Oxford City Council set to launch new sports activities in Barton

Published: Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Oxford City Council is set to launch new sports activities in the Barton area over the coming months.

The City Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team will launch the ‘Every Step Counts’ project in Barton in March.

The 12-week programme is designed to encourage those who do not currently walk into enjoying walking. It will include a free pedometer for each participant, incrementally longer walks each week, and support from the walk leader.

Through the Barton Healthy New Town project, the team is also delivering new activities for Barton residents:

  • Learn to Nordic Walk: A six-week Nordic Walking course, which started in February and costs £5 for six sessions
  • Beginner Bootcamp sessions: An introduction to the Regiment Fitness Programme which is suitable for beginners and those with buggies which takes place every Thursday between 11am-12pm and costs £5 for five sessions
  • Boxercise: A boxing exercise class, which will start in March and costs £5 for six sessions

The Sport and Physical Activity Team also currently run two Zumba sessions at Barton Neighbourhood Centre, at 6pm on Thursday and 12pm on Mondays.

The Barton Healthy New Town project, funded by NHS England, aims to encourage healthy living in the City Council’s Barton Park development, which will provide 885 new homes.

As part of the project, £30,000 has been awarded to schemes that help improve health and wellbeing for Barton and Barton Park residents.

As part of this funding, the City Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team will be providing funding to help support local residents who want to set up their own physical activity sessions in their community.

For more information about the funding opportunities, please contact: sportsandphysicalactivity@oxford.gov.uk

The team will hold a training event for residents to become qualified coaches and able to lead physical activity sessions at Barton Neighbourhood Centre, in Underhill Circus, on Wednesday 15 March at 6pm.

In January, the City Council’s Sport & Physical Activity team achieved the highest possible rating in Sport England's national assessment scheme, Quest.

Oxford City Council aims to tackle health inequalities in Oxford and encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity. Men in the most deprived area of Oxford die, on average, 9.7 years younger than those in the least deprived area.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “The City Council's award-winning Sport and Physical Activity Team is pulling out all the stops to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for Barton residents to get more active, whatever their current fitness levels – there really is something for everyone.

“This is all part of the City Council's vision for Barton: that it should be a great place to live both for existing residents and the new residents of Barton Park who will be joining the community.”