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Recreation and Sports Development

Recreation and sports development's aim is to create a place where sport is central to people's lives and where opportunities for participation encourage a healthy lifestyle.

The Recreation and Sports Development team offers holiday activities for young people through the Energize programme, funding and support for community sports clubs and groups, a varied range of activities around the local area aimed at getting more people physically active, information for people interested in joining a sports club and helps organise events such as the Oxfordshire Youth Games.

The FA Tesco Skills Programme

The FA Tesco Skills Programme has been a big success since entering Oxfordshire in August and has no plans to slow down.

The programme, launched nationally in 2007, uses expert FA Youth qualified coaches to deliver high quality, child-centred football coaching for 5-11 year olds. To date it has supported 21,500 teachers in 7,500 primary schools, along with over 1,000 Charter Standard Clubs in England.

Recent Oxford and Banbury Launch Events provided 120 free coaching places and there are now free holiday sessions in place for the October Half Term which can be booked online through the link to the right of the page.

These sessions will be open to 5-11 year old boys and girls of all abilities and will allow them to receive expert, age appropriate coaching from the FA Tesco Skills coaches in a fun and friendly environment designed to maximise learning and enjoyment. The programme consists of lots of football orientated activities aimed at increasing the standard of football at a grass roots level developing players football skills, confidence, teamwork, decision making and problem solving.

In addition to half term holiday sessions, the Oxfordshire FA Tesco Skills coaches will also be working in local primary schools and FA Charter Standard clubs as well as providing regular coaching opportunities at each of their after school Skills Centres in Banbury and Oxford.

After school Skills Centres are weekly football courses for boys and girls who want to improve their football skills outside of school and are delivered on the same night each week at the Blessed George Napier School from 4.00pm to 6.00pm for 5 to 11 year olds.

The centres are perfect for children who want to develop their football ability and also if they want to have fun with their friends. Centres cater for all abilities, from beginners to more experienced players and provide the opportunity for children to develop technically, psychologically, physically and socially, in line with The FA coaching model.

Sport and physical activity for kids

Details of our recreation and sports schemes for children are available through the link in the 'see also' box to the right.

Sportivate opportunities

If you are aged between 14 - 25 check out the great discounted offers on the right for many sports including leisure centre membership, golf, volleyball, table tennis, trampolining and archery.

Reduced leisure centre membership for 18 - 25 year olds

Young people in Cherwell aged between 18 and 25 can now take advantage of a fantastic new fitness offer.

In stage one, for eight weeks, participants can pay just £2 per visit to the gym, swimming or fitness classes.  Participants complete six sessions and move to step two - a month's FREE membership.  On completion of these two stages, sign up for a 12 month membership and get the equivalent of another month free.  The offer is part of Sportivate, a four year £32 million lottery programme.  The young people are then encouraged to continue participating improving their fitness and well-being.  The offer is available at Spiceball, Bicester and Kidlington and Gosford leisure centres.

  • Golf: check out new 18 - 25 year olds golf offer of 8 free sessions.  
  • Table Tennis: check out the new table tennis clubs in Bicester and Banbury for young people.
  • Volleyball: check out the new volleyball clubs in Bicester and Banbury for young people. 
  • Trampolining: new trampolining sessions in Bicester and Banbury for young people.
  • Archery: new archery sessions in Bicester and Banbury for young people. 

For more information on all of the above see flyer in downloads (right).

Sport for adults (16+)

If you are interested in getting back into sport, or taking up a new and exciting activity details are available through the link in the 'see also' box (right).

Active Women offers sport and activity for women aged 16+ with a particular focus on women with children and those living in deprived areas. All are encouraged to take part in sports such as badminton, netball, tennis, fitness sessions and more. For more information contact or see download (right).

Sportivate offers weekly recreational and coaching sessions for those aged 14-25.  Sports include basketball, badminton, dance, table tennis and more. For more information contact

Sports clubs

For information on sports clubs in the district or for help in getting your sports club accredited with Club Mark please use the link in the 'see also' box (right).

Holiday activities for young people

Every Easter and summer holiday the Recreation and Sports Development team put on a full programme of recreational activities for children. For the latest information and a brochure visit the link in the 'see also' box (right).


Volunteers are key to the success of many recreation and sports activities across the district. If you're interested in volunteering or would like more information on the activities in which volunteers can get involved, see the link in the 'see also' box (right).

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