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Oxford United In The Community Launch Covid-19 Safe Football Sessions For Local Children

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14 September 2020

After School Clubs and Skills Centre sessions hosted by Oxford United in the Community will return across Oxfordshire this week in a COVID-19 safe environment.

Oxford United’s charity will welcome boys and girls aged between four and 13 to the specialist sessions at various schools and venues across the county. To comply with Government guidance concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, spaces for both programmes are limited. Under current restrictions, one coach can work in a bubble of 15 children.

The fun programmes teach children new football skills and techniques while coaching staff also focus on the development of agility, balance, and coordination. The emphasis is on the comfort and enjoyment of the children.

Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said the safety of children, parents, carers, and colleagues, is of paramount importance. He added: “Everyone at Oxford United in the Community is delighted to be able to launch our After School Club and Skills Centre sessions after what has been a turbulent few months for so many people.

“But the safety of children and their parents or carers must come first, and we have carefully adapted all of our programmes to ensure they are delivered in a COVID-19 secure environment. Sadly, due to social distancing measures this does mean that spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

“We have worked closely with schools and venues across the county to ensure the safety of children comes first and look forward to welcoming everyone along for some football fun.

“There has never been a more important time to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and our sessions are designed to help children keep active and well.

“So far, we’ve had a great response and booking are going well, many of the parents we have spoken to are pleased to see us return and appreciate the support and guidance we can provide. With spaces limited we’d advise parents to book on via the online booking platform in advance.”

The charity’s hour-long After School Clubs that develop youngsters’ technical skills and matchday ability in a fun environment are available to book now. Children are asked to wear appropriate sports kit and bring their own shin pads and suitable footwear. After school clubs for this term will take place at Long Wittenham Church of England Primary School, Windmill Primary School, and Radley Church of England Primary School.

Oxford Skills Centre sessions take place over a 12-week period where children receive an individual report and certificate upon completing the programme. Fun activities and small-sided games will fill most of each hour-long session on 4G pitches at Witney Artificial Turf Pitch and Bicester leisure centre. Youngsters that display outstanding potential will be offered the chance to join Oxford United in the Community’s development centre.

Visit https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/oxfordunited/oxford-united-courses.html for further information, or to enrol on one of the courses. All Oxford United in the Community coaches are FA qualified and have up to date safeguarding, first aid training, Enhanced Disclosure DBS check, and have attended an FA Child Protection Workshop.

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. Last year it engaged with more than 5,000 people in Oxfordshire.

If you require any further information, please contact Oxford United in the Community via: community@oufc.co.uk


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