MEN’S FOOTBALL

OAKLANDS WOLVES MEN’S FOOTBALL ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP FOOTBALLERS

About

Oaklands College’s primary Football Academy since 2004, we aim to develop our players ability, skills and knowledge of the game and to provide opportunities for them to progress into men’s football within the professional and semi-professional game. All members of the Oaklands Wolves Football Academy must be students of the college, which in turn means meeting the entry requirements for the course that you have selected. Students that do not study at Oaklands College will unfortunately be ineligible to participate in The Wolves Academy.

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...

As a Men’s Football Academy player, it is possible to study the vast majority of our courses, alongside your academic timetables. Once you have applied for a full-time course at Oaklands College, speak to the Head of Academy; Steve Castle for more information regarding the functionality of your study and academy programmes.

View our full-time courses on the main OAKLANDS COLLEGE website.

ACADEMY BOOKLET

COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

TEAMS

Oaklands Wolves Football programme

TEAMS:

  • Elites – Category 1 (Highest level of College football)
  • Under 19s AM – Category 2
  • Under 19s PM – Category 2
  • Under 17s AM – Category 3
  • Under 17s PM – Category 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, players move up and down the ladder depending on performance, attitude and in-class attendance. There is a clear in-house progression route from the U17’s to U19’s to Elites and an external progression route for the Elite players who are all encouraged to play men’s football. 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 Elite players progress to men’s football at the right level. Some examples include Dagenham & Redbridge, Royston Town, AFC Dunstable & London Colney FC. In addition, exceptional Elite players may also get the opportunity to trial for a professional academy & England Colleges Squads, with the help of Head of Academy Steve Castle, who has over 600 professional league appearances with various clubs and expansive coaching experience.

CONTACT

Steve Castle

HEAD OF MEN’S FOOTBALL ACADEMY

wolvesfootball@oaklands.ac.uk