Football for Good in northern Uganda

FFG-Logo-VerticalThe relaunch of the Gulu United Football Club and the club’s youth academy is being driven through a partnership with Football for Good (FFG) — a disruptive social business and at it’s core, “Fair Trade Football.”

FFG, built on a proven global youth academy soccer model, leads and seeds football academies that unlock the competitive advantages of war-recovering and developing regions. FFG develops talent, educates and mentors youth and participates in the multi-billion dollar business of player transfers to build sustainable local clubs and academies, lead social change and provide a financial return to the community.

Stay tuned for the launch of Football-for-Good.org.

Rock the Pitch to merge with Kristian Jack event

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Rock the Pitch 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever!

We originally announced an August date for this year’s Rock the Pitch, but we are now going to ask to to sit tight and get your teams ready for a fall/winter event as we merge Rock the Pitch with the Kristian Jack Charity Tournament.

Both events are in their sixth year, and Gulu United FC international director Adrian Bradbury and TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack want to bring you a new format and a truly memorable footy fundraiser in 2014. Continue reading

Kipper Luwalo arrival boosts Uganda U17 camp

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 12.13.33 PMUganda’s Kawowo Sports reported today, “The timely arrival of the stylish attacking Uganda national U-17 midfielder, Kipper Luwalo (pictured left) has boosted the team’s camp ahead of the first leg of the 2015 African U-17 championships qualifier against Seychelles on Saturday in Victoria.”

Gulu United’s Luwalo returned to Uganda on Sunday after a two-week training stint in Canada that saw him work with the Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada’s Power FC, English Championship side Brentford Football Club and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.

Click here for the complete story at Kawowo Sports, and visit SuperSport for a feature on the naming of the U17 travel squad.

Last kick in Canada. Next stop, Jinja.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 9.55.57 AMWith his final kick in Canada, Kipper Luwalo played a full 90 minutes and a key role in midfield as the Power FC U20s topped Sigma FC 2-1.

CLICK HERE for all of the photos from the match.

Early Tuesday morning, Kipper arrived safely in Uganda and was whisked off to Jinja where he joins Steven Bongomin at the U17 National Team Camp, as they prepare for their opener versus Seychelles.

Gulu United academy players and coach prepare for U17 World Cup qualifying

Kabila-Steven Bongomin-U17TeamThe Gulu United Football Club will get it’s first taste of World Cup qualifying next week, when academy players Steven Bongomin (pictured) and Kipper Luwalo travel to Niger with the Ugandan U17 National Team to face Seychelles.

Bongomin, the crafty left-footed midfielder is currently training with the U17 squad at Njeru Technical Centre, with Luwalo joining the team on Tuesday after he wraps up his trial in Canada with Toronto FC (MLS).

Gulu United will also be represented on the sidelines, with senior academy coach Peter Onen being named as an assistant coach with the U17 team.

Visit Kawawo Sports for the complete U17 roster.

Gulu United in studio with CBC’s Metro Morning

On Wednesday, Matt Galloway hosted Gulu United FC Academy footballer Kipper Luwalo and international club director Adrian Bradbury in the CBC Metro Morning studio.

LISTEN NOW as they discuss Kipper’s first trip abroad, his early impressions of Canada and this week’s ongoing trial with Toronto FC.

Listen: CBC Metro Morning

The Gulu United Football Club is being positioned as a sustainable social business and community builder in war-recovering northern Uganda. The region is not underdeveloped or poor. It’s lean, and rich in human resources, desire and community. This club offers a major competitive advantage, and an innovative impact investment / strategic philanthropy opportunity.

LISTEN NOW to the story of “The biggest little football club in the world.”

Kipper Luwalo gets going at Toronto FC

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 9.32.43 PMGulu United’s Kipper Luwalo ventured north to the KIA Training Ground on Monday for the first day of his trial with the Toronto FC Academy of Major League Soccer.

Kipper got off to a great start. He was very impressed with the quality of the players, coaching and facility and is looking forward showing off his best all week.

Here are a few photos of Kipper at TFC on Monday.