About Us


Sport for Confidence was founded by Lyndsey Barrett; an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 19 years experience, and a passion for sport and its ability to significantly benefit the lives of people with mental health problems, physical disabilities and learning disabilities. 

What is Sport for Confidence?

Sport for Confidence currently runs across 7 different sites in Essex, with 250 participants per week across 30 activities. Sport for Confidence continues to grow, with the ultimate aim of having an health professional in every leisure facility in the country.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation, to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want and need to, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)

Who is involved in Sport for Confidence?

What makes Sport for Confidence unique and successful is the partnership approach. Healthcare professionals, leisure professionals, clubs, coaches, clients and carers work together to deliver a revolutionary and holistic offering to encourage individuals with learning disabilities to participate in regular physical activity in a mainstream setting, resulting in a multitude of benefits for all stakeholders

How do I find out more?


For all enquiries please email info@sportforconfidence.com

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Lyndsey Barratt, Co-Founder and Senior OT


Tom Doughty
Head Coach North Essex
In his full-time role at Sport For Confidence, Tom will oversee coaching at Witham, and will also supervise Colchester and Clacton programmes and coaches, working alongside an allied health professional. Tom coaches a range of sports including multisports, boccia, swimming and dodgeball. In addition to coaching weekly sessions, Tom is also responsible for engaging with local community groups including GPs, nursing teams, carers, and schools.
Sinead Kelly
Occupational Therapist
Sinéad has a background in adapted Physical Activity and outdoor education. As part of her first degree, she spent 6months in Alaska assisting in the design and implementation of an activity camp for individuals with learning disabilities. After completing her degree Sinead went on to complete a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Sinéad has a love for all things sport and an ambition to make sport accessible to all.”
Jake Turner
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner
Jake has a Foundation Degree in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual Disabilities after studying at The Tizard Centre, Kent University. Jake has gained many years of experience working with people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and physical disabilities across a range of different challenging settings. Jake is a keen footballer and sports enthusiast and aims to deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity and sport ensuring anyone's first visit to a leisure centre is a positive experience.
Jack Edgar
Head Coach
Jack has over 10 years coaching experience with a wide array of qualifications. Jack is responsible for leading up to 20 unique and inclusive sessions per week including Cycling, Basketball, Boccia, Fencing and many more. Jack mentors and oversees Coach Core apprentices who are the next generation of inclusive coaches. Jack prides himself on ensuring Sport for Confidence sessions are of the highest quality.
Fanuel Chivasa
Apprentice Coach
Fanuel is currently taking part in the Coach Core apprenticeship. Fanuel feels that Coach Core and Sport for Confidence has truly changed his life. Fanuel is thriving on being given the opportunity to coach participants with a range of different needs and hopes to help individuals to change their lives through participation in sport for the better. Fanuel classes himself as an 'all rounder' sportsman with a particular interest in Parkour, Calisthenics and Gymnastics.
Anna Pettican
Senior Occupational Therapist & Projects Manager
Anna is passionate about inclusive sports and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Essex, which explores participation in a community football project for people with mental health problems from the perspectives of those that took part. Anna qualified as an occupational therapist in 2003 and then practiced predominantly in mental health. She has also spent time working as a Research and Development Officer at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Essex.
Lucy Goldup
Occupational Therapist
Lucy has worked as a qualified Occupational Therapist for the last 9 years in Learning Disability and Mental Health Services. She has a passion for working within the Learning Disability field and believes that activity and accessing mainstream services attributes to individuals health and well-being. It allows individuals to develop important life skills as well as having a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence. The sports for confidence initiative plays a key role in this.
Grant Davis
Grant is our lead coach for Witham Leisure Centre, he completed his Coach Core apprenticeship in 2016/17. Grant runs the model alongside Jake delivering a range of different sporting opportunities using the facilities available in Witham. Grant has a real passion for CrossFit and attends frequently in his spare time. 
Lyndsey Barrett - Sport for Confidence
Lyndsey Barrett
Co-Founder and Senior OT
Lyndsey has 20 years’ experience as an active Occupational Therapist working with people with learning disabilities, Aspergers and mental heath issues. It was her love for sport that planted the idea of sport as a tool for assessment and developing life and social skills with her clients. Lyndsey has grown Sport for Confidence from just one participant to where it is today. But she won’t stop there, Lyndsey is committed to seeing an #AHP in every leisure centre in the country.
Linda Agnew
Independent Occupational Therapist
Linda has been an occupational therapist for 35 years. She has worked in mental health, learning disabilities, general hospital and community teams. She has also been a director of strategy and development and director for Allied Health Professionals.  Linda uses her skills in health economics and measuring outcomes to produce case studies and reports. Linda is currently Chair of the English Board of Occupational Therapists and vice-chair of the Council for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Katie Lewis
Communications Consultant
Katie has spent the last 20 years working in sport and leisure and the last 14 years specialising in delivering communication strategies to brands in these sectors. With a personal passion for sport, Katie has an ambition to get more people, more active, more often – a perfect fit with Sport For Confidence! Katie is on board to communicate programme successes to key stakeholders including leisure operators, participants, carers and healthcare professionals.
Steve Mitchell - Sport for Confidence
Steve Mitchell
Co-Founder and Skills Expert
Mitch is focussed on the development of people in, through and across sport. A passionate believer in the importance of high quality education, Mitch’s wealth of experience includes designing the AASE programme in 2004 across 20 sports. Further to this Mitch is a Board member of Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership for Essex.
Dan Black - Sport for Confidence
Dan Black
Branding & Design Consultant
Dan brings to the table twenty years’ experience of creating high quality branding and graphic design. Dan shaped the Sport for Confidence brand to cleanly articulate the core values of the organistion. Dan is the founder and Creative Director of Detail Design Consultants; a dynamic Leatherhead-based design consultancy dedicated to delivering the very highest quality branding and design solutions across a wide range of media.
Doug Burtenshaw - Sport for Confidence
Doug Burtenshaw
Digital Consultant
Doug provides Sport for Confidence with digital support and has been responsible for building the website. Doug has a great understanding of digital solutions for social change, and has extensive knowledge of digital within the skills and active leisure landscape, as Head of Digital for Skills Active.