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Children and Young People

Welcome to the Children and Young People Section of the website.

We are very passionate about the work we do and the positive impact it can have on the lives of children and young people living in Oxfordshire.

Being physically active has a number of well-documented benefits for young people. Providing the young people of Oxfordshire with the skills, confidence and opportunity to take part in high-quality physical activity, PE and sport remains key to developing positive habits for life among future generations.

Visit our pages on the left to find out more about the work we do.

The recent Active Lives Children and Young People Survey revealed that around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.

The survey is the largest ever of its kind and gives comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.

Below you can find an overview of the figures for Oxfordshire:

Josh Lenthall

Josh Lenthall

Senior Strategic Relationship Manager

Active Oxfordshire

Josh joined Active Oxfordshire in Summer 2016, in the role of Youth Sport Officer, coordinating the Oxfordshire School Games and delivering events on behalf of Active Oxfordshire. Since then Josh has fulfilled the role of Youth Sport Manager and now leads on the Children & Young People work of Active Oxfordshire as well as Safeguarding.

Before joining Active Oxfordshire, Josh worked in delivering Physical Education and coaching to young people across the Thames Valley.

Favourite Motto: Aude Sapere – Dare to be Wise

Hero or Heroine: As a Welshman growing up in rural Devon, Scott Gibbs' try in the 1999 5Nations to prevent an England Grand Slam gave me a few months of bragging rights.

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Steph Hall

CYP Manager

Active Oxfordshire

Steph Hall – Children and Young People Manager

Steph joined Active Oxfordshire in October 2018 as the new Children and Young People Manager to deliver Sport England funded programmes. Steph's expertise lies in volunteer and event management where she has worked for the past 10 years in various roles and areas. Highlights have included recruiting volunteers for film premiers in London, the London Marathon and organising Countywide sports days for elderly residents living in Care Homes. Steph has always been a passionate sports player and sees the benefit that sport and physical activity can have, both physically and mentally. She is really looking forward to working with children and young people to enable them to be more active and make a real difference to the lives of those living in Oxfordshire.

Favourite Motto: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give"

Hero or Heroine: My mum. Full of energy, selfless and never gives up, she is my heroine!


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One You

One You

A Campaign brought to you by Public Health England

Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life

These days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.

Sugar Smart
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Sugar Smart


SUGAR SMART is a campaign run by Sustain. We help local authorities, organisations, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we all consume.

Anyone can pledge to become SUGAR SMART – from councils and schools to restaurants, hospitals and independent companies.

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind

We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure that anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

If you're struggling with your mental health, you're not alone: 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives.