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 junioradmin@jufc.com.au 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.

JUFC Junior Award Winners 2018

Joondalup United held its Junior Presentation event for the 2018 season on Saturday, September 23 at Woodvale Tavern.

Players were served a meal before their parents joined in to see the presentation of 2018 Participation Awards.

Coaches also recognised an outstanding player from each team who were presented a trophy before Joondalup Joe made a special appearance during the Miniroos fun to “Floss” up a storm on the dance floor.

“We would like to thank City of Joondalup North Central Ward Councillor Nige Jones who presented JUFC’s first ever all girls team with their awards, along with the 18s Division 2 team and their Football West league winners’ medals,” said JUFC Junior Committee member Lyn Bartlett.

A huge thank you to those who attended the event, and also to our team of volunteers (pictured above) who worked tirelessly on the day to make sure everything went smoothly.

A list of the award winners can be seen below:

18s Division 2 Stephen
NPL 16s Shaun
NPL 15s Max
NPL 14s Billy
14s Division  2 Joshua
14s Girls Beny
NPL 13s Mal
13s Metro Division 1 Cameron
13s North Division 4 Bakari

 

12s Blue Metro Finlay
12s White Bilbies Austin
11s Blue metro James
11s Green Metro Ruari
11s Purple Bilbies Salam
11s White Bilbies Matthew
10s Blue Metro Lachlan
10s Orange Metro Elliot
10s Purple Bilbies Event
9s Blue Bilbies Declan
9s Purple Bilbies Jackson
9s Yellow Bilbies Chase
8s Blue Bilbies Finn
8s Purple Bilbies Alec

JUFC Junior trials get underway

Joondalup United’s preparations for the 2019 season get underway with the commencement of our Junior trials.

Trials for the NPL, 18s State League and 8s to 12s Development squads will take place at Beldon Park in Beldon.

All interested parties are required to fill out an expression of interest form which, along with the specific dates for each age group, can be found here.

Any queries can be directed to junioradmin@jufc.com.au.

 

JUFC 2019 Junior NPL coaching vacancies

Joondalup United Football Club is seeking expressions of interest for Junior National Premier League (NPL) coaches for the 2019 season.

JUFC is looking for suitably qualified coaches with a minimum C Licence to coach in the 13s to 16s NPL age categories.

If you wish to be part of a club with a strong commitment to junior development and want to help build on our established junior foundations then you may be the type of coach that JUFC is looking for.

Existing coaches are welcome to apply for the 2019 position.

If you are interested in one of the positions, please email your resume to Laila McPherson, JUFC’s Junior NPL Coordinator, on juniornpl@jufc.com.au.

JUFC star Ngo selected for Celtic Academy experience in January

Joondalup United is delighted to learn that exciting young talent Khoa Ngo has been selected to travel to Scotland for a week-long Academy experience with Celtic FC.

Ngo recently impressed at the Celtic Elite Player Progamme which JUFC facilitated as HBF Arena in Joondalup as part of our international partnership.

“Having one of our own players, Khoa Ngo, selected from the Elite Player Programme WA to train at Celtics Academy shows just how far we have come in the development of our Juniors at JUFC,” said Darren Brogan, JUFC’s NPL Junior Technical Director.

“Considering the wealth of talent on show from Perth Glory, Sorrento, Perth Soccer Club, Bayswater City and ECU Joondalup, to name but a few, being chosen as one of the 60 from all the top players in the state is a massive reward for player and club for all the hard work that’s been put in so far.

“I’m sure Khoa will make a huge impression at Celtic’s Academy and hopefully Joondalup United Football Club will be sending more players Celtic’s way to be involved in these life changing opportunities in football.”

Ngo has been an integral part of our National Premier League (NPL) 13s this year and he expressed his delight at being selected to travel to Europe.

“I am so blessed to be getting in the Celtic elite camp as I cannot wait until I learn new skills and put it them the pitch,” said Khoa.

“At first I was scared because I had to play against the under 16s but I had to get on with it and play, and since then I was not scared of playing against older kids.”

Ngo was keen to stress the importance of the role that his JUFC coach, Greg Hart, has played in his development recently.

“My coach Greg has been such an influence on my life, he always motivates me and encourages me to be the best that I can,” said Ngo.

“He sees potential in me and always believes in me even when I don’t even believe in myself. It feels like I’ve known him all my life.

“He is the best coach I’ve ever had, and I really won’t be able to find a better coach. All his teaching has made me step up my game and has improved me a lot.

“Thank you, Greg, for being the best coach towards me.”

Ngo’s parents are equally ecstatic with their son’s progress, and said they are thankful for the once in a lifetime opportunity to improve his skills at one of the world’s best supported clubs.

Everyone at JUFC wishes Khoa Ngo all the best for the rest of the season, and we are proud to have such a talent wearing the club colours every week.

JUFC scores high representation in School Sport WA State Select Squad

Six players from Joondalup United’s National Premier League (NPL) Development 12s and 11s have been selected for the School Sport WA State Select Squad 2018.

Oliver Vrebac, Taj Filipe, Robert Cook, Finlay Clarke and Isabella Rooney from the 12s and Iona Mitchell from the 11s will travel to New South Wales in September for a week where they play against the best kids from all the other States in a competition.

This is the highest representation from any club in the competition so far, something which JUFC NPL Junior Technical Director Darren Brogan is very proud of.

“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,” he said.

“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 six JUFC players made it through six trials during a selection process that included around 60 players.

When they travel over east, they will play two matches per day at the Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood which will provide them with valuable experience.

Congratulations to all involved.

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