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advance 6 formFull Time Education & Football Programme Starting September - 5 May

Advance 6th Form @ the Oxford Academy and Oxford United Community Trust will be launching its Education and Football Academy this September.

This is a brand new partnership which will broaden your opportunities to study whilst gaining valuable playing and work experience within the Community Trust, which is supported by the OUFC elite Academy.

Unlike the traditional football and education courses that have become very popular in recent years, the Advance Oxford United Community Trust Academy will offer a range of educational courses from Level 2 BTECs through to A Levels in various subjects, including English and Mathematics retakes.

If you enroll onto the Advance Oxford United Community Trust Academy benefits will include:

• Study a full time BTEC or A Level course – See prospectus for details of courses

• A daily training programme and weekly competitive match day experience

• Free access to the school fitness suite – strength and conditioning programmes designed by qualified staff

• Play in the U19 FA Youth Development League against other Professional Football Club academies (Boys only)

• Play in the English Colleges Cat 1 League and WS Development League (Girls Only)

• Gain valuable work based qualifications such as your FA Level 1 & 2 coaching badges, First Aid qualifications

• A free season ticket to Oxford United first team games and Oxford United Ladies first team games

• Work alongside Oxford United Football Club employees to gain valuable work placement experience in all departments.

Be part of this exciting new partnership by emailing OUFCAdvance@theoxfordacademy.org.uk or calling 01865 774311 ext 2111.

Trials will take place at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 21st May. Download Scholarship Flyer


Seeking Pre-Season Fixtures - 21 April

Cricklade Town are re-forming after three years without a senior side and will be entering the Wiltshire League next season.

They are looking for several friendlies with Hellenic teams before the start of the season.

Contact Ross Peart rosspeart10@gmail.com 07771880737


Easter Sunday 27th March 2016
The 132nd Varsity Football Match
Cambridge University vs Oxford University

Played at: Craven Cottage, “The Home of Fulham Football Club”

Lloyd Wood, Essex FA; Giovanni Marasca, Cambridgeshire FA; John Okole Oxfordshire FA; and Martin Atkinson, West Riding FA and FIFA referee. What a line up!

From the moment I got the appointment on 7th March until match day everything was rose tinted and positive. Then driving into London and suddenly your heart skips a beat, you’re taking a right on to Fulham Palace Road, another right and you are on Stevenage Road and Craven Cottage, the Home of Fulham Football Club, emerges from behind plush London suburbia. A setting that even Martin Atkinson thinks is special. Of course the Match Referee had been in touch in the build up to the game and it was he who would make or break the day for us.

We all arrived before him – which was great. You wouldn’t want to keep a FIFA referee waiting. In the hospitality lounge, “Coffee at the Cottage”, Lloyd took the lead. Lloyd was ready. Fourth man had it all under control: spare kit for anyone who needed it, the lot. Swapping football stories the team spirit was coming along nicely.

And then Martin arrived and I realised FIFA/Premier League is another level. Smart, took his time, and then made us all feel welcome. Relaxed – that was the word that came to sum up the day. It was all so cool: the facilities, the people, and the man. Refereeing is easy. Don’t you know?

In the pre-match there was nothing complicated. To be fair, there was no time. First there had been the brief from Chris Rochford, Fulham’s liaison officer for the game, and then the Chief Steward had completed a safety briefing – ‘code red’ being the alert for a sniper. At this point, I was trying to remember what ‘code yellow’ meant. I didn’t want anyone confusing our yellow kit for target practice. But it didn’t matter, rest assured Martin and Lloyd would have it covered.

So we’re all miked-up on Premier League comms, all looking smart, time for a quick photo, and the next thing, we’re walking out to BBC cameras, a crowd of about 2,000 and we’re all relaxed because Martin is.

The pitch is immaculate. Meet the dignitaries, check the nets, witness the toss and left fullbacks for 45 minutes that you’ll never forget. Fifteen minutes in and Oxford had scored. What else could I ask for?

Ten minutes later, I’d just given my second offside and I can hear Martin in my ear: “Smart, very smart. It’s like being out with Childy.” He’s referring to Stephen Child, Premier League and FIFA assistant referee… You would take that, wouldn’t you, being compared to his mates, way up there?

It was always positive. The communication you get from Martin on the headsets just adds to the occasion. The ball goes forward and you hear him saying: “Now!”

You are switched on to the offside anyway but the extra level of intensity brings the game that more to life. And then there’s the banter: Martin’s asking one of the players whether he used to be a bouncer, the way he’s putting himself about… On the sideline, someone tells Lloyd that he’s talking to our future Prime Minister. But Lloyd’s not having it and wants them warming up behind Giovanni, and the craic is just unbelievable.

The atmosphere was electric on my side, they’re ducking out of the driving rain and back out with the sunshine, and then they’re chanting: “John Okole give us a wave…” A quick thumbs up to the crowd and Martin’s back in your ear: “I’ve got an angle”, he says. “I’ve got the ball. Now!” And you’re buzzing! Flag up. Offside!

Second half, and Oxford scored again. Game over. Winning goal was at my end and I nearly ran on the pitch . . . Hahaha…

For me, the absolute best day in football – For Martin Atkinson, it was probably just another normal day in the office, but he made sure it was special for us.

Listening to him on the comms, the freedom it gave to my game to be miked-up, connected and thinking together as a team, it was an inspiration. Can’t help but make me a better referee. Thank you Oxfordshire FA. Thank you God. Of all days, Easter Sunday marks a new beginning and the sun came out and we were happy.

By John Okole – Level 4 Referee, Oxfordshire FA

Non-League Finals Day Tickets Now On Sale - 12 February

Tickets to the first ever Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 22 May are on sale now - with child tickets available from just £1.

  Fa trophy faVase sport relief  

The Wembley showpiece will host both The FA Vase and FA Trophy, with tickets priced at £25 for adults, £10 for concessions and just £1 for children under-16s. There is also a group rate, perfect for schools and clubs, of £12.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children. Tickets are available from TheFA.com/tickets or call 0844 826 2010.

The day will provide an opportunity to showcase the world-leading English non-league system, recognise the 500 teams to have taken part in this season’s Vase and 276 in the Trophy, and celebrate the grassroots game, through activities and fan engagement during the day.

Fans will be allowed to pass in and out of the stadium to see exhibitions, information and examples of The FA’s work in the wider game including, FA Education, Refereeing, Women’s Super League and grassroots women and girl’s football, Skills, Disability and Walking Football, Facility Improvement, Club Development, League Development, Respect, County Associations, Technology and Volunteer Recruitment.

BT Sport will broadcast both fixtures with the FA Vase kicking off at 12.15pm and the FA Trophy at 4.15pm.

This year, The FA Non-League Finals Day will also be working closely with Sport Relief as charity partner for the day. For each booking (not ticket), the option will be given to donate £2.50 to Sport Relief.

Last March in The FA Trophy, in front of the BT cameras, North Ferriby United triumphed 5-4 on penalties against Wrexham, following a dramatic 3-3 draw. It was the Villagers’ first ever triumph in the competition in their history.

Then in May Glossop North End and North Shields battled out The FA Vase in front of over 10,000 fans, with the side from the north-east being victorious 2-1 after extra time.


ben gladwin Barclays championshp playerBristol City Sign Gladwin On Loan - 20 January

Sky Bet Championship Bristol City have confirmed the loan signing of former Uhlsport Hellenic League player Ben Gladwin from Queens Park Rangers.

The Ashton Gate outfit have confirmed that they have secured the services of Gladwin on a 93-day loan. The former Reading Town and Marlow man, who was plucked from non-league by Swindon Town in November 2013, left the Wiltshire Division One club to join Championship side Queens Park Rangers in a 1.5 million pound deal last summer.

Gladwin was back at Swindon Town earlier this season, initially rejoining his former club on an emergency loan deal on October 9 before that extended deal ended earlier this month as he was recalled by Loftus Road boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to feature in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest.


Coach Seeking Club - 9 November

Level 2 coach with 17 years experience at local league, junior and youth level coaching. Now looking to gain UEFA B and move into coaching professionally. I currently live in Oxford and seek vacancies/opportunities to coach within the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

Contact - Mark Rodgers 07834 386389


The Fitballerz Academy - 15 August

Become a Fitballerz Academy Venue, your players receive discounted training and we make a donation to your club/team.

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Keeper Available For Loan - 31 July

17 Year old full time scholar goalkeeper available immediately for loan. Trains regularly with the first team at Swindon Town, now needs to experience senior non-league football for his development. Ideally looking for at least a 3 month spell but open to options.

To discuss please contact Steve Hale, Head of Goalkeeping either by email stevehale@swindontownfc.co.uk or phone 07711 275526


Footballer Who Fractured Jaw Of Opponent Is Spared Prison - 27 July

The Oxford Mail reports a footballer narrowly avoided jail for fracturing an opposing player’s jaw during the closing minutes of a match.

lee toomey spared jailed sentenceLee Toomey (pictured) took to the field in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West match between Purton and Letcombe on Wednesday, April 15. But the match, at Letcombe Regis near Wantage, got heated when Toomey’s Wiltshire side went behind and the 20-year-old was booked for shouting abuse at a linesman. During the final 10 minutes, when Purton were 3-2 down, one of the Wiltshire team clashed with a rival player.

Cathy Olliver, prosecuting, told Oxford Crown Court that as referee Luke Peacock went over to deal with it he saw Toomey out of the corner of his eye. She added: “He saw Lee Toomey walking with his fists clenched towards Jack Hamblin and punched him in the face. He saw Mr Hamblin fall straight on to his back without moving.”

Mr Hamblin was taken to hospital where doctors discovered his jaw was fractured. After being rushed to surgery, a metal plate was inserted into his jaw, which Ms Olliver said will have to stay for the rest for his life. Toomey admitted one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm at a hearing at Oxford Magistrates’ Court in June, but was committed to crown court for sentence.

Defending Gareth James said Toomey, of Boscombe Road, Swindon, regretted his actions and called for a suspended sentence so his client could begin his bricklaying apprenticeship. He added: “Mr Toomey feels a great deal of remorse. He is a young man who is working towards building a career for himself within the construction industry.” Mr James told the court that Toomey had had a frustrating day at work and that there had been a lot of “sledging” during the game.

However, Judge Ian Pringle branded this excuse “nonsense”. He added: “You clearly were angry and you walked up to a player from Letcombe, Jack Hamblin, and without any provocation you landed a full-blooded punch on his jaw. There are those who say when assaults are on the sports field it can be understood because it’s a heated situation. I think this is nonsense. Attacking someone on a sports field without any provocation is just as bad, or sometimes worse, as walking up to them in the street. I have no doubt that this case crosses the custody threshold.”

But Judge Pringle said that he could suspend Toomey’s 12-month prison sentence for a year because of three good character references who “spoke extremely highly” of him. He added: “Make sure this is your only ever time before a crown court.”

However, Toomey will have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £358.88 in compensation.


Calling All Football Teams! - 30 June

Do you want to be part of an exciting new TV show? Hungry Bear Media Limited have just had a new show commissioned and we’re looking for outgoing people and big personalities to apply.

Watch Out! is a clip show with a difference – this time it’s all about the reactions. We’ll cast a group of real characters and see their reactions as they show each other some exclusive mind-blowing clips from the Internet. These never-before-seen videos could be funny, cute, disgusting, impressive or just plain shocking, but they’re all sure to elicit brilliant responses from our carefully cast characters.

It’s all about different groups of people (2-5 people in the group) watching clips in different locations. We think a football team would be a fantastic group to cast for the show!

All applicants must be 16+ If you’d like to find out more and apply, please email us: watchout@hungrybear.tv or call us on 02074710533

All applications must be submitted by this week (w/c 29th June) – Hurry not long left!

Many Thanks,
Team Watch Out!


Players Seeking Clubs - 24 June

Three experienced footballers are looking for new clubs to train with in pre-season, and possibly sign for.

Giovanni Iarrobino - Giovanni plays as a midfielder, is Swindon based. and played in various Step 5 leagues nationally and at a high standard in the Army Football Leagues. Call on 07985740710

Dwayne Coultress - Dwayne is a midfielder who has played for Aldershot Town and St. Johnstone U20s and is Berkshire based. Call on 07961197879

Craig Castle - Craig is a midfielder or striker who has played for AFC Bournemouth and Aldershot Town and is Berkshire based.

If any club/clubs are interested, please feel free to get in touch.

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