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Academy Scouting Opportunities

Help the U's develop young talent across Oxfordshire

24 November 2020

Club News

Academy Scouting Opportunities

Help the U's develop young talent across Oxfordshire

24 November 2020

Exciting opportunities have arisen at Oxford United for Academy Scouts to support the Academy Recruitment team at the Academy.

Ideal candidates will have experience and a thorough understanding of Grassroots Football and will be able to identify and assess potential players for the Academy Teams U6-U16.

Main Responsibilities

  • Identifying and reporting on the most talented young players in their designated geographical and age group area.
  • Developing a network of and relationships within youth football and across grassroots clubs in your region.
  • Keeping accurate and detailed records of all matches attended and players observed.
  • Ensuring the necessary forms have been completed and information collated on all potential player recruits.
  • Acting as a point of contact between the Youth Academy and players’ parents/guardians and their respective clubs.
  • Giving feedback to players and parents/guardians at the end of a period of training and assessment.
  • Attending scouting meetings with the Head of Academy Recruitment and preparing in advance of those meetings updates of all scouting activity and targeted players.
  • Having a detailed understanding of our Academy Player philosophy and the Academy Player requirements, attending Oxford United Academy training and matches periodically to facilitate this.
  • Projecting a professional image and maintaining an ambassadorial role for the Club and Youth Academy at all times whilst adhering to the Club’s policies and protocols specifically in relation to the recruitment of young players.
  • Attending Child Protection training as required by the Club and adhering to all guidelines contained within the Club’s Child, Protected Adult and Coach Protection Policy.

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience in and a thorough understanding of Academy and/or Grassroots Football in either development phase (U6-U12 or U13-U16).
  • Area knowledge of one of the following areas: West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or West London
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT Skills.
  • Proactive in their approach.
  • Trustworthy, adhering to codes of conduct, ethics and confidentiality.
  • FA Talent Identification Level 1 (Online) or equivalent
  • FA Talent Identification Level 2 (Desirable).

The role requires a high degree of flexibility to cover evening and weekend work as required. The positons will be offered on a casual basis.

The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risks and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and DBS checks at the appropriate level will be obtained prior to employment commencing.

To apply, please email Head of Academy Recruitment, Gareth Hamer, with a Covering Letter, CV and completed application form. (

OUFC Application Form.pdf

There is no closing date, however we aim to appoint for January.

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