Happy New Year to everyone involved in grassroots football across Oxfordshire.
2024 marks the 140th anniversary of the foundation of Oxfordshire FA.
Alongside this important milestone, this year will also see Oxfordshire FA produce our new four-year strategic plan for the growth of inclusive local grassroots football. Our rich history and heritage are important to us, and we are focused on extending that history by ensuring a sustainable local legacy for future generations.
Our 2024-28 Strategic Plan will connect into The FA’s new national Grassroots Football Strategy, which is due to be produced his summer, and allow us to play our part in shaping the game and delivering opportunities for all across Oxfordshire between now and when football comes home for Euro 2028.
WE WANT YOU TO PLAY A PART IN SHAPING OUR STRATEGY
We’re keen to understand what YOU want to see more of from your County FA. We’re here to listen and we are dedicated to finding ways to make local football as accessible as possible.
To get started, members of our Board of Directors will be answering YOUR questions live on BBC Radio Oxford, during the Friday Night Sports show on 26 January.
To submit a question to Oxfordshire FA’s Board of Directors, or details of what you would like to see within the game over the next four years, simply email Support@OxfordshireFA.com.
Further opportunities will be revealed in due course for you to have a say, as we’re intent on providing as much access to have your say as possible. We’re your County FA and this is your game, so be sure to take this opportunity to have your say.
There are a number of areas that we, as a County FA, would be keen to build on over the next four years, and perhaps provide a starting point for your views and questions:
- Our ambition is to be recognised as a wholly inclusive county, where everyone is welcomed in the game and enjoys playing together. We’d be keen to promote fresh ways to enjoy affiliated football that meet people’s various needs. Our Inclusion Advisory Group and Youth Leadership Team has the ability to provide valuable insight to showcase how leagues and their clubs can be as inclusive as possible.
- The safeguarding, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the game will always be an essential priority to us, and everybody in the game has a role to play. We’re dedicated to supporting our leagues and clubs to share best practice in ensuring an inclusive, safe, welcoming, respectful, friendly, fun and supportive coaching environment for everyone.
We also recognise the need for more flexible indoor and outdoor football facilities, as well as flourishing quality grass and artificial playing surfaces, alongside a broader range of ways for everyone to play affiliated football.
- We’re dedicated to continuing our proactive promotion of positive behaviours and shared best practice by players, captains, coaches and spectators, as well as supporting match officials. Our commitment to effectively tackling any disrespect, discrimination and poor discipline, which goes against the spirt of our game, remains as strong as ever.
Our desire is to create closer partnerships with our local leagues, through progressive good governance, and a consistent proactive approach to sharing best practice across our affiliated clubs.
- Our grassroots community is part of our team and we are keen to see widespread recognition and respect for everything our valued volunteers deliver throughout the game locally. We’re keen on making sure you feel that Oxfordshire FA is approachable, inclusive, forward-thinking and progressive. We’d like to develop closer relationships with our local schools and colleges, licenced football delivery partners, professional football clubs, leisure providers, Local Authorities, and commercial partners, which can lead to the sustainable growth of grassroots football and provide a wealth of benefits to local communities.
Help us create a strategy that helps us shape your game.
Thank you in advance for all your thoughts and feedback.