In a year which saw Gold Coast United return to the competitive arena, 2018 was punctuated by plenty of highs, some fantastic football and the establishment of a solid base upon which to grow and develop.
With on-field successes from many squads through to individual recognition for players of all ages, the year also delivered off the field with much achieved in establishing a strong football philosophy focused on offering the best possible pathway for the region’s young footballers.
And with 2019 on the doorstep, here’s a look back at some of the highlights which reinforce how far the club has come in it’s inaugural season in the Queensland National Premier Leagues competition and how bright the future is.
- The U12 Boys & Girls both claimed Football Queensland’s SAP Cup
- Four U12 SAP Boys progressed to the Brisbane Roar Academy ranks
- Futsal success with several of the club’s squads claiming Futsal Gold Coast titles
- Five SAP & NPL Girls progressed to the QAS & Brisbane Roar ranks
- Four NPL Academy squads won their National Premier League competitions – the U13, 14 & 15 Boys & the U15 Girls
- The U14 Boys were the only NPL squad of any age in Queensland to remain undefeated in season 2018
- Gold Coast United contributed close to 25% of the boys Queensland Metro sides that competed in the National Championships
- Several NPLW players gained trials with W-League squads
- A strong contingent of United Youth players accepted US University football scholarships
- A host of players represented their schools, regions and at state level with distinction
Congratulations and thanks to all of the club’s 2018 players and coaches!
- From over 1000 trialists, 240 young local footballers competed at the highest level in season 2018 for the club
- A number of the club’s coaches successfully completed FFA coaching accreditation courses, progressing their skills and experience for the benefit of all players
- A variety of successful partnerships were established with local business, schools & unis and community clubs
- The establishment of GCU Talent Centres saw over 250 young footballers receive quality coaching from GCU coaches while continuing to play for their local clubs
- The club signaled its intention to return to the big stage, lodging an application to be considered for future A-League expansion
- The success of the Talent Centre programs saw a host of players progress from these ranks to 2019 United squads
- Close to 500 players participated in the club’s 2019 trials keen to play their part at United
- The continuation of United’s association with the Northern Rivers was enhanced by the club’s involvement in a Talented Sports Program and establishment of a Talent Centre out of Ballina Coast High School
- United’s SAP program and coaching staff were recognised as being of the highest standard with Football Queensland awarding the club Gold SAP status for season 2019
- After much hard work and commitment the club secured a superb football facility at Coplick Family Sports Park, Tallebudgera
Congratulations and thanks to the club’s Board, staff, sponsors, supporters and volunteers!
With continued dedication and focus on and off the pitch, United is proud to be playing its part in growing and nurturing football in the Gold Coast region. Let’s continue the hard work together, support each other in 2019 and continue to strive for excellence in football.
Be humble, stay focused and remain United and Proud!