About Us

Velocity is an exciting revamped 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 16 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.

Education, enrichment and qualifications are delivered by Virtual Learning UK, who provide and employ all teaching and enrichment staff. 

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. The BTEC 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. 

Lauren Haynes is Head Coach of our female programme. Lauren is the captain of Oxford United Women FC, her association with the club provides a direct player pathway for Velocity students with outstanding on-field ability. 

Former professional Ross Jenkins leads coaching on the male programme. 2019-20 Oxford City Player of the Year Josh Ashby assists with coaching too. 

They are assisted by an experienced team of UEFA B coaches, in-house personal trainers, 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 healthy lunches and snacks, and protein shakes.

Courses are delivered in conjunction with our partners Oxford City FC, Ignite Sport UK, Virtual Learning UK, and Oxford Brookes University.

Velocity is new to Oxfordshire in 2020 and represents an exciting development in sport and education provision in the county. It has 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.