OXFORD City Stars have pledged a commitment to fostering youth development, as they laid out their vision for the club this week.

Stars bolstered their board in the close season with the appointments of former Oxford United director Greig Box Turnbull and local businessman James Lodge.

They join James Schall and Russell Shrives at the helm of the club and said they are committed to improving the club at all levels.

“City Stars is a community club and for us, creating a strong academy that opens up ice hockey to youngsters and provides a pathway to playing at a serious level is a key objective,” said Box Turnbull.

“Secondly, we are focused on developing a sustainable model that ensures the City Stars are in Oxford for the long term.

“And we are deeply ambitious – we want to play at the highest level possible and introduce as much professionalism as we can in all areas of the club.”

Lodge added: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the club and the county.

“We have made great progress this summer, but won’t stop there, we will keep striving for year on year progression.

“I’ve been impressed by the passion and drive behind the scenes.

“I believe it is a great springboard for us to move forward as a club and a community.”