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.

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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

Uganda’s ONLY full-time youth football academy?

Yes, the Gulu United Youth Academy is first of it’s kind in the entire country!

When we started here in Gulu earlier this year, we were certain that we were the only full-time youth academy in northern Uganda. We’ve since discovered, that we stand alone in all of Uganda.

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And, it’s been incredible to take a quick look back at what we’ve accomplished (with your support) in just six short weeks, including . . . Continue reading

‘Soccer For All’ in Toronto

On Friday, March 27, 2015, we celebrate the world’s game, where Toronto area student-athletes can learn from the best and make a global impact.

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Our friends at Crescent School are hosting ‘Soccer for All‘ — a great day with guest speakers, interactive football sessions, and a 4v4 tournament to cap it off! This event is for all Toronto-area youth soccer players and students, who want to come together to improve their game, support education, opportunity and communities in rural east Africa.

And, all event proceeds will support our very own Gulu United FC Youth Academy, and The Olive Branch for Children in Tanzania.

CLICK HERE to register and find out more!

The youth academy on the field, and on the air

On Monday, the Gulu United FC Youth Academy hit the field for the first time!

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Forty-nine of Gulu District’s top footballers, aged 8 to 18, are now training and studying together full-time. More photos and videos are coming soon, and you can follow THIS LINK to see the boys in action.

Also on Monday, Academy Director Adrian Bradbury joined James Sharman and John Molinaro on the SOCCER CENTRAL PODCAST. Listen in as they talk Gulu United, the new youth academy and life in northern Uganda.

On the Pitch, “Use Your Words”

We all heard it from our parents or a teacher growing up – “use you words!” That phrase was usually hurled our way when we took matters into our hands with a punch, kick or the occasional bite. You know, when you needed to send a message.

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The same should be shouted at more youth football coaches than we’d like to admit. Instead of yelling, cursing and even pushing (yes, I’ve seen it), youth coaches should be “using their words.”

CLICK HERE to read the entire post from Gulu United Youth Academy Director, Adrian Bradbury.