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Leisure and Parks

Community Sports Events

Tug of War

The Sports Development team at Oxford City Council are committed to ensure that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games lives on in the city.

Working together with a variety of partners, the Sports Development team deliver and support a number of community sports events every year, which see thousands of people of all ages enjoying trying out new sports and finding out more info about the fantastic opportunities available in and around Oxford.

Events for 2014

Wheelbarrow race

2014 has been a great summer for bringing communities together through fun events and celebrations. Working closely with partners we have delivered 8 community events that have engaged over 13,000 people.

These events included:

  • Sport Relief Mile
  • Headington Festival
  • Cutteslowe Summer Festival (Queen's Baton Relay)
  • Littlemore Play Day
  • Rose Hill Extravaganza
  • Florence Park Celebration
  • Barton Bash
  • Leys Festival
  • Owens Way Play and Activity Day




Queen's Commonwealth Games Baton Relay and Cutteslowe Summer Festival

The Queen's Baton Relay came to Oxford on Friday 6 June 2014 during its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Celebrations continued into the early evening with the Cutteslowe Summer Festival.

We also received a letter from Dame Kelly Holmes thanking the city for its support:

PDF icon Thank you letter from Dame Kelly Holmes (PDF)


Looking Back

Below is a list of the other events we have delivered with partners since 2012:


  • ParAbility Day 2013
  • Headington Festival and Sports Day (in partnership with Headington Action)
  • Oxford's 'It's not just cricket' festival
  • Headington World Sports Day (supporting the Headington schools partnership)
  • Active Cutteslowe (in partnership with Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School)
  • Rose Hill Play and Activity Day (in partnership with the Oxfordshire Play Association)
  • Great British Tennis Weekend (in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association)
  • Barton Bash (in partnership with Barton Community Association)
  • Ping! Oxford launch and free table tennis initiative
  • Leys Fair (in partnership with the Oxfordshire Play Association)
  • The Big Skills Share


  • School Games
  • Oxford Half Marathon
  • Big Dribble
  • Walk 'a' Marathon
  • 100 Days to Go (celebrating the 100 day countdown to the London 2012 Games)
  • Halfords Cycle Tour Series
  • National School Sports Week
  • Headington World Sports Day
  • Grand Masters Hockey World Cup
  • GB Archery Series Final
  • Community Cricket Festival
  • World Marathon Challenge
  • UK Older People's day
  • Community Games
  • Community Live Well Days i.e. Rose Hill and The Barton Bash
  • World Squash Day
  • ParAbility Day
  • Oxford Family Sports Day
  • Sport Relief Mile



Relive the memory of the Oxford Olympic Torch Relay and Evening Celebration Event

The most unforgettable event for Oxford in 2012 was the amazing Oxford Torch Relay and Evening Celebration event.

With over 50,000 people lining the streets to watch the torch travel through their local communities, plus 20,000 visitors at the evening event watching the iconic cauldron being lit, while enjoying sports and cultural activities, the event will go down in Oxford's history!

Not forgetting the 650 people that become a Sport Maker and kindly gave up their time to volunteer at the event - thank you!

The work of Oxford City Council in organising this event was recognised by the Thames Valley Police, awarding the Council with the 'Olympic Policing Award' (Oxford were one of only three local authorities in the South East to receive this award).

Page last updated 30 September 2014


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