Access Sport will be part of an 8 strong consortia of charities in Oxfordshire that will benefit from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities funding. 

At the beginning of July, county sports partnership Active Oxfordshire applied for £50,000 for "Active Reach", a partnership project that will immediately work to tackle the rising inequalities in physical activity and health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Access Sport joins; Age UK Oxfordshire, Aspire Oxford, KEEN Oxford, Oxford Hub, Oxfordshire Mind, OXSRAD and Oxfordshire Youth in the consortium, with each charity having a specific focus area. Phase 1 of Active Reach will focus upon the Greater Leys area of Oxford which experiences high levels of deprivation and whose young people face severe disadvantages. 

Access Sport's role will be multi-faceted. Part 1 will involve facilitating a Bike Library where young people can borrow bikes , receive maintenance on their own cycles and families can take part in learn to ride sessions led by coaches from inclusive cycling club, Wheels For All Oxford. 

Part two of our project will deliver sports and games equipment to 100 families who have little or no access to equipment, facilities or outdoor space. Alongside equipment will be activity packs with ideas on how to use household items to play games and keep active as well as links to online resources for those who have internet access.

We hope that by bringing opportunities directly to families and young people we will help to tackle rising levels of inactivity and support parents who may be struggling to balance everything that the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown at them. 

You can read the full press release from Active Oxfordshire here and keep up to date via Access Sport's social media channels. 

If you'd like to know more or have any queries please get in contact.

Hayley Sanders - [email protected] / 07917 753 937