What is KEEN?

KEEN is a registered charity and a joint organisation of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. We provide social, sporting and recreational activities for children and adults with special needs in the surrounding area.

Can my child with special needs get involved with KEEN?

Yes! KEEN athletes (the children that attend our sessions) have a wide range of physical and learning disabilities. Our definition of special needs is very broad so we rarely turn people away. Siblings of our athletes are welcome to join in too.

What activities does KEEN run?

We run four regular, weekly sessions during Oxford University term times: AllSorts, Zig-Zag, KEEN Teens and GrEAT Social. GrEAT Sports, our newest session, runs all year round. All are positively brimming with fun and excitement! AllSorts is our Saturday sports session for athletes aged 4-25. Each week we rotate around three different activities, covering a whole range of sports, from old favourites such as football and basketball to slightly more unusual activities like cheerleading and quidditch! Zig-Zag is our performing arts session, held on Thursdays, aimed at younger children. Each session features an exciting mash-up of music, dance, craft and games. Every block of sessions follows a different theme, covering anything from nursery rhymes to Horrible Histories; myths and legends to Hollywood blockbusters. KEEN Teens, held on Monday evenings, is our social club for teenagers. We get up to all sorts of shenanigans, including cooking, fun science experiments, a multitude of games and even murder mystery nights! GrEAT Social is our social club for over 18s. It’s very easygoing, and sessions can feature anything from bowling to campfires, pub quizzes and even owls! GrEAT Sports is our newest session, providing sporting activities to over-18s. We work in three-week cycles so that members can get a proper introduction to each sport we try. In addition, we run a variety of daytrips and special events, as well as some smaller holiday activities, known as KEEN+ or GrEAT+.

How much does KEEN cost?

The majority of KEEN sessions are free of charge. The exceptions are GrEAT Social and GrEAT Sports, for which we charge a small subscription fee to cover costs.

How can I get my child involved?

Before coming to a session, your child must be registered so that we can ensure we cater to their needs. To request a registration form, contact the KEEN coordinator, Damien Bradbury, at

Over 18 and want to get involved?

If you are over 18 and interested in our GrEAT sessions, please feel free to contact Steph, our new GrEAT coordinator at