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Sport for Confidence
What is Sport for Confidence?
Sport for Confidence is a unique organisation that brings together the Health and Sport Sectors to address inequalities in sport and physical activity participation for disabled people and other marginalised groups. This unique partnership between healthcare professionals, leisure Centre’s and local sports clubs see Occupational Therapists working directly with sport coaches and staff to make adjustments that create truly accessible sport and leisure opportunities.
The role of Occupational Therapy is to contribute specialist knowledge and advice regarding the delivery of activity for adults with learning disabilities and to mentor and observe coaches / instructors.
New groups are developed in response to customer’s needs, with the sport carefully selected based on the advice of health care professionals and the coaches’ expertise.
Below are the groups which have been established and are developed in partnership with Occupational Therapy and delivered by a sports coach.
Boccia for Confidence: 11.30am-12.15pm
This is a fun and relaxed session. It is a seated team game and is fully inclusive for people with a range of needs from mild to complex. It is also suitable for wheelchair users. Support workers/carers can support customers to take part if necessary. The aim of the game is to get your team’s ball as close as possible to the white target ball. Boccia is unique because the ball can be thrown or kicked. Ramps can also be used for people who have difficulty with gross upper motor skills.
Fitness for Confidence: 1-2pm
This group is a closed group with Seevic College, who offer foundation programmes to help young people with a disability or Learning difficulty with independent living skills. The group offers a different sport each week including, hockey, dodge ball and fencing. Each sport is tailored to the students’ needs and supports their course for independent living skills, using sport to practise life skills.
Introduction to Multi-sports-2-3pm
This group is for individuals who have mental health needs and would like to take part in a different sport each week, tailored to meet their needs. It is a fun and relaxed session which provides the opportunity to meet new people and develop confidence in a group setting.
Cycling for confidence: Wednesdays 9.45-10.45am.
Meeting point Hadleigh Training Centre Castle Lane Benfleet SS7 2AP
This group offers an exciting experience to practise and improve your cycling skills within the lovely surroundings that Hadleigh Park has to offer. No specialist bikes available therefore group members need to be able to ride a bike. We have limited bikes available so please book a place if you would like to join the group.
Cricket for confidence: Wednesdays 10.45-11.45am
Cricket is a great team game that involves lots of different skills. In our weekly session we work on different skills including communication and team work as well as cricket skills. The session is designed to create a relaxed and inclusive learning atmosphere.
Boccia for confidence 12-12.45pm
Dementia Friendly Swimming: 12-12.45pm
Swimming is a great activity which benefits all. It is particularly beneficial to people living with dementia as the sensation of being in the water can provide a calming and soothing effect. These sessions recognise that those attending will appreciate a quiet, controlled environment and may need a little extra support and encouragement during their visit.
Informal support group:
For carers who want support or any advice. The Dementia navigator and the Sport for confidence Occupational Therapist will be available for advise/support.
Exercise for confidence (Dementia friendly): 1pm-1.45pm
In our exercise session our coach incorporates classic sports such as cricket, hockey, Tennis, basketball into a seated format. The sports are adapted in way so group members can enjoy playing gentle sport from a seated position. It’s a very social and fun group designed to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Yoga for carers 1pm-1.45pm
Helping carers to maintain a balance between their caring role and life outside of caring, yoga offers exercise, mediation and breathing techniques, having a positive impact on physical and emotional well-being.
Multi-sports for confidence: 2-3pm
This group offers a 10 week programme, providing a great opportunity to try different sports and activities, from hockey, fencing and football cricket. Due to the sporting activities, group members need to be able to take part independently. However we are happy to carry out a graded approach if individuals need some initial support in the early stages. We will also take requests to try different sports for this session.
Basketball for confidence 3.15-4.15pm
This session concentrates on developing skills needed to become a good team player and improving your basketball skills. It’s a great chance to become a part of a team and compete in games and tournaments. Clients need to be able to take part independently. However we are happy to carry out a graded approach if individuals need some initial support in the early stages. This group offers a range of skill acquisition including hand-eye co-ordination, decision making, planning and team work.
Multi-sports for Confidence: Fridays 10-11am.
This is a closed group with Brockfield house and offers the opportunity to try different sports and activities each week. Each sport is tailored to the group member’s needs, using sport to practise life skills.
For further information please contact Lucy Goldup (Senior Occupational Therapist)