We Did it! 
Sport For Confidence has been announced as the winner of the Active Westminster Award, Inclusion Award for the outstanding sport and physical activity programme it is delivering for people in Westminster with long term health conditions and learning disabilities. 
Over the last 12 months, the team, led by occupational therapists Ava Thomas, Rosy Shaw, and previous OT Deb Bullen working alongside sports coach, Karen Briggs have created supported environments that deliver meaningful, person-centred sporting experiences for many people who, until now, have been largely excluded. 
Ava says: “Every day we witness the positive impact physical activity and sport has on the mental, physical and social wellbeing of our participants. Our programme is designed to encourage occupational outcomes that extend way beyond the field of play and into daily lives. Our sessions are focused on fun and friendship, rather than performance and results helping people connect with the people and the community around them.” 
In the last 12 months, the Westminster Sport For Confidence team, working out of Moberly Sports Centre, Seymour Leisure Centre and Queen Mother has deliver 256 physical activity sessions with 1,290 interaction attendances and 124 unique participants. 
Ava continues: “Winning this Award is fantastic achievement for the Westminster team since it recognises our work and the benefits it is delivering to many people in Westminster. On the coming months we will continue to work with the leisure centre teams to grow the programme both in terms of the number of sessions we are delivering and the number of people we are engaging. We want as many people as possible to be able to access our services, breaking down barriers to participation and working towards a more equitable society.” 
Sport for Confidence fought of stiff competition from other finalists to be announce the award category winner. Speaking about the win, Maximilian Goodchild, Relationship Manager – Physical activity at Active Westminster, says: “The Active Westminster awards this year attracted some really strong nominations across all categories and its fantastic to showcase success and diversity of achievements across the borough. In the Inclusion category, Sport For Confidence fought off some stiff competition to be named winners. The residents of Westminster are very fortunate to have such a great service on their doorstop and long may their support continue.” 
There were approximately 300 nominations at the active Westminster awards this year. We would like to extend our congratulations to all the category winners and to the other two shortlisted finalists in the Inclusive Award category. 
For more information on the Sport for Confidence programme in Westminster, click here
Pictured above - L t R - Martina Chiccoli and Max Goodchild from Westminster Council, Ava Thomas (Sport for Confidence Occupational Therapist), Karen Briggs (Sport for Confidence Coach) and Andy Davison from Everyone Active 
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