Sport for all

Boccia being played at the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

Boccia being played at the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

A new sports programme for people with learning disabilities is being launched at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre.

Social enterprise Sport For Confidence has teamed up with Waltham Forest Council and leisure operator GLL to bring the Paralympic sport boccia to the venue in Chingford Road, Walthamstow, in addition to other tailored sports.

The programme has received recognition from NHS England and sees an occupational therapist join sports coaches to deliver physical activity sessions especially tailored for the needs of each participant.

Sinead Kelly, an occupational therapist who is responsible for the programme delivery at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, said: “People with a learning disability can face additional challenges just walking through the doors of a leisure centre. They may lack the confidence and support they need or be unsure if the environment and activities are right for them.

“Through working with community groups including local charities, care homes, clinical commissioning groups, GPs, and community nursing teams, we can make the reasonable adjustments needed to remove the barriers and provide an inclusive service which meets individual needs.”

Sport For Confidence now runs boccia sessions each Thursday at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 11.30am-12.15pm and 2pm-2.45pm. There is also an introduction to multi-sports on a Friday, 11.30am-12.15pm. For more information:

Call 07543 742 407