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Community Trust to host Walking Sport Festival

13 April 2016

Get in step with Walking Sports

Oxford United’s home game against Hartlepool on April 23rd will also be the day of the first Walking Sports Festival in the country

This will be held at The Oxford Academy and football, cricket and netball will all be available to try.

People will have the opportunity to join a Walking Football tournament , the first Walking Netball Tournament ever played courtesy of England Netball and only the second Walking Cricket match played in the county facilitated by the Oxfordshire Cricket Board.

All sports are open to anyone over the age of 50 or anyone who has a disability or health condition that might mean they think sport isn’t for them – this is a perfect opportunity to explore what you can do regardless.

To get involved in either the tournaments or training sessions, which are both free to enter, then you can register as a team or individual or just turn up on the day. To register all you need to do is email Caroline Robbins at crobbins@oufc.co.uk and if you register before the 18th April you will receive a free ticket to the Oxford United game against Hartlepool which takes place after the tournament at the Kassam Stadium. Places in the tournaments are limited so register today to avoid disappointment.

Caroline Robbins, Director of the Oxford United Community Trust said
 
“To be able to offer such a unique opportunity and to be leaders in our field is really exciting but to know this is just the beginning of more regular Walking Sports delivered by the Oxford United Community Trust in partnership with everyone supporting this event is even more exciting.

“This is the start of the Trust genuinely meeting the needs of the whole community, not just young people which is what we’re known for and there will be more information about all the walking sports opportunities available on the 23rd so you can find out more about what’s open to you.”

Football and netball will be played from 10.30am and  cricket will start at 1pm all at The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, OX4 6JZ.

The Walking Football Tournament offers  a chance for you to go on and represent Oxford United in the Football League Trust’s tournament. Dean Grice, National Sport Development Lead for the Football League Trust said:

“The winners of the Oxford United Community Trust Walking Football Tournament will go forward to a regional final representing the football club against other football league teams from the area, with a chance to win and go through to the national final to be played at very prestigious venue.

‘It is fantastic that Oxford United Community Trust are hosting this multi-sport event and we hope all those participating, volunteering or officiating have a fantastic day!’



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