Sport For Confidence CIC has extended its influence with the launch of its award-winning inclusive physical activity programme into two new leisure venues in Brentwood, thanks to its continuing partnership with leisure operator, Everyone Active. 
From July 2022, residents in Brentwood will be able to access weekly Sport For Confidence inclusive physical activity and sports sessions at The Brentwood Centre and the new pavilion at King George’s Playing Fields. 
Designed to tackle inequalities by breaking down barriers to participation that exist for those with long term health conditions and disabilities, the Sport For Confidence programme fully supports Sport England’s ten year ‘Uniting The Movement’ Strategy to create a more equitable society through levelling up disparities that exist in sport. 
“Everybody has the right to access the many physical, mental and social benefits sport and physical activity has to offer’ says Nikki West, Sport For Confidence occupational therapist and project lead at Brentwood. 
“Through providing a residency for our programme in these two new locations, many people who would otherwise struggle to access structured physical activity will now be able to get involved. 
“Our programme places occupational therapists alongside sports coaches to deliver a person-centred approach that promotes positive occupational outcomes which extend way beyond the field of play, enhancing lives and helping participants lead a happier, healthier and more enriched life.” 
Supported by local nurses and therapy teams from local NHS providers, Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT), the new Brentwood programme launches during Learning Disabilities Awareness Week, with an open day taking place on Thursday 23 June 2022 at The Brentwood Centre. Regular sessions will then be scheduled at both new venues from the end of July 2020. 
Shaun Beagle, Everyone Active Contract Manager, says: “We’re delighted to be working with Sport for Confidence to deliver a programme that allows our community to participate in sport and activity, who would otherwise struggle to do so. 
“It’s a really important programme and it has been run well across many of our other facilities, so we’re keen to help deliver a brilliant opportunity for everyone in Brentwood.” 
The new Pavilion at King George’s Playing Fields, delivered by Alliance Leisure through the UK Leisure Framework, that will host the new Sport For Confidence programme is part of a wider transformation project by Brentwood Borough Council to turn an under-utilised recreation ground into a thriving activity hub. In addition to changing rooms and shower facilities for local rugby and football teams, a golf clubhouse, a café and a two-story soft play area, the Pavilion will also house a Changing Places facility and a sensory room providing a safe therapeutic space to help individuals regulate, develop and engage their senses as they interact with and explore the environment around them. 
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