South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils consult over-60s on sports classes

Councils consult over-60s on sports classes

Councils consult over-60s on sports classes

First published in News Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

OVER-60s in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse are being asked what sport they would like to do.

The two district councils are planning to bid for money from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund, which would pay for sports classes for older residents in rural areas.

As part of their application, the councils will consult with residents aged over 60 to find out how the money could best be spent.

South Oxfordshire council cabinet member for leisure Bill Service said: “This is a great opportunity for older people to influence what activities could take place in their area and give their views on how we could assist them lead a more active lifestyle.”

With a growing older population in both districts, the award of a Community Sport Activation Fund grant could be used to train local people to deliver activities in their area.

Vale cabinet member for economy and leisure Elaine Ware said: “If we are successful in securing this funding then we will be able to provide more activities locally across the district. I would encourage all those people over the age of 60 to participate in the survey.”

The survey can be taken online at or by calling Nicola Meurer on 01491 823431 by June 30.

If the application for funding is successful, the project would be delivered by the district councils in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire, Generation Games, Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association and the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.

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