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Academy appoint new coach

Tanya Oxtoby Large

Central College Nottingham has appointed Tanya Oxtoby as Head Coach of its new Ladies football academy.

Tanya enjoyed a successful playing career in her native Australia before joining Doncaster Belles. She then won a league title as assistant manager at Perth Glory before returning to the UK to take up the role of Director of Development at Notts County Ladies.

The College has teamed up with Notts County Ladies FC to run the programme which launches in September and hopes to unearth the next generation of female players.

The Academy will be open to 16-18 year olds who are enrolled on a full-time sport course at the college. Students will have access to regular and structured training by qualified coaches, strength and conditioning sessions, player analysis as well as playing in competitive matches in the Association of Colleges East Midlands Football League. The ultimate aim of the academy would be for a student to progress from the College into the Notts County Ladies WSL squad who compete against super powers such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

​From our initial discussions about the vision of the partnership between Notts County and Central College I was excited and wanted to be a part of it. Education is vitally important and to be involved in helping the players to reach their potential both on and off the pitch was an opportunity I couldn't pass on. This programme allows a clear progression for the girls involved if they work hard to progress through Notts County’s existing development pathways.

Tanya Oxtoby

The College already runs a successful men’s football programme with Basford United FC. Former College sports academy students include ex-Notts County Ladies player Katie Holtham as well as Premier League players Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and Bournemouth’s Simon Francis.

Tanya will bring a wealth of experience to our programme, both from her time as a player and more recently as a coach. Having worked with the Notts County Ladies first team she will be able to share with the students exactly what is required to play at the top level.

Adam Beazeley, Head of Sport at Central