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Banbury residents ready for a fit future

27 April 2015

Young Banbury residents are being given the opportunity to get fit for the future following the launch of an exciting new sport scheme.

Sanctuary Housing and Sport England have joined forces with Cherwell District Council to bring Activate Banbury to various community locations around the Bretch Hill area.

The programme will see the delivery of a range of exciting free sport and fitness sessions for 11-16 year olds over an eight-week period, five times a year.

Youngsters can simply participate on a ‘turn up and play’ basis, where they can get stuck into informal activity sessions based around different sports such as hockey, football and dodge ball.

Professional guest coaches from local sports clubs will also attend and take part in some of the sessions where they will speak to youngsters and encourage their long-term participation in activities.

Run by Cherwell District Council’s Sport Activators, the sessions have been designed to get young people active and also support those who wish to become sports leaders and take responsibility for delivering sessions.

The programme will also provide a number of free healthy fun days throughout the year, where young people and their families can get involved with sport and fitness activities.

Activate Banbury forms part of Sanctuary’s wider Love Sport campaign, in partnership with Sport England, which is taking place in four neighbourhoods across the country and aims to engage more than 2,250 residents in sport and fitness activities.

Sanctuary’s commitment to the five-year programme has been match funded by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sport and activity sessions.

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of partnerships, said: “Building on the success of other local programmes, we are delighted to be bringing Activate Banbury to the area and want to encourage youngsters to get involved.

“The project is not just an opportunity for young people to get fit and active, it will also encourage them to increase their confidence and develop skills that will help them in the future.

Sessions taking place in Banbury:

  • Mondays at 3.15pm - North Oxfordshire Academy
  • Tuesdays at 4.30pm - Hillview Park
  • Tuesdays at 3.30pm - Mascord Park
  • Thursdays at 5.45pm - Banbury Early Intervention Centre

Get involved!

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  • Find out more by visiting our Love Sport page, or;
  • Join the discussion by following Sanctuary on Twitter and using the hashtag #LoveSport on Twitter.


This project is funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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