Under 14's Crowned MJPL winners. Our Under 14's, managed by Mick Robinson, Sean Caldwell and Jason White successfully completed a Cup Double this week by winning the Midland Junior Premier League Play Offs. This was on the back of their fine Leicestershire County Cup 2-1 win on Tuesday over rivals Sileby Juniors. The Play Off for the MJPL Major Cup (the League is split in two to decide Major and Minor Play Off teams) was against Hereford based Pegasus Juniors and despite going in 2-1 down at the break a rejuvenated and no doubt inspired half time team talk turned the score round to finish 4-2 in Oadby's favour. The squad have adapted really well this season playing an attractive game and competing at the top level on both Saturday's and Sunday's. Next season the Under 11' and 12's will be entering the MJPL and will no doubt enjoy the challenge and opportunity of playing against some of the stronger teams in the Midlands at new venues.
More success for Oadby Owls. Our Under 12 Eagles continued the recent successes of a number of our teams by winning Division 7 of the Leicestershire Foxes League. The Division was very competitive throughout the season and although the team briefly sat at the top of the Division in November it was not until the final game that they got the top spot back, this as a result of 3 straight wins at the end of the season which they had to do in order to lift the title. At Oadby Owls we fully accept and embrace the fact that Grassroots football is not all about the top team in the top division so it is particularly satisfying to see one of our teams who love and enjoy their football week in and week out win their first ever title. Under the stewardship of Rik and Giles who have been with the team since its conception at our Academy and at Under 7's the team has developed significantly over the years. As Chairman I have enjoyed watching them 3 or 4 times this year and they are a credit to their parents and the club. Well done boys!
Congratulations to our Under 11 Tawnys - Champions of Division 2. The Under 11 Tawnys secured the Leicestershire Foxes League Division 2 title with a narrow 2-1 home win against Kirby Muxloe. Needing to win the game in their final League fixture in order to ensure Harborough Town could not pip them on the line Oadby overcame a determined Kirby side intent on repeating their earlier win in the season. Despite hanging on at the end from some sustained Kirby pressure where a goal bound effort was cleared off the line Oadby were crowned champions through their consistency over the season. With potentially two teams in Division 1 next season the age group looks to have a solid footing in which to progress into the Midland Junior Premier League on Saturdays as well as challenge for honours in Leicestershire on Sundays. Well done to Alastair, Ken and the entire squad!
Under 14's follow up Under 15's Girls with County Cup Success. Our Under 14 Boys matched the great achievement of our Under 15 Girls by also winning the County Cup for their age group last night (Tuesday 14th April). The team playing rivals Sileby Juniors dominated the first half but it was Sileby who went into the half time break 1-0 up with a well taken goal from their centre forward. The second half was more equal with both sides rarely threatening goal on the large Holmes Park pitch. However with fresh legs making an impact towards the latter stages of the game Oadby got two very late goals through Lewis White (penalty) and Kamen Cashmore. Although the team stole the game at the end Oadby were justified Champions. Well done Robbo, Jason, Sean and the whole squad. The team now go on to prepare for their Midland Junior Premier League final against Pegasus (Hereford) on Saturday at Bedworth United FC. Kick off is at 1pm.
Under 15 Girls win County Cup. Congratulations to our Under 15 Girls team who despite missing players because of the Easter holidays beat Leicester Ladies Diamonds 3-1 aet. The final had ended 1-1 at the end of normal time but despite lacking numbers the girls powered their way to victory. Congratulations to Ian, Jon and all the girls. Fantastic performance and achievement A full match report can be found on the Under 15 Girls team page.
James Parker, Reece Bradbury, Elliott Taylor, Sam Grouse, Richard Black and Danny Page
Oadby Owls players appear for Oadby town. The current Oadby Owls Youth team (Under 17's) has this season evolved into the Oadby Town Youth team where they have enjoyed great success in the Midland Floodlit Youth League. Youth teams operate with players at the Under 17 and 18 age groups with the Owls players all being first year Youth players at Under 17. Oadby Town, who play at Step 5 in the United Counties League (Premier Division) are very keen to give the young players an opportunity in the 1st team, with that well known line 'If they are good enough, their old enough' This season Elliott Taylor, at 16 years of age has established himself as the regular 1st team keeper. Sam Grouse and James Parker made their full debuts for Oadby Town on Saturday 7th March in the game against Cogenhoe United, with substitute appearances from Richard Black and Danny Page. Reece Bradbury was also in the squad but did not get on. Oadby Owls shares a great partnership with Oadby Town and one that benefits both clubs and provides great opportunity for some of the talented lads at Oadby Owls.
Oadby Owls bear witness to a stunning Premiership match. Through the clubs strong connections with Leicester City we were able to secure 350 tickets to the Leicester City v Manchester United game. And what a game as Leicester City ran out 5-3 winners against the most famous club in the world and one that boasts players costing over £150 million pounds! Quite unbelievable and so many of members of the Oadby Owls family were there to see it. The children were all involved in pre match activities of some nature, whether it was as a Player Escort, Guard of Honour or a Flag Bearer. Ten children from the under 9's age group were fortunate to participate in a shoot out at half time. This really was an experience and a game that will never be forgotten.
Academy children are still highly visible. In conjunction with our Academy sponsors 'Harborough London' the new Nike Academy kit has been chosen. Shirts will be a prominent 'Action Green' in colour - together with navy socks and shorts. The Oadby Owls Academy children will really stand out from the crowd in this kit! To qualify for an Academy kit you need to be a fully paid member and have attended six Academy sessions.
The Annual Presentation Night at Leicester Racecourse continues to raise club status. Long gone are the days when the club crammed into a venue too small, with over running speeches and excessive stress levels for the Management Team. On Saturday 16th May the club held its second Presentation Night at Leicester Racecourse. The venue once again proved to be grand venue which naturally provides security and safety to the children who can run around and play. Parents also enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere and were able to socialise with friends and family. The club brought in a band called 'Limited Edition' and this too added to the nights entertainment. Fears of the band drowning out the Presentations proved unfounded. Our 38 teams were presented with an array of quality trophies in two Presentation areas. Well over £4,000 was spent on trophies in recognition of each and everyone of our players. Congratulations from the Club also go to Milford Copp and Charlie Patel who were respectively honoured with the 'Clubman of the Year' and 'Keith Oswin Achievement Award'. What a great night!
Girls Football - Come along and join Oadby Owls. Girls football at Oadby Owls continues to go from strength to strength. However we are continually looking to enhance this rapidly developing area. We currently provide a Saturday Soccer School for Girls up to and including school year 7 (see Academy page). In addition we now have 4 Girls teams at Under 11, 13, 14 and 15 and we are looking to enhance these teams and even provide additional teams at other age groups. Our Girls teams currently train at Uplands Park on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm.
Oadby Owls Under 14's Girls won the Judgemeadow Summer Cup and proudly show off their trophies. Well done Girls!
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