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Providing our young people with the skills, confidence and opportunities to take part in high-quality physical activity and sport remains key to developing a sporting habit for life amongst future generations.

The Oxfordshire Sainsbury's School Games offers every school-age child in Oxfordshire the opportunity to take part in high quality competition, whether within their school, cluster, district or county.

With a key focus on providing fun, engaging activities for 11-25 year olds, Sportivate and Satellite Clubs offers funding to those looking to deliver physical activity and sport to this age range.

Youth Sport News

September, 2017

Young players call the shots

Tue, 26 Sep 2017

Young players call the shots

Basketball clubs from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire set aside competition for the day to train young players as basketball referees and table officials in Oxford.

Matilda (Tilly) Goddard, Luther King (LK) Mahalingham, and Malachi (Chi) Owusu are now three of the youngest qualified Basketball England Referees in the UK after completing their "Young Official" courses in Oxford on Saturday 16th September (all three were born in 2006 and have only recently turned 11 years old - the three also all represented South England in June 2017 at the under 11 National Basketball Championships in Leeds). Basketball England permits children in school year 7 and above to undertake the course although most children who do so are over 14. Vuk Stojkovic (aged 12), Henry Radburn (aged 13), Sam Sweeney (aged 13); Elliot Goddard (Tilly's elder brother aged 15) and Harry Sellick (aged 15) also completed the course.

When they are not competing against each other on the court, these junior athletes will all have an opportunity to officiate as assistant referees and table officials alongside more experienced officials in the 2017/2018 Oxford-based central venue youth league organised and operated by South Oxfordshire Heat Basketball Club (the youth league commences on 30 September with the first of the under 10s tournaments and will include a total of 200 games in Oxford across five age groups over the coming season).

Michael Kwentoh (of Chiswick Gators) delivered the course on behalf of Basketball England and had the following comments: "It is great to see clubs working together like this to train their young players. The qualification will improve their knowledge of the game and increase their confidence as individuals. They will get an opportunity to apply the theory in game situations in the South Oxfordshire Heat youth league which will be a critical part of their learning process and make this a more meaningful qualification."

The newly qualified young officials (see pictures attached):

Name

Age

School

Basketball Club

Matilda

Goddard

11

Orchard Lea Junior School, Fareham

Solent Kestrels

Luther King

Mahalingham

11

Magdalene School, Oxford

South Oxfordshire Heat

Malachi

Owusu

11

Kings School, Winchester

Winchester City Royals

Vuk

Stojkovic

12

Ayelsbury Grammar School, Ayelsbury

Shenley Scorpions

Henry

Radburn

13

St Birinus, Oxford

South Oxfordshire Heat

Sam

Sweeney

13

St Birinus, Oxford

South Oxfordshire Heat

Elliot

Goddard

15

Fareham Academy, Fareham

Solent Kestrels

Harry

Sellick

15

Woodgreen School, Witney

South Oxfordshire Heat

Our Autumn League is back!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

The women's Autumn small sided league returns this October and is bigger than ever!

Space for 12 teams are available in the league this year which will be hosted at Oxford Brookes' Harcourt Hill Campus.

Fancy getting involved? Whether you're a newbie or a team of seasoned veterans we're looking forward to welcoming you to play football in a fun and friendly environment!

Go on, you know you want to...

http://www.oxfordshirefa.com/news/2017/aug/womens-autumn-small-sided-league-returns

Youth Leadership Team - applications now open!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

Are you aged 14-24?

Perhaps you know a young person who is looking for the perfect opportunity to develop their leadership skills and make a difference in football?

Apply for the Youth Leadership Team today and you'll have the chance to develop projects to benefit other young people in Oxfordshire and improve the beautiful game.

Join the team today!

http://www.oxfordshirefa.com/news/2017/aug/oxfordshire-fa-youth-football-leadership-team