Young people got the chance to try out a new spin on football as part of a community consultation project in Banbury.
Sanctuary Housing, Cherwell District Council and The Hill Youth and Community Centre are working together to engage with residents from the Bretch Hill estate and better understand the needs of local families and young people.
Feedback from residents is being gathered at a series of special family-focused events in Banbury, the first of which saw youngsters enjoy a game of ‘zorbing football’ in Princess Diana Park.
The activity – also known as ‘bubble football’ – is a fun-filled twist on the traditional game and there were big smiles all round as participants squeezed themselves into their inflatable outfits and bounced off each other while going for goal.
Residents’ views will also be gathered during a Halloween laser tag event on 31st October and at a festive family fun day being organised for December.
Responses to the consultation will be used to help shape a programme of activities making best use of local facilities, including the Sunshine Centre and the Hill Centre, which is currently undergoing an extensive rebuild.
Edward Frape, community development partner – young people at Cherwell District Council, which is funding the zorbing football and laser tag, said: “The event was great fun and we are delighted residents from Bretch Hill came along and took part.
“Engaging with families and young people like this is so important, as it helps us understand the needs and priorities of the local community.”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Our aim is to ensure our residents live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and what better way to do that than by giving people the chance to tell us their hopes and ambitions for the area where they live.”
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.