We are very pleased to be able to share that Sport For Confidence was selected as a finalist of the ‘Be Well’ award at the annual Mid Essex Community Awards, run by the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
The recognition as part of the shortlist credits the incredible success of the Sport For Confidence programme running at Witham Leisure Centre, helping individuals who face barriers to participation become more active. The initiative launched in 2016, with a target to engage 68 participants in the first twenty-four months and deliver 1386 interventions. In this time, the programme actually engaged 211, a 310% increase on the original target, and delivered 2,600 interventions.
Every week, Witham Leisure Centre hosts 6 Sport for Confidence sessions, engaging individuals with a range of needs and abilities from people with a learning disability, to mental health problems, dementia and many other complex health need. Activities include multi sports, Boccia and swimming. Every session caters for individual needs to ensure full inclusivity and advancement towards identified health and social care targets.
In addition to the many physical and mental benefits associated with regular physical activity, participants have recorded wider outcomes, including: Increased independence in daily tasks, heightened awareness of self and health issues, team work, self-expression, enhanced decision-making, effective communication skills, reduced dependency on others and improved self-confidence. These outcomes were recorded in an Impact Report, compiled by an independent consultant.
Speaking about the win, Jake Turner, Sport For Confidence Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, says: “Every week we change lives through sport. It is fantastic to have received recognition for our efforts in being shortlisted for this award.
“Prior to engagement with Sport For Confidence, most of our participants were leading a completely sedentary, and often isolated, life. Now they enjoy a range of sporting activities. I witness on a daily basis the positive influence our programme is having on participants involved. This recognition helps us to showcase the work we do to the wider community and will play an important part in helping us to grow the programme further.”