Oldham consists of seven neighbourhood areas; Chadderton, Failsworth & Hollinwood, East Oldham District, West Oldham District, Royton, Shaw & Crompton, Saddleworth & Lees.

Oldham is estimated to be home to over 224,900 people. The latest Active Lives results published by Sport England (November 2019-Nov 2020) shows that 66.2% of adults in Oldham are active for at least 30 minutes a week, this equates to 121,600 adults moving. However this is a decrease of 1,500 from 12 months ago and we need to all keep working together to support active lives for all in Oldham. 

Learn more about Oldham activity levels related to key demographic data such as gender, age and disability here.

Active Lives data (academic year 2019-20) also shows that *63.4% of children and young people in Greater Manchester are moving, achieving at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. In Oldham 69.2% children and young people are moving 30 mins + per day.

For more information about children and young people’s physical activity levels in Oldham, click here.

In Oldham a range of partners are working to support people to be more active and to design moving, physical activity and sport back into daily life.

Further details please contact

Partners working together to get Oldham moving

Get Oldham Active

Focus on making small changes to your lifestyle brings big benefits, with menu of opportunities within Oldham.

Learn about Get Oldham Active

Oldham Community Leisure

OCL offer the largest range of leisure facilities, activities and gyms with swimming pools in Oldham.

Learn about OCL

Oldham Athletic Community Trust

The charitable trust for Oldham Athletic Football Club. Using the power of football, the trust works in partnership with its local community to provide positive opportunities through sport, inspire and reward our local community.

Learn about OACT

Action Together – For stronger communities in Oldham

Action Together knows that people can make things happen because we see it everyday. Across Oldham, there are thousands of people changing lives, improving neighbourhoods and contributing positively to our local area. 

Action Together offers a range of support to strengthen communities. We believe that by learning together, sharing skills and pooling resources we can get more done.

Learn about Action Together Oldham

Local strategy: The Oldham Plan

A collective action statement on how we can all best serve the place we love and help its people, districts and businesses to thrive. As a partnership, this is the commitment to working even closer together with a renewed sense of purpose to help Oldham’s residents access the opportunities and realise the ambitions they both aspire to and deserve.

Learn about the Oldham plan

Transport for Greater Manchester

TfGM have a number of schemes aimed at making active travel the number one choice for travelling to work, to school and to the shops. This includes ‘The Bee Network’ connecting up areas and communities in Greater Manchester, making it easy, safe and attractive for people to travel on foot or by bike for everyday trips.

Learn about the Bee Network in Oldham

Oldham’s Local Pilot

The Local Pilot is a Sport England funded programme that invests in a behaviour change approach in a place to enable sustainable change and gain valuable learnings that can be shared across the country. From July 2018, Oldham utilised research and insight to create their initial 12-month plan, starting from April 2019; this can be viewed here.

Oldham’s local pilot is focused on two key areas: Failsworth and Glodwick. It is also focused on three key population groups: Children and young people aged 5-18 in out-of-school settings; People aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions: specifically, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders and; People out of work, and people in work but at risk of becoming workless.

The pilot work is supported by key stakeholders who sit on the steering group, these include; Elected members; Oldham Council (Public health, Place based teams, Work & Skills and Environmental services); The VCSE organisation Action Together; Transport for Greater Manchester and Oldham Community Leisure.

The pilot team in Oldham have established a Community Investment Fund for people and groups within Glodwick and Failsworth to support and encourage community led initiatives to get more local people active more often. So far over twenty initiatives have been funded through the Community Investment Fund.

The Local Pilot team in Oldham have also worked with local pharmacies, in Glodwick and Failsworth, to promote physical activity to patients. The participating pharmacies have been  encouraged and supported to have health conversations with patients and to sign post them to local physical activity opportunities, with a particular focus on also raising awareness in patients who may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and encouraging physical activity to help lower risk.

To add yourself as a Oldham Moving partner or find more information about the local pilot in Oldham contact: [email protected]    

Walking in Oldham

Across Greater Manchester, there is a clear recognition of the importance of walking to population scale change in physical activity and there is widespread understanding of the critical role of walking - for leisure, for travel and for everyday activity.

Milltown to Mountains Case Story

Milltown to Mountains is a partnership between Uprojects, WiFi North West and BAME Connect. This group of Oldham women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin started walking from scratch in their local urban parks. They built up their walking bit by bit, despite the challenges presented by lockdown, to the point where they were able to conquer Mount Snowdon.  

Walking routes    Walking groups

*Borough Level Data: Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution, Covid-19 had a significant impact on data collection and the caveats for the data can be found here.

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Walking football with Oldham Athletic Community Trust

By Oldham Athletic Community Trust | 27 August 2021

We are delighted to announce we are launching a Walking Football session from Tuesday 14 September.

More data from Sport England's Active Lives Release

By GreaterSport | 02 July 2021

Sport England released the latest active survey results on the 29th April that showed the impact of Covid-19 on physical activity.

OACT & The Guinness Partnership team up to help get children active!

By Oldham Athletic Community Trust | 02 July 2021

The Guinness Partnership, housing association, has teamed up with Oldham Athletic Community Trust to run tailored physical activity and education sessions for primary school children.