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Swim School Time Trials January 2019

Results from our Swim School Time Trials will follow shortly...

Small Employer of the Year 













We are very excited to announce that we are the finalists for the Small Employer of the Year in the Active Training Awards. Our team went to the UK Active Training Awards and Conference on Thursday 15th November and awaited the decision...

We later found out we had come 2nd place!


Oxley Charity Cycle August 2018



On Monday 13th August 2018 a team of staff from Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne set off to cover 400 miles on a tour of the South of England to raise both money and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Society.  They started fundraising back in January when Ellie Green, Fitness and Class instructor extraordinaire came up with the idea after which she hatched the plan to tour the South West.

The group started from Oxley Sports Centre at 7am and cycled the 70 miles to Lymington to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight, then a further 20 miles to the hotel for the night.  On Tuesday they cycled another 90 miles back through the New Forest back to Oxley. Wednesday was an 85mile coastal cycle to West Bay, Weymouth, Portland and then back through the Piddle Valley. Thursday saw them stacking up 75miles through Glastonbury, Cheddar and staying by the Suspension bridge in Bristol.  Friday was the last day and they clocked up the final 90 miles of their trip from Bristol, through Longleat, Shearwater and StourHead before heading home to Sherborne. A total of 420 miles in the five days.

The cyclists returned to a welcome home BBQ and although all had sore and aching limbs by the end of the week, everyone agreed it was worth it.  They raised over £2400 for the Alzheimer’s Society.  There were a total of 10 cyclists who took part some for one day, others for 3 days and 3 staff members including our ‘pocket rocket’ Ellie Green, Steve Hurley and Simon Ross completed the entire challenge.  It was an amazing challenge and although there were threats to “I’m going to put my bike in the shed and it’s never coming out!”  The whole team were very happy they had completed the challenge and would like to thank everyone who took part and those who supported them so much during the week.

As we begin to live longer there are many affected by dementia in the UK. The Alzheimer’s Society not only funds research into the causes, possible cures and prevention of dementia but helps with care should it be needed. They can also offer help to families, carers and friends and have spearheaded support in the community, developing training for local businesses making themselves more dementia friendly, which Oxley Sports Centre are proud to be a part of.

The Alzheimer’s website tells us that 89p of every pound they raise goes directly to helping people with dementia and the remaining 11p goes to future fundraising so we know that anything we can do to help raise money is of real value to those affected.

Look out for our future fundraising events at ‘cause we’ll be gearing up for a new challenge soon.

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Day 1 - Oxley to The Isle of Wight

Route = Sherborne to Lymington Port

Total Distance 90 Miles


Route = Isle of Wight coastal route from Yarmouth to Shanklin


Day 2- The Isle of Wight back to Oxley

Total Distance 90 Miles


Route = Isle of Wight, New Forest National Park, back to Oxley Sports Centre



Day 3- Our Coastal Leg

Total Distance 85 Miles

Route = Oxley, West bay, Weymouth, Portland, Oxley

Day 4- Sherborne to Bristol


Total Distance 75 Miles

Day 5- Bristol to Oxley

Total Distance 90 Miles


Route = Bristol Suspension Bridge, Longleat, Shearwater, Stourhead, Oxley Sports Centre


Route = Oxley, Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge, Bristol Suspension Bridge


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Ian May,  - Our very own Geoffrey May will be joining us to ensure our bikes are kept immaculately clean on the way!

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