About Us


Sport for Confidence was founded by Lyndsey Barrett; an Occupational Therapist (OT), with a passion for sport and its ability to significantly benefit the lives of people with mental illness, physical disabilities and learning disabilities. Through 19 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, Lyndsey has witnessed first hand the power of sport to increase confidence, social skills and independence.

Sport for Confidence currently runs across 5 different sites in Essex. We roughly encounter 250 participants attending per week across 30 different 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. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, 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


Jack Edgar
Head Coach
With an impressive array of coaching qualifications in a wide range of sports, Jack is responsible for the development and implementation of the Sport For Confidence coaching programme and the mentoring of Grant and our newest apprentice Fanuel. Together the team work to ensure the programme remains progressive and encourages core skill development, social integration and fun.
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.
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.
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.”
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
Sports Coach
Grant is our latest recruit after completing his CoachCore apprentice. Grant runs the project alongside Jake in the Witham area delivering a range of different sporting opportunities. Grant has a particular interest in Mixed Martial Arts. Although Grant has been diagnosed with autism, he refuses to let this hold him back. Grant plans to become a kickboxing coach and once qualified will aim to make the sport inclusive and fun for all to enjoy.
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.
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 OT in every leisure centre in the country.
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.
Jake Turner
Learning Disability Health Specialist
Jake has 7 years experience of working with people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health problems across a range of different settings. Jake currently delivers the model in Witham Leisure Centre. Jake is a keen footballer and sports enthusiast and aims to deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity and sport. Jake is currently studying a Positive Behaviour Support Diploma Degree at The Tizard Centre, Kent.