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Oxford United players set up local mental health business for children

To improve well-being Matty Taylor and John Mousinho will work closely with schools to help children discover new sports and learn new skills.

The Youth Dreams Project has been launched by the two Oxford United players following the noticeable impact of sport on children's mental health. 

The affect of last years lockdowns on childrens' mental health is huge and will be a continuous concern for many years to come.

This is very close to Matty and Johns hearts, who have young families of their own.  They want to give something back to the community and enable the young people of Oxford to experience the opportunities that they both had growing up.  

Their vision is to create a fun environment for children to discover new sports, learn new skills and improve their general well-being following a particularly difficult year.

They will work closely with local schools delivering motivating, challenging sessions, lunchtime and after school clubs carefully planned in line with the National Curriculum.

Research shows that active children are better prepared to learn, perform better academically and are happier.  Not only that, but they have a sense of fulfilment which builds and maintains a positive mindset.

Luke Kennedy, Founder of Youth Dreams Project said: "We are delighted to have Matty and John on board and excited to see their business grow in Oxford.

"Through sport, we can build self-esteem, give young people an outlet, encourage positive life choices and help them in every possible way to be happy and succeed in life."

Youth Dreams Project Oxford will be running various sports camps over the May half term break.  The camps will be at Heyford Park Sports Hall from  31st May - 1st June and the Oxford United Training ground from 31st May - 3rd  June.      

Founder Matty Taylor says: "We are passionate about working with children to inspire them and stay active.  

"The camps are designed to give children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in numerous sports, have some fun and go home happy and motivated".

Children can expect a variety of different sports at the camps including Dodgeball, Football, Cricket and Rounders.   There will also be inflatables, lots of challenges and competitions plus signed goodies and prizes.  

Matty, John and other Oxford United players will make special guest appearances to bring further excitement to the camps.  

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