Oxford City Council is launching a new sports booking system called ‘Pitchbooking’ to allow sports clubs and members of the public to book City Council owned pitches and sport pavilions across Oxford.
The new online booking system, which opened in the New Year, allows users to find, book, and pay for access to sports facilities and pitches. Users will create their own account and will be able to manage their bookings online.
Sites which are available to be booked include:
- Blackbird Leys Recreational Ground
- Court Place Farm Recreational Ground
- Cutteslowe Recreational Ground
- Cowley Marsh Recreational Ground
- Grandpont Recreational Ground
- Horspath Sports Ground
- Quarry Recreational Ground
- Rose Hill Recreational Ground
- Sandy Lane Recreational Ground
- Union Street Astroturf
Pitch rates range from £45-£65 for adults, £17.50-£35 for under 17’s, and £14.20-£25 for under 11’s.
Users will also be able to use the booking system to rent out pavilions across Oxford for events such as parties, training courses and yoga classes at a cost of £18.70 per hour.
Pavilions available to be booked include:
- Cutteslowe Lower Pavilion
- Cutteslowe Top Pavilion
- Grandpont Recreation Ground Pavilion
- Horspath Sports Ground Pavilion
One of the City Council’s key objectives is to increase participation in sport to help tackle health inequalities across Oxford. Overall, adults in Oxford are healthier than the England average, with a 78% of adults being physically active.
To book a pitch, see a full list of locations, or to find out more information, please visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/pitchbooking
Algae on the tennis courts
We’ve been asked about the state of the tennis courts in Bury Knowle Park, and have received this advice from officers.
The problem is with the algae growth.
We have had a lot of problems this year due to the wet and warm winter. This has led to similar conditions on most of our courts and tennis and play areas across the UK.
The courts are mechanically brushed twice a year and sprayed with an anti-algae agent as needed. The latest controls on chemicals, mean that many chemicals used for treatment have now been withdrawn. It is difficult to find a chemical that deals effectively with the algae.
We are working with the LTA and Premier Tennis to see what we can do to improve matters. Blowers to remove leaves and brushes have been purchased and supplied to Premier Tennis on site to assist with keeping the courts clean.
Mondays, 7pm at Barton Neighbourhood Centre (starting 16 September 2013) £2 per session*
Wednesdays, 6.30pm at Cherwell School (starting 4 September 2013) £5 per session
Fridays, 9.15am at Marston & Northway Childrens Centre (starting 27 September 2013) £2.50 per session or £20 for 10 sessions if booked in advance!*
Thursdays, 7pm at Barton Neighbourhood Centre (starting 19 Sep) £2 per session*
For more info on the above sessions and other activities offered through the Active Women Oxford project please visit www.getoxfordshireactive.orgor email: firstname.lastname@example.org , call: 01865 252729.
From 10.00-16.00 each day, there will be free access to tennis courts for everyone
Free tennis coaching will be available, including:
- Mini coaching for children aged 3 – 10 years
- Adult coaching
- Cardio Tennis (for adults)
You can arrive on the day and play, however booking is advisable for the free coaching sessions as spaces are limited and are expected to be popular. So book here to avoid disappointment!
Ping! is an innovative street ping pong project which provides people with opportunities to play social and competitive table tennis, free of charge. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK playing – to bring about a sense of community spirit and get more people playing sport on the run up to the Olympics.
Ping! sees a month of activity and tables popping up in unusual and remarkable places. Marked ‘Stop and Play’, the tables are up for all to enjoy. Bats and balls are supplied: to join in the fun just borrow a bat from the side of the table! As well as free-play, each ping-pong table features a varied programme of master-classes, competitions and free to join activities.
Ping! now has over 500 tables in public spaces across the UK including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Hampshire, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Middlesbrough, Oxford and Sheffield
Ping! is produced by Sing London and is delivered in partnership with the English Table Tennis Association. Ping! is supported by National Lottery investment from Sport England.
You can see where Ping! is offered in Oxford here The nearest place is Bury Knowle Park
For more details, try this site
During the week the pool will now open for adult only swimming from 7am to 9.30am giving locals and commuters the chance to get in an early morning swim before work.
At weekends a member’s only swim has been introduced from 8am to 9am so that members get a chance to swim some laps before the pool gets busier with families and children.
The normal opening hours for the pool are; weekdays 7am to 7pm and weekends 8am to 6pm However until 25 August swimmers get a chance to swim later in the evening until 8pm.
Hinksey Pool and the Splash feature sit in Hinksey Park which also boasts a fun packed play area, lake, and offers walks through meadow areas.
It is easily accessible on foot, by bicycle or using the Park and Ride buses.
For more information visit about Hinksey Park call 01865 252240.
The last day of the 2013 season will be Sunday 29 September.
You have told us that the basketball hoops in Sandfield Road park are well used, and we’d like a pitch to be marked out so that proper matches can be played – we understand that an unofficial basketball tournament is held there one day every summer.
You also told us in our ward spend surveys that you wanted us to encourage youth and well-being activities so we have allocated £25.00 from our ward budget to have a pitch marked out.
The hoops are already there, and the work will be carried out in the summer.