Velocity is an exciting full-time educational academy that combines football and sport business with academia.

At Velocity you can train, play, learn, and achieve, both in your game and education. The programmes available represent fantastic opportunities for males and females aged between 14 to 18 and 19 to 23 who have ambition to fulfil a career in sport. Separate full-time programmes are available for males and females.  Velocity hosts apprenticeships, BTEC and Alternative Provision learners as well as placements in partnerships with schools where learners benefit from regularly visiting a sport setting to engage in effective learning.

Based at the home of National League South club Oxford City Football Club in Marston, the courses are the only ones of their kind in Oxfordshire. Our programmes offer students the unique chance to join Oxford City FC’s renowned football academy, undertake wider development and coaching modules and receive academic education.

Two-year and one-year programmes are available for students. The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is a full-time two-year course which is worth up to three A-Levels. The programme offers optional sports coaching and refereeing / umpiring certificates and work experience placements within Oxford City FC and Ignite Sport UK. The course provides a pathway to higher education / university, a career in diverse areas of sport and playing opportunities.

The Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate is a full-time one-year course worth up to three GCSEs. It also offers optional sports coaching and refereeing / umpiring certificates and work experience placements within Oxford City FC. The programme provides a pathway to further study at Level 2 or 3, a career in sport and playing opportunities.

As an extension, students can choose to study for a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Sport. This full-time one-year course involves at least two days of lectures and seminars plus at least one day in a work placement. Units covered include: nutrition, sport and exercise psychology,  professional skills, coaching practice and skills development, lifestyle and health and injury prevention. 


The programmes are open to both males and females and are led by a dedicated team of experienced and qualified coaches. 

Our coaches include, former professional and current Oxford City FC Mens First Team Coach, Ross Jenkins along with Jordan Piper, Andy Sinnott and Josh Ashby whilst our female programme benefits from coaching and pathways with Oxford City FC Women First team coach, Aliyah Anthony.

They are assisted by an experienced team of UEFA B coaches, sports therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and academic tutors.


The Community Arena has a 3G FIFA Pro pitch and a second 3G training pitch, a mini gym, classrooms, changing rooms, and social areas. Our on-site pop-up lunch area and re-charge hubs serve students lunches and snacks.

Courses are delivered in conjunction with Ignite Sport UK, SCL Education, Activate Learning and Oxford Brookes University.

Velocity was re-vamped in 2020 and previously existed since 2002 and has a long, exciting history in development in sport and education provision.  We are the largest provision within the county of Oxfordshire with over 100 players for season 2022/23.  Velocity was been created to provide a unique pathway for teenagers seeking a supportive and progress post GCSE environment where they can thrive and take their first steps towards a career in sport.