Here at KEEN, we’re delighted to have been short-listed for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014! There’s up to £3000 available for the community group that receives the most public votes, so we need you (and everyone you know!) to vote for us! Voting can be done online, by text, Twitter or in a Lloyds branch.
To vote online, please visit our Community Fund profile and click on the “Vote for Us” button and fill in your email address. You’ll then be sent an email with a link – click on this to confirm your vote.
To vote by text, please send “VOTE PJY” to 61119.
To vote by Twitter, simply tweet with “#CommFund PJY” included in your message. Ask your followers to retweet as this will count too!
Voting can also be done at the Llyods branches opposite Carfax Tower and in Summertown. Simply ask for a token from the Enquiry desk, and place it in the KEEN Oxford box.
You can cast your vote once via EACH of the four voting methods. You don’t need to be a Lloyds banking customer to vote, so please ask your friends and family to vote too! Any funding we receive will go towards the running of sporting activities for children with special needs.
The KEEN office is now closed until 1st September, when 2014-15 coordinator Callum Campbell takes the reins! If you have any queries, please send them by e-mail and Callum will get back to you once he’s settled in.
KEEN sessions have finished until October, after three fun-packed terms of sessions! Thank you to everybody who has made the year a success. Our annual review for 2013-14 is out – click the cover image below to begin reading.
KEEN activities started again on 28th April. Our spring/summer term will be a fun-packed 8 weeks, especially with the famous KEEN treasure hunt (theme to be decided next week) in University Parks and the massive end-of-year celebration that is the KEEN Olympics!
I’d like to remind parents of athletes that some sessions have changed their day and time this week, with KEEN Teens running on Mondays 18:00-19:20 followed by GrEAT 19:40-21:30, and Zig-Zag running on Thursdays 17:15-18:15. Our new transport policy is also now in effect – for more information on this please refer to the letter you received from our chair of trustees dated 3rd March 2014, or to KEEN’s full policies document.
As AllSorts is now held outside, there is a risk that it may be affected by the weather. If your athlete goes to AllSorts, please check your e-mail and the front page of the KEEN website before travelling to New College Sports Ground each week!
I’m looking forward to a great term! Do get in touch with me at email@example.com if you have any KEEN-related questions.
PS. If you’re looking for a reminder of everything we got up last term, why not check out this review?
KEEN sessions have now finished until after Easter. Sessions will begin again on Monday 28th April, and all parents/carers of athletes will receive a mailing detailing the schedule for the term a couple of weeks before.
As always, our winter/spring term was packed with fun events for athletes and volunteers alike. Here’s a summary of what we got up to:
Our sports session continues to be incredibly successful and we regularly see over 40 athletes each week! Our sports coordinator Will and his team of session leaders have had an incredibly inventive term, adapting all of the following sports: rounders, football, athletics, dancing, basketball, hockey, boccia, cricket, tennis, parachute games, tag rugby, ultimate frisbee, curling, volleyball and crazy golf.
This term KEEN’s creative workshop followed the theme of “Zig-Zag’s Greatest Hero”. A bewigged television presenter helped athletes explore the heroic acts that people from a range of professions could carry out: an astronaut, a farmer, a sports coach, a celebrity, a spy and a policeman. Then in the last week of term, we drew inspiration from these characters to show athletes that they too had the heroic skills of creativity, bravery, problem solving, observation and dancing prowess(!), making each and every one of them Zig-Zag’s Greatest Hero!
Our teenagers social club, KEEN Teens, is now five years old! We’ve had some brilliant sessions over the last term, including a uniquely-KEEN evening of movie making and a fantastic first aid session. A particular highlight was a visit by some members of Oxford University Magic Society who put on a show for athletes and taught them how to perform their own illusions!
GrEAT coordinators Callum and Tom planned eight fantastic weeks of activities for the 25+ members of our over-18s social club, some of whom have been coming to KEEN since 1988! The term began with a traditional pub quiz, with other notable sessions including an evening of colourful and explosive science experiments and a pilot for an over-18s sports session.
Saturday 8th March hosted our annual under-18s daytrip. This year we visited the exciting and interactive Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham. Athletes had a great day running around from exhibit to exhibit, particularly enjoying a robot which could be programmed to say anything and the outdoors science garden, containing lots of water-based activities and opportunities for splashing! We also got to enjoy a special planetarium show “The Little Star That Could”, which was pitched at a perfect level for KEEN but taught everyone something about space. Athletes were thoroughly tired by the end, but we still managed to find energy for a sitting-down hokey cokey on the bus ride home! Thanks to Oxfordshire County Council for funding the daytrip.
After a very successful GrEAT pub quiz to kick off the year, KEEN’s usual sessions are starting up in the next week, and I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting activities that our inventive volunteers are planning this term. If you’re a parent of an athlete and haven’t received the termly mailout, please drop me an e-mail and let me know!
I just thought I’d mention some great ways of helping KEEN out in the new year:
- Did you get any truly terrible Christmas presents? Why not convert them into money for yourself and KEEN, by listing them on eBay for Charity?! You can choose to donate any percentage of the final price to KEEN, and you’ll get a corresponding discount on eBay’s fees. We can also claim Gift Aid if you pay UK income tax! Just click the ‘Sell an Item’ button here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/egw/ebay-for-charity/charity-profile/KEEN-Oxford/81383
- Did you make a new year’s resolution? Need help sticking to it? Why not get your friends to sponsor you to see it through? LocalGiving.com’s Grow Your Tenner campaign will double donations of up to £10 until the end of February, or their matched funding pot runs out. Click here to set a page up: https://localgiving.com/supporter/account/fundraising/new, or here if you would like to make a general donation to KEEN via the Grow Your Tenner campaign: https://localgiving.com/donation/keenoxford
- Looking for a way to help out KEEN with no extra effort? With easyfundraising.org.uk popular retailers like Tesco, Amazon and Groupon will donate a percentage of your spend to KEEN when you make a purchase, at no extra cost! Every time you search the web using keenoxford.easysearch.org.uk instead of Google or any other search engine, half a penny is raised for KEEN Oxford. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year! Click here to install the easyfundraising.org.uk search engine into your web browser: worldwide search, UK search
Wishing you a very happy new year!