The Acorns Academy is being run in conjunction with AFC Sudbury and offers youngsters the chance to combine football with education, as they work towards a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport.
It launched last month, with the boys getting used to their new environment by coming in one day a week, before starting in earnest in early September. Currently there are fourteen boys that have earned places, all aged between 16 and 18. The academy players are together four days a week, studying in the morning and then playing and training in the afternoon. The boys play in the under-18 Thurlow Nunn Youth League on a Thursday night, while, so far, at least six boys have played in each of Oakley's A team fixtures, in Division One of the Essex and Suffolk Border League.
There will be another intake for next year, and girls, as well as boys, are welcome to apply.
A trial session for 2020/21 is being held on October 16th 2019, at 7:00 pm.
To register your interest and secure a place at the information/trial evening to be staged on the first team pitch, please complete the online form that can be found at Little Oakley forms.
In the meantime if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact to contact Michael Good on 07584254957.