Boys EPPP Academy (9-16)

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1st Team Action: Academy Graduate - Callum O'Dowda


Oxford United have produced a strategic plan for the continuation of the nurturing of young talent and the development of future players for Oxford United Football club with the aim of them representing the club within the higher League`s in the future.

With the advent of the Financial Fair Play and potential First Team squad size limitations, the Boys Academy will have an even more important role in the future.

The development of the Oxford United’s Technical Board Group and Academy Management Team will ensure the club’s philosophy, environment, strategy and aims are communicated and monitored throughout.  Whilst the primary aim is for players’ graduation to First Team level, the Boys Academy and the club itself recognises not all players will attain First Team status with Oxford United or at professional level. Therefore emphasis is also placed on the holistic development of a player and support across the development pathway of each young person to maximise his opportunities upon leaving the club whichever route the player takes on that departure.

Oxford United’s culture has shown itself historically by providing the opportunity for young home grown players to prove themselves in the First Team and has been commended for this strategy.  Stretching back to the likes of Chris Allen, Joey Beauchamp, Dexter Blackstock, Chris Hackett, Callum O'Dowda, Dean Whitehead and Sam Ricketts, the club has produced outstanding examples of ambassadors for both the club and the game.  The latter two players also personally contributed significant funds to the club when it hit harder times, and financially helped the club.  This affinity to the values of the club is demonstrated within the philosophy where the club comes first. 

This family club continues to nurture young footballers and produces our own.  Callum O`Dowda, a most recent debutant joined the club when he was 8 and has progressed through the Academy into the first team and has since represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level. 

Long serving staff provide the stability and carry the torch for others to experience the environment.

The friendliness of the club is supported by its values which include inclusiveness, integrity, pride, innovation and professionalism in its continued pursuit of excellence.

We are very proud of the Oxford United’s culture and history which is driven by our philosophy.                                                                                                                                






















1st Team Action: Academy Graduate - Canice Carroll

Past Achievements:

Oxford United Academy Roll of Honour                   

In the last ten years, Oxford United Football Club Academy has achieved an outstanding array of honours both on a domestic and international stage.

Players graduated through our Academy system have generated over £3.8m in transfer fees. Many Academy graduates have appeared for the Oxford United First Team totalling over 797 appearances, Academy players have progressed to represent professional clubs at Premiership, Championship, League 1 or League 2 level.

Over 350 Premier league appearances have been attained by former Oxford United Academy graduates who appeared for the Oxford United`s First Team and a total of over 2000 Football league appearances for Academy graduates. 

Former Academy graduates have represented their respective countries at either full, U21 or youth international level, including Dexter Blackstock, Sam Ricketts, and recently, Max Crocombe, Callum O`Dowda and Canice Carroll.

Former Academy graduate Jason Seacole made Oxford United Club history in October 1976 by becoming the youngest ever player to appear for the First Team aged 16 years and 149 days.

The Oxford United Football Club Academy successfully won the U18 Youth Alliance League in season 2006/7.

In addition to these excellent on the field achievements the Club is also able to boast an excellent record of staff development.

Chris Allen former U12 coach completed his UEFA B/UEFA A qualification with the Academy and was promoted to Youth team coach in July 2010, then First team coach in July 2015.

Academy Manager Les Taylor holds the English FA Advanced Youth Award.

Professional Development Phase Coaches Leon Blackmore-Such and Andy Whing are in process of attaining the UEFA A License

Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Kieran Hayes is attending both the UEFA A license and the English Advanced Youth Award

Foundation Phase Lead Coach Jonny Edmunds is also on course for the UEFA A license in 2017

Chris Hackett is a former academy graduate who made 125 appreances for Oxford United and made 387 Football League Appearances is now coach for the boys under 15's

1st Team Action: Academy Graduate - Sam Long

Documented Academy Vision:

Oxford United Football Club`s Academy aims to develop highly talented home grown local footballers for Oxford United’s First Team.
Within 3 years our vision would be to produce at least 50% of the first team squad from Academy players.

We aim to provide a family atmosphere for players, relatives, members and supporters – at matches and Academy functions.

We aim to foster active community participation and support, through the Club’s affiliation with individuals, local business and organisations.

Within 3 years we will look to enhance our recruitment department and be able to recruit players beyond Oxfordshire and surrounding area.
To produce technically proficient physically capable players that will be tactically astute, and are
able to perform at higher levels. We will look to develop players of integrity, who uphold the
spirit of fair play and respect.

The players will pass through a detailed football programme with outstanding coaches that focus on the needs of both the individuals and team. With the support of the video analysis team, the coaches will deliver clear accurate feedback around each game and training session. The players will receive the best medical care available and will also have both player specific and generic sports science plans that progress through the age bands.

Our Psychology programme will aim to produce disciplined individuals with the support of all the staff across departments within the Academy, preparing the players for life inside and outside football. We also aim to educate all parents on key aspects so they can help influence basic player support pre/post competition and nutrition.

Across all age bands we will provide a strong duty of care focusing strongly on the players from under privileged backgrounds and will support all players past, present and future connected in any way to the club.




Recent Boys EPPP Academy (9-16) News

  • 1 August 2018 Boys Academy News
  • Phones no longer work
  • Due to the Training Ground offices closing the phones are no longer in working order, if you need to contact us please go to contacts page on website for email addresses.
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  • 19 May 2018 Boys Academy News
  • Match Day Information Boys U9's - 15's vs Fordingbridge Turks
  • Please see age group match details for further information.
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  • 5 May 2018 Boys Academy News
  • Swindon Fixture Update
  • Please Note Fixtures vs Swindon have had to changed due the closing of the Training Ground.
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  • 29 November 2017 Boys Academy News
  • Analysis Workshop Timetable
  • Again this season we will be running the successful Video Analysis Sessions for each age group on before Home Games, please see Sport Science Tab/Performance Analysis where you will find your age groups date for Video Analysis Sessions.
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  • 31 August 2017 Boys Academy News
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