KJ’s “Excellent EURO 2016 Auction”

On Monday, June 6th at 7pm at Opera Bob’s Public House (1112 Dundas Street West, at Ossington) TSN’s Kristian Jack will be hosting his second-ever live pub night and ‘World Football Auction’, with all proceeds supporting Gulu United FC and the brand new ‘Football for Good Youth Academy’ and scholarship program in still war-recovering northern Uganda.

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Last time out, it was the World Cup . . . and now it’s EURO 2016!

KJ’s first event was back in 2014 was a ton of fun for footy fans, and this night will be even better. And, there are just 24 spots available. This event will sell out fast!
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Hit the Pitch with KJ & Be a ‘Footy Fool for Gulu’!

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 3.57.55 PMOn Friday, April 1st (yep, April Fool’s Day) TSN’s Kristian Jack is  hosting his 9th annual football tournament ‘for good’. This is always a fun day of soccer that includes some great prizes and a chance to hit the field with local soccer, media, music and entertainment celebrities — with all of the proceeds supporting Gulu United FC and the brand new Football for Good Youth Academy and scholarship program in still war-recovering northern Uganda. No joke!

** REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED **

** FINAL TEAM LISTS & SCHEDULES AVAILABLE HERE **

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IMPORTANT: There are two ways to register this year! You can register as an individual for $75, or you can register an entire team. The team registration fee is $750 (maximum roster of 10 players) with all of the details below. Continue reading

Keep up with the 1st Team & Youth Academy on Facebook

It’s been a busy December with the wrap-up of the first half of the Regional League, Open Trials in Kitgum, Soccer Talk in Toronto with Kristian Jack — and so much more. We’re taking a brief holiday break, but the news won’t stop. So be sure to keep up to date with us over the holidays. You get all of your Football for Good Youth Academy and Gulu United 1st Team updates on Facebook.

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Open Youth Trial coming to Kitgum!

For the very first time, Gulu United is bringing their Youth Academy ‘Open Trial’ to Kitgum this December!

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And, we are looking for the best young footballers in northern Uganda! On Saturday, December 5th the Gulu United Youth Academy, the country’s only full-time youth football academy, will be hosting an ‘Open Trial’ in Kitgum!

This is your ONLY chance to earn a full-time football academy spot and academic scholarship.

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Academy returns from Ghana & U21s win third straight

It’s been a busy November for Gulu United.

In early November, we had an opportunity to travel to Ghana and ‘Right to Dream’ to see first hand what’s possible with a youth football academy and scholarship program in an emerging region. For more details and photos CLICK HERE.

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Back in Gulu, the U21 squad continued their perfect start (3-0-0) in Northern Regional League action with a 2-1 home field victory over Deno FC. A full match recap and photos are RIGHT HERE on our Facebook page.

U21s cruise to victory and U17s impress

This weekend the Gulu United U17s and U21s  hit road, but quickly earned the support of local fans with their style of play and tenacity on the pitch.

The U21s traveled to Kitgum on Friday and returned with three points to open their 2015-16 Regional League campaign. Eighteen-year-old striker Kilama Dickens Victor scored two second half goals to secure the 2-0 shutout win over the Kitgum Youth Revolution.

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With the match being moved to an alternate ground (affectionately known locally as ‘Vatican Stadium’), Gulu United U21 squad was forced to adapt to a pitch littered with a mix of dirt patches and tall grasses, but they controlled possession from the opening whistle. Gulu United generated a variety of good scoring chances in the first half including a goal from Lawonyero Stephen that was called back for a tight offside, and a shot at a wide open goal for Asaba Richardson that he sailed just over the bar.

Elgac Moses was solid in goal, as were his two centre backs, Akaka Joel and Atube Rogers, who limited KYR’s chances to just one in the second half. Next up for Gulu United is a home match (at Layibi College Ground) versus the Super Eagles on Friday, November 13.

Starting XI: Elgac, Akaka, Atube, Ouma, Cankura, Okello, Ganukura, Luwalo, Lawonyero, Asaba, Kilama

Subs: Brown (in for Lawonyero 57min), Agunda (in for Asaba, 78min), Douglas (in for Elgac 85min), Nasser, Pixy, Opiro.

Senga gets a header on target

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Gulu United U17 squad dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to local men’s side Rainbow FC. It was the third straight impressive performance for the young squad against senior competition, with their most recent results including a 1-0 loss and a 4-4 draw.

This is surely a sign of even better things to come considering today’s ‘Starting XI’ included one U14, four U15s, five U16s and just one U17!

Starting XI: Ojara Bosco, Ocaka Peter, Katusi Derrick, Ogenwrot Brian, Yesu Brian, Opiro Justin, Bradbury Isaac, Opio Yona, Oceng Ivan, Ocan Derick, Okot Juma

Substitutes: Okot Denis, Nokorach Polycarp, Labanya Umari, Kidega Nico, Orach Denis

Gulu United Goal Scorers: Oceng Ivan (35th), Okot Denis (58th, Penalty)

For match videos and photos visit the Gulu United Facebook Page.

What’s new in northern Uganda?

Gulu United and the Youth Academy have been back on the field for over a month, and there’s been plenty of excitement on the pitch! Here are just a few highlights:

– Over 450 youth turned up for the Academy Open Trials, with eight U13 & five U15 players being selected for the final stage of evaluation

– The entire academy is now getting a weekly ‘yoga session’ at training with instructor George Acire (below)

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The Gulu United U13s getting their first taste of yoga.

– U13 & U15 teams now playing local friendlies with teams two and three years their senior, and they’re looking great doing it!

– U17s are now playing their local matches against senior men’s teams and started with a 1-nil loss to Rainbow FC and a 4-4 draw against The Bridge FC

– U21s open the 2015 Regional League on Fri Oct 30th in Kitgum, after a convincing 3-nil mid-week win over the UPDF

– In November, a Gulu United group (including two academy players) is heading to Ghana to spend 10 days at ‘Right to Dream’

And, visit our Facebook Page for a few photos from the past month’s action!