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Club Update

By Oxford City FC

A Statement from Justin Merritt on Oxford City Nomads, Allied Counties, and More.

Following a board meeting last week there are a number of updates the club would like to announce as we embark on an exciting 2018-19 season.

Oxford City Football Club is fully committed to providing the strongest possible player development pathway throughout the club, recognising its position as a National League South team and as a Charter Standard Community Football Club.

Team re-structuring for 2018-19

Oxford City FC Allied Counties U18’s.

Following a full review of the community and youth sections over the past 12 months the club have made some structural changes to support the needs of the club.

As part of this review the club have decided not to enter the Allied Counties League for the forthcoming season. Although we enjoyed great success in the competition and have been members of the league for many years we feel the demands of the U19 National League competition and the U19 provision in the daytime are more beneficial to player development.

U18 Allied Counties Managers from last year Craig Dore and Darren James have departed the club to take up the North Leigh first team management position.

We would like to thank Darren and Craig for their efforts and achievements within the youth section and JPL structure over recent years. They have also been great supporters of the club and we wish both every success in their step into first team management.

The increase in popularity of the clubs 16-19 programme and the successes of the teams in the past year means we will be fielding 2 new teams in this age group; an additional tactic league team and a JPL U18 Saturday team to support players who are not students within our programme.

We have seen several of the U19’s feature for the first team in the past 2 seasons and as we start pre-season there are several members of this squad making up the pre-season squad.

We will continue to compete in the FA Youth Cup competition with Mickey Lewis, Mark Jones and Jack Self combining to work with the squad.

Oxford City Nomads FC

We have withdrawn Oxford City Nomads from the Hellenic Premier and FA Vase competitions and won’t be running a Nomads side in future years.

The structure of the Nomads doesn’t fit with the future plans of the Club. Nomads was structured with a different affiliation to Oxford City FC meaning it is an independent first team competing in a first team competition.

The club require a more flexible development structure for both our young players and also for a team that can support first team players needing to play competitive games when they are not playing as a regular in the first team.

As Oxford City have developed through the pyramid, nearly all players at first team level are playing under contract which means they cannot play for Nomads unless we were to loan the player for a minimum 28-day period. Clearly this has difficulties for providing the best structure to support the needs of the club and the player pathway.

This decision has come a year ahead of our planned date and was accelerated following news that manager Rob Tutton wished to stand down. There were many reasons behind Rob’s decision and were discussed at length.

Paul Mulvany who assisted Rob throughout last season will hopefully remain involved with the club in a coaching capacity. Paul is a terrific coach with an abundance of knowledge to share.

We would like to thank Rob for all of his efforts, achievements and application to the club over the past 15 years as both player and coach. Rob has achieved great success on the pitch and off the pitch – a great club man to which the door is always open.

For all teams at Hellenic League Premier level there is a large amount of human resource required in terms of a committee, match day staff, volunteers to provide the support required at this level.

It has been increasingly difficult to find the volunteer base to ensure the match day provision is suitable.

We will be launching a new development team for primarily U21/U23 players for 2019/20 with the flexibility of being able to play overage players (in the event of return from injury).

The league we will enter is unclear at the moment, with the likelihood the National League will be introducing an U21 competition for next season and there are other alternative options.

New Junior Teams at Oxford City FC

We are delighted to increase the amount of teams in the junior sections for the forthcoming season with several new teams from U6/U7 mini hoops. U8 – U16 will see an increase in 5 teams from last season and we have launched a wildcat centre for girls to join the club in conjunction with the Oxfordshire FA.

Oxford City FC are delighted to announce we also have received funding to employ a sports development officer from the National League for 2 years to help develop our community programmes. This funding will have a huge impact on engagement with schools and young players creating a host of opportunities. We will also see more competitions and festivals at the club.

We will be providing regular updates and news on further developments at the club in due course.

Best Wishes

Justin Merritt

Updated 18:02 - 5 Oct 2018 by Oxford City FC

Where next?

2018/19 National League South Fixtures The Fixutres for the 2018/19 campaign have been released

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