Tony heads our next generation

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB takes junior grassroots development as serious business. Football is a positive tool and platform to build formative years assisting in child’s coordination and development. It also builds character as they learn about teamwork and self confidence while playing the game in a fun and safe environment.
     Under the helm of Tony Taylor, our Junior Technical Director (age 6-12s), JUFC is confident the club will be able to create players of the future while ensuring a positive environment.
      Taylor, who is the club’s State player and former captain, is passionate about junior development.
      “The beginning stages of children’s development is to keep them engaged and fall in love with the sport. All children play or should take part in something because they enjoy it! Their development is a process that will happen with the correct guidance and nurturing from their coaches. This is why Ive accepted the Junior TD role so I can pass on my footballing knowledge as experience to help better each player to improve as a player and assist the coaches. I aim to ensure that the development of the players will be closely monitored and players will progress as part of this process” said Taylor, a household name within JUFC members.
     “We have a great line of junior coaches who are dedicated and we appreciate their work and commitment towards the club and the junior development.
      Taylor has also been appointed as the Under-12s Development squad Head Coach for the 2022 season.
“I’m excited and privileged to be taking the U12’s development side for the upcoming season. I will ensure to do my best whilst having the children’s best interest at heart.” added Taylor, a product of the Burnley Football Club and Blackburn Rovers youth academy.
     After a successful first day of junior trials (last Saturday), he welcomes more junior players for the second trials this Sunday (Oct 31).
     “We have football for all ages and levels and best to get your kids down for the trials and we will be able to assist them to they right age category and level,” said Tony, who also runs EA Football Development, a private coaching organisation for all age groups.
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New TDs Buckley, Taylor made for JUFC

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is proud to announce Adam Buckley as our Technical Director for the 2022 season. Buckley, a long time JUFC player and member, will be overlooking the NPL Juniors age groups from Under 13s to Under 16s. The club would also like to announce another long-time club member, Tony Taylor, will be the club’s Junior Technical Director focusing on the age groups from Under 6s to Under 12s. Both directors will also be overlooking the JUFC Community football teams.

Adam Buckley (left) and Tony Taylor

Both Buckley and Taylor, who are current State side players have over 20 years combined experience in the club, while being part of its rise from an amateur side to the NPL outfit.

With importance placed on the pathway progression of players, Buckley is looking forward towards the challenge.

Currently back in the State side after a stint with our Amateur and Masters sides, Buckley has also been coaching JUFC juniors.

“I understand the importance of developing juniors and also working closely with coaches to achieve the best for these players. It is important that we have an objective we want to achieve and work towards it as a team and I am keen on the challenge,” said Buckley, whose wife, son and daughter play for JUFC too.

Former club captain Taylor is also looking forward towards his new role.

“Development is key for younger players but in an environment, which is fun and educational to improve their football mindset,” said Taylor whose family also wear JUFC colours.

A key player in club’s promotion to the highest level, Tony understands the importance of working on the younger generation to mould them and get them ready for the higher-level football as they get older.

‘’Adam (Buckley) and Tony (Taylor) are no strangers to JUFC. Being involved in almost all aspects of the club, both understand the importance of instilling the club’s playing identity in the next generation,” said club vice-president Ghaz Ramli.

“Football is constantly developing, and we need to be able to keep up with the technology and techniques of today without compromising the club’s ethos – the JUFC way. On behalf of the club, I would like to congratulate and wish both of them the best in their tasks ahead,” he added.

NPL Juniors trials and other information for all age groups will be announced shortly. To submit an Expression of Interest, please click HERE or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

COVID-19 – JUFC Executive Committee update to members

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.

Junior coaches and trial dates set ahead of 2020 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce its National Premier League (NPL) coaches for 2020, as well as details of trials for both NPL and Development teams.

Troy Reid will once again oversee operations as the club’s Technical Director, with Martin Allcock (13s), Paddy Rooney (14s), Adam Buckley (15s) and Fraser Cullen (16s) all on board as NPL coaches.

Trials get underway in the middle of October at Charonia Reserve in Mullaloo and Beldon Park in Beldon.

All interested parties are required to fill out an expression of interest form which can be found here.

Technical Director

Troy Reid


13s – Martin Allcock
14s – Paddy Rooney
15s – Adam Buckley
16s – Fraser Cullen

Trials dates

JUFC youngsters shine during 2019 State League season

Joondalup United has continued its commitment to developing young talent throughout the 2019 Football West State League season.

Opportunities have been given to National Premier League (NPL) Juniors perform at a higher level, with Liam Whittaker making his first team debut at just 17 years of age against title winners Gwelup Croatia.

Three more 17-year-olds – Jared Lee, Matt Drake and Aidjouma Sow – have been part of Blaine Merredew’s reserve side that finished second after a fantastic season.

The 18s, meanwhile, has served as a gateway for players aiming to make the step up to senior level.

Luke Crawford (15) started the year in the NPL 15s before moving into 16s, and then the 18s less than a month later.

He has started nearly a dozen games and scored one goal.

Jude Baillie, also 15, was playing up an age group in the 16s and has now got eight 18s games to his name.

Another 15-year-old, Jakub Dubert is another who came through the 16s and is now established as the first choice left back for the 18s.

Dubert netted the match winning goal against Morley Windmills a few weeks ago.

NPL 16 and 15s squad members – Huey Woods, Brad Hilton, Brendon Brassington, Julien Bian and Logan Smith are others who have featured for Troy Reid’s 18s.

Trial registration is now open for the 2020 season and all interested parties can fill out an expression of interest form via our website.

Mitchell earns call up for SSWA Girls State U12 squad

Joondalup United’s Iona Mitchell will this month travel to Canberra as part of the School Sport Western Australia (SSWA) Girls State U12 squad.

The trip takes place between Saturday, August 24 and Friday, August 30 with 15 players selected as part of the squad.

Iona’s JUFC coach Gavin Knight is understandably delighted to see one of his players representing the black and gold over east.

“I want to congratulate Iona Mitchell I’m being selected for the U12s girls state school team that is heading to Canberra in August,” he said.

“Iona has been a great asset to our squad and is improving every week; I have also told Iona it is a great achievement to represent your state in any sport and should enjoy every second of it.

“I wish Iona the best on the trip and good luck to the U12 boys and girls state team that is heading over to Canberra.”

The squad will play games across the week and pick up some vital experience playing against sides from other parts of the country.

JUFC stars earn places in the School Sport WA State 12s squad

Joondalup United youngsters Alfie Knight and Louis Sollitt have been selected for the School Sport WA State 12s select squad for 2019.

Both players are key members of JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) 13s set up and made it through six trials during a selection process that included around 80 players.

They will  travel to the ACT from Saturday, August 24 to Saturday, August 30 where they play against the best kids from all of the other states in a competition.

This is a great representation from JUFC, something which NPL Junior Technical Director Darren Brogan takes great pride in.

“As a club we are so proud of the players that have made the squad as it’s a huge reward for all their efforts at training and matches that have got them this far to be part of such an event,” said Brogan.

“From a coach’s perspective, it’s the best reward you can get when your players are successful through hard work, dedication and sheer determination to achieve such amazing things in the sport.”

The week-long trip over east will see Knight and Sollitt play two games per and gain valuable experience against some of the best players in the country for their age group.

“The two boys are playing up a year in the NPL 13s which provides them with extremely tough games to constantly improve and develop,” said Brogan.

“They have been in outstanding form helping their team into the top six of Division One in the NPL 13s league and quarter finals of the 13s Cup.

“Some of the goals the boys have scored are of the highest quality, showing great decision making for such young players.”

Congratulations to both Alfie and Louis, and best of luck for the trip next month.

JUFC’s Rooney selected for Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad

Joondalup United youngster Isabella Rooney has been chosen to represent Western Australia as part of the Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad.

The team will fly to China for the Jinshan International Youth Football Championships, which will take place between August 21 to 26.

“Isabella is having a fantastic season again this year helping her team into the top six in the National Premier League (NPL) 13s and quarter finals of the 13s Cup,” says Darren Brogan, JUFC’s Junior NPL Technical Director.

“Her passion and commitment to the team have been outstanding and some of the reasons why she has been selected to play for the State 14 Girls.”

“Playing consistently and against top teams every week is giving her so much confidence and developing her talents to further herself in the game.”

According to Football West, the Jinshan Championships will consist of approximately four to six games, depending on results, plus a pre-tournament game against a local club that is to be confirmed.

Brogan believes that playing top level football will give Rooney an advantage that the other State players don’t have exposure to as she plays in the NPL while the rest are in Division One.

Indeed, Rooney is the only player outside of the Girls National Training Centre (NTC) program to make the State Team for 2019.

“It’s a great achievement and as a coach I couldn’t be more proud of her with the way she conducts herself in and around the club with her tremendous commitment to training and her positive attitude,” says Brogan.

Congratulations to Isabella, and best of luck for the trip to China!

JUFC and Coerver team up for junior Skill Acquisition Program

Joondalup United and Coerver ® Coaching have come together to offer an exciting Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) for the club’s current juniors.

Coerver ® Coaching is a global football education provider celebrating its 35th year of operation and has been referred to many times over the years as being the world’s number one football teaching method.

The method, designed to develop skilled, confident and creative players was built on the following two primary premises:

1. Technical proficiency is critical to playing football effectively, regardless of tactics or formations, and

2. Technical proficiency can be taught, it is not something a player either has or hasn’t naturally.

This year JUFC, in partnership with Western Australia’s only authorised Coerver ® Coaching provider, is happy to be able to offer this world class program to our juniors.

The program, comprising of 16 hours of skills training, is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 15, and each participant will receive a moisture wicking Coerver ® Coaching training shirt, and Adidas football, and a certificate of completion.

To get some further insight into the program, JUFC will be hosting an information and demonstration session in early May and we invite all families to come down to watch.

All players registering for the program itself will be placed in a draw to win free enrolment, worth $320.

When: Saturday, 25 May 2019

Duration: 16 weeks

Where: Forrest Park, Padbury

Cost: $320 (includes training shirt and football)

Contact: Email to register your interest

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.