Life Chances

Life Chances works with young people based in Oxford who are either not currently engaged in physical activity, not in education, employment or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming NEET, who have been excluded from education or have offended in the past. The aim of the Chances Programme is to provide new opportunities and alternative life pathways for children and young people whilst improving their health and wellbeing.

The Chances Programme social impact bond is funded under the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Life Chances Fund. Oxfordshire Youth, working in partnership with The Project PT, Oxford Mixed Martial Arts and Oxford United in the Community, offers young people the opportunity to engage in physical activity, gain qualifications and complete work experience with qualified sports coaches.

Life Chances uses sport to increase social inclusion. If you would like to refer a young person onto this programme, please contact 07915 237326

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Between June 2021 and June 2022, 131 young people aged 11-17 from some of the most deprived wards in Oxford were referred to Life Chances. Not one of the young people referred for offending has re-offended. Sixty hours of volunteer time have been completed and three young people have obtained new qualifications.

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