Date Posted
8th Oct 2021

Papakura City FC partner with Gold Coast United FC

Papakura City FC is proud and extremely excited to announce a partnership with Gold Coast
United FC, based in Gold Coast, Australia.

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.

When Liam Martin, Director Of Football at Papakura City FC was asked about this new and
exciting relationship he emphasised.

“This relationship will bring new and exciting opportunities for all Papakura City Football Club
members as they will have access to more footballing experiences. ”

“We are super pleased to see growth in our female membership so far this year which is
something we have been working towards improving, so we are very excited to establish this
new partnership with Gold Coast United. Our vision and purpose at PCFC very much align
with the GCU mission.”

From the other side of the ditch, the team at Gold Coast United FC are just as excited.
Technical Director of Gold Coast United FC, Craig Midgley added.
“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

About Gold Coast United FC

History of Gold Coast United
Most remembered for a short but colourful involvement in the A-league from 2009 to 2012
the club was founded in or around 1966 and played out of Broadbeach in the Brisbane

The current Gold Coast United was resurrected to enter into the National Premier Leagues
Queensland competition in 2018. Now in its third incarnation, the club has 21 teams from
U8’s through to their Men’s & Women’s sides. They recently moved to their new home,
Coplicks, in 2019 which is situated on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Notable Players
New Zealand international Shane Smeltz plays for their Men’s side after an illustrious
professional career including scoring for the All Whites in the World Cup against Italy.

Women & Girls
Gold Coast United currently field a strong eight female teams.
In the National Premier Leagues Queensland Competition – Women, U23’s, U16’s & U14’s
In the Gold Coast Competition (against the Boys) – U9/10; two U11/12 teams, U13
In 2020 their Premier Women won the NPLWQLD premiership.

GCU has a strong focus on junior development, with an accredited Gold Level SAP & NPL
Academy. This accreditation is bestowed by Football Queensland who undertakes annual
‘audits’ of clubs. Whilst results are taken into account, assessed areas include coaching
accreditation; welfare and support programs for players; facilities etc.

Their “SAP” program is one of the strongest in the state.
We have 9 boys teams from U8 -U12.

NPL starts at U13 boys – They have four Junior NPL teams from U13-16
In 2021 they provided the most number of Boys from any club in the state into the TSP
program – the talented player pathway.

Last Words

Welcome to the Papakura City FC football whānau, Gold Coast United FC.

Kia Ora!