The United Football Program (TUFP) has officially turned one year old.
From the first ever pilot camp at Williamstown Soccer Club in late April 2022, TUFP has engaged communities throughout the West with fun and educational football clinics.
A fitting venue for the one-year anniversary to be met was at Williamstown SC once again, the club remaining a strong supporter and regular member of the program.
In total, TUFP has engaged 23 clubs in its first year, the majority being based in the West with significant support also coming from a number of clubs in Tasmania.
As well as regular school holiday clinics and specialist training squads, TUFP also held its first ever Gala Day in April 2023, hosted by partner club Point Cook Soccer Club.
Almost 500 children across nearly 70 teams attended the day, a magnificent showcase of community football and family fun.
The past 12 months have brought close to 3,000 people into the Western United family through the Gala Day, holiday camps and promotions with over 1,000 participants in the program to date.
Star players from Western United’s Isuzu UTE A-League Men and Liberty A-League Women squads have been part of the program, getting down to camps and meeting all of the kids for photos, autographs and coaching tips.
TUFP prides itself on sharing the revenue and resources from each holiday camp with the hosting club, setting it apart from other community football programs.
Across all camps so far, Western United has been able to provide over $50,000 to partnering clubs to help them with equipment, facility and staff management.
The team of certified coaches also provides beneficial coaching support and mentoring to club staff in order for them to improve their own coaching with their teams after the completion of the program.
Visit the TUFP website to keep up to date with clinics near you and to find out how your club can become a partner and host TUFP a clinic in the next school holidays.