This September will see Oxford United Pre-Academy Trials for the 2017-18 season.
The trials are a way for talented local youngsters in the under 7 and under 8 categories to impress the United coaches and perhaps become part of the youth development programme as they grow up.
The Pre-Academy follows a syllabus that will create the stepping stones to become part of the player's journey into the Academy and is a development programme designed to identify, assess and nurture local talented individuals between 6 - 8 years of age.
The primary aim is to develop technically gifted individuals for our U9’s squads who become accustomed to the club’s culture and playing philosophy through weekly training sessions and games, allowing for an easy transition into the Academy way of life.
The major emphasis of the programme is technical development. With the use of the club’s training facilities, and a structured coaching syllabus our UEFA qualified Academy staff seek to increase player to ball contact time in a fun, inclusive and professional environment.
After a successful introduction the Pre-Academy has been restructured for the 2017/18 season to be brought formally under the Academy umbrella, with the weekly session moving to our Academy Training Base at The Oxford Academy
Players will follow and also have access to our Performance Management tool (PMA) where we will follow the development of players more closely to give them the best chance of earning a contract in our Under 9s academy squad.