Oxford City Council launches new sports activities in Blackbird Leys

Published: Thursday, 9th March 2017

Oxford City Council is launching new fitness activities in Blackbird Leys to enable families to have fun and get active this spring and summer.

  • The City Council’s Sport and Physical Activity team launched a Beginner Bootcamp and Fitness Trail last month (February). The upcoming sessions, in Blackbird Leys Recreation Ground, will take place at 11am on Monday 13 March and 11am on Monday 27 March. There is no need to book; just turn up to the Pegasus Road entrance of the recreation ground. Sessions continue to be held on a fortnightly basis and cost £5 for six sessions.
  • A family-friendly Dodgeball League will start in April and will take place in Blackbird Leys Community Centre. Each team requires a minimum of five players. Dates and times will be confirmed after teams have come forward.
  • Walking Touch Rugby sessions started on Wednesday 22 February and take place every Wednesday between 10am and 11am in Blackbird Leys Park. The 12 weeks of sessions costs £10, includes coaching and is aimed at over 55s

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: “I'm so pleased the City Council is bringing even more great value activities to Blackbird Leys for residents of all ages to enjoy.

“The City Council has invested heavily in improvements to our parks, and it's important to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for people to get active and enjoy them.”