Sport & Leisure

New home for Oxford United’s training facility

By John Charlton

Oxford United, Fusion Lifestyle and Oxford City Council have reached an agreement for Oxford Sports Park to become the new home of Oxford United’s training facility.

The new £4.9m sports park, in Horspath Road, will be home for all Oxford United’s outdoor training, including for the first team, under 18s and academy.

The sports park, which is across 39 acres of land, will feature new football, cricket and softball pitches, practice areas, a pavilion and changing rooms for the public.

Fusion Lifestyle, which has a 25-year lease to operate the facility, will host club pitch hire, competitions, leagues, children’s sports parties and events at Oxford Sports Park.

The new facilities will significantly improve sports provision in the area. The old Rover Sports and Social Club facilities, on 25 acres, has four full-sized grass football pitches, two grass 9v9 football pitches and two small sided grass football pitches.

Councillor Linda Smith, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Oxford United for the new Oxford Sports Park to become the home of the club’s training facility.

“Oxford Sports Park will provide fantastic new facilities for people of all ages to get into sport in Oxford, but I think this new partnership, with community teams training right next to Oxford United’s stars, will be particularly impactful and inspiring for the city’s children.

“One of the principle aims of the City Council is to tackle inequality across Oxford, particularly in health. Building on the recent investment in sport at the Leys Pools and Leisure Centre and Rose Hill Community Centre, Oxford Sports Park will create a vast new sports facility on the edge of our city that will help people of all ages to keep fit, make social connections and have fun.”

Any teams or groups interested in using the facilities can register their interest by emailing: oxfordsportspark@fusion-lifestyle.com.