The Centre of Excellence



GUFC’s Centre of Excellence is a program unique to our Club, offering an 18-week “School of Football” style over two terms 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 and NPLW. 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 on the program, please refer to the 2020-21 Program Guide or read on for a summary of the 2020-21 program.

Registrations for the 2020-21 CoE kicking off in October 2020 are now open!

Register your interest in the program (including the trial date) here.

“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 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 include:

  • U12 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2008), turning 12 by 31/12/2020
  • U11 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2009), turning 11 by 31/12/2020
  • U10 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2010), turning 10 by 31/12/2020
  • U9 Boys and Girls (Born before 31/12/2011), turning 9 by 31/12/2020



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.

Who needs 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 $600.

This cost covers the 36 sessions over 18 weeks (2 school terms), playing kit and tailored player evaluation at the conclusion of the program.

Payments can be made in 2 instalments in October and December (payment dates to be confirmed) or paid in full for $550 (discounted rate for making one payment).



All players will be expected to attend 2 training sessions per week in their provided playing kit, for a total of 36 sessions over 18 weeks. 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.



Players will receive the following official UMBRO Gungahlin United CoE items in their kit:

  • Training jersey,
  • Shorts,
  • Socks, and
  • ½ zip long sleeve training top.



Refer to the 2020-21 Program Guide, Club emails, website and supporting social media for more information about GUFC’s Centre of Excellence.