OAKLANDS WOLVES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL ACADEMY
CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP FOOTBALLERS
Arsenal Women are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our Oaklands College Women’s Football Academy for September 2023-24.
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 linked up with Oaklands College in St Albans, Hertfordshire and have been Arsenal Women’s Principal Further Education Provider since September 2020. This allows all players in the WSL Academy to complete their academic studies at Oaklands College while also completing their football education with Arsenal Women FC.
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.
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.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED...
- All students joining the Academy must be enrolled onto a full-time course at Oaklands College.
- Players joining Oaklands AWFC 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.
VIRTUAL OPEN EVENT VIDEO
ACADEMY BOOKLET (Coming soon!)
Meet our coaches…
Junior Pathway Lead and Education Officer, FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Hannah joined Arsenal in 2017, she is the AWFC Academy Junior Pathway Manager and Education Officer. Hannah has worked across various age groups throughout her time at Arsenal and has over 20 years professional football coaching experience in the female game. Hannah is a qualified teacher and an A Licensed coach.
First Team Head Coach, FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Matt joined the programme at the start of the 2022/23 season tasked with coaching the Elite team. A UEFA B Licence & FA Youth Award, Matt brings knowledge and experience not only in football but higher education where he studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate in Sport and Football related degrees at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Matt also works within the Arsenal Women’s Academy as an age group coach and doing pre-match opposition analysis for the WSL Academy U21s team. Alongside his roles at Arsenal, Matt also coaches at an FA Women’s National League club in tier 4 of the women’s football pyramid.
goalkeeping provision across U8s – U13s , FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Tom is our goalkeeping provision across U8s – U13s within the Arsenal Academy and has been involved with Arsenal Women since 2018. He brings vast experience having coaches since he was 13. Tom also runs three goalkeeping academy centres locally.
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 National Football Youth League
- Oaklands AWFC Development – development college team and play within the ECFA Premier League
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.