MEN’S FOOTBALL

OAKLANDS WOLVES MEN’S FOOTBALL ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP FOOTBALLERS

About

Our Football Academy provides elite training for people who are serious about their sport.

We combine elite sports training with vocational or A Level courses to create the rounded performer.

REGISTER AN INTEREST

We aim to develop our players’ ability, skills and knowledge of the game. We provide opportunities for them to progress into men’s football within the professional and semi-professional game.

 

WHAT YOU NEED...

The entry requirements for the A levels and BTEC courses can be viewed alongside the course listing within the course guide or through the course finder on our main OAKLANDS COLLEGE website.

The Men’s Football Academy programme is timetabled to work alongside your lesson timetables, to maximise achievement both on the pitch and in the classroom.

Students joining the academy will also be required to purchase the Oaklands Wolves Sports Academy kit bundle, more details regarding this can be provided upon application and enrolment. 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN...
  • 16 hours of coaching each week.
  • A detailed programme in order to develop a players technical, tactical, psychological and physical needs.
  • Individual 1 to 1 sessions are provided by way of a performance clock detailing every element of the player’s football requirements.
  • A position specific pathway is created between player and coach.
ACADEMIC COURSES...

85-95% of football education programs (like us) nationwide, only offer the BTEC in Sport as your only academic option. The BTEC in Sport is a great course, however, we believe students at the age of 16 shouldn’t be limited. Therefore, at Oaklands, not only you can study the BTEC in Sport, but you can choose from over 300 courses such as: A Levels, Business, Trades, Engineering…etc. Our full-time courses can be found on: https://www.oaklands.ac.uk/study/courses/

ACADEMY BOOKLET
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COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

TEAMS

Oaklands Wolves Football programme

TEAMS:

The scheme runs six teams. Three train in the morning, lessons in the afternoon and the other three have lessons in the morning, training in the afternoon. All teams compete in either the Youth Alliance League or the Association of Colleges League (AOC) alongside various cup entries; the structure is as follows:

  • Elites AM & PM – Youth Alliance/AOC Cat 1 (Highest level of College football)
  • U19’s AM & PM – AOC Cat 2
  • U17’s AM & PM – AOC Cat 3

LEVEL:

Typically, the Elite squad is formed of players who have previously played for a professional academy or at county level. The U19’s would likely have played for a semi professional team (EJA level) or are on their second/third year with us. The U17 squad is primarily formed of players who have played for a local amateur or school team. Having said that, previous clubs/experience is not taken into consideration when trialling for the academy, players are chosen solely on their performance, attitude and desire on the day.

HOW MANY IN EACH SQUAD:

The squads are formed of 18-22 student athletes.

PROGRESSION:

Progression occurs on a weekly basis, depending on attendance, attitude & performance on & off the pitch. In-house progression occurs from the U17’s – Elites and an external progression route for the Elite players into Non-League or Professional clubs.

Exceptional elite players may get the opportunity to trial for a professional academy & England colleges squad, with the help of Head of Academy Steve Castle, who has over 600 professional league appearances with various clubs and expansive coaching experience. Steve believes in first team football “this is where they grow from young kids to young men and start taking football seriously.” Elite squad players are all encouraged to play first team football, therefore, rather than being linked with a single football club, we aim to form links with clubs at all levels of the non-League structure to ensure our elite players have progression routes to first team football at the right level. Some examples include Southend United, Chelmsford City, Royston Town, Enfield, Harpenden & Langford.