Oadby Owls awarded Charter Standard Community Club of the Year. At the annual FA awards ceremony on Tuesday 26th May 2015 at the King Power Stadium, Oadby Owls were honoured as the Charter Standard Community Club of the Year, by far the hardest accreditation to achieve from the FA. The Owls, who were among a number of nominated clubs, were selected by a qualified panel of the Leicestershire FA. Ian Scott received the award on behalf of the club from Sir Geoff Hurst, famous for scoring a hat trick in the World Cup Final for England when they beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966. The award is a ringing endorsement to all the volunteers who contribute so much in the running of the club with its 38 teams and playing membership of 650. Club Chairman Rob Farrar had, for the second occasion in his time with the club, been nominated as the Volunteer of the Year. A nomination itself testimony to the hard work put in by the Chairman and committee members. Well done everyone associated with Oadby Owls.
Under 11 Barnys win League and epitomise Oadby Owls. This team was only formed over the summer of 2014 and comprised of a squad of players who had come together at the Academy on a Saturday morning and were full of enthusiasm for the challenge ahead. The team had little experience of team football and in pre season matches struggled to score a goal let alone win a match. But to their credit and to the credit of their coaches Duane and Phil and with the support of their parents they soon developed into a team everyone at Oadby Owls can be proud of. The team needed just a point in their final fixture at Cropston. Once again they delivered a determined performance and ran out 5-2 winners to be crowned as Divisional Champions. As Chairman and having watched the team in its initial matches together with a couple at the end of the season, this really is a remarkable performance and shows just what can be achieved if given the opportunity and support. A very big well done to you all.
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.
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.
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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