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FAST - Activities for Families

What is the FAST programme?

The FAST programme (Families Active Sporting Together) is an exciting programme which was initially based in targeted wards of Banbury but due to the success of the programme it has been expanded to targeted wards of Bicester and Kidlington. The FAST programme is aimed at making it easier and accessible for families to enjoy physical activity and sport together. This four year programme is funded from a Sport England grant together with a range of partnership funding.

The FAST programme is available to families in the following wards:

  • Banbury - Neithrop, Ruscote, Hardwick and Grimsbury
  • Bicester – Bicester East, Bicester West, Bicester Town, Bicester South and Ambrosden
  • Kidlington – Kidlington East and Kidlington West

The reason for the programme being available in these specific wards is to help and make it easier for families in these areas to access physical activity where research has highlighted lower than the national average physical activity levels. This is a requirement of the grant funding.

The programme offers a range of free and significantly reduced physical activity opportunities for families in these targeted areas, at times and days as described below. The only requirement is that you agree to complete a survey after three and nine months of using the card.

The programme will consist of

  • Free 12 week programme in all of the schools in the targeted areas throughout the school year.
  • Free locally-based activity sessions in parks and community centres will run at various times during the year.
  • Heavily subsidised physical activity opportunities at local leisure centres, sport clubs, organisations, shops and much more.
  • Resource packs and equipment to help families continue their favourite activities in their own time.
  • Taster sessions and reduced membership fees at local sports clubs.
  • Consultation with families to find out what they want.
  • And much more!

Who can access the offer and how to apply

Please visit the FAST card application page to check your postcode for eligibility and complete the on-line application form.

The card will then be sent to the address submitted on application form with your membership number on it. Once you have your FAST card your family will be able to access the many reduced offers by taking the card to with you each time you attend an activity.

Please note that the FAST card is not for singular use, adults must be accompanied by at least one child to qualify for any offers or discounts. It is the responsibility of the owner of the FAST card to keep the card safe and we cannot be held responsible for loss of cards. Replacement cards can be issued at a cost of £2 per card by contacting the office on 01295 221803. 

Please also note cards with a 4 digit membership number are no longer valid. You will need to register for a new card with a number in the format of CDC-0000-P0000 to access these and subsequent offers. 

If you have any queries or suggestions regarding the programme please contact fast@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

FAST Family sessions Summer 2020 - Games, circuits, HIIT workouts and challenges for the whole family!

Cooper School, Bicester - Mondays 10:00am to 11:00am
Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre - Mondays 1:00pm to 2:00pm
North Oxfordshire Academy Banbury - Tuesdays 10:00am to 11:00am

  • £1 per session
  • Family FAST sessions: limited to five families, maximum six people per family. No under-fives
  • Social distancing: families complete activities in their own bubbles
  • Compete with other families from with your own bubble!
  • Equipment cleaned before and after use

Booking required, reserve your slot via cherwelldistrictcouncilfast.eventbrite.com

FAST card community programme 

Due to the changing Covid-19 situation, please always check the websites for the centres offering discounts for details on how to book and their guidelines for safety during social distancing.

Banbury

  • Spiceball Family Swim offer from September 2020 (two adults and up to three children) normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00 (NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)
  • Spiceball Leisure Centre Gym offer from 25 July 2020 - £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Mon – Fri 12:00pm to 4:00pm off peak only (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Woodgreen Leisure Centre swim offer from 1 August 2020 - 2 adults and up to 3 children normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00 LANE SWIMMING ONLY from July 2020
  • Hawkes Sports Ltd - 10 per cent discount on sports equipment
  • Vibes Fitness and Cheer from September 2020 - Old gymnasium, North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury. Fitness classes £1 for 30 minutes or £2 for an hour (accompanying child must be over 14). 2 for 1 on cheerleading and tumble classes. Book in advance for cheerleading and tumble classes, just turn up for fitness sessions.

Bicester

  • Bicester Leisure Centre Family Swim offer (two adults and up to three children) normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00 (NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)
  • Leisure Centre Gym offer from 25 July 2020 - £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Mon – Fri 12:00pm to 4:00pm off peak only (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Bicester Bowl from September 2020 - £3 a game instead of £12.30
  • Table Tennis at Bicester Leisure Centre from 10 August - £1.50 a game instead of £6.80
  • Clip n Climb offer - 10 per cent off Tuesday – Friday climbs, both term time and throughout the 2020 Summer Holidays. You need to present your FASTCARD or pay the difference at reception. Each family member must have their own card with them. This offer excludes the vertical drop slide. Must book online, please use discount code F45T10. Discounts also available on food for FAST card holders.
  • Bicester Boxing Club - Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm, family circuit £1 instead of £5 from 25 July 2020
  • Everyday Active circuit session in Bicester - 30 minute outdoor classes with a maximum of 5 people focussing on bodyweight and HIIT sessions with limited or no equipment - Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00am. Family sessions available. Book via www.everydayactive.uk
  • Bicester Tennis Club Summer Tennis Camps -  20% Discount for FAST members  from  Monday 27th July until 22nd August! All camps are running 10am till 2pm, four times per week. Camp cost (with a FAST card): £21 per day instead of £26. Week 1: Mon 27th - Fri 31st July; Week 2: Mon 3rd – Fri 7th August; Week 3: Mon 10th – Fri 14th August; Week 4: Mon 17th – Fri 21st August. For more details see Website here. If you have a FAST card and want to book to receive 20% discount  please call Bianca to book your place 07938145736.  Spaces this year are limited due to Covid-19 guidelines, so please book on soon as possible as places will fill up quickly. Please see more information including dates and age groups on the attached link and flyer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bianca at btcbookings@hotmail.com

Kidlington

  • Kidlington Leisure Centre Family Swim offer (two adults and up to three children) normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00 (NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)
  • Leisure Centre Gym offer £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Mon – Fri 12:00pm to 4:00pm off peak only (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Table Tennis at Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre from 10 August - £1.50 a game instead of £6.80
  • Family Tennis sessions at Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, starts August 2020. A 6 week programme normally £25.00 but £10.00 with FAST card which includes the use of a tennis racket
  • Thrupp Canoe & Kayak Hire - 50% off any canoe or kayak booked for a half-day (4 hours) or full-day (8 hours) This offer is available Monday and Friday only (weekends are full price). Book in advance and quote FAST Card, payment can be made on the day. For more information call 01865 376176

FAST card Eat Out Eat Well cafe and restaurant offers

  • Copper Kitchen, 75 Sheep Street, Bicester - Part of Eat Out to Help Out during August, Monday to Wednesday only
  • Mulberry Cafe, The Green, Cropredy, Banbury - Part of Eat Out to Help Out during August, Monday to Wednesday only

Look out for more offers coming later in 2020! If you require more information please contact fast@cherwell-dc.gov.uk.

Partners

FAST is being delivered in partnership with Centre For Sustainable Healthcare, Sanctuary Housing, Legacy Leisure, Oxfordshire County Council and North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership, along with support from Sport England.