Following 12 successful years as Oaklands College's primary Football Academy, St Albans City FC has joined forces with Oaklands Wolves to form Oaklands Wolves (SAFA) Football Academy.
Former professional footballer and academy Manager Steve Castle heads up a coaching staff of FA Licensed, UEFA A and UEFA B qualified coaches who deliver 16 hours of coaching each week providing a detailed programme that incorporates the FA's 4 Corner Model in order to develop a player's individual technical/tactical, psychological, social and physical needs. Individual 1 to 1 sessions are provided by way of a performance clock detailing every element of the player's football requirements. A position specific pathway is created between player and coach.
The Academy operates three teams based upon ability levels:
These teams have a two way pathway depending on each individual's needs and on their development as a player. The teams compete in the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA).
The scheme offers genuine opportunities for individuals to achieve their full potential as a footballer whilst continuing o study a broad range of courses on offer by the College.
- Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Sport
- BTEC L2 Diploma in Sport
- BTEC L3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport
- City & Guilds Certificate in Construction
- Selected AS levels and A levels
The Academy has a proven pathway for progression into the professional game, boasting a Youth International as a former Academy graduate, as well as extensive contacts and links to professional clubs and their Academies. The link with St Albans City Football Club, Royston Town and other semi-professional clubs has also seen numerous players play at the top end of the semi-professional, non-league pyramid.
The players are also offered the opportunity to start a career in coaching through the FA Level 1 and FA level 2 coaching qualifications whilst the Academic courses available have seen graduates forge a career in the football industry as strength and conditioning coaches as well as providing the support needed to go on to university and study for undergraduate degrees.