Football Academy students are League Runners Up
Oldham College’s Football Academy students finished the season successfully as runners up, in both categories of the Association of Colleges (AoC) Football Leagues.
Oldham College’s first team, who compete in category 2B of the AoC Football League, finished runners up to Burnley College, who were unbeaten for the season. The league consisted of local high ranking semi-professional academy sides such as Stalybridge Celtic, Curzon Ashton, Altrincham, Trafford FC and Salford City FC. Despite the calibre of players and opposition being of a higher ability level, Oldham College’s first team were able to finish above the previously mentioned teams, through sheer determination, attitude and high levels of motivation.
The college’s second team, who compete in category 3C of the AoC Football League, also finished as runners up. The team was made up of mainly first year students from the college so were only aged 16. Once again, the AoC league was made up of more established teams, including Stalybridge Celtic and Bury FC. Most of the players had not actually played 11 a side football on a regular basis before which makes their achievement even more remarkable.
Mike Holt, Course Tutor in Sport said: “All in all, it has been a very successful season and with the new partnership with Ashton United starting in early September, the future looks very bright. With recruitment numbers high for the new season, we are pleased to have been able to announce a third team for this coming season.”
The Football Academy offers excellence in coaching through UEFA B licensed coaches alongside outstanding education that is focused on performance and excellence. Each student is offered an individual player development package with training focused on specific training and developmental needs. The Football Academy was set up in partnership with Oldham Athletic Community Trust so also has close links with Oldham Athletic Football Club.
Oldham College has seen some fine players come through the college and now hopes to see more in the future through the help of Ashton United. Football Academy students who don’t make it as a professional player or go onto higher education will be looking for other avenues for employment which still involve football.
Oldham College has expanded its sport partnerships in recent years to include Ashton United and the Manchester Giants as well as the development of a Futsal arena which was hailed as ‘the new Wembley of the North for Futsal.’