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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.

Training

OUR STATE OF THE ART TRAINING FACILITIES

Former professional footballer and academy Manager Steve Castle heads up a coaching staff of FA Licensed, UEFA A and UEFA B qualified coaches.

To ensure you develop to the best of your ability our coaches deliver a minimum of:

  • 16 hours of coaching each week
  • A detailed programme for each player 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

Teams

SAFA Team

The Academy operates three teams based upon ability levels:

Elite

Development

Progression

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).

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PROFESSIONAL  COACHES
Our programmes are devised by professionally licensed coaches who work with you to a high standard to ensure you develop the technical and practical skills required for players to become the best they can.

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PLAYER GROWTH
Each player will gain experience in their positions and develop skills to improve their overall game including: tactics, physical strength and technical abilities

Training Equipment
TOP LEVEL EQUIPMENT 
The best players need top training equipment to become the best they can be. Our SAFA football players players can expect to train in facilities they deserve. 


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GAME PLAY

Players will get the chance to put their skills to the test in league and cup competitions.
These matches will give the players a competitive opportunity to showcase their skills.

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HEALTH & WELLBEING
Player safety and wellbeing is of upmost concern. Our team are there to help you with physical ailments and also psychological and academic. 

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Exposure
Our players develop skills and get scouted for professional and semi professional clubs. 

Courses

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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.

It is possible to study most courses when you become a SAFA Academy player:  
https://www.oaklands.ac.uk/course-area

Success

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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.