OXFORD United enjoyed a successful day on and off the pitch as the club's official charity held its Community Day.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Oxfordshire witnessed Josh Ruffels's 94th minute winner against Wycombe Wanderers after receiving free tickets from Oxford United in the Community (OUITC).

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This was one of several pre-match activities to launch OUITC's 30th anniversary celebrations, with skills sessions, stadium tours and face painting on offer to young fans.

Members of Oxford United’s junior programme, #OX4Life, also played a big part, designing the matchday programme and reading the teams out over the PA.

Meanwhile, Olly the Ox joined OUITC coaches in a bucket collection for the Dream Big Appeal, which is aiming to raise at least £30,000 for the charity's work across Oxfordshire.

OUITC vice chair, Greig Box Turnbull, who is also the former managing director of the U's, explained the charity's significant role.

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He said: "For me, it's one of the most important areas of the football club beyond the first team.

"It really gives us an opportunity to penetrate into the community and spread the message far and wide.

"When I left as MD I was invited to stay on with the charity and I'm delighted I have, because the work we're doing is just fantastic."

Head of operations, Chris Lowes, added: "We felt that inviting hundreds of school kids to a big match to share the occasion with us was a befitting way to kick-start our year of activity."

OUITC runs 40 training sessions every week and has developed a range of sporting, educational, cultural and social opportunities to help people in the local community fulfil their potential.

More than 400 kids from more than 100 primary schools across the county attended today's match as part of the festivities.

Kingston Colts and Yarnton Blues junior football teams formed the guard of honour as United and Wycombe took to the pitch before the home side's 2-1 win.

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Olly's Den proved very popular with young fans before the match, with long queues forming for children to test their shooting and kids crowding into the 'Manor memories' room.

Didcot residents Daniel and Ben Mathews, both aged 10, won a competition to read the teams out over the PA.

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The brothers, who have season tickets in the East Stand, described the experience as 'really amazing'.

Meanwhile, young U's fan Ben Puddephatt won the competition to draw the cover of the matchday programme.

He said: "It feels very good to see my drawing on the programme.

"When I found out I'd won, I jumped up and down and punched the air."

Community coach James Gilmore, who runs PE sessions, revealed the charity's work was already creating a new generation of Oxford United fans.

He said: "If you start them young, fingers crossed they stay.

"It's great that we're going into schools, showing our faces, and it shows when the kids come back and recognise us.

"For certain people this is the highlight of their week and that's really special."