Sport and Physical Activity team

Our Sport and Physical Activity team work on supporting and developing a range of sports, physical activities and facilities in the city; offering a range of programmes, projects and events to help Oxford's residents become more active and live happier, healthier lives. 

Our work covers Facility Development, Club Development, School Sport, Forest Schools, Community Events and Participation Programmes.

Leisure Centres

We work with Fusion Lifestyle (a not-for-profit leisure trust) to improve and develop our leisure centres and swimming pools. We have signed a 10-year management contract with Fusion which will deliver improvements to the centres and reduce the overall cost of the service, resulting in better value for money for the people of Oxford. For more information on Oxford's leisure centres and swimming pools, please visit our Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools page.


The team work hard with partners such as; the Active Oxfordshire, Sport England, National Governing Bodies of Sports, schools, clubs, charities and the voluntary and community sector to ensure sport and physical activity is accessible to everyone.


Quest Assessment

The work of the team has been recognised by the Quest accreditation, which is a continuous improvement tool and quality scheme for Sports Development in the UK. The team first achieved Quest in 2012 and have continued to improve, now with an 'Excellent' Quest for Active Communities score; the first team in the country to achieve this!

Team was awarded the Highest Performing Active Communities Team for 2017 from Quest. The award, which recognises high quality customer service for teams that encourage participation in sport, physical activity and play, and work with communities, is given to the highest scoring team across the UK.

Association Public Service Excellence Award

The work of the team won the 2014 Association Public Service Excellence Award for the Best Service Team of the Year; Sport, Leisure & Cultural Service category and has also been short-listed finalists for the Children and Young People Now and National Lottery Awards.

Key documents

There are a number of strategies and reviews that have been developed to help guide the work of the Sport and Physical Activity team in Oxford and help achieve the wider corporate objectives of the Council. These documents can be found on our Policies and Plans page.

Active people, healthy places report (2017)

Read about the work of the team in the new Active People, Healthy Places publication, produced by the Local Government Association in partnership with Sporta and cCLOA. 

In the current economic climate, and in the face of national challenges such as high levels of obesity and inactivity and an ageing population, it is more important than ever that councils and their delivery partners collaborate to demonstrate strong evidence of impact, value for money and service excellence.

Active people, healthy places provides case studies of how councils (including Oxford City Council) and their delivery partners can overcome many of these challenges together.