Oxford Brookes partner with Oxford City FC
Monday, 10 August 2020
Oxford Brookes partner with Oxford City FC to strengthen sporting and career opportunities
An official partnership has been
formed between Oxford City Football Club and Brookes Sport to enhance opportunities
The structured partnership has
formalised a long-standing working relationship between the National League
South club and the prestigious university. The partnership will maximise shared
resources to strengthen education and performance opportunities for Brookes students,
Velocity students and Oxford City footballers. The partnership will also provide
an elite performance pathway for students wishing to pursue a career in male
and female football.
part of the agreement Oxford City’s Sporting Director Justin Merritt has been
appointed Head of Football at Oxford Brookes. While Oxford Brookes University’s
Women’s football club’s head coach Mark Andrews has been appointed Head of
Women’s Football at Oxford City.
further strengthens Oxford City’s growing reputation as the premier destination
for a footballing education in Oxfordshire. It will enable Oxford City to
complete an education pathway for primary and secondary school children and
create a formal link into higher education. It will also facilitate work
experience opportunities for students within the football club relevant to their
academic work and future career plans.
Merritt said: “At Oxford City Football Club, we are great believers in uniting
sport and education and creating clear pathways for students to achieve successful
careers. We have been working with Oxford Brookes University for several years
and are delighted to have formalised our relationship. The strategic partnership
agreement has a defined set of objectives that will benefits students, coaches,
and footballers and add further governance.
relationship will be positive in promoting football in Oxfordshire to an
international audience as a place with opportunities to live, study and train.
The partnership will further enhance player experiences by providing high
quality, diverse and attractive opportunities to enjoy, participate in, and
excel at football. The partnership will improve the football club’s access to the
university’s research facilities and excellent fitness suite, while also
strengthening the pathway for students to play football at a high level. We
hope in the future to see Oxford Brookes University graduates representing
Oxford City in the first team.”
Sports Performance Manager at Oxford Brookes University said: “Brookes Sport and Oxford City have
identified a clear opportunity to support each other in achieving our
aspirations. We want to provide an excellent environment for our students to perform,
but also to have direct opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field
within Oxford City’s many facets through sports science analysis, journalistic
roles and many more.
“Enhancing both our men’s and women’s programmes through first class facilities,
immeasurably experienced coaching support, and ultimately a professional
environment, this will only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the
benefits of this partnership for our students. We are excited to be working with Justin, Mark, and the rest of the team
at Oxford City.”
said: “Partnering with Oxford Brookes is the next step for Oxford City, and we
can take this partnership to the next level by facilitating the crossover of
staff and creating an environment for excellence.”
players from Oxford Brookes University’s women’s side have committed to
representing Oxford City this season. While the men’s team have agreed to
monitor the progress of student athletes competing within the BUCS University
League with a view to recruiting players that meet the level required in
non-league’s second tier.
Nielson, one of Brookes University’s players who will also represent Oxford
City this season, said: “I am excited about this partnership and the
opportunities it will create for players competing in all steps of the football
performance pyramid across the men’s and women’s game.
increasing opportunities to train and play, individual and club development
opportunities will improve. This is the first step in what will be a long and
successful partnership between the football club and Oxford Brookes.”
Brookes’ latest partnership follows on from last month’s announcement that the
university had teamed up with Oxford Harlequins to provide an elite performance
pathway for students wanting to continue their development at Quins while
taking part in projects in the workplace and wider community.