Football in Oakley, Bedfordshire has been thriving since the 1972/73 season. We started as a small village team with a big heart.
AFC Oakley goes from strength to strength, providing football opportunities for young and old, from under 6s to veterans !. We currently have over 450 players registered with the club, welcoming kids and adults across North Beds to play in over 25 different teams across our age groups. This staggering scale is enabled through an army of fantastic volunteers, providing safe and enjoyable football experiences across the club. Throughout the most challenging of times for all of us within the pandemic, we have managed to continue our football activities, and as we hope to emerge to a more normal life soon, we will continue to grow what we do as a club, to be welcoming to visitors and supportive to all of our members.
Our aim is to create an outstanding footballing environment for all players and coaches to maximise their potential, and to help our young people develop as players and as people.
Our core values are;
- Have fun
- Respect each other
- Develop your skills
- Do your best
AFC Oakley are recognised by the FA as a charter standard club.
The FA Charter Standard programme is an award which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The Charter Standard mark is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.
The best way to develop players is to develop coaches. All of our coaches are FA level 1 accredited, ensuring good coaching practice is delivered in a safe way for our players. We have several coaches at FA level 2, and continue to encourage development to raise the standards of what we do.
If you are interested in volunteering with AFC Oakley please do get in touch; we welcome new blood in a variety of roles, be it football, administrative or extra other – we would be delighted to talk with you 😊
As we approach our 50th anniversary next year, we are looking to continue our growth.. here’s to the next 50 !
Martin Dazley – AFC Oakley Chairman