Free Brentford FC Coaching Clinic in Gulu

This is a FREE Professional Youth Football Coaching Clinic in Gulu, Uganda with Dan Wright of the Brentford FC Youth Academy. This FREE professional youth football coaching clinic is open to all coaches in the region. This event is being hosted by the Gulu United Football Club. The session will be run by academy coach Dan Wright of England’s Brentford Football Club, a partner club of Gulu United FC. Dan will lead a two-hour on-field session that will include an introduction to the youth training program at Brentford FC, followed by an on-field training session — and will conclude with a discussion and question and answer session.

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Clinic Topic: “FINDING SPACE TO ATTACK THROUGH THE MIDFIELD”

Date: Saturday, June 27th

Time: 10:00 am (SHARP!) to 12:00 noon

Location: Gulu United Training Ground (St. Joseph’s College, Layibi)

Registration: Registration will be open between 3pm to 6pm ONLY on Friday, June 26th at the Gulu United Training Ground (St. Joseph’s College, Layibi).

Contact: For more information please contact James Obalo, Gulu United Public Relations Director at 0772.347.179.

Sportsnet Magazine 10-Page Gulu United Feature

In April, Sportsnet Magazine writer Ryan Dixon and photographer Alexi Hobbs spent a week with us and the Gulu United Youth Academy.

Their finished product, GULU RISES, is a 10-page feature that hit newsstands on Monday.

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Sportsnet Magazine’s ‘big read’ on Gulu United opens, “In a land where terror reigned and children killed, life is starting to get back to normal. A new soccer academy has opened, and the Canadian responsible sees it as much more than charity — he believes there’s money to be made.”

CLICK HERE (or on the image above) to read the full feature article.

Starting from Scratch: Academy Football 101

So, you want a start a football academy? Well, we do. And, we have.

On his personal blog, Gulu United Academy Director Adrian Bradbury has started to share our journey and the evolution of what we deliver on the pitch — and here’s hoping you can learn from all of our mistakes along the way. This is definitely going to be ‘Academy Football 101′ — simply an introduction to building from the bottom up.

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CLICK HERE to find weekly updates on everything from our structure and philosophy to our planning and sample session plans.

And lets be clear, there is no ‘right’ or ‘one’ way to do youth academy football.

There are however, two non-negotiables and they are (i) a commitment to a long-term vision (and living with the very public short-term failures and criticism) and (ii) doing the work every single day.

Term One Report : Off to a Great Start!

In May we shared this ‘Term One Report’ with our founding supporters, and today we’re making it public. When you click here or on the image below, you’ll find a quick summary of what we’ve been able to accomplish in just four short months.

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We highlight everything from our academy and coaches to our education and community partners. Sure, there have been plenty of ‘hills and valleys’, but our direction is clearly up! Thanks again for your ongoing support.

“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).

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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!