Warm weather training and stadium update

It’s been a relatively quiet week in the world of Oxford United. First, the club have announced that they will be spending time in Spain training in the hot weather, and we have an update on the club’s search for a site for a new stadium.

Oxford United week round-up: U’s to train in Spain and stadium update

Oxford United will train in Spain

Karl Robinson will take his team to Marbella when the players return to pre-season training.

While there are no scheduled fixtures for the U’s, fans will be able to attend two open training sessions during the week.

Speaking to the club’s official websiteRobinson said: “We have seen the facilities, which are fantastic, and we know we will be well taken care of.

“The players have a slightly longer summer break than we’ve had in the past two years and I think everyone probably needed it because it’s been very intense and they’ve given us absolutely everything.

“It’s the first time we’ve had the opportunity to go abroad for three years – we’ve had training camps in Wales and Bournemouth, but going to Spain is important, for being away from everything else and being able to just focus on testing, preparing and doing the right things with the Sports Science team of Chris Neville and Harry Routledge.

“There’s a lot of work going on and a complete facelift to the Bangkok Glass Training Ground buildings, so we’ve planned to be away for the first week, starting June 23, which gives the team behind the scenes a bit more time to prepare the pitches and have everything perfect for our return.

“The first pre-season game will be hopefully a few days after we return and the league fixture list is announced the day we leave, so by the time we return we will be really focused.

“Meanwhile, the hard work continues as we review recruitment and players. The next few weeks will pass but we know what we have to do and we know we will be ready.

Kidlington Parish Council discusses Stratfield braking plans

On Thursday evening, residents of Kidlington attended a council meeting surrounding Oxford United’s potential move to the village.

Members of Kidlington Parish Council discussed plans for a new 18,000 capacity stadium with community and sports grounds, as well as hotel, retail and conference facilities.

The local authority is a major stakeholder in the plans, but feels it needs “more information” before deciding.

As reported by the Oxford MailDavid Robey, president of the parish council, told the villagers: “We have a role to play in representing the interests of the residents.

“Stratfield Brake is a major planning issue, probably the biggest we have faced in recent years.”

He later added: “It’s something we didn’t ask for, it came completely out of the blue. It puts Kidlington Parish Council in an awkward position.

“Unless we give up the lease, the development cannot take place.

“A lot of people in the village are divided over this.

“This development comes against the backdrop of massive housing developments taking place in Kidlington in the years to come.

“The parish council’s position is to remain neutral at this time, we feel we should not and cannot decide on something of such importance without considering what the proposal is without further details.”

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