“Giving the boots” . . . to Gulu United!

Thank you for “giving the boots” — to Gulu United!

Our fields here are often more dirt than grass, and the youth academy boots take a beating. We make great use of the a local cobbler, but that only goes so far. So, we continue to need a steady stream of ‘gently used’ boots and as you can see from these photos on Facebook, we’re well outfitted!

A huge thank you goes out to Soccer Academy Alliance Canada, Power FC, Sigma FC, Beachside United, Mount Hamilton, South Simcoe United FC, Markham Lightning, SC Toronto, Durham College / UOIT, and all of the individual donors (and I’m sure I missed a few).



Your support is making a huge impact here in northern Uganda. And please, keep the boots coming!

If you would like to support Gulu United, please GET IN TOUCH.

Football for Good launches new website!

This week, Gulu United Academy Director Adrian Bradbury launched the brand new FOOTBALL FOR GOOD website. FOOTBALL FOR GOOD is his latest social business venture and the lead partner organization of the Gulu United Football Club & Youth Academy.

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FFG’s mission is based on the answer to one very simple question, “The power and value of football comes from the grassroots. So why does so little value return there?” CLICK HERE to learn more.

Save the Date for ‘Rock the Pitch’

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.34.07 AMThe summer edition of Rock the Pitch is back!

Registration will open in June, so start assembling your team now! This year’s event is going to hit the field on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at Toronto’s Crescent School. And, if you don’t already know, Rock the Pitch is not your usual footy fundraiser.

For starters, the proceeds of the event go directly towards our youth academy and scholarship program here in northern Uganda.

Rock the Pitch is a 5v5 soccer tourney that offers players at every level a chance to give back, and go toe-to-toe on the pitch with a collection of music, media and sport celebrities. The top fundraising teams can earn some great prizes, and a chance to kick-off against our celebrity teams. So, this is not just a charity exhibition game. It’s an interactive, fun footy day for all!

Past participants have included actor Michael Cera, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, footy stars Jason deVos & Kara Lang, members of Broken Social Scene, Bedouin Soundclash and Great Big Sea, and our footy media champions Kristian Jack (TSN) & James Sharman (Sportsnet) — just to name a few.

Get Sunday, August 30th, 2015 in your calendar to Rock the Pitch!

2015 AGRISKILLS4YOU Youth Cup Recap

Congratulations to the U14 (Gulu Juniors) and U16 (Amuru District FA) champions, and to all of the teams for a great three days of youth football at the 2015 AGRISKILLS4YOU Youth Cup.

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This is just the beginning of the growing link between football and agriculture with AgriSkills4You and Gulu United.

Follow THIS LINK for all of the photos from three days, and to see the final results and standings.

Gulu United to host ‘AGRISKILLS4YOU Youth Cup’

From Thursday, April 30th to Saturday, May 2nd, the Gulu United Football Club, in partnership with the AVSI Foundation, will host the AGRISKILLS4YOU Youth Cup.

This inaugural Youth Cup’s theme is “Enhancing Youth Agri-Preneurship Through Football”.

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The by-invitation-only event will be take place at St. Joseph’s College Layibi, and will welcome some of the region’s top U14 and U16 academy teams. The three-day round-robin tournament will feature six teams in each division, including the host Gulu United Football Club’s Youth Academy.

Joining Gulu United FC, will be the Gulu Junior Academy, Sporting United Academy (Lira), Kiryandongo Young Academy, Gateway Restoration (Karuma) and the Amuru District Football Association. Continue reading

Academy Director featured at Skoll World Forum

On Thursday, a feature article from Gulu United’s Academy Director, Adrian Bradbury, was featured at SkollWorldForum.org.

In the post, Adrian shares his thoughts on “Failure, Football Culture and Northern Uganda“, and shares why he thinks traditional football nations are falling behind and why there’s something special emerging in Gulu.


Adrian writes, “…the answer is a pretty easy one: culture and commitment.”

Click here to read the complete article at the Skoll World Forum.

We still need your used boots!

You’ve seen all of our early successes, but we do have one endless challenge — football boots, soccer cleats (call them what you like), we need them!

This is what the dry dirt fields of northern Uganda do to football boots.

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And let me assure you, we’re doing everything we can to get the most out of the boots that have already been generously donated. Seriously, take a peek at how our local ‘boot doctor’ keeps them going! Continue reading