Gold Coast United FC is proud to announce a partnership with Papakura City FC, based in Auckland, New Zealand.
The partnership looks to establish strong ties between both club communities and to develop extended opportunities to expand the football experience available to all players, coaches and officials of both clubs.
Technical Director of Gold Coast United FC, Craig Midgley, looks forward to developing the relationship under the partnership.
“Developing relationships with ‘sister clubs’ in the Asian Pacific region is an important element of the club’s longer term vision.”
“We want opportunities for our players and our coaches to expand their football knowledge and partnerships like this with like-minded clubs gives us that opportunity.”
Across the ditch, the team at Papakura City FC are also looking forward to working alongside GCU to enhance the footballing outcomes for their club.
“Our vision and purpose at PCFC very much aligns with the GCU mission and this is a new and exciting opportunity for our members, as they will have access to more footballing experiences.”
A bit about Papakura City FC
Founded in 1959, the club is based at McLennan Park, Papakura. There are 7 pitches at McLennan Park with 4 under lights. Their number one field is of international standard.
Current Notable Players
Marlies Oostdam – current Women’s first team – former Football Fern who featured for NZ at previous Olympics – a former Melbourne Victory player
Nicholas Lawrence – current Men’s first team – former Fijian international
Former notable players
Hannah Kraakman, Dayna Manak & Stephanie Skilton – Football Fern
Britney Cunningham-Lee – 3rd placed U17 World Cup team member
Women and Girls
Papakura City has seven female teams. The Women’s First & Reserves play in the NRF (Northern Region Football) Championship, which is the 2nd tier of New Zealand football.
Junior Girls squads – U16’s, U13’s, U12’s, U11’s & U10’s
Papakura City has nineteen Junior teams from 9 -12 years old.
The club has a big presence in the community with involvement at eight different local schools. Papakura run a variety of programs including futsal, disability football, holiday programs and hip hop.
We welcome Papakura City FC to our extended football family.