Brookes teams up with Oxford United ahead of Wembley final

Friday, 01 April 2016

Oxford United

Oxford Brookes University and Oxford United have teamed up to make Wembley a day that Jacob Crook will never forget.

Jacob, age 9, will lead the teams out at Wembley on Sunday (3 April) when Oxford United take on Barnsley F.C. Over 60,000 fans are expected for the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Jacob will be one of two official Oxford United mascots on the day.

Jacob is a regular Oxford United supporter and plays for Quarry Rovers FC under 9s, who train on the sports ground at Oxford Brookes. Director of Corporate Affairs, Dr Anne Gwinnett said: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Oxford United’s mascot for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley and in doing so, supporting the great work of the club’s Community Trust.

We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Oxford United’s mascot for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley and in doing so, supporting the great work of the club’s Community Trust.

Dr Anne Gwinnett, Director of Corporate Affairs, Oxford Brookes University

“Oxford Brookes University and Oxford United’s Community Trust share the common goal of helping people to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. At Brookes we are fully committed to supporting our local community, and partnerships such as this play an important role in enabling us to do that. We wish Oxford United all the best for the day and look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with the club.”

Oxford United Chairman Darryl Eales said: “It’s fantastic to see the club join up with Brookes for a national showcase final. It is another way in which we have teamed up and hopefully the partnership can go from strength to strength. We hope Jacob has a fantastic day at Wembley.”

Oxford Brookes jazz trio Three Quarters of a Quartet have also been invited to perform at Wembley Stadium at a special event after the game. The band impressed Darryl when they performed at an event on the University’s Headington Campus in February and will now perform in front of the club and 600 VIPs this weekend. 

Pianist and vocalist Jordan Knight, who is studying Music at Oxford Brookes said: “We are very much looking forward to playing at the event. It is satisfying when hard work pays off and you achieve something like this.”

Oxford Brookes University is building on an established relationship with Oxford United and have contributed to the club’s success this year. A new partnership between Oxford United and the University has meant the club has been able to access Premier League-level GPS technology to track players’ performance during games. 

The data collected from fitted tracking devices can then be used to analyse fitness levels and potentially identify injuries which may be hampering a player’s performance, whilst giving students’ invaluable work experience and real data both of which enhances their studies. 

The University also took charge of the pre-season fitness training of Oxford United’s women’s squad who last week began their FA Women’s Super League 2 campaign.