In Oxfordshire, 1 in 2 children are not engaging in enough physical activity to protect their health and wellbeing, 1 in 5 children are experiencing significant mental health difficulties and only 35% of disabled children feel confident taking part in sport1.

Sport has the power to change lives, and as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis it's never been more important to help Oxfordshire's youngest generations to access the benefits of sport, including physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits, personal development (including life skills and prospects), sense of belonging and community engagement

Access Sport has been working in Oxford since 2014, helping to increase inclusive sports opportunities for the children and young people who are the most in need. In response to fast-growing need, we are now expanding Access Sport's work across the whole county, so that we can reach even more children and young people who are facing extreme disadvantage. Access Sport Oxfordshire is a new collaboration between Active Oxfordshire and Access Sport, with support from Mark Beard, the High Sheriff in nomination for 2022-23.

We support sports clubs and community organisations to become more inclusive and open their doors to everyone, no matter their ability or background, as well as creating new, inclusive sports offers across the county.

Our key priorities are:
  • Sporting opportunities for disabled children and young people
  • Sports initiatives in the most underserved areas of Oxfordshire
  • Training and development of coaches and leaders from within the communities that we serve.

If you'd like to find out more about our work in Oxfordshire please contact:
[email protected]