Young U's Fans Meet The Play-Off Trophy

Young footballers in Oxfordshire had a day to remember when getting up close and personal to the League One Play-Off Final trophy at Oxford United in the Community’s holiday camps.

The trophy – lifted by U’s skipper Elliott Moore following the club’s two-goal win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion to the Championship – made two visits to The Oxford Academy in Littlemore and Kidlington Youth FC.

Participants aged 5-13 posed for photos in between the charity’s holiday camp sessions which are suitable for players of all experiences and abilities and teach new football skills, help them make new connections and build confidence.

Oxford United in the Community CEO Matt Everett and Lead Community Coach Rob Porter wowed participants by transporting the trophy to and from each venue. The visit formed part of the charity’s work to inspire players by harnessing the power of football and the United badge.

“The trophy tour was a great opportunity to connect young Oxford United fans with the achievements of the first-team and inspire them to keep pursuing their passions, regardless if that’s on or off the pitch,” said Matt.

“Seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of participants as they interacted with the trophy was incredibly rewarding, and no doubt provided a moment which will live long in their memory.

“Our holiday camps play an essential role in our charitable operation, with all profits committed to our work inspiring happier, healthier and better-connected communities across the county.

“We welcomed another strong turnout during half-term and forecast an even busier period during the summer holidays.”

There was even an opportunity for participants to win a place on Oxford United in the Community’s summer camps, which will be delivered at The Oxford Academy, Kidlington Youth FC and Easington Sports FC in Banbury.

Three young players came closest to guessing the exact height of the trophy – 61cm – and will be back pitch side with the charity’s team of community coaches when summer camps begin on Monday, July 29.

They won’t be the only ones signing-up for free, though, after the charity partnered with Kellogg’s to provide 600 free holiday camp spaces through summer.

Matt added: “Thanks to our latest partnership, our team will deliver 2,925 days of activity this summer, with 600 spaces entirely funded by Kellogg’s.

“Following a record Easter turnout, we’re confident of engaging more children through the summer holidays than before which ensures more funds can be committed to our wider community programmes.”

To claim a free space on one of Oxford United in the Community’s holiday camps this summer courtesy of Kellogg’s, visit