Pathways 2020

GUFC Pathways Program


GUFC’s philosophy

GUFC aims to provide the best environment for the participation and fullest development of its members in Football and we are strongly committed to the values that define what the club believes in. One of the most important offerings that a club can do is commit to the development of its junior players. At GUFC we are focused on developing from within our player community, with the aim to provide a pathway for our junior players so they may grow and develop to play in our National Premier League teams.

Our commitment to current GUFC players means that they will be given preference to places in the Pathway’s Program, however, we encourage new players to still apply.

Who is the program for?

The GUFC Pathway’s Program is the entry point for the 2020 season for U10 – U12 boys and girls who want the best opportunity to prepare to play in the National Premier League.  The program will provide a great platform for growth, support and development to assist players in becoming the best footballers they can be.

* Please refer to the GUFC Playing Up Age Policy prior to registering to avoid disappointment of registering in the incorrect age group.

Why choose the GUFC Pathway Program?

The program has been developed and will be managed by our Club’s highly skilled Technical Committee.  This committee is comprised of experienced players who have played at international, Canberra and State league levels as well as respected and qualified coaches from within the region.

What’s involved in the program?

The program is an extensive thirty-week, academy-orientated program, which includes twice weekly training, competition rounds,tournament games, Kanga Cup and pre-organised friendlies against other academies.   The format of the training will be in accordance with the official Australian Football Curriculum (AFC) and be based on Skills Acquisition suitable for the 9-12 age groups.

Please  see link here to the FFA SAP training sessions that will be leveraged for the Pathways Program.

Where possible, teams may also be entered into additional matches or tournaments for the forthcoming season. Information on these will be released in due course based on availability/suitability.

Each team will have one or more dedicated coaching staff who will be deeply committed to the growth of football in the children of our community.

Player & Parent Commitment

The Pathways Program is a high-performance program and as such, a high level of commitment is expected.  All successful players and their parents will be asked to sign a Participation Contract agreeing to:

  • attend two training sessions per week ie a total of 60 sessions over 30 weeks, and
  • play between 20 and 30 matches.

Parents will also expected to support GUFC in a volunteer capacity which could include participation in a fundraising activity and/or field set up and pack down on match days.

Note: We understand the importance of schooling commitments and on a case by case basis exceptions may be made for training when there is a conflict with school-based activities.

Program Costs 

The all-inclusive cost for the Pathways program is still being worked based on the costs from Capital Football and the FFA yet to be released however we expect the costs to be approximately:

  • U10 $810
  • U11 $810
  • U12 $810

This cost includes all training sessions, competition and tournament  associated fees, and Player kit.

Player Kit

Players will receive GUFC official branded and personalised items as follows:

  • Game Jersey (Home)
  • Alternate Jersey (Away)
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Tracksuit
  • Backpack

When are the trials?


Players are selected to join the program via a trial process. Trials are held in November each year.  Our next Pathways trials will be held in November 2020 for the 2021 season.


Additional Information

Some questions have come in from our community which has helped us put together additional information via the “What is Pathways” document.  This may help answer some of the frequently asked questions.