Access Sport OXFORD

Access Sport have been working in Oxford since July 2014 when the project was set up with joint funding from Tony Stratton’s High Sheriff Challenge, Oxford City Council and Sport England. Over the last three years the charity has supported 15 community clubs across Oxford’s most deprived areas.  The clubs supported include…..

Yellow Submarine/ Thrive/ Keen/ Oxford Flyerz/ Littlemore Rugby Club/ Flaw R Tists/ Oxford Lacrosse Club/Eagles Wheelchair Basketball/Streets Revolution/ Leys CDI/ All Star Hero’s Cheerleading/ OXRAD/ Oxford Wheels BMX/Oxford Blues Skater Hockey

Access Sport believes every young person should be able to access sport and experience the power it can have enhancing their life prospects.

Access Sport have supported these clubs to reach out into their communities, engage the most at risk young people, provide training courses and qualifications and provide meaningful volunteering opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience to improve their employability.

Achievements from 2014 – 2017

  • Network of 15 thriving community sports clubs across Oxfords most deprived wards
  • Over 2,500 young people participating in regular sport
  • 88 new coaches and 126 volunteers developing community sport n Oxford
  • Holistic disability program offering tennis, table tennis, hockey, archery, boccia and many more opportunities, engaging 644 disabled participants
  • Thriving youth lacrosse club with over 30 members, enhancing        schools lacrosse opportunities

The aim is to continue the project from 2017- 2021 with the assistance of money raised from the High Sheriff’s Corporate Challenge. The key aims are……

  • Secure match funding from Sport England and Oxford City Council to continue the program across Oxford City.
  • Work with 10 community clubs over the next 12 months, with 5 new clubs, to include Leys Boxing Club, Cherwell Gym Club and Oxford Roller Derby Club.
  • Continued focus on inactive vulnerable groups, including women and girls, BME groups and disabled groups.
  • Extend the project to other areas of Oxfordshire where areas of deprivation exist.

Martin Keown, the legendary Arsenal and England footballer has agreed to be an Access Sport Ambassador to help promote this initiative.

‘I am delighted to act as one of Richard’s sporting Ambassadors in this fantastic initiative.  As someone born and still resident in Oxford I appreciate the incredible good that sport can deliver to a community and how this can improve the lives of those in the more deprived areas of Oxford. Access Sport Oxford really can transform lives through sport and the fact that it has already encouraged 2,500 Oxford children to participate in sport is a great achievement.  I know Richard is going to take this forward to expand this programme and wish him all the best for his High Sheriff year.’