Coronavirus (Covid-19): Centre Re-opening

We're back open!

Get your app and online booking on the go to book all of your Fitness Suite, Swimming, Outdoor Classes & Sports Hall Activities. 

We have reviewed the Government guidelines and  our centres are open in line with the guidance. The guidelines state the centres will re-open in phases and have now opened the Fitness Suites, Swimming Pools, Outdoor Group Exercise Classes & Sports Hall. Indoor Group Exercise classes and the re-opening of the Sauna & Steam room will be back from Monday 17th May. 

See full updates and details regarding re-opening and your membership.

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.  

Monday’s Sessions

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.

Wednesday’s Sessions

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.

 Dmentia Friendly Swimming Exercise for Confidence 

Multi Sports

Yog for Carers

For further information please contact Lucy Goldup (Senior Occupational Therapist)

Tel: 07719557859


Twitter: @sportforconf

Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our  Coronavirus information page

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