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.

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.

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.