Celebrating 20 years of JUFC (2000-2019)

Joondalup United is calling on all members past and present to be part of the club’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

The Executive Committee will be commemorating two decades of JUFC with a number of events over the next 12 months.

A special version of the club badge has been designed and will used on all official channels throughout 2019, displaying the pride we have in reaching such a big milestone.

“It’s been an incredible achievement for our club to just survive, let alone grow and achieve the huge successes we’ve enjoyed over these 20 years,” says JUFC President John Stone.

“This season we can celebrate those years with past and present members and as we enter a new era we are commemorating this event with a relaunch of the club training shirt in an original club colour, red, aided by a unique club emblem that we’re sure all members will embrace.”

The decision to go with a red training shirt in 2019 is a nod to the colour of the away kits worn during our first few seasons.

There will also be an extensive range of merchandise available over the course of the season, complete with the special club badge.

This also presents a number of sponsorship opportunities with packages tailored to the needs of the client, simply email admin@jufc.com.au to find out how you can come on board for the 20th anniversary of JUFC.

On the pitch, there is plenty to be excited about as we look to assert ourselves in the Football West State League, while the Amateurs will compete in the top division having gained promotion last time out.

The JUFC Masters remain strong, and our Juniors continue to grow year-on-year thanks to our great family ethos, qualified coaches, and reputation in the northern suburbs and beyond.

Our relationship with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic continues and details of more partnership events will be available over the coming months.

Overall it’s an exciting time to be a JUFC member, and we look forward to you helping us to make our 20th year a great one.

JUFC 20th Anniversary Events*

10 February 2019 – Junior Registration Day

24 February 2019 – Senior Registration Day

31 March 2019 – Family Fun Day

29 June 2019 – Junior Photo Day

26 October 2019 – Senior Presentation Night

*More to be confirmed

Amateur Premier Division coaching team set for 2019

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 amateur@jufc.com.au.

JUFC appoints Technical Director ahead of 2019 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Reid as the club’s new Technical Director.

Reid came to the club with plenty of experience having previously been with Stirling Lions as a National Premier League (NPL) coach and a Technical Director for the 6s to 11s age groups.

He will also be the club’s 18s coach for the upcoming State League campaign.

“Troy has a strong record of developing players and has the dedication and experience to be part of the future of our Club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“Having coached one of our Junior NPL teams this year we have been impressed with Troy’s personal leadership and ability to get the best out of his players on and off the pitch.”

JUFC is looking to the future and aims to focus on professionalism, performance, club culture with a strong emphasis on Junior development.

As Technical Director, Reid will be in a key position and will be working with our great team of coaches to assist players develop and transition through Junior NPL teams into senior football.

“I am excited by the role and the direction the club is going with the youth development focus, and I think I can use my experience to help foster and develop that vision,” said Reid, who also coached his way through the youth and senior ranks at club and representative level in Albany.

“Obviously we want to continue to develop young footballers and be competitive in the NPL competitions.

“Most importantly we want to focus on developing players who will be the future of our first team over the coming years, not only to get us back into the senior NPL but to be competing at that level.”

Reid has already commenced his new role and is overseeing the Junior trials which are taking place at Beldon Park for the next few weeks.

Bucking Bull – the roast experts for all your catering needs

Joondalup United would like to thank Bucking Bull for their sponsorship and support throughout the 2018 season.

For all our junior teams out there, you may have noticed man of the match vouchers from the Bucking Bull catering company handed out by the coaches after every match.

These vouchers were kindly donated by someone you may have heard of before, former Joondalup Mayor and supporter of the club Troy Pickard.

As the city of Joondalup Mayor, Troy Pickard was the only member of council to stick his neck out for the club publicly and push our cause at the highest level, a stance that made him many enemies in the local community.

If local councils had more people like Troy who were more interested in serving the community as opposed to serving themselves, we would all truly benefit.

The club would like to this this opportunity once again to thank Troy publicly for all his help over the years and for highlighting our plight.

Hopefully the beating we have taken over these last few years will reap reward in the coming years.

Turning back to business, Troy has been involved with Bucking Bull for a number of years and has numerous franchises all around the metro area.

People may not know that a major arm of this business is catering and, as we start to head into the festive season, we ask that you keep Troy and his catering capabilities in mind.

A link to his website can be found here so if this looks like something that would benefit or help you out then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and also let him or his lovely wife Felicity know you are from JUFC when placing an order.

Thanks again to Troy and all of our sponsors for their backing during season 2018.

Stephen Martin
Club President

A message from the President – JUFC fundraisers

Now that the dust has settled on a frenetic period for the club I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the JUFC mid-season function (race night) and quiz night and who also participated in the club raffle.

As a club with no proper home base or facilities, we have always placed a big emphasis on fundraising. The mid-season function and quiz night are great opportunities for everyone to get together for a drink and a laugh while raising money for the club.

The club raffle has massive potential to the and is ultimately successful if every member does their part and sells their minimal allotment of tickets. It’s all about spreading responsibility among all of us.

Historically, getting members to buy into fundraising activities was hard; it had put a massive strain on the committee and volunteers. Trying to organise things such as Bunnings barbecues and the like several times over a season requiring 20 odd volunteers every time for minimal reward just became too hard.

The club raffle was seen as an easy way to allow club members to sell tickets to friends, co-workers and family members and help raise money for the club to assist with future capital improvements. It has proven its success and will be around for seasons to come.

To all the members who sold their ten tickets and to the members who went over and above their minimum allotment of ten, the club thanks you very much.

Our first club raffle was held back in 2016 and when all was said and done, the club made around $11,500.

In season 2018 with a much greater impetus and lessons learned from the 2016 raffle, the profits were around $24,000 after prizes and expenses were covered. This is more than double and represents a massive improvement.

Saying that though, we did have higher expectations given the size of the club and this is something that will be looked at a bit more in season 2019.

As mentioned previously, there were a few members who went over and above and sold a lot more than their original allotment of ten tickets.  The two highest ticket sellers in the club were:

James Bosdet:   NPL First Team                  132 Tickets

Wesley Rowe:   NPL Under 13s                 120 Tickets

It was an absolutely massive effort and just goes to show you that selling ten tickets should not present much of an issue when people out there are shifting this many.

To recap the winners and ticket numbers:

1st Place:              Paul Rustidge                                     Ticket #4905

2nd Place              Danny and Jodie Dimitrovich           Ticket #6352

3rd Place               Shai Cheyne                                       Ticket #2049

The raffle tickets did mention the results would be posted in the West Australian on the Monday following the draw but this should have read club social media, an oversight when rolling over the tickets from the 2016 raffle so apologies to anyone who went looking for the results in the paper.

All that remains in the club social space for season 2018 are the end of season presentation nights for the juniors and seniors.

Details will be advised on this shortly and we are hoping it will be a great way to round out another season.

Stephen Martin
Club President

Club statement – the future direction of Joondalup United

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.

Stephen Martin
Club President

JUFC social and fundraising events – bigger and better than ever

Over the next few weeks JUFC members will be bombarded with all sorts of advertising and requests in relation to a few events we have coming up.

It’s really important that everyone understands how crucial these events are to the club in terms of cour spirit and financing.

It might feel like it’s one thing after another but in reality, it’s only two social gatherings and the selling of ten raffle tickets.

Without a proper facility the club has historically relied on such events to build relationships and fundraise.

At the end of the day, it all goes back into benefiting the club so the more successful they are the better for all.

Below are the details and a brief description of each event.

Joondalup Joe’s First Birthday

When: Sunday, May 27, 4pm

Where: The Northshore Tavern, Whitfords

First up its Joondalup Joe’s first birthday this Sunday, starting at 4pm.

It’s just a bit of fun and an opportunity to fill up the Northshore with everyone from JUFC as it is very rare to have juniors, amateurs and National Premier League (NPL) all under one roof.

Bring the family, wear your JUFC gear and let’s represent the club. It is also a great chance to activate your JUFC member card and thank the Northshore for their sponsorship this season.

If you will be attending the event, we ask that you please jump onto the event on our Facebook page and click ‘going’ so we can get an idea of numbers.

The last thing we want to happen is the Northshore not having enough staff rostered on to handle the demand.

JUFC Club Raffle

When: Ticket sales commence this weekend and the winners will be drawn on Friday, June 22 at the mid-season function

The JUFC club raffle kicked off in 2016 and was very successful but we want to raise a lot more than we did in its inaugural year and hit this one out of the park.

Every club member will be issued with ten $10 raffle tickets and this is the minimum amount you are expected to sell.

It would be great if you could sell more – sell them at work, to your family, to your mates, anyone really as the more we sell the more we make for the club.

There will be a prize for the person who sells the most and for the team that sells the most, we could potentially raise $40,000 to $50,000 if everyone does their part.

Mid-season function (Race Night, with a twist)

When: Friday, June 22, 7pm

Where: Currambine Community Centre

Finally, we have the mid-season function.

This year we are moving away from a sit-down event like Bogan Bingo or a quiz night and instead hosting a Race Night, with a twist.

We are hoping this will provide a more interactive event for all members with designated time at the end of the night for a bit of a dance, something which has been missing over the past few years.

The night promises to be a great laugh with cheap drinks on offer and, with the club raffle being drawn on this night, there’s no reason to miss it.

The Community Centre can hold 300 people and with a club of our size there is no reason we shouldn’t be filling it.

This is an event open to the entire club and we would love to see a great representation from the junior parents in the club, especially ones who have not yet attended a JUFC social function.

It is always a busy time of year for the committees and we ask that you do your part by attending events, selling tickets and, most of all, having a great time.

It’s all about everyone chipping in and doing a little bit instead of a few people doing everything.

Doing your bit to help the club.

That’s it. That’s your three things for the year, but it’s all going down over the next month.

So, get on board, put the dates in your diary and get involved!

Celtic Elite Player Program a huge success at HBF Arena

The Elite Player Program hosted by Celtic Football Club in Australia has taken place across three days, Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th of April 2018, at HBF Arena in Joondalup.

Joondalup United were the host club for this event as an International Partner of the Scottish Premiership Champions.

The program was staffed with coaches from the Celtic FC Youth Academy, who are some of the finest in Europe, with all players getting to experience life as an Academy player.

The three days consisted of coaching sessions, classroom activity and game time in an environment designed to challenge every player.

“The sessions really worked the players giving them valuable insight into academy life with lunch and dinner provided so they could all recover, whilst working on individual analysis, mindset, Celtic game model, nutrition and coach to player one-to-one feedback and evaluation,” said Darren Brogan, JUFC’s NPL Junior Technical Director.

“All the players that attended had been selected to participate as they were chosen by their coach or recommended and scouted to be involved in this amazing event.”

The Elite Player Program has proved to be a massive success with players gaining valuable training and knowledge from the top Academy Coaches at Celtic – Willie McNab, John McStay, Graham Diamond and Raymond Hewitt.

One of the players was chosen to train with Celtic at their Academy as part of an all-expenses paid trip back to Scotland.

Entertainment Book now available through JUFC

The new 2018/19 Entertainment Book can now be ordered, and early bird purchases will include over $180 in bonus offers.

The Book is available in two formats – paper and digital – and costs just $70 for either version; each copy sold sees JUFC receive some cashback which will assist with the club’s fundraising initiatives.

To order the new edition, simply head to the JUFC Entertainment Book page, and more information on the early bird offers is available here.

If you have any queries, contact Natalie Campbell on 0439 0486 06 or bungbetty@yahoo.com.au.

Building for the future – JUFC Coaches & Committee Forum 2018

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.

Newsletter

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.

Social Media

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 media@jufc.com.au.

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.

Regards,

Stephen Martin
JUFC President