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The Oxford Active Family

A little bit about who we are and what we value.

About Oxford Active

We’ve been working with families for almost 20 years, introducing children to new activities whilst bringing peace of mind to parents.

Our Story

Oxford Active ltd. was founded in 2003 by the current Owner and operator Owen McGovern.

With a background in sports coaching and close ties to Oxford United football club, Owen came across an opportunity whilst lecturing at Oxford Brookes University to run a series of council funded holiday camps.

Using the network of university students and professional sport coaches Owen ran a successful series of camps and the idea was sparked to create a local childcare operator specialising in wrap around care.

Our Group

In 2016, along with Oxford Spires International, Virtual Education and Virtual Education Systems we formed the Oxford Virtual Education Group. A collaborative group of companies all related to childcare and education.

The group now operates on an international level offering products across the globe but mainly delivered in the UK.

Meet the team!

We’re a small dedicated team, focused on supporting our colleagues and families creating opportunities for children to get active and have fun!

Peter Parry

Managing Director

Starting as an activity leader at an after school club in 2011 Peter has spent time in all areas of the company and oversees the operational elements of all our products.

Dan Kettle

Operations Manager

With a background in nurseries and SEN support, Dan oversees a number of our Active Camp locations having previously overseen a number of After School Clubs also.

Polly Daniels

Bookings & Finance Administrator

Polly started working with Oxford Active in 2008 and in that time has supported in all areas of administration, recruitment, finance and bookings. She is known far and wide by our parents.

Emma Younesi

Recruitment Administrator

Moving to Oxford Active from running independent nurseries, Emma has spent time growing our after school clubs and now is the gatekeeper of all our new staff, overseeing their onboarding.

Carly Pryke

Operations Manager

Having founded a very successful grassroots dance academy Carly joined us as a Camp Manager and has since overseen both after school clubs and holiday camps and is now the face of Active Camp expansion into London.


Work for us

If you love working with children or young people, are planning a career in teaching, coaching or simply want a rewarding part time job, we have plenty.