OXFORD United's official charity will offer the children of key workers free coaching sessions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oxford United in the Community made the announcement on Friday after putting its regular schools' programme on hold in the wake of nationwide school closures.

Now the charity will offer free places to all schools that remain open across Oxfordshire.

Charity head Chris Lowes said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably caused great concern for many families that we regularly work with through our community schemes.

“With some schools remaining open to support families of key workers we wanted to find a way to give something back.

“Therefore, we’re offering schools that remain open to children of key workers the chance to host our excellent team of coaches for no cost.

"At Oxford United in the Community, we want to continue our engagement with people we know can benefit from the sessions we deliver, while adhering to Government guidelines.

“There has never been a more important time to live a healthy and active lifestyle, so I am encouraging schools to get in touch and learn how we can benefit the lives of children still at school during these unprecedented times.”

Schools that remain open can contact Oxford United in the Community via community@oufc.co.uk.