St Albans Football Academy
For The Elite
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.
Introducing Our Latest Elite Academy Training Coach
With a lifelong dedication to Football from professional to amateur levels Steve Castle has expected nothing less than 100% from his players as well as his own coaching. Playing football himself for over 19 years he understands the game from the player’s perspective and uses this knowledge to coach footballers to their highest potential.
Highlights as a professional Footballer:
Played for teams such as Birmingham City FC, Plymouth Argyle FC and Leyton Orient FC
With a large repertoire of Footballing qualifications and experience Steve Castle’s understanding off the pitch is also very impressive. The past 11 years of coaching has seen him become a fully licenced UEFA “A” Football Coach and be UEFA “B” and FA Level 2 Certified. He has been consistently successful in managing winning teams and coached professional and academy clubs, expanding their knowledge of the game and developing their techniques. He guided his current team, Royston Town FC, to the 2016/17 league title with four games to spare. His side had won 25 of their 26 games, bettering their league runners-up finish in both 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns
Highlights as a High Level Manager and Coach:
Manager for Takeley FC, Head coach at Stevenage FC and Football Coach for West Ham United Academy (Under 13’s).
Being a scout for teams as high as FA England Under 16’s – 19’s has taught him what top teams are looking for in their players and what skills players need to become the best.
We look forward to Steve joining the Wolf Pack and having him take the elite team to new levels!
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).
Football Trials with SAFA
Below our our latest football trials. If we don't have any currently running please feel free to email us and we'll let you know when the next trial is.