Tags: Active Communities
Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:13
After an extremely challenging year, everyone at Active Oxfordshire is absolutely delighted that outdoor sports can reopen once more across the county, marking a significant milestone in our roadmap out of lockdown.
This means that local people can enjoy the huge benefits of getting active outdoors, and we are loving hearing about the various outdoor sports clubs and activities that are reopening across Oxfordshire.
Our purpose at Active Oxfordshire is to fight inactivity and tackle inequality. The reopening of outdoor facilities is one huge step forward in being able to support Oxfordshire to stay active – improving both our community's physical and mental health.
Paul Brivio, CEO at Active Oxfordshire said:
"It is great to see local people returning to outdoor play and sport as part of the national roadmap out of lockdown. Active bodies make for healthy minds and this has never been so important for our young people or indeed for older people in our community who have been isolated. We are also conscious of people with limited access to open spaces and local clubs, so we are really keen to see new opportunities created by providers and community groups, so that we can widen access and get everybody active - not just a lucky few."
Helping people back into activity
Sport England has set out 5 simple ways that people can move back into sport and physical activity by setting out some advice and ideas through research they have been carrying out based on people's attitudes, intentions, and feelings about returning. You can find this information here.
Active Oxfordshire has launched a dedicated page with key resources to support the reopening of outdoor facilities which can be found here. This page has lots of guidance, advice, and information about returning to play safely, so please do share with any other partners or contacts who may find it useful.
If you are wanting to find an activity that is suitable for you, whether you are just getting started, would like to find out more about local walking or cycling routes or want to find out what's available in your area, head over to GO Active.
Most of all, enjoy getting active outdoors, and we'd love to hear about your experiences!