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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!

Dan Kettle

Senior Operations Manager

With a background in Early Years, SEN support and people management, Dan oversees all of our operations having built his experience working as an operations manager for Active Camps, Active Clubs and Active Adventure.

Carly Pryke

Head of Product

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 Head of Product for our Active brands.

Polly Daniels

Bookings & Finance

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 as the friendly voice by parents.

Hannah Young

Operations Manager - Active Clubs

Our resident Aussie! Hannah comes from a Nursery background as a Senior Practitioner and brings a fantastic insight and knowledge of Early Years, she now oversees our After School Clubs around Oxford.

Peter Muddiman

Operations Manager - Active Camps

Peter has a background in sports coaching, sports development and team management. Peter joined our team following a successful period overseeing a large part of the COVID testing programme.

Bradley Cox

Operations Manager - Active Camps

Brad started with us as one of our Active Camps Managers in Oxford and made his way to our office team in 2022, coming from a background of teaching assistance and sports coaching.

Amy Christian

HR and Recruitment Manager

Coming from a background in event planning and HR, Amy is the gatekeeper of all our new staff, overseeing their onboarding.

Joanne Manners

Marketing Manager

With a background in events and marketing, Jo is the one behind all of our marketing communications and can often be found on site, taking photos of our brilliant Camps and Clubs.

Richard Summersgill

Outdoor Learning Teacher

Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in outdoor activity and education. From paddle sports and archery to teambuilding and bushcraft, Richard is our outdoors expert supporting term time provision and our Active Adventure teams.

Careers

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.