Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:58
The inaugural Oxfordshire Leadership Forum was held last Friday (December 7), and gathered together senior executives and key leaders in health from across Oxfordshire, who joined forces for the first time to commit to tackling the county's "inactivity crisis".
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:30
There is an increasing amount of Research being conducted into the health benefits of active travel and commuting to and from work.
The Journal of Transport and Health (JTH) is devoted to research on the many interactions between transport and health. These include, for instance:
- the impacts on public health and inequalities of active modes of transport;
- factors affecting transport choices;
- synergies between sustainability and health impacts of transport;
- economic and health impacts assessments; and
- policies that promote or discourage healthy and sustainable transport modes, transport systems and communities.
The Urban Transport Group has also compiled its own health and transport evidence base, ranging from Active Travel briefings for Local Authorities to an Economic Assessment of Walking and Cycling.
TravelWest have also compiled a similar database, using key evidence from peer-reviewed literature to create summaries to better disseminate academic research to practitioners for implementation within planning and policy.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:44
A NATIONAL SURVEY of almost 110,000 children and young people has revealed that children across Oxfordshire are not doing enough exercise or physical activity.
Data from the Active Lives Children & Young People survey reveals that while levels of activity in the young across Oxfordshire compare favourably with national figures, there is still a long way to go to ensure that children and young people reach the 60 daily minutes of activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.
Nationally, 57% of children do not do enough exercise, with more than 80% not hitting the 60-minute daily recommendation. In Oxfordshire, this figure is 78.8% - but in areas like West Oxfordshire the amount of children and young people not doing enough exercise is a shocking 85%.
The numbers have been branded "shocking" by Paul Brivio, CEO of Active Oxfordshire.
"While Oxfordshire performs well compared to the national average, it is shocking that there are still so many children and young people not getting enough physical activity.
"We live and work in a great county with good levels of public investment in sport and physical activity, with great open spaces and some great partnerships and initiatives in place. But we know we need to work hard and in different ways alongside our partners to increase physical activity rates across the county.
"This is a lifestyle issue and we collectively are part of the solution, but it is clear that despite some great work so far, we need to do things differently to promote activity and well-being for young people. There is a lot of work still to do and we are putting that at the forefront of our strategy in 2019," he added.
The Active Lives Children & Young People survey, conducted by Sport England, is the first of its kind to give comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.
Data from Oxfordshire's five local authorities reveals real county-wide disparities. Only 15% of children and young people in West Oxfordshire do the daily-recommended amount of physical activity. This number increases to 25.1% in Vale of White Horse.
"While the numbers of active children in Vale of White Horse, and the Oxfordshire-wide average of 21.2%, seemingly compare well with the national average of 17.5%, it still means that there are almost 80% of children and young people in this county that are not physically active enough. This must change," says Brivio.
"Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth says that these survey results are a real wake-up call for all of us. I completely agree with him, and on a local level we'll be redoubling our efforts to work collaboratively with our valuable delivery partners to make sure that more of our children and young people get active and gain all of the associated benefits that this brings".
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:51
A new Government vision for a healthy future focusing on "prevention being better than cure" has been welcomed by Active Oxfordshire, the key drivers of health and physical activity in the county.
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:30
17th July 2015
New name and new strategy in the fight against physical inactivity
Oxfordshire's County Sports Partnership is re-launching with a new identity and new strategic framework for the county with the objective of getting the population more physically active.
Under the new title of Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, the partnerships purpose is to work together to improve people's lives by growing participation in physical activity and sport with the vision of Oxfordshire being the most physically active county in England by 2017.
According to Government figures it is estimated that the direct and indirect costs of inactivity in the UK total £20billion a year.
The scale of the problem in Oxfordshire is significant with official figures showing that physical inactivity contributes to 1254 premature deaths per year in the county with a minimum cost to Local Authorities in Oxfordshire of £14million annually.
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity is a partnership including representation from local authorities, health organisations, education establishments, sports bodies and clubs, leisure providers and non-profit and commercial companies who work together to tackle the serious health, social and economic issues caused by an inactive population not engaging in enough physical activity.
Formerly known as the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, the partnerships new name reflects both the extensive work done within sport with Sport England, national governing bodies and clubs and also the wider aspects of increasing physical activity in all its guises. The name change follows extensive consultation with partners and stakeholders and captures the inclusive nature of the organisation's work across sport and physical activity.
Staffed by a full time core team of experts in the areas of sport and physical activity, Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity works to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be physically active by providing insight and consultancy, creating awareness, assisting with securing funding, developing clubs and organisations, providing training and delivering targeted programmes and events.
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity Chairman Keith Johnston said: '
'Following partner feedback we believe the new name reflects better our purpose and builds on the great work done since the original partnership was set up in 2006. At that time Oxfordshire was ranked 30th in the country in terms of physical activity and we are now up to second. We aim to be the most physically active county in the country and ultimately have the ambition that every person in Oxfordshire will be physically active in some way on a regular basis.'
Chris Freeman, Managing Director
Notes to editor:
The Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity Strategic Framework is available at www.oxspa.co.uk
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:26
Service Area: Leisure, Parks and Communities
Post title: Youth Development Team Leader (Job no: 03355)
Grade: 7 - £30,461 with possible progression to £33,292
Contract: Fixed term until March 2017 at 37 hours per week
The post performs a key role for the Council in leading and developing the Positive Futures Programme which looks to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable young people within the City. The programme is a key part of the Council's Youth Ambition strategy and we are currently delivering over 20 activity sessions per week within the City.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- To plan, lead and develop the Positive Futures and Holiday Activities programme using sport, culture and other activities to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable young people with the aim of improving outcomes such as participation, crime and anti-social behaviour, health, education and employment.
- Work with partners to develop the longer term sustainability of our youth programmes including seeking external funding, joint working, income from trading and improving quality assurance.
- Work with our Youth Engagement officer to ensure that young people have a clear input into service development.
Further details, job description and how to apply are found on the Council's website. Click the link below to go directly to the website.
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:15
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our Sponsors for this years Oxfordshire Sport Awards, there has been such a high demand this year that we have SOLD OUT of tickets.
To see the full list of sponsors and the awards please click here. For any further details or to be added to the reserve list for tickets, please contact Zoe O'neill at email@example.com
Senior health leaders gather in ‘first of its kind’ forum to target physical health and get Oxfordshire moving
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:17
Senior executives and key leaders in health from across Oxfordshire have joined forces for the first time to commit to tackling the county's "inactivity crisis".
Tue, 24 May 2016 13:23
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity ( OxSPA) welcomes the new Sport England strategy ' Towards an Active Nation' which together with the Government's 'Sporting Future' Strategy launched in December marks the most significant change in national policy for more than a decade.
The Strategy builds on firm foundations but also marks an evolution in how we can increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity, not for its own sake but for the wider benefits it can bring in terms of physical and mental wellbeing and individual, community and economic development.
OxSPA welcomes the recognition of the work of County Sports Partnerships nationwide and Sport England's continued support for their work, whilst acknowledging at the same time that their specific role in helping to deliver both Government's and Sport England's strategy will be confirmed following the outcome of the Government's Appraisal process currently undertaken by Andy Reed, which is due to report in June.
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity's Chairman Keith Johnston commented:
' Our vision is to make Oxfordshire the most physically active county in England and we are delighted to see clear national leadership and direction from the Government's and Sport England's strategies which can only help and support us to achieve our vision.
We welcome the changes to a broader definition of activity, the increased focus on the inactive and younger people, the value of volunteers and a 'place based' approach.'
Whilst Chris Freeman, Managing Director said:
' I feel OxSPA has developed a significant track record of success by working together, not least on being the leading county in securing competitive Sport England grant funding , and as a result we are well placed to maximise the benefit for Oxfordshire people in balancing national and local priorities.
We shall start consulting partners on what help and support they need to maximise benefit from the new strategies at our next Network Day on Wednesday 22nd June, details which can be found on our web site.
We look forward to working with Sport England and our partners to support the implementation of the strategy.