful for the support so I thought it would do the players and coaching staff good to give back to the community,” he said.
“Everyone was excellent throughout the day and enjoyed the experience so I think the players took a lot out of the exercise, as well as the clients who had some much needed chores done around their homes.”
Once the jobs were done the lads were treated to a nice cup of tea and a chat for their efforts, a great end to a day well spent.
For more information about Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs, simply head to their website.
The Football West Belt Up Amateur Premier Division kicks off this weekend and will feature Joondalup United for the first time since 2013.
That promotion winning side went on to win State League Division Two the following year before journeying all the way to the National Premier League.
During that time, another JUFC side was steadily working its way through the amateur leagues and claimed a spot in the top flight by winning Division One in 2018.
“It’s been a long time coming but six years of hard work has finally put us back in the Amateur Premier Division and we can’t wait to get started on Sunday against Wembley Downs,” said coach Ben Williams who has overseen the run from Division Three.
“This season is the first for a few years where we haven’t gone into the opening week amongst the favourites for the title and there’s no pressure, so it will be great to see how the lads express themselves when we play the top sides.”
It’s been a long preseason for the squad having kicked things off at the beach in December before the balls got moving early in the New Year, and the Football West Amateur Night Series gave Williams an indication of what to expect.
There were mixed results, with comfortable wins over Hamersley Rovers and UWA-Nedlands and disappointing defeats to Kingsley SC and Leeming Strikers.
“We will be tested week in, week out by tough opposition and to be perfectly honest I don’t know what to expect,” he said.
“I know a bit about the top teams, but others will be new to me. We want to be competitive and obviously survival is our main goal so once that box is ticked then the target will be midtable and come the last couple of months we will hopefully be in a position to push for a top half finish.
Williams has recruited heavily during preseason and added plenty of depth, as well as players who have experience playing in the Premier Division.
Blaine Slater and Mark Walsh have joined from Wembley Downs, while Curtis Wreglesworth, Ryan Williams and Liam Ryan will strengthen the backline.
Adam Taylor, who enjoyed a prolific Division One campaign in front of goal in 2017, returns to the set up after a year working overseas.
He will join Josh Kennedy-Edwards and Kyall Osborne, scorers of 42 league goals between them last season, in the JUFC attack.
Unfortunately, young midfielder Sam Rogers will miss the whole season having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Leeming in the Night Series.
“We have added about 15 new faces to the squad this year and the lads can’t wait to get started at 3pm on Sunday,” said Williams.
“There is a good blend of youth across the first team and the reserves and I’m sure that the lads who have been here and done it before will be putting their arms around the young ones to make sure they’re ready.”
JUFC host Wembley Downs at Beldon Park this Sunday with the reserves kicking off at 12.45pm, followed by the first team at 3pm.
Joondalup United has begun preparations for its return to the Belt up. Amateur Premier Division by confirming the 2019 coaching team.
Having guided JUFC from Division Three to the top flight in the space of six years, Ben Williams will again be the first team coach.
Williams is a FFA/AFC C Licence qualified coach and will look to complete the B Licence course in 2019.
“Finally, we are back among the big clubs in Sunday Amateur football,” says Williams.
“We are keen to add more quality to our existing squad to make the transition from Division One to the Premier Division as smooth as possible.
“JUFC has a brilliant club culture and have been very successful on the pitch over the past few years so we hope to mix it with the top sides and have a strong first season back at that level.”
Williams will be again be assisted on match day by Jono Doherty who has been a huge asset to the Amateur set up over the past year.
There is a change in the reserve set up with Neil Sherwin taking over from Phil Rogers who guided the team to three league titles in a row.
Sherwin will combine coaching with playing having been the reserve team captain for the past five seasons, and he is also a C Licence holder.
Preseason for the Premier Division squad begins next week (Tuesday, 6.15pm) with a session at Mullaloo Beach, the first of four get togethers before Christmas.
With an Amateur Night Series to prepare for, full training will commence at Beldon Park on 3 January 2019.
If you are interested in playing for JUFC or sponsoring the club in 2019, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Joondalup United Football Club Executive Committee,
I would like to take this opportunity to confirm our situation in terms of the rumours that have been circulating over the past few weeks regarding the club folding, merging and everything else in between. I can confirm there will be no merger and JUFC will not be folding.
Apart from the three senior NPL teams this season, the rest of the club is the strongest it’s ever been and we are more financially stable than ever.
As most are aware, the three senior National Premier League (NPL) sides have not had the best start to the season. This is obviously not ideal but comes as no surprise to the Executive Committee. We were resigned to the fact that, after several failed attempts, the City of Joondalup Council were unsuccessful in trying to provide the club with a home base from which to operate from, and therefore we were going to struggle severely in our second season in the NPL.
Our role as an Executive Committee is to operate the club in the best interests of our members and that means exploring every option available, as we have done numerous times during the club’s 19-year history. The City of Joondalup Council had advised us to explore all options and even to investigate options within the City of Wanneroo.
As a result of our current position there was some interest from another club, in particular enquiring whether there was a way to bring our two clubs together with a possible merger and, in the process, solve some challenges currently faced on both sides.
Further enquiries were made, meetings between both parties took place and, following, this the key stakeholders of JUFC were then engaged to discuss all options and work a way forward in the best interests of the club. After much discussion and with due diligence completed we would like to advise that there will be no change to the current structure of the club.
Our search for a home ground has been no secret; whether NPL or not it has been going on for over ten years and the last two years have been the most challenging in which four separate facilities were identified as the new home for JUFC, only to be voted down on every occasion.
The disappointing December rejection of a council proposal for a brand new community facility to be built at the club’s junior ground at Prince Regent Park in Heathridge has left JUFC with no facilities at all and has put a huge strain on every person throughout the club, especially the coaches, players and parents utilising this park. The situation we find ourselves in is ridiculous and is something we are not going to let go lightly.
As a result, the remainder of the 2018 season and the months going into season 2019 is an important period for the club. We are a very proud and successful community club, and we will persevere to explore all avenues to provide this great club an eventual home.
We have now formed a Council Action Group who will lobby the State Government officials and local Members of Parliament. We will also continue to work with the City of Joondalup and engage with the local groups and residents associations, leaving no stone unturned in order to give our club and its members some basic facilities to operate from.
The club will be looking ahead and begin planning for the 2019 season. With some rebuilding and restructuring we are sure we will be able to continue as we always have in the past. Should results continue to no go our way, the NPL Juniors and NPL Development teams will continue to strengthen next season while the seniors rebuild in State League Division One where the compliance and restrictions of NPL do not apply.
The partnership with Glasgow Celtic FC has progressed further this season and we are looking to expand on this more in the coming years. With the senior Amateurs and Masters groups continuing to thrive and compete in all their respective divisions, the club in its entirety will be strong heading towards its landmark 20th season in WA football.
As a club we pride ourselves on providing competitive football for everyone from 5 to 50+ years of age in a family friendly environment. Our core strategy is focused on the development of our players and coaches and in future seasons we will place a strong emphasis in this area to ensure we maintain the standards we have set in our short history.
Joondalup United hosted its first Coaches & Committee Forum on Monday night at the Currambine Bar & Bistro.
The reason for such an event was to get the senior members of the club in one room to discuss all things JUFC past and present, to align everyone with what our club is about, and to set out our intentions for 2018 by highlighting how everyone can all help in achieving our goals.
The presentation delivered on the night addressed numerous areas within the club, including the committee structure and reporting lines, council issues and updates, the club ethos and culture, the partnership with Glasgow Celtic, all things social and fundraising, social media and its importance to a club like us, and rounding it out with the 2018 objectives off the field.
One main area discussed was the growth of the club. The past three seasons have been a bit of a blur for us, and it’s fair to say that the growth has caught us off guard a bit. As you can see via the below graph, it’s been rapid.
We are looking to roll out some new initiatives in 2018, with the junior newsletter being one example. This is an important communication piece within the club that will not only bridge the gap between all the junior teams, but between the junior and senior areas of the club as well. Stay tuned as there will be more info to come on this shortly.
Social and fundraising
As with every year, a major focus is on social and fundraising. We have the annual Family Fun Day this coming Sunday, the club raffle, the mid-season do and the end of season presentation nights.
There are four events that require lots of support, and we only have a few chances a year to get together as a club so we need to make the most of them. We’d love to see a massive increase in junior parents attending social functions and getting really involved in the club and once again bridging the gap between the two areas.
Vice President Peter Rustidge is driving these initiatives from the top down and more details will be available in the coming weeks, with the raffle prizes in particular guaranteed to appeal to everyone.
We are one of the most progressive clubs in the social media space, and it has proven to be a very effective way to promote the club and its good news stores. We have the full support of both Football West and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in terms of our philosophy and usage of the various platforms.
In the past 18 months, JUFC have jumped from 15th to 7th on the list of Perth clubs with the most Facebook likes (almost 2000). We have four accounts which cover all areas of the club, including the much loved mascot Joondalup Joe, and all members are encouraged to like and share posts to spread the word about JUFC and our various endeavours.
We also have Twitter and Instagram accounts which are used to interact with followers from across the globe. However, we need content to make them even better so if you have any good news stories and relevant photographs, we would love you to send the details through to email@example.com.
Our new website, www.jufc.com.au, was launched in recent months and looks fantastic. We have built the JUFC brand to the point where our acronym is instantly recognised in the football community and beyond. It is something to be proud of and we are keen for it stretch far and wide in the coming years.
A huge thanks to everyone who gave up their time to attend Monday night’s forum, it was great to have so many people in the room who care about JUFC.
The challenge now is to get the message out there to the rest of our 600 members but with everybody pitching in, we can make keep building on the great foundations that have been laid over the past 18 years.
Joondalup United is seeking goalkeepers for both of its Amateur squads ahead of the 2018 season.
The Division One and Division Four squads are both in the middle of a good preseason programme, and have friendlies every week right up until April when the main campaign gets underway.
Training takes place at Beldon Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm, and club fees for the year are negotiable for the right candidate(s).
If you are interested in joining either of the JUFC squads, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Division One first team coach Ben Williams on 0416 019 922.