Funding success to help youngsters get sporty

Written by Jeremy Wilton on .

street-hockeyA series of projects will be getting under way in West Oxfordshire to encourage young people into sports after the District Council netted more than £17,000 in funding.
  The Council has been successful in a bid to secure funding from Sport England’s Sportivate programme and will be rolling out three projects over the next year to create more opportunities for 14 to 25-year-olds to get involved in sports in the District.
 The programme is under development and will include:
 New sporting projects such as basketball, football, street hockey, netball, tennis and street dance in Eynsham, Hanborough and The Bartons, as part of the rural sports programme.
  • Taster sessions in six different sports – basketball, football, street hockey, archery, street dance and girls’ football – open to all young people, running at the West Oxfordshire Early Intervention Hub in Witney.
  • A discounted entry and membership scheme for 14 to 25-year-olds at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney.
 Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy, Communities and Culture, said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured this funding and we are looking forward to working with some of our parish councils and local communities to create some fantastic opportunities for young people to get involved in sport.”

 Cllr Gordon Beach, Chairman of Eynsham Parish Council, said: “The parish council is delighted this bid has been successful and looks forward to working with the District Council to provide a lasting legacy for the sports and participants who will benefit from these funds.”

 Sportivate is a £56m lottery programme run by Sport England aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds who are not currently taking part in sports, or who do very little. For more information visit

 For more details of the programmes being developed by West Oxfordshire District Council call the Leisure and Tourism team on 01993 861080.

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