24 April 2017

Park supports grassroots coaching at Oxford United Football Academy

The Oxford Science Park is proud to have become a Founding Member of the Friends of the Oxford United Football Academy, a new initiative at the club to help raise vital funds for their grassroots coaching work at The Oxford United Football Academy.

In the past young talented local players have been scouted from as young as seven and persuaded to join clubs from outside the county to develop their skills.

In recent years the Oxford United Football Academy has worked tirelessly to change this and the fruits of their labour have seen home-grown footballers rise through the ranks to play for the first team.

Players such as Sam Long, Josh Ashby, James Roberts, Robbie Cundy and Miles Welch-Hayes are the latest products of the Academy.

Historically the club has helped bring through players who went on to play international football, such as Mark Wright and Sam Ricketts, and others such as Dean Whitehead and Dexter Blackstock who have played in the Premier League.

Peter Rhoades-Brown, Business Development Manager, Oxford United said: “The Club and coaches are committed to delivering more home-grown talent in the coming years. Support from the local business community, such as our neighbour The Oxford Science Park, helps to ensure that the funds are in place to support our commitment to support home-grown footballers.”

Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, managing director, The Oxford Science Park added: “We are proud to be able to support the Club by becoming a Founding Member of the Friends of the Oxford United Academy. This is part of our ongoing strategy to continue to support worthy causes in our local community and clubs. The Academy is a great initiative which will nurture and develop Oxford United’s players of the future.”

Find out more about the Oxford United Football Academy.

To become a Friend of Oxford United Football Academy, please email Oxford United’s Corporate Sales Executive Adam Harris: aharris@oufc.co.uk

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