Gold Coast United fields 20 teams in the NPL & SAP competitions with well over 300 players in its ranks.
GCU’s Boys & Girls NPL Academy sides compete in the U13 –U17 NPL competitions with 4 of the 7 teams well in contention for age group honours and all teams pressing for a finals’ birth.
The Club’s six SAP squads have all impressed in their competitions thus far too.
At the Senior NPL level, United sides have found the going difficult against the well-established Brisbane Clubs, with all of squads remaining competitive and looking to improve against quality opposition.
Beyond the Club’s NPL Academy much work is being done establishing programs for younger players outside the Club’s own NPL ranks with a key focus on developing relationships with Community Club coaches to assist wherever possible to grow the game at the grassroots.
One such initiative is the the recent establishment of GCU Talent Centreswhich provide opportunities for 7-12 year old players the chance to train alongside the Academy squads one night a week while still training and playing with their Community Clubs too.
The aim of these talent centres is to provide advanced training groups where young players are mentored by the best coaches, train in the best environment while continuing to play with their friends.
Jaime Dixon heads GCU’s Talent Centre and Youth Development programs and is excited by the opportunity these programs offer all young players across the region.
“Significant progress been made establishing Talent Centres across the Coast.
“The Carrara centre is up and operating and the Palm Beach Currumbin Centre starts Term 3.”
Dixon is most pleased by the Partner Club programs being developed by Technical Director, Craig Midgley, that offer support and coach education to Community Clubs.
“United are here to help local Clubs too by mentoring coaches and offering them support and guidance to further their football development, which ultimately benefits all young players too.”
If your Club or School is interested in finding out more, contact Craig Midgley firstname.lastname@example.org