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.

JUFC to expand girls set up for 2020 season

Joondalup United is looking to expand its young but successful girls program for 2020, with the goal to have competitive 14s and 16s squads for the upcoming season.

We have a core group of of girls for both squads already but are looking to complete them with some more experienced players.

Maybe you have played for your school and are looking to play club football next season? Maybe you were not selected for the team you trialed at but are still looking to play next season? Or maybe you are just looking for a change? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, JUFC could be the club for you.

JUFC is very passionate about girls football, and playing for our club will include:

  • Quality coaching with FFA accredited coaches, including a C-License coach and fully accredited Coerver Skills coach.
  • Personal player development plans and programs, with drills targeted specifically towards identified development areas.
  • End of season player progress report.
  • Two training sessions per week.
  • Full playing kit with name on back.
  • Summer preseason training camp (additional costs apply).

Whilst JUFC strives for our players to give their best, development as players and people is paramount.

Trial dates

Both sessions will be held at Charonia Park in Mullaloo.

  • Saturday, November 23, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday, November 30, 11am to 12.30pm

A registration form for the trials can be found here.

JUFC girls get set for finals after strong first season

Joondalup United’s 14s girls’ team have performed superbly in their inaugural season at the club and now have a finals campaign to look forward to.

While their opponents have yet to be determined, the team will be confident of claiming a win in their semi-final to earn themselves a shot at silverware.

Coach Rob McCullagh has done stellar work to bring the side together, with his squad only being finalised three days before the campaign got underway.

Six of the girls had never played competitive football before, including the entire back four, while three others had only played one season previously.

As well as their relative inexperience, the squad is also one of the youngest in their age group but that hasn’t proved to be a barrier in any way.

In fact, they pushed hard for the regular season title and secured a finals spot with plenty of time to spare and can boast the best goal difference in the league as well as the second best defensive record.

“Given the girls’ inexperience and what I felt was important for both the team and club in their first year, I made the decision early to ensure they were competitive each match by first making them hard to beat,” says McCullagh.

“A national curriculum purist may not approve but the fact is, not one single team had an easy ride against this raw team and I could not be prouder of their determination and attitudes.

“The technique and game awareness will come; attitude and accountability are far harder to coach.”

The season has come with its challenges though, and at their home ground of Prince Regent Park in Heathridge there are not only no separate female changing rooms but no changing rooms whatsoever.

The situation is not ideal for participants in a winter sport but the girls haven’t let it impact them and their results have been testament to the dedication of the players, their families and their coach

In their most recent outing, they played out a 1-1 draw against Woodvale in what was essentially a dead rubber as McCullagh experimented with his squad.

Regular goalkeeper Becca Dahlstrom was given a chance to shine outfield with Catie McCullagh ably filling in between the sticks.

A goal down at half time, the team reverted to a more familiar set up and got back on level terms when Lily Hamilton found the net.

“Girls and women’s football is the next big sporting opportunity in the country at the moment,” says McCullagh.

“To this end, I would like to thank the club for the opportunity of putting together and coaching your first ever all girls team.”

Everyone at JUFC wishes Rob and the team well in their upcoming finals series.

JUFC needs support to help women’s football grow

Joondalup United’s hopes of establishing a number of women’s teams in the coming years hangs in the balance due to a lack of adequate facilities.

Having established itself as a National Premier League (NPL) team in men’s football, and with the Amateur, Masters and Junior setups thriving, Perth-based JUFC has turned its attention to providing opportunities for more young women to play the game.

However, none of the club’s existing grounds provide suitable facilities to run men’s and women’s games concurrently.

Next Tuesday, a proposal to upgrade one of the club’s home grounds – Prince Regent Park – will be voted on by the City of Joondalup Councillors, and this new community facility would include four changing rooms and showers.

Currently, Prince Regent Park has neither of these and many Junior players are forced to change at the side of the pitch during winter when it’s cold and wet.

With a coach and squad already in place, JUFC has committed to fielding a 13s team in the Smarter than Smoking Junior Girls competition in 2018, another exciting milestone for the club.

“After talking about it for a couple of seasons, it’s great to get our first young women’s team up and running,” says JUFC President Stephen Martin.

“Lack of space and facilities have hampered previous attempts, but with no real solutions on the horizon we have no option but to go for it and hope for the best.”

The profile of women’s football has increased massively in recent years, thanks in large part to the great work done by Perth Glory who are regular title challengers in the Westfield W-League.

According to Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) strategic plan for the game, released in 2014, around one in five football players in this country is female.

In 2015, soccer overtook netball in terms of its popularity among girls aged 6 to 13, and the success of Australia’s national side, the Matildas, has brought the sport more positive attention from the media, supporters and the game’s other stakeholders.

Western Australia’s Sam Kerr is arguably the best player in the world right now, becoming a role model for the next generation, and Martin is excited at the possibility of producing future women’s internationals at JUFC.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle,” he says.

“We currently have men’s team for all ages from 5 to 75, but Junior and Senior women’s teams will truly make us a club for all.

“Many of our members have partners or daughters who are eager to pull on the club colours, and we would love to be able to cater for them too.”

JUFC is hopeful that the City of Joondalup will approve the upgrades at Prince Regent Park so more girls and women can be given the opportunity to play for the club.