The Parents Meeting: Playing Time vs. Testing Positive?

Parents meetings, ugh! Am I right?

We’ve all been there, “My son doesn’t like futsal. He likes turf.” or “What do you mean I can’t leave my car idling by the sideline while I wait for training to end?” Sure, not all parents meetings are like that, but I did get a lesson this week that, in northern Uganda, parents meetings are NEVER like that.

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More photos from the field . . .

Even with the launch of the Youth Academy two weeks away, Gulu United is still hitting the pitch. During this holiday season, there’s a healthy mix of First Team hopefuls and academy youth training daily, led by head coach Geoffrey Akena.

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Gulu United U18 head coach goes for CAF ‘B’ license

On Monday, Gulu United Youth Academy U18 Head Coach Peter Onen (back row, centre) joined 33 of his Ugandan colleagues in Njeru for a two course to achieve to his CAF ‘B’ license. Onen, who is also on the staff of the U17 Ugandan National Team, will be the first northern-based coach to achieve this level.

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“Take this his course seriously because it will stop all the voluntarism among coaches. It will make you professional and people will start valuing you. Discipline is important with your job. The players learn a lot from you,” said FUFA Vice President Justus Mugisha.

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2015: The year of the “Biggest Little Football Club in the World”

Happy New Year . . . and our journey begins! January is a big month for the Gulu United Football Club, with the First Team holding open trials and getting ready for the Regional League, the Youth Academy preparing to be up and running full-time — and all of that coinciding with the arrival of our International & Academy Director Adrian Bradbury, and his family.
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Merry Christmas from Gulu United!

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Gulu United Football Club, and our brand new youth academy! We’re excited to be working with the community in 2015 to truly create “Football for Good” in northern Uganda. Thank you for your continued support. Screen Shot 2014-12-25 at 8.06.06 AM

And now the real work begins

The competition on the final day of open trials for the Gulu United FC Youth Academy was fierce. We had the opportunity to bring together some of the best young footballers from Anaka, Awach, Lalogi, Pabbo and Gulu to show off their best skills, so they could prove their worth and earn a spot in the youth academy. Layibi2-Action-BrownSelections have been made (and it certainty wasn’t easy), but before we can let you know who will be joining us, we first have to notify the parents. Stay tuned for more announcements in January. Until then, here’s another great gallery of pics from the pitch (and we hope to have some video coming soon). Continue reading

And then there were 108

Lalogi-Action2On Saturday we wrapped up five straight days of navigating Gulu municipality, which included a dozen hours on bumpy dirt roads and almost 30 hours on the pitches, where we saw 1,000 of the area’s top young footballers. That long list of players has been trimmed to 108, with their ages ranging from 8 to 17. On Sunday, these boys will compete to become the first group accepted into the Gulu United youth academy, where they will be given the opportunity to be both full-time footballers and scholarship students at our two partner schools in Gulu. It’s going to be an amazing day. We also had great days at Lalogi and Layibi, so follow the link to see all 30 photos — and don’t miss the ‘pig taxi’!  Continue reading