The Centre of Excellence



*** Please see ** section below for the 2021 Term 4 COVID version of CoE 

GUFC’s Centre of Excellence is a program unique to our Club, offering a “School of Football” style program that has been constructed to provide players from Under 9s to Under 12s the best chance to develop and play in Pathways and/or Division 1 level and onto NPL. The CoE is led by our Centre Director, Head of Performance (Male) and NPL1 Head Coach Marcial Munoz and supported by various qualified and passionate coaches.

For more information, see last year’s program, the  2020-21 Program Guide or read on for a summary.

*** 2021 COVID version of CoE***

Registrations for our condensed (post-COVID) 2021 program are now open. The 2021 condensed program will be a proposed ten sessions of a Wednesday and Saturday from 20 November through to 22 December inclusive for our 2021 GUFC 9s, 10s and 11s players.

Players must qualify for the program as either a previous CoE player, a current GUFC Pathways player or a GUFC Division 1. As this is a COVID year, we will include those GUFC players within this age range who have registered for the 2022 Pathways trials.

Register your interest in the program here.

Send your inquiries to Louise at

Note: If you are new to GUFC and it is your intention to register with GUFC for the 2022 season and you believe your child qualifies, please reach out to Louise at


“Having experienced a few other football training programs with my kids, the quality of the coaches, training program and communication is up there with the best. It is a credit to GUFC to have a program of this high standard within the club.” – 2019-20 CoE Parent.



The Centre of Excellence aims to provide players with a holistic approach to their development. The intensive program has been constructed to provide players the best chance to develop the skills and knowledge required for performance-based football. We aim to teach and educate our players technically, tactically, physically and mentally so they can become creative, offensive-minded and intelligent football players.

CoE Coaches adopt a number of approaches to teach players and allow skill development, including: isolated practices, constraints- based and game-based approaches. Players will develop fundamental individual techniques such as:

  • Dribbling,
  • Passing and receiving,
  • 1v1 Duels (attacking and defensive),
  • Heading, and
  • Shooting.



This program is usually designed for boys and girls from Under 9s to Under 12s interested in playing at a competitive level either in Pathways or Division 1 Community with a vision to play in Premier League. Age groups for the 2021 term 4 CoE have been restricted this year to include 2021 9s, 10s and 11s as follows:

  • U11 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2010), turning 11 by 31/12/2021
  • U10 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2011), turning 10 by 31/12/2021
  • U9 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2012), turning 9 by 31/12/2021



As the Centre of Excellence caters for young players with the desire to play in performance-based football leagues, a trial process ensures players will be suitable for the intensive program.

HOWEVER, due to the COVID challenges of 2021 and our short timeframe, we will not be trialing, but instead will be targeting our existing performance players, or those who have expressed their interest in Pathways, for the 2021 CoE program.

We will return to a trial process in 2022.

In a normal CoE year, who would need to trial?

  • Players in the Under 9s age group.
  • Players who are not currently playing in Community Division 1 or Pathways teams with GUFC.

Previous CoE players are not required to trial.

All players are expected to train in their age groups, exceptions will only be given by the Academy Director. Please refer to the GUFC Playing Up in Age policy prior to registering for more information.

The trial date for the October 2020 CoE is Sunday 23 August 2020. You can register for the Trial by clicking here and filling out your player’s details.


The all-inclusive cost for the program is normally $600 but we are offering the dramatically discounted rate of $250 due to the shorter COVID year.

This cost covers 10 sessions and a playing jersey and tailored player evaluation at the conclusion of the program.

Payments to be made in full and up front. You will receive an invoice once you have registered.


All players will be expected to attend 2 training sessions per week in their provided playing kit, for a total of 10 sessions. Training will be held at Nicholls Synthetic Ovals, with times and further information to be emailed directly to CoE participants prior to commencement.

In the event of inclement weather, we expect our players to arrive at the venue as scheduled where the Centre Director will make the final decision on whether or not to train. We continue to train in the rain, with our venues providing shelter in the event of electrical storms. Any cancellation prior to the session starting will be announced via email from our CoE Coordinator and on social media. GUFC does not offer reimbursements for weather delays, however, if enough time is missed, we will look at providing a make-up session.


Refer to the 2020-21 Program Guide, for information on a normal CoE year. Keeping in mind the 2021 program has been adjusted due to the COVID challenges of 2021. Keep an eye on club emails, website and supporting social media for more information about GUFC’s Centre of Excellence.