Oxford United in the Community is today offering schools that remain open to children of key workers the opportunity to receive free coaching sessions.
The charity’s regular schools’ programme has been placed on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the community team behind the sessions, which last year engaged with more than 5,000 people in Oxfordshire, has regrouped and is now extending a free offer to all schools across Oxfordshire.
It is designed to support the families of key workers who are doing a huge job supporting our communities during the crisis. The programmes on offer have been adapted to account for social distancing and are in keeping with current government guidelines. Schools that remain open are encouraged to contact Oxford United in the Community to register interest, via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford United in the Community is the football club’s official charity and helps inspire youngsters to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement and education.
Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably caused great concern for many families that we regularly work with through our community schemes.
“We have postponed our regular school delivery programme following the changes to mainstream schooling that will take place in Monday. However, with some schools remaining open to support families of key workers we wanted to find a way to give something back.
“Therefore, we’re offering schools that remain open to children of key workers the chance to host our excellent team of coaches for no cost. At Oxford United in the Community, we want to continue our engagement with people we know can benefit from the sessions we deliver, while adhering to Government guidelines.
“There has never been a more important time to live a healthy and active lifestyle, so I am encouraging schools to get in touch and learn how we can benefit the lives of children still at school during these unprecedented times.”
The charity is also finalising plans for further community engagement during the school shut down by using the power of social media. More information will be released in the coming days.
Please note that spaces will be limited due to resource and we will do our best to accommodate requests. The offering is available only while government advice deems it safe to due so.