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.

NPL Development 11s score big win over Kingsway

Joondalup United’s NPL Development 11s picked up their first win of the 2018 season when they beat Kingsway Olympic on Tuesday night.

They began their 11s Blue (Metro) campaign with a 4-0 loss to ECU Joondalup but rebounded in style to see off Kingsway by four goals to two.

Kingsway took an early lead at Prince Regent Park but JUFC showed great character to turn the game on its head, much to the delight of coach Paddy Rooney.

“The boys were still struggling to kick into gear but we eventually found our feet and went 4-1 up with goals from Sam Rooney and a Dean Smythe hat-trick,” he said.

“Kingsway scored a late consolation goal making it 4-2 at the final whistle.”

Next up for JUFC is a home game against Subiaco AFC on April 29 and even though they will be missing some players for the game, Rooney is believes that they can again give a good account of themselves.

JUFC and Glasgow Celtic team up for Elite Player Program in April

As part of Joondalup United’s international partnership with Glasgow Celtic, an Elite Player Program will be hosted at HBF Arena in Joondalup next month.

The unique event takes place across three days – Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26 – and will be staffed with coaches from the Celtic Academy who are some of the best in Europe.

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

A number of JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) players aged between 11 and 16 will be selected to participate in the program.

“We enjoy a strong partnership with Celtic FC and it’s always fantastic when Celtic coaches visit Australia,” says Darren Brogan, JUFC’s NPL Juniors Technical Director.

“The Elite Player Program provides an opportunity for young players to be challenged over three days working with Celtic FC staff, and the event provides a unique opportunity for players to be selected and travel to Glasgow to experience an unforgettable week at a top European club.”

JUFC has been an international partner of Celtic FC since 2016.

Players wanted for JUFC 14s Development Team

There are limited places available in Joondalup United’s 14s Development Team for the upcoming season.

The team will be competing in Metro Division Two and currently trains twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

If you are a player who is dedicated and willing to push yourself to further develop your football skills, then we encourage you to join the team.

Players born in 2004 are preferred but those born in 2005 are also invited to apply.

The team is very fortunate to have an experience coach in place who is currently completing the Football Federation Australia (FFA) C Licence course.

If you are interested in joining the team or would like more information, email juniornpl@jufc.com.au or phone 0458 119 930.

NPL WA 15s team vacancies

Joondalup United are looking for a couple of dedicated and talented young footballers to join the National Premier League (NPL) 15s squad in 2018.

An already competitive side, we are looking to pick up key position players in defence, although all talented players will be considered.

The ideal players will be driven and motivated, aspiring to be part of the JUFC 18s squad over the coming years and eventually progress through to our NPL WA First Team.

Players born in 2003 are desired (though 2004 may also be considered).

If you would like to be considered for a place in our 15s NPL team, please email juniornpl@jufc.om.au or call/sms 0458 119 930

Junior NPL and NPL Development kit sizing day takes place this weekend

Joondalup United invites our Junior National Premier League (NPL) and NPL Development players and their parents to the sizing day this coming Sunday.

Forrest Park in Padbury is the venue for the sizing day and there will samples of shirts, shorts, socks and jackets available to try on.

Each team has been allocated a time slot (see below) and we ask that you adhere to the schedule to assist our volunteers and allow the day to run smoothly.

If you have any queries in advances, you can email the Junior co-ordinators on juniornpl@jufc.com.au,and they will be present until 2pm on the day.

JUFC and Target Sports Soccer School to return for the January holidays

Joondalup United and Target Sports will once again team up for two weeks of soccer school training early next year.

The three-day camps will be held at Forrest Park in Padbury for players aged between 7 and 13 under the guidance of qualified and experienced coaches.

Players will develop skills, tactical awareness, game psychology and physical training techniques in a safe and fun environment.

The cost is $35 per or $100 per week and to enrol, simply click here and follow the instructions, and you can view the timetables below.

Additional NPL 15s players required for 2018

Joondalup United is seeking additional players for its National Premier League 15s team ahead of the new season.

Despite having significant talent attend our recent NPL trials, the coach of the 15s is still looking for a couple of players to fill key positions within the squad.

In particular, the squad is in need of players who can operate in defence or on the wing, however other positions will also be considered.

If you are interested in training with the team, please email juniornpl@jufc.com.au with the following details:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Positions played
  • Club played for in 2017
  • Any relevant playing history

Celtic FC coach adds expertise to JUFC’s NPL Junior trials

Joondalup United’s National Premier League (NPL) Juniors trials continued for the 11s and 12s at Wanneroo City Soccer Club and were boosted by a visit from Glasgow Celtic’s Celtic International Academy Manager and 13s Academy Coach Chris Hendry.

Currently in Perth scouting a venue for a potential elite player program in January, Chris carved out some time from his busy schedule to put on a small classroom session for the NPL coaching staff followed by a training session for the 11s and 12s.

“Having a partnership which such a massive club like Celtic affords us the opportunities to tap into the wealth of knowledge they possess and gives us a model to try and replicate at Joondalup United, which can only pay dividends for coaches and players alike,” said JUFC Club President Stephen Martin.

If the elite player program in Perth does get off the ground it will be another massive coup for the club and will hopefully see one of the JUFC youngsters heading off to Glasgow to spend some time with Celtic.

“The Development Trials for Joondalup United have reached new heights in the football community in Perth for the 2018 season,” said Darren Brogan, who is the club’s NPL juniors Coaching Co-ordinator, NPL 12s Head Coach and the official liaison with Celtic.

“We are always wanting to try and do things a bit different to what every other NPL club does trial wise; we like to use the small sided games format with lots of touches for the kids, with skills, juggling and different themes going on throughout the trial to make the kids comfortable on the day and maximising the players chance of success.

“Whilst some clubs have set the bar, JUFC have raised it by utilising their partnership with Celtic Football Club and having Chris Hendry, the Celtic International Academy Manager and 13s Academy Coach, on hand to assist with our NPL 11s and 12s was a massive bonus. The trial session, which lasted two and a half hours, gave every child the chance to train in a unique Academy style environment.

“The event was an amazing spectacle with parents and players commenting that the trials were the best they have ever attended with the 40 kids not wanting it to finish. We had the best talent in Perth on show in these age groups which elevates the club to a whole new level in development terms.

“Celtic also put on a coaching seminar before the event which allowed all our coaching staff a unique insight into one of the best academies in the world totalling the most contact days for kids in Europe providing nine sessions per week and games, reaching the 10,000 hours required to reach top level football.”

A big thank you also goes out to NPL First Team Coach Nick Jennings, 20s Coach Stephen McDowall, 13s Coach Greg Hart, 11s Coach Paddy Rooney and first team vice-captain Josh Whitmore for helping with the training session.