TWO Oxford United players are helping to improve childrens’ mental health by launching sports camps in the county.

Star striker Matty Taylor and club captain John Mousinho have set up Youth Dreams Project (YDP) Oxford in response to the impact the pandemic has had on children.

YDP was founded in Peterborough by fellow footballers Luke Kennedy and Luke Steele.

Both United players are good friends with Mr Steele, and are now ready to launch YDP Oxford.

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The cause is close to the hearts of Mr Mousinho and Mr Taylor, who both have young families of their own.

United’s number nine said: “We are passionate about working with children to inspire them and stay active.

“The camps are designed to give children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in numerous sports, have some fun and go home happy and motivated.”

The duo’s vision is to create an environment for children to discover new sports, learn new skills and improve their wellbeing.

Children will be able to get involved in a variety of different sports at the camps including cricket, dodgeball, football and rounders.

Youth Dreams Project was founded in Peterborough. Picture: YDP

Youth Dreams Project was founded in Peterborough. Picture: YDP

There will also be competitions and challenges, with signed goodies and prizes on offer.

Both players, and their teammates, will make special guest appearances at the camps.

The players will work with local schools to deliver the sessions in line with the national curriculum.

Mr Kennedy added: “We are delighted to have Matty and John on board and excited to see their business grow in Oxford.

“Through sport, we can build self-esteem, give young people an outlet, encourage positive life choices and help them in every possible way to be happy and succeed in life.”

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YDP Oxford will be running the sports camps during the May half term period.

Camps will run at Heyford Park sports hall near Bicester on May 31 and June 1, in addition to the Oxford United training ground, Oxford Sports Park, near Horspath, from May 31 to June 3.

The Yellows face Blackpool in the first leg of their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final on Tuesday.

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