Future and Emerging Talent
OUitC’s Future Talent Hubs hubs offer starter-level technical coaching to girls and boys of any ability from ages 4 to 12.
Future Talent provides a fun, player-centred environment in which young people will be encouraged to be creative and inventive in their football development. The programme offers a way to improve technical skills for those new to football, as well as to members of competitive grassroots or school teams.
Weekly sessions focus on improving the ability of each player in areas such as ball mastery, passing, dribbling, turning and shooting. The key principals of attacking, defending and reading the game are developed through 1v1, 2v2 and small-sided games.
The sessions are one hour in length and are run by Oxford United’s fully qualified and experienced coaching staff.
Every child will receive a progress report after completing the 12-week programme, and players progressing well may be given the opportunity to trial for the Emerging Talent programme.
We currently have Hubs at:
Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney
Tuesdays 5pm-6pm (ages 4-8, indoor sports hall);
Bicester Leisure Centre
Fridays 5pm-6pm (ages 4-8); 6.15pm-7.15pm (ages 9-12, outdoor 3G pitch)
The Oxford Academy 3G Dome
Tuesdays 5pm-6pm (ages 4-8); 6pm-7pm (ages 9-12)
Saturdays 9am-9.45am (ages 2-5, indoor 3G pitch)
A 12-week block of sessions costs £54 (£4.50 per session).
To find out more contact Development Centre Manager Joe Long
OUitC’s Emerging Talent scheme is an invitation-only programme offering under 7s to under 16s an opportunity to train in a team environment, improving both individual ability and technical and tactical knowledge of the game.
The scheme will recruit the most talented players within the Oxfordshire area who are not currently at any academy.
• 36-week term-time training programme;
• Games programme during school half terms vs other professional clubs’ development centres including Northampton Town, Luton Town, MK Dons, Brentford, Swindon Town and more;
• Weekly coaching syllabus focusing on specific aspects of the game;
• Feedback and monitoring reports for each player during the season;
• End-of-year report for each player;
• Coaching delivered by FA-qualified coaches at level 2 (minimum) and level 3 standard;
• End-of-season summer tournament;
• The chance to represent OUFC.
Players can participate in the programme while continuing to play for their grassroots clubs.
Players progressing well in the programme may be recommended to the OUFC Academy, though attendance does not guarantee a trial.
To find out more contact: Development Centre Manager Joe Long