KEEN provides social, sporting and recreational activities for children and adults with special needs. It is a registered charity and a joint organisation of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University.
They run four regular, weekly sessions during Oxford University term times: AllSorts, Zig-Zag, KEEN Teens and GrEAT Social. GrEAT Sports, their newest session, runs all year round.
AllSorts is their Saturday sports session for people aged 4-25. Each week they rotate around 3 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 their 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 early Monday evenings, is their social club for teenagers. They get up to all sorts of shenanigans, including cooking, fun science experiments, a multitude of games and even murder mystery nights!
GrEAT Social is their 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 their newest session, providing sporting activities to over-18s. They work in three-week cycles so that members can get a proper introduction to each sport they try. Usually GrEAT Sessions sessions are on Tuesdays, 7-8pm at Leys Pools and Leisure Centre. However, they also visit other places in Oxford and sometimes on different days, so contact the office to make sure!
In addition, they run a variety of daytrips and special events, as well as some smaller holiday activities, known as KEEN+ or GrEAT+.
- Office: 01865 264 173
- Mobile: 07508 629 443
Where: Various locations in Oxford depending on the activity/session, for example St. Clements’ Family Centre on Cross Street, Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, New College Sports Ground on St Cross Road. Visit their website and contact them to find out more!