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Local clubs help people keep fit

Local organisations can continue to offer fun fitness and wellbeing opportunities thanks to a £50,000 grant scheme from South Oxfordshire District Council.

A new round of the Everyone Active grant scheme has launched today to help fund projects that help communities become more active.

Previous grant recipients Chinnor Tennis Club and Wallingford Triathlon Club – who were both awarded grant funding last year – are using the grant to offer new fitness activities and opportunities for local people to join in with and help boost their quality of life.

Kate Edwards, Club Secretary at Wallingford Triathlon Club said: “We’d like to thank the council for their generous grant. This will be spent on training our club volunteers as British Triathlon Activators and Level 1 Coaches. With more trained coaches and activators we’ll be able to increase participation in triathlons throughout Wallingford and the surrounding villages.

“We hope this gets a greater number of people active and improves their quality of life both mentally and physically through a local and supportive club and a great sport!”

John Hudson from Chinnor Tennis Club said: “We look forward to using this grant to introduce cardio tennis classes. There are group fitness classes led by a coach where the aim is to keep fit and have fun.”

New funding round now open

South Oxfordshire District Council is providing £50,000 in funding for community organisations and individuals to apply for, with a maximum grant of £1,000.

Applicants will need to show that their projects will help communities to become more active or sustain activity.

More information about the grant scheme can be found on our website or organisations can contact the council’s Community Enablement team on  01235 422405 or

The closing date for applications is midday Friday 30 June 2023.

Funding advice session

We are holding a funding advice session at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on Tuesday 6 June from 2pm. If you have a project you’d like to discuss, have any questions about eligibility or the application process for this scheme or our other upcoming grant schemes, you can book a phone call, arrange a Teams chat or a face-to-face meeting. Email us at or call us 01235 422405.

Everyone Active grant scheme rules include:

  • Projects should provide benefit to more than one person becoming active or supporting ongoing activity
  • The maximum grant you can apply for is £1,000
  • You can apply for revenue costs or capital items
  • You can request 100 per cent of your project costs
  • The project must complete within 12 months of the award decision
  • We will accept one application only from each individual or organisation

The grant is open for a wide range of groups and organisations in the district, not-for-profit groups (including sports clubs), town and parish councils and parish meetings, not for profit preschools, Parent Teacher Association’s (PTAs) and other local authority run schools or academies for non-statutory elements of the education programme. An individual can also apply who is supporting their community to become active or to sustain activity.

The funding can be used in a variety of ways including:

  • Buying new leisure or playground equipment
  • Projects to introduce or improve physical activity
  • Running training courses for volunteers or staff to help improve physical and mental wellbeing
  • Setting up a community garden to share the physical and health benefits of growing fruit and vegetables

Notes to editors

High res images are available on request

Image of a Tennis court with a pile tennis rackets on the ground.
Image 1: Chinnor Tennis Club, recipients of an Everyone Active grant
Image of a group of cyclists from the Wallingford Triathlon Club.
Image 2: Wallingford Triathlon Club, recipients of an Everyone Active grant