Those who find it difficult to access mainstream physical activity and sporting sessions can now enjoy a variety of sports at Leisure World Colchester, thanks to the arrival of the award winning Sport For Confidence programme.
The pioneering Sport for Confidence programme places specialist health professionals alongside sports coaches to deliver a wide range of sports and physical activities for those who face barriers to participation.
The social enterprise is already running successful programmes at four other leisure venues in Essex and one in Waltham Forest, collectively welcoming more than 1,000 participants per month.
Jake Turner, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, will work alongside Head Coach, Tom Doughty, to deliver the programme at Leisure World Colchester. He says: “For many people in the community, just walking through the door of a leisure centre presents a challenge. This may be due to a lack of confidence or anxiety about the unfamiliar environment they are entering.”
Sport For Confidence, has already received recognition from NHS England* as an excellent example of how businesses, health professionals and councils can come together to deliver a service which hugely benefits the community.
Uniquely, the scheme places an Allied Health Professional and sports coach alongside each other, delivering physical activity sessions designed to bring bespoke, life changing, occupational outcomes to each and every participant.
Funding for the programme has been granted by Essex County Council. Initially Leisure World will host three scheduled, Sport For Confidence, sessions a week covering Multisports, Wednesdays, 1230-1330hrs; Boccia, Mondays, 1330-1430hrs and a specific, Football for Confidence session, Wednesdays 1430-1530hrs.
Tom Doughty, adds: “As we start to attract more participants we will extend the programme and the activities on offer in alignment with the specific needs and preferences of those attending.
“Sport For Confidence works within a proven framework but each programme has the flexibility to adjust to local requirements recognising that no two communities are the same.”