Let’s all do our bit and show COVID-19 the red card


Residents in Oxfordshire are being encouraged to wear a face covering and help #stopthespread of COVID-19 in the county.

Oxfordshire County Council has joined forces with Oxford United in the Community and Oxford City Council to create a series of videos to help encourage residents to stick to COVID-19 public health guidance.

The videos that were made with staff at the football club will be shared across social media and come at a critical time when Oxford City heads into a ‘high’ alert level, which brings with it new restrictions.

Oxford United in the Community is Oxford United Football Club’s official charity.

Ansaf Azhar, Director of Public Health at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “In recent weeks we have seen a real shift in transmission across the county, with more age groups now being affected. This is why I welcome initiatives like these to help us to spread the word across our communities.

“It is vital, if we are to avoid any further restrictions, that everyone ensures that does their bit and follows all of the simple guidance in place to help us to stop the spread.”

Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “At Oxford United in the Community, we have operated all of our programmes and social action projects under the latest guidance regarding COVID-19.

“This includes wearing face masks when appropriate. All of our coaches and the people we work with have adhered to the rules, and consequently we have been able to work closely with some of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable people through our national citizen service programmes while continuing to run our fun after school clubs.

“But the rules cannot be applied in the workplace only. That is why we have teamed up with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to spread the message and encourage people to wear face masks while they are out and about in Oxfordshire.

“So, this winter, do the smart thing and wear a face mask to protect yourself and the people around you.”

About Oxford United in the Community

Oxford United in the Community is Oxford United Football Club’s official charity. It was founded 31 years ago by Malcolm Elias and Peter Rhoades-Brown. At the time, the community-based programme was one of the first of its kind in the country.

The charity has community engagement at the heart of its core values – aiming to inspire people to reach their full potential and improve their health and wellbeing through the power of football, engagement, and education.

More than 5,000 people across Oxfordshire benefitted from the work Oxford United in the Community delivered last year alone.

For further information visit ouitc.co.uk