On Friday, June 14, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, observed a game of Boccia delivered by Sport For Confidence as part of his official visit to mark the opening of the new, Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford, Essex.
Works to replace a tired old under-used leisure centre with a modern, fit for all facility began in September 2017. 20 months on and all the hard work has paid off. The new leisure centre, which boasts two swimming pools, a sport and fitness centre, a cafe, 2 Changing Places units, a reception area and an ice rink is fully equipped for users of all abilities and is one of the most accessible centres in the East of England.
In support of Chelmsford City Council to create a fully inclusive leisure environment, Sport For Confidence has been appointed to deliver a sport and physical activity programme for those who face barriers to participation.
“Megan Potts, a Sport For Confidence Occupational Therapist, says: “It is fantastic to be able to showcase our programme to The Duke of Kent. Sport For Confidence is now operational at 9 leisure centres across Essex, one in Waltham Forest and one in Westminster. Every week we are delivering more than 1,200 interventions, helping people who would otherwise be inactive and isolated to enjoy a variety of physical activities. The new centre provides the perfect environment to host our programme and I am looking forward to working with other community nursing groups, GPs, charities, schools and sports clubs to grow the programme in the months ahead.”
The Duke of Kent, accompanied by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex and The Mayor of Chelmsford, visited the centre at 1300hrs, during which time he witnessed a game of Boccia in full swing and enjoyed a full tour of the facilities.