WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

OAKLANDS WOLVES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP FOOTBALLERS

ABOUT

Arsenal Women are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our WSL Academy Programme and our Oaklands College Women’s Football Academy for September 2020-21.

Our Dual Career Academy provides a full-time football and education programme for players who aspire to play at the highest level, while also committing to an academic programme of study or work-related training programme.

Arsenal Women have now linked up with Oaklands College in St Albans, Hertfordshire who will become their Principal Further Education Provider for the Academy from Sept 2020. This will allow all players in the WSL Academy to complete their academic studies at Oaklands College while also completing their football education with Arsenal Women FC.

Our new link with Oaklands College also enables us to offer residential options for elite players that live further afield who may wish to live on campus at Oaklands in their new 80 bed residential accommodation facilities.

As well as our WSL Academy programme, we can now also offer female players of varying ability levels, a 16-19 football education programme with Oaklands College. This enables players of varying levels to also be involved in a full-time football education programme delivered by Arsenal Women FC while studying at Oaklands College.

Players who are not yet at the level required to play in the WSL Academy, will be offered an opportunity to trial for our Oaklands College Women’s Football Academy Programme that runs alongside the WSL Academy Programme.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED...
  • All students joining the Arsenal Academy must be enrolled onto a full-time course at Oaklands College.
  • Players joining the Development Squad of the Arsenal Women’s Football Academy will be required to purchase the Adidas kit bundle, more information regarding this will be provided upon application and enrolment.
  • Players who are invited or promoted into the Arsenal Under 21’s WSL Academy Squad, will receive the official Arsenal training and playing kit bundle.
  • The academy takes a holistic approach to player development, it’s not just about playing football, it’s about creating an inspirational environment where players can develop into well rounded, independent young women. Players will be expected to follow the behavioural code and conduct associated with Arsenal Women Football Club.
ACADEMY BOOKLET

COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

TEAMS

ARSENAL WOMEN’S TEAM NAMES

  • Arsenal WSL Academy U21s – this team represent Arsenal Women in the FA WSL Academy League
  • Oaklands/AWFC Elite – elite college team and play within the ECFA Premier League
  • Oaklands/AWFC Development – development college team and play within the AOC Regional League

(Please note we have changed this from the Prospectus as we had called the U21s elite in there but we are now registered in the leagues under the above names)

LEVEL OF ATHLETE

  • Arsenal WSL Academy U21s – Playing at the highest level of the game, aged 16-20 and International experience is desired.
  • Oaklands/AWFC Elite – Aimed at players with good experience at a high level club including RTC/Academy or Player Development Programmes.
  • Oaklands/AWFC Development – Aimed at players with good grassroots club experience who wish to develop their football ability.

HOW MANY IN EACH TEAM?

  • Arsenal WSL Academy U21s – 18-22 players 
  • Oaklands/AWFC Elite – 18-20 players
  • Oaklands/AWFC Development – 18-20 players

INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRESSION TO HIGHER TEAM

  • Arsenal WSL Academy U21s – The next step for players in this team is to step into the Arsenal Women 1st team squad.
  • Oaklands/AWFC Elite – Players in this team may have the opportunity to step into the Arsenal Women WSL Academy U21s Programme.
  • Oaklands/AWFC Development – Players in this team will have the opportunity to progress into the Oaklands/AWFC Elite squad and possibly the Arsenal WSL Academy U21s Programme.

CONTACT

LUCY BURDIN

ACADEMY ADMINISTRATOR & ASSISTANT COACH

lucy.burdin@oaklands.ac.uk