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News - April 2014

Funding boost for disability sport in Oxfordshire with Active Body, Healthy Mind


People with Mental Health problems in Oxfordshire will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Oxfordshire Sports Partnership received £262,928 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

The Active Body, Healthy Mind project is one of 44 across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for disabled people to play sport.

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem during their life and at any one time the figure is one in six people. In Oxfordshire that translates to 88,500 people. A significant proportion of those people have a mental health condition that has an effect on their day-to-day activity which lasts more than 12 months, which classes the condition as a disability.

The Oxfordshire Active Body, Healthy Mind project will help 1250 people with mental ill health take up a wide range of sports through one to one mentoring and group support. The project is led by the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership working with a consortium of mental health and other community organisations.

Chris Freeman, Managing Director of the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, said:

Active Body, Healthy Mind is an example of the positive benefits we can bring to Oxfordshire with partnership working. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage individuals with mental ill health in sport providing a wide range of sporting opportunities to increase participation in disability sport and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Local mental health charity, Oxfordshire Mind, will be playing a leading role in the ‘Active Body, Healthy Mind’ partnership and will be hosting a Sports Coordinator to manage the project.

David Agnew, Head of Community Services for Oxfordshire Mind, said:

We’re delighted to be able to be part of this joint effort to help people improve their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our Sports Co-ordinator will be working with local communities to help people access new ways to exercise. With 1 in 4 people in Oxfordshire experiencing mental health problems, making it easier for everyone to boost their physical and mental health is a great way to help people get the support they need.