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Join our new Football Programme

3rd Mar 2023

Abingdon & Witney College are delighted to announce our partnership with Oxford United in creating the Oxford United Advanced Football Programme; a new course that allows students to study full time for a sports qualification whilst training with Oxford United.

Through our new full-time programme students will get the opportunity to develop their football skills whilst studying a BTEC Sports qualification. Students will study at our Abingdon Campus, and train directly with Oxford United UEFA B qualified coaches; who alongside our academic tutors, will develop them physically and mentally. Together, we’ll teach students the determination and resilience they need to succeed, all whilst building the strength and confidence they need to be at the top of their game.

Successful students who join the academy will have the opportunity to play regularly at the Bangkok Glass Training Centre, part of the £4.9m sports complex near Horspath. They’ll also get the chance to train and compete in a competitive league and cup tournaments against other teams across the region. Every student will also get their own Oxford United x Abingdon & Witney College training kit and excitingly, a free Oxford United season ticket.

Through this new partnership, talented and aspiring players won’t have to pick between football and academic development; they can do both. When students are not training at the club, our specialist team will be there helping them to prepare for their future. The new study programme includes a sport based vocational qualification, GCSE English and/or maths as required, a supportive tutorial programme, and the work experience and enrichment activities we offer all our students.

Once they’ve joined the academy, students will also have access to our full college experience. They’ll have the chance to immerse themselves in our student life, take part in our college wide trips and make the most of our pastoral care and guidance.

Want to know more about joining the programme?

Find out more about our upcoming trial days and what this course has to offer on our new Oxford United Advanced Football Programme page.