Project: Investment

Sport for Confidence

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Jemma Leathley
Investment Manager

Sporting Capital invested into Sport for Confidence CIC (SfC) with a loan of £100,000 to extend their work into more leisure centres. It helped their work become more mainstream, leading to ongoing growth and wider recognition.

Sport for Confidence, based in Essex, is a pioneering and award-winning social enterprise helping to address inequalities in sport and physical activity participation, ensuring that ‘Everyone Gets to Play’. It places allied health professionals directly into leisure centres to enhance the experiences and opportunities for people facing barriers to participating in sport and physical activity.

Typical participants include those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, people living with dementia, autism, physical impairment or disability, homelessness, and many other complex health needs. In addition to all the physical and mental health benefits associated with physical activity their sessions are designed to promote wider occupational outcomes including; independence, improved confidence and self-esteem.

The Sporting Capital loan and development work:

  • Supported the costs associated with taking on more staff, equipment and other costs to create the organisational scale to deliver their growth strategy.
  • Reviewed the business case and loan affordability leading to the impact investment being secured by SfC.

Sport for Confidence has grown from one individual using sporting activities as part of Occupational Therapy assessment to becoming a model which has seen over 19,000 interactions over a 12-month period and been adopted in 10 leisure centres, across 8 local authorities in Greater Essex and 2 London boroughs. Each leisure centre has a dedicated residential Occupational Threrapist and coach working together to deliver the strategic outcomes and offer a programme of activities for anyone facing barriers to accessing sport and physical activity.

The Sport for Confidence business model is ground-breaking and we are pleased to have been able to provide investment that will enable them to grow and support many more people to become more active, gain confidence and independence.

Sport Confidence


£100,000 loan provided by Sporting Capital

10 Centres

Enabled growth into 10 leisure centres, moving beyond Essex to a national programme


Working with 20,000 people each year

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