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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 South
  • 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 card activator school sessions 

Various school locations across the Cherwell District

FAST card community programme 

Banbury

  • Spiceball Family Swim offer (two adults and up to three children) normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00
  • Woodgreen Leisure Centre Gym offer £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Monday to Friday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm and anytime at weekends (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Banbury United Family Session Sundays 9:30am - 11:30am including free hot drink
  • Banbury United – Free entry to all games with FAST card
  • Hawkes Sports Ltd - 10 per cent discount on sports equipment 
  • Vibes Fitness and Cheer - 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
  • Leisure Centre Gym offer £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Mon – Fri 3:30pm to 5:30pm and anytime at weekends (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Bicester Bowl - £3 a game instead of £12.30
  • Table Tennis at Bicester Leisure Centre - £1.50 a game instead of £6.80
  • Clip n Climb offer - 15 per cent off open climbs Monday to Friday (term time only)
  • Clip n Climb - Thursdays at 4:00pm £2.95 instead of £12.95. Phone to book or simply turn up to the session (term time only)
  • Bicester Boxing Club - Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm, family circuit £1 instead of £5 
  • Elite Dance Funky Feet - Saturdays 11:00am-11.45am at The Old St Edburg's School, Cemetery Rd, Bicester OX26 6BB - FREE first session for FAST card users. 
  • Everyday Active circuit session in Bicester - Tuesdays at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground (inside). Starts 25 February 2020, 5:00pm - 5.45pm  –  £2.50 for each adult with a FAST card (child goes free). A nutrition review for 4 people which usually incurs a charge. It involves a review of 3 days of food diaries for up to 4 people Contact everydayactive1@gmail.com for more information
  • Bure Park Sunday Circuits - normally £5 per adult, only £2.50 (child goes free) with FAST cards,

Kidlington 

  • Kidlington Leisure Centre Family Swim offer (two adults and up to three children) normally £13.00 – Family Offer £3.00
  • Leisure Centre Gym offer £2 for adult and up to 2 children together Mon – Fri 3:30pm to 5:30pm and anytime at weekends (children must be aged 11 and over to use the gym)
  • Table Tennis at Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre - £1.50 a game instead of £6.80
  • Family Tennis sessions at Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre (starts 27 January 2020) 4:30pm to 5:30pm. 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 - 10 per cent discount year round for FAST card holders
  • Thrupp Canoe & Kayak Hire - special Holiday Discounts - £10 for a 2-man canoe instead of £25 for FAST members only. Call 01865 376176 to book.

FAST card Eat Out Eat Well cafe and restaurant offers

  • Copper Kitchen, 75 Sheep Street, Bicester - 10 per cent discount on presentation of the FAST card
  • Mulberry Cafe, The Green, Cropredy, Banbury - 10 per cent discount on presentation of the FAST card

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.