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At Oxford United in the Community we work with hundreds of children every year in schools and grassroots clubs, not only to promote fitness, but also using football as a tool to help young people engage with their education, to develop confidence, aspirations and important life skills. We also engage with those children’s families, offering older residents social opportunities and fitness programmes such as walking football, and working with other local charities and statutory agencies around physical and mental health and access to employment.

Our four strategic aims are:

Social Inclusion

Making every resident of Oxfordshire, young or old, know that they are valued and they belong;

Sports Participation and Coaching

Enabling residents to interact in fun activities with Oxford United’s professional coaching staff as well as both men’s and women’s first team players;

Health and Wellbeing

Fun, bitesize approaches to the facts about fitness and healthy eating;

Education, Training and Employment

Supporting education both directly and indirectly by welcoming school groups and by encouraging aspirational thinking using the example of coaching programmes, staff and players.