Active Oxfordshire enters into new three-year partnership with Radley College

Active Oxfordshire enters into new three-year partnership with Radley College

Posted: Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:15

Active Oxfordshire enters into new three-year partnership with Radley College

We are delighted to be entering into a three-year partnership with Radley College, with the aim of helping hundreds of young people to learn to swim and be more active – at a time when a serious swimming crisis is unfolding across the county.

This partnership builds on the collaborative work we have done alongside Radley College since 2018 to help local children and young people to learn to swim, ride a bike and learn new skills such as rowing. This became even more critical as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, when children across the county missed out on swimming lessons as leisure centres and schools were closed.

Radley College responded by working with The Oxford Academy and providing students with catch up swimming by opening up their facilities, and from there a new Oxford Academy Rowing Partnership was formed. Radley College have also held regular bike donation days, with 350 bikes donated to young people in Oxford, and extra donation drives held for bike refugee project Sanctuary Wheels.

This new three-year partnership will provide more children and young people from The Oxford Academy with the chance to learn to swim and row, and comes at a critically important time. Right now, in Oxfordshire's richest areas 80% of children can swim by the time they finish primary school, but this falls to less than 10% in our county's most deprived areas.* This partnership will challenge these major health inequalities, so that more children have the opportunities they deserve to live an active life.

Radley College and Active Oxfordshire are now looking for opportunities to expand this partnership model further across the county, to reach even more young people in most need.

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If you'd like to know more about this work, please get in touch with Helen Mariner, Deputy Chief Executive at helenmariner@activeoxfordshire.org

Tags: Active Children, Active Communities, Active Environments, active kids, children, equality, equity, radley college, swimming