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U's Host Girls Day School Trust Training Day

Facilities made available for talented young footballers

9 December 2021

Oxford United’s Bangkok Glass Training Centre is not just the base for the U’s’ First Team, Academy and Women’s teams.

Every evening there are hundreds of footballers playing under the lights on the floodlit 3G pitches, whether they are from the Boys or Girls Regional Talent Centres or the many local football clubs who use the amazing facilities.

Yesterday we were delighted to welcome another very talented group of footballers when students from Girls Day School Trust schools from across the Country came along for a day of training and matches.

The girls all play for their local Under 15 sides and Oxford United Women’s Manager, and Oxford High School PE teacher, Liam Gilbert explained more about the day.

“It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while. As people will have seen, some of our Women’s team have been coming in to the Training Ground and working with the First Team coaches, and I have had the unbelievable experience myself of travelling with Karl Robinson for the last couple of away games.

“ I started thinking about how being around the First Team set up has helped inspire people and push things forward. In my ‘day job’ I am a teacher at Oxford High School and I see some great young footballers who love the game. That is true at so many GDST schools so we started talking about a training day and bringing everyone together in a professional football environment.

“Today is hopefully just the start. We have another session planned in spring and hopefully a game or two to build towards. I hope everyone enjoyed today and it’s wonderful to see Oxford United involved in another new initiative to inspire footballers.”

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