Congratulations Alex Twomey



Often we recognise the sporting achievements of football players, however, the games would not be possible without match officials.  

Alex Twomey, a junior referee with Gungahlin United, has joined the Football Federation Australia (FFA) elite referee officials team. Alex joins elite referees from the A-League and W-League for training and education sessions, alongside some of the best referees in Australian football. Alex is the first junior referee to join the team. 

 

As a member of the elite referees team, Alex referees National Youth league matches in the 2014-15 summer season. The National Youth League runs in conjunction with the A-League as a reserve league to enable A-League teams to develop their elite youth players. 

 

This caps of a great couple of years for Alex. In the 2014 season Alex was awarded the Capital Football Academy Referee of the Year, and in 2013 was awarded the ACT Junior Referee of the Year. 

 

Well done, and congratulations Alex.

 

GUFC Ladies at Gungahlin Marketplace

Come and meet some of our Women’s Premier League Players at the Gungahlin Marketplace, outside Big W this Saturday 28 February between 9:30am and 11am.

Players will include Grace Field (W-League Canberra United), Gill Raymond (goalkeeper), Ashleigh Palombi (consistent WPL Golden Boot winner) and others.

Gungahlin United Football Club offers girls of all ages and all abilities the opportunity to play football. Come and talk to us and find out how to join up for the 2015 season.

The Australian Women’s team will be competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in June this year, and are expected to perform very well.  Canada 2015 will be Australia’s sixth appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, having only missed the maiden edition in 1991. Australia have twice reached the quarter-finals in 2007 and 2011….. At least one better this year!

Congratulations Phil Booth

Many GUFC parents will know Phil Booth for the delivery of the Scorpion Program delivered a few years ago for GUFC’s youngest players, however over the last two years, Phil has been GUFC’s Technical Director. During this time he has brought a strong focus to the club on improving education of our coaches. We have arguably the largest number of parent volunteer coaches who are qualified.

Phil has taken up the role of Community Coach Development Manager at Capital Football. His main focus will be on growing the number of community coaches and working with clubs in the Junior League and State League competitions. We know he will do an excellent job because he is fully conversant with the FFA National Curriculum and has extensive experience in delivering community coach education programs.

While this appointment means Phil will cannot be directly engaged by any club, we will most definitely continue to work with him as we continue to push for continually improving the standard of coaching at GUFC.

Well done, and congratulations Phil.

GUFC Promoted to NPL/WPL Competition for 2015

Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC) is proud to announce that it has been awarded National Premier League (NPL) and Women’s Premier League (WPL) Licenses by Capital Football for three seasons commencing 2015.

After many months of hard work by a team of dedicated football enthusiasts, and as a new player in the NPL/WPL, GUFC’s License submission needed to be more convincing than others. GUFC has achieved this by ensuring that preparations for the 2015 season are well under way.

These are exciting times for both the Club and the Gungahlin region in general, with the Club securing the services of Claudio Canosa as the Head Coach of GUFC’s Men’s Premier League team, and Nigel Richardson as the Club’s new Technical Director.

Claudio comes with an incredible pedigree and reputation within the game and an extremely comprehensive resume, including:

·         Macarthur Rams Senior Technical Director / Head Coach – NSW Premier League

·         Fiji National Head Coach and Under 20’s Coach

·         Football NSW HPU Senior Development Program

·         Manchester United Oceania / Parramatta Eagles Football Academy Coach

·         Soccer Australia Olympics Team Technical Analyst

 

Nigel Richardson brings a wealth of experience as the new Technical Director including:

·         FA Coach Educator (Diploma)

·         UEFA A License

·         English FA A License

·         18 years’ experience of Coach Education and assessing Level 1, 2, and 3 on behalf of the English Football Association.

·         Director of Leeds United Development Centre

·         Former scout and coach for Newcastle United.

 

GUFC has also focused on developing a strong Women’s Premier League (WPL) presence.  As such, the Club approached and has secured the services of Rachel Unitt as its marquee player for 2015.  Rachel is a current England International, with an incredible pedigree and reputation having represented England 102 times and twice been awarded the FA International Player of the Year.  Rachel arrives in Gungahlin at the end of October.

GUFC also has coaches and assistant coaches in place for all other NPL/WPL age groups, giving it the best possible chance for success in its first year at the highest level in the ACT.

 

Background

GUFC is an incorporated community organisation servicing the Gungahlin region and surrounds.  GUFC was founded in 1997 as the Gungahlin Junior Soccer Club, and focused on junior football in the Gungahlin area.  In December 2005, the association’s name was changed to Gungahlin United Football Club to align with a national naming scheme and to incorporate the introduction of a broader playing base which included State League – seniors and masters, both male and female.

In 2011, GUFC formed an alliance with Premier League Club, Canberra City SC, to venture into National Premier League competitions.  A formal agreement between GUFC and Canberra City was executed in 2012 which has seen GUFC field teams in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 Men’s National Premier League.  Earlier this year Capital Football announced that all current National Premier League licenses would be dissolved, with ongoing licenses available for application under revised terms and conditions.

GUFC has a player base of over 1350 players of all ages, with teams competing in various competitions including, but not limited to; National Premier League, State League, Junior League competitive and non-competitive MiniRoos.

The Club is the largest sporting association in the Gungahlin region and growing at a high rate.  The continued growth of Gungahlin as a town centre for the Canberra region will ensure that GUFC remains one of the largest football clubs in the ACT.

 

For further information, please contact:

Ricardo Alberto

President GUFC

(e) president@gungahlinunitedfc.org.au

(m) 0499 448 008