Stars team up with Oxford Saints American Football

Oxford City Stars have teamed up with Oxford Saints to form a partnership both clubs believe will help lift them to greater things.

As the Oxford City Stars’ ice hockey season draws to a close later this month, the American Football season for Oxford Saints will be about to get underway.

Players and officials from the Saints have been a regular fixture at Oxpens Road this season, cheering on their ice hockey counterparts and it was only a matter of time before the two clubs decided to get together and see how they could help each other out.

The partnership is part of a wider campaign for the Stars of working with other sporting clubs in the county.

The two clubs were originally formed within two years of each other in the eighties, although they believe last week was the first time officials from the two clubs have ever met with the intention of working together.

The early discussions were very positive and threw up some exciting ideas for how the Stars and the Saints can work together to help each other out. At a meeting last week, the clubs also discussed the numerous challenges they face as amateur sports clubs competing in the south of England.

Ian Dibley from the Stars commented: “Many of the issues faced by sporting clubs are similar and we hope that by working together we can support each other. This is not just on the sporting fields but through club administrators we believe that the links we form can be mutually beneficial by identifying good working practices and sharing them.”

Oxford Saints Chairman Martin Fitzpatrick noted: “We’re extremely excited to be working with the Oxford City Stars. The Saints have undergone significant modernisation and rejuvenation this year and we’re already seeing a huge rise in participation as a result.

This partnership will help us to continue to grow participation in American Football in Oxford through the sharing of best practice and joint awareness initiatives.

The Oxford City stars have a wealth of experience that they can share and we’re looking forward to developing the relationship further in the coming months and years”

The Stars wish the Oxford Saints AFC all the best for their upcoming league season, especially in their two key derby games vs the Swindon Storm.

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