In a moment of Bank Holiday madness a number of OUFC fans
agreed to compete in the South West Tough Mudder. The OUFC team competing is:
Simon Lill @OUFC1976
Karen Lill @KarenLill1
Matt Green @mintygreen2
Pete Saunders @yellowscooby
Ben Mulvany @benmul9
Paul “PK” Keyte @pkoufc
A gruelling 5 mile course with 13 different obstacle’s, it
won’t be for the feint hearted!
With all the team being huge Oxford United fans, they have
decided that the charity they will be supporting is Oxford United in the Community who they believe do outstanding work in the local community under the OUFC umbrella.
We hope you can get behind the Muddy Ox’s and to help motivate them to cross the finish line. You can help them fundraise here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/muddyox
Jem Faulkner is our new Chair of Trustees
Oxford United in the Community is delighted to announce the appointment of Jem Faulkner as its new Chair of Trustees.
Jem will replace Paul Charles, who has stepped down after three years as a Trustee of Oxford United in the Community, including nearly two years as Chair.
Jem is Managing Director at SK Foods, the largest food manufacturer of ethnic snacks and ready meals. SK Foods has trebled in size since Jem took the reins over a decade ago, turning over £70m a year with nearly 700 employers.
He is a lifelong supporter of Oxford United, and has been Chair of OxVox, the OUFC Supporters Trust, for the last three years. He has a strong level of familiarity with the charity’s key area of focus, having spent five years as a school governor, and is also a Trustee for NETA (North East Training Organisation) and Footprints in the Community, a food bank charity.
Kate Longworth, Chief Executive of Oxford United in the Community, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jem to Oxford United in the Community as Paul steps down. Paul has seen the charity through a period of considerable growth and change, and we’re very excited to welcome Jem to support the next phase of its development.
We’ve built a really strong relationship with OxVox during Jem’s period of office, and as soon as we heard that he was intending to step down we were keen to get him on board.”
Greig Box Turnbull, Vice Chair, said: “Paul has been an outstanding Chair, and leaves big shoes to fill. The charity is delivering huge impact in Oxfordshire’s areas of need, and we’re already seeing the fruits of Jem’s understanding as the charity develops robust business structures to support and extend that impact.” Kath Parker, Treasurer, added that, “Jem is, to my mind, the right and obvious candidate to take the charity into its next phase of development, and particularly to help it continue its journey towards financial sustainability.”
Jem said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role. I know that football has the power to enable young people to have positive aspirations for their futures and the wellbeing and self-confidence to achieve them.
“I look forward to working with the great team at Oxford United in the Community to champion and improve the experience of children and their families. I share and wholeheartedly support the charity’s vision, of a county in which every child and young person knows that they matter and realises their potential.”
For more information please contact Kate Longworth, Chief Executive, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U’s Proud To Join EFL Day Of Action
Oxford United are proud to have taken part in the EFL’s Day of Action today to demonstrate the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.
EFL Clubs across all three divisions have been showcasing the innovative and ground breaking work they do for young people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation.
Midfielders Alex Mowatt and Ryan Ledson and defender Dwight Tiendalli went to the Oxford Academy this afternoon to meet with pupils and talk about life as a footballer as well as participate in a Q&A session and take part in a sports lesson.
United’s managing Director Niall McWilliams said
“It was a fantastic afternoon and really reinforced the positive effect that a football club can have when it interacts with its community. The players were fantastic and an unexpected bonus was Dwight volunteering to come back regularly and act as a mentor to some of the pupils: having an international footballer who has played in the Premier League say he will do that is a brilliant thing for those children.”
EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan, formerly Chairman at Oxford United, said:
“Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts.
“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own Club right in the heart of their own community.
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground breaking activity we do via our network of clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”
Easter Holidays Football Courses
Do young know a young player who would enjoy learning the essentials of the game with Oxford United in the Community?
Our coaches are looking forward to welcoming boys and girls of all abilities for our news series of April half-term courses.
Oxford United in the Community aim to deliver the Ultimate Coaching Experience.
The Oxford United Community Team are now taking bookings on their Easter Holiday football courses which are taking place across Oxfordshire.
Our Oxford United Team has analysed every aspect of our coaching offer, as we aim provide the ultimate football experience. Our courses cater for all boys and girls aged 4-13 years of all abilities, who will be welcomed by our FA and UEFA-qualified coaches.
All Juniors will get the chance to meet a player or two during the week and get a complimentary OUFC ticket.
To book visit https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/oxfordunited/ or call 01865 337525