The Oxford City Casuals are a disability football team. We support over 50 male and female players aged 4 to 45 who have a range of physical and mental disabilities. They are at the centre of the local community using strong links with partner organisations to support our players to be their best on and of the pitch.
The Casuals aim to provide a fun, friendly and safe environment. Being inclusive and having respect for each other’s ability is at the heart of our core values to support and improve physical and social wellbeing.
Strategy Manager Mark Heelis explained "Our project is unique as we aim to learn, develop and progress each year both on and off the pitch in in our local community and beyond. We actively listen to our players, their parents and carers to tailor our team to their needs"
Mark went on to say "Over the past twelve months this has included growing our U12 team from 8 to 16 players and forging new partnerships with Oxford United in the Community and Oxford Brookes University".
Robin Foreshew, father to Jack aged 9 says that “Jack wanted to play football and to be part of a football team, just like any nine year old boy. Casuals has allowed him to join in his chosen sport and just be himself”.
Malcolm Myers, aged 28 has ASD and a learning disability. His mother Yoko explained the Casuals is an “excellent opportunity to have his own social group and to enjoy the outdoor activity that makes him realise he belongs to a community. As a result, he has developed social skills”.
This is the second successive season the Casuals have been shortlisted for an award after their success at the National League award for best Community Programme in July 2017. These nominations demonstrate the active and valued role the Casuals in our local community and reflect positively on the progress we have made on and off the pitch.
The success of being nominated wouldn’t be possible without the combined efforts of our volunteers, players and their parents/carers.
The award ceremony takes place at the Kassam Stadium on Friday 14 September where we will find out whether we have been successful.
Mark Heelis, Strategy Manager
Laura Hextall, Delivery Manager