OXFORD United’s charity is delivering more impact in the community thanks to the generosity of fans.

A ‘fantastic’ £3,500 has been donated to Oxford United in the Community so far this season by fans when buying tickets online.

The cash pledges have been added to the charity’s Dream Big Appeal pot and are now helping the charity to help others in the city.

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In one of the most recent efforts, charity coaches delivered sessions at Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP), ‘in the heart of the United community’.

The donations have also enabled the charity to improve its outreach across Oxfordshire, including buying United kits for community match-day mascots.


Oxford United in the Community launches its Dream Big Appeal in March. Picture: Ed Nix

The charity has also revealed it will use donations to launch an ‘exciting’ new visually-impaired football programme.

All this has been made possible by the generosity of United fans who have donated to a fund set up to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Oxford United in the Community.

Charity manager Chris Lowes said: “The donations have enabled us to increase positive impact and engagement in the county.

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"Without the additional funds we receive from fans it would not have been possible to deliver these impactful initiatives.

“The feedback we have received from people who have directly benefited from the new schemes has been truly uplifting."

He went on: "We have a new strategy in place to further deliver increased impact across Oxfordshire, but with the continued support of United fans we hope we can continue to deliver additional projects that make a difference.


An Oxford United in the Community 'Future Talent Hub' this year.

“We are proud of the positive impact we are able to make in the community using the power of football and truly thank you for brilliant support from everyone who has donated so far.”

Oxford United vice chairman Zaki Nuseibeh recently became a trustee of the charity and said he had been impressed to see the scale of its successful work.

He added: “It has been a privilege to join the club’s charity and to further witness the excellent work the team is doing in the county.

“The impact the charity is delivering in Oxfordshire is fantastic and I admire the determination of the team to deliver even more.

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“We want the charity to remain a key part of the Oxfordshire community and to increase our work with key deliver partners to enable increased impact. We are thankful to everyone who has donated to date and would encourage people to continue to pledge what they can as they buy tickets online.”

Supporters can donate to the charity whenever they purchase a ticket to see Oxford United online.

Spokesperson Greig Box Turnbull said: "We will continue to update supporters on the projects that the donations have allowed us to deliver as the season progresses."

Oxford United in the Community is the football club’s official charity and helps inspire youngsters to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement and education.

People can also donate without buying a ticket at justgiving.com/campaign/ouitc30years