The Sport & Education Programme


During Michaelmas Term 2023 the team bought together ten postgraduate students to develop an innovative social impact programme in partnership with Greyfriars School. 

The programme took place one day a week over six weeks and saw thirty school students in year eight from Greyfriars School spend a day a week at Oxford University. 

Each day the students would take part in a different sport each morning, have lunch in a different venue around the university, and in the afternoon take part in an interactive educational workshop. 

The sports that the team put included:

Basketball with the Oxford Blues team, Football with the Oxford Blues 1st team coach, remote control car racing with RC Vision in Said Business School, American Football (non contact) with the Oxford Lancers and the NFL, rowing at Falcon Boat Club with Olympians and the Oxford Blues Team, and athletics with a first time attempt at joint "Bannister Mile" race against an Oxford Blues athlete. 

The students had lunch and tours of Trinity, St Hilda's and Christ Church Colleges. 

The educational workshops included "Football on the Brain" with the Neuroimaging unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, "Maths vs Sport" with Dr Tom Crawford, the anthropology behind football supporters and the psychology lessons from sport. 



Basketball coaching

At the rowing club
At the Business School
The Oxford Sport Leadership Lab

Immediate Impact & Next Steps

The pilot Sport & Education Programme has already led to a number of immediate projects being developed in the community in Oxford. 

  • The creation of an after-school NFL supported Flag Football club called "Oxford Friday Night Lights" 
  • The creation of an after-school remote control car building and racing club with BMW
  • The added impetus into a community focused rowing programme at Falcon Boat Club 

The ambition for the Oxford Sport Leadership Lab is to run a second programme this time with three schools alongside Greyfriars in Trinity Term whilst supporting the momentum generated by the first pilot programme 

Executive Leadership

As well as social impact work, the Lab has delivered a number of executive focused leadership programmes that combine character and leadership education with practical learning how to row. 

oxford rowers