The Sport For Confidence programme at the Feel Good Centre in Waltham Forest has been announced the winner of the ‘Services to Inclusive Sport ‘award at the Waltham Forest Feel Good Sport Awards 2018.
The award marks the end of a successful 12 months for the programme which was first introduced in September 2017, thanks to a funding grant awarded by The London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Sport For Confidence is a social enterprise which provides sporting opportunities to individuals who face barriers to participation.
Sessions are open to all and are run by an Occupational Therapist working alongside a sports coach. Through close collaboration with other local organisations, such as the Social Prescribing Team, community nursing teams, the Falls Prevention Service, carer centres, Waltham Forest Council and a range of other Allied Health Professionals, Sport For Confidence is welcoming participation from around 200 individuals per month, most of whom have not previously engaged with the leisure centre.
Sinead Kelly, the Occupational Therapist responsible for the programme’s delivery at The Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, says: “The model of practice we have created enables those who face barriers to participation to engage in physical activity, regardless of their ability. This is an environment where individuals are treated as individuals and supported to overcome any obstacles so that they can reach personal goals and milestones.
“Currently, we have individuals who attend sessions that identify as having a learning disability, mobility issues, long term health conditions and mental health difficulties. Many of our participants have never set foot in a leisure centre before coming to us, so it is fantastic to see them enjoy being active and making the most of the services and facilities on offer”.
The Sport For Confidence programme continues to expand its offer, creating even more opportunities for people to enjoy physical activity. Recently, in association with Carers First, Sport For Confidence introduced ‘dementia friendly’, but not dementia exclusive, seated exercise sessions. These sessions encourage carers to be active alongside individuals in their care. Sport For Confidence has also started to utilise the extreme park facilities, using trampolines to deliver fun fitness sessions to promote better cardiovascular health.
Speaking about the programme’s success, Cllr Naheed Asghar, Cabinet Member for Sports and Voluntary Sector Partnerships, at Waltham Forest Council, says: “The opportunity to take part in sport, exercise and physical activity should be available for everyone in our community. The huge effort that Sport for Confidence puts in to open up these chances to those who may not otherwise feel able to take part is inspiring. I am proud to congratulate them as the winners of our ‘Services to Inclusive Sport’ category at the annual Waltham Forest Sports Awards, and look forward to seeing the group continue their vitally important work.”
Currently, Sport For Confidence runs Boccia sessions on a Thursday, 11.30am-12.15pm and 2pm-3pm, plus Fridays 11.30am – 12.30pm. A multisports session runs on a Friday at 1.30pm-2.30pm followed by a and a pool-based ‘Aqua For Confidence’ session. The trampoline sessions run on a Thursday ,10.30-11.15am followed by seated exercise sessions,12.30pm-1.30pm.
This month, Sport For Confidence has also been awarded; Winner of Swim England’s, national ‘ David Sparkes OBE Innovation Award’ and winner of ’Services To Inclusive Sport’ by Active Braintree.
Whatever the activity, everybody is welcome at Sport For Confidence sessions. For more information, contact Sinead on 07543742407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.