Feel Good Mark

Leisure centre

Feel Good Mark: An Introduction

Sports clubs, community organisations and physical activity providers play a vital role in the delivery of physical activity for residents and provide the support and environment for residents to develop.

In order to further support our local providers, the Waltham Forest Sport and Leisure Team has developed a Feel Good Mark which recognises safe and effective sport and physical activity provision.

The Feel Good Mark is simple to complete and the process is not meant to create more paperwork or add pressure to your organisation.  We know you have a lot on already and much of the evidence required should already be in place.

The accreditation will focus on your governance, delivery, safeguarding and commitment to providing high quality sport and physical activity for Waltham Forest residents.

  • Shows residents that the organisation is well run and a safe environment to participate in sport and physical activity.
  • Addresses issues like equity and child protection, giving parents confidence when choosing an organisation for their children to participate at.
  • Coaches and instructors receive access to coach development courses organised by the Waltham Forest Sport and Leisure team.
  • Provides a link to the Waltham Forest Sport and Leisure Team and the support and expertise available – including assistance with accessing facilities, support in gaining funding and help with development planning for your provision.
  • Use of Feel Good Mark logo on any publications.
  • Provides exclusive access for clubs to be involved in delivery of Waltham Forest Holiday Programmes.
  • Be recommended for external delivery to partners such as local schools, internal council departments etc.
  • Promotion and exposure via the council’s social media channels.
  • Framed London Borough of Waltham Forest Feel Good Mark Certificate.

The Feel Good Mark is a quality accreditation mark and recognises high quality delivery of sport and physical activity. However, we recognise that our residents are very diverse and might have specific needs and wishes, so we suggest you get in touch with the below organisations for further enquiries to find out whether they are the right fit for you. 

Athletics  Click to get info

Orion Harriers Running Club are a friendly, running and athletics club, suitable for all ages and all abilities. Whether your ambition is to get fit or to compete at events competitively and meet new friends then Orion Harriers is the club for you. 

The club train most days at their clubhouse at Jubilee Retreat, Chingford or the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, Walthamstow, including running regular 0-5km beginners sessions.

Email: Orionharriersjuniors@outlook.com

Mini Athletics Chingford and Stratford provides confidence-building Mini Athletics classes for children. The classes are a great way for children to develop their physical and social skills in a fun environment.

Classes start for young children aged 2 up to ages 7, with weekly sessions in Higham Hill Park and Ridgeway Park. 


Badminton Click to get info

Black Arrows Badminton Club provide sessions where people can meet and play badminton, both socially and competitively, in a friendly environment without feeling isolated. 

Join in every Tuesday at 7pm at Pastures Youth Centre, 15 Davies Ln, Leytonstone, London E11 3DR. 
Email: henry@blackarrowsbc.com

Community groups Click to get info

Salaam Peace are a community organisation whose aims are to provide sport and recreation for all residents, irrespective of financial wellbeing, race, faith and ability. 

Get involved in children’s sports activity, cycling for beginners and women’s only boxercise, plus much more each week across Walthamstow.
Email: contact@salaampeace.org 

Cricket  Click to get info

Capital Kids Cricket use cricket to unify people, regardless of their differences, and reach across boundaries to bring people and communities together. Cricket is a unique team sport that relies on individual performances within a team environment. 

Sessions throughout the week are at Leyton Urban Hub, 465 High Road, Leyton, London E10 6PY. 
Email: joe.fisher@ckc.london

Walthamstow Cricket Club is a friendly, diverse, and active community cricket club located in the heart of Walthamstow. New members are always welcome, so please do come and have a look around, meet the players and join us for training throughout the week for juniors, seniors and women only sessions.
Our annual membership fees for 2021 have been heavily subsidised to £20 only to encourage participation in active sport.  Please contact us for further information.

Email: walthamstowcc@gmail.com

West Essex Cricket Club are a well-established club formed in 1921 and are based in Highams Park. which offers cricket for all levels of abilities. With the open membership policy, new members are always welcome to play cricket at all levels, both competitive and recreationally.  
There is something on offer for everyone at the club.

Email: baxter_c4@sky.com

Cycling  Click to get info

COG is a community cycling and bike maintenance project based at Higham Hill Hub in Walthamstow whose long term vision is to establish a cycling Hub for the borough which will run various cycling groups for the community for different ages and abilities.

COG run weekly BMX sessions for young people aged 6 to 16 and women’s only sessions at Cheney Row BMX Track, Walthamstow – all equipment is provided for these sessions. 

Email: info@cogcycling.co.uk

Nadjie Butler, a cycling coach at COG, has also gained the Feel Good Mark as a coach.

Cycle Sisters is a registered charity that aims to inspire and enable Muslim women to cycle. They have groups in Walthamstow, Redbridge and Chingford/Highams Park that meet for weekly women only social rides during term time. 

Email: cyclesistersrides@gmail.com

Joyriders London aim to empower women by introducing them to the joys of cycling. The group offer ‘Learn to Ride’ lessons, and have beginners cycling sessions each week with bike hire options. Joyriders have beginners, intermediate and family rides for women across the borough, aiming to increase cycle confidence both on and off roads.

Email:  vieve@joyriderslondon.org

Dance and Drama Click to get info

The Blair Academy use Hip Hop and dance to bring health, happiness and wellbeing to the lives of those that need it most. 

Current sessions for 5 to 11 year olds every Tuesday 5 to 6pm at Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow E17 7BY.

The Blair Academy also provide Hip Hop movement sessions designed to aid mobility amongst older adults. in care home/day centre settings.
Email: theblairacademy@gmail.com 

Leaders Community Ltd. has a mission to support children and young people through Creative Arts, with the aim of overcoming barriers that hinder the fulfilment of their potential by reducing isolation and marginalisation, keeping them safe and thereby improving their life chances.

Weekly sessions for young people aged 7+ are available in Walthamstow and Chingford
Email: enquiries@leaderscommunity.org 

Dance Days provide educational dance workshops that link to the school curriculum, world events and celebrations. Educational dance workshops can be delivered as part of a half or full day for schools and until April 2022, Dance days will co-fund dance workshops visits to Waltham Forest Primary Schools.

Email: enquiries@dancedays.co.uk

Mevy Qureshi, started Bolly X with Mevy 2 years ago, and is passionate about empowering women in Walthamstow through fitness and dance. Mevy runs women’s only classes at Frederick Bremmer School and Waltham Forest Community Hub which engage women from different cultures and age groups, and give the opportunity to have fun and workout at the same time!

Email: bollyxwithmevy@hotmail.com

Leaders Community Ltd. has a mission to support children and young people through Creative Arts, with the aim of overcoming barriers that hinder the fulfilment of their potential by reducing isolation and marginalisation, keeping them safe and thereby improving their life chances.

Weekly sessions for young people aged 7+ are available in Walthamstow and Chingford.

Leader’s Community dance coach, Emie Emin, has also been awarded the Feel Good Mark.

Email: enquiries@leaderscommunity.org

ShowKids Theatre School provides confidence-building Performing Arts workshops for children aged 4-16 across Waltham Forest.

A ShowKids workshop is an inclusive, fun and safe place for children to make new friends, boost their creativity and communication skills, and develop their confidence through drama, singing and dance. ShowKids practitioners are also trained to use simple mindfulness techniques in each workshop to improve focus and relieve stress.

Contact Natalie today on 02034885384 or go to the Showkids website to find a class in your area and book a free taster workshop. 

Wee Movers offers fun and energetic children’s dance and yoga classes for ages 2 to 7. Children are encouraged to express themselves in a fun and safe environment in sessions that include dance techniques, storytelling, and adventures. There are weekly sessions at Leyton Cricket Ground, contact Fiona Campbell to find out more.

Email: info@weemovers.co.uk

Fitness and Leisure Click to get info

Better is a not for profit charitable social enterprise committed to delivering a better quality of fitness and leisure, libraries and performing arts facilities for everyone; that means investing all surpluses back into providing quality leisure, health and library facilities for the good of the communities where we operate.
Across Waltham Forest, Better operate numerous leisure centres, including the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, in addition to multi – sport sites, such as Feel Good Too and Ridgeway Park Tennis Hub. 

Happy Stance Yoga’s founder Aleksandra Horwood has been teaching yoga for over 25 years and has created her own unique, therapeutic approach to yoga. Yoga sessions are for all ages and all levels, with a variety of sessions from fun family flows to senior sessions focussing on healthy ageing.

Email: Aleksandra.horwood@gmail.com

ACE Outdoor Fitness provide friendly fitness classes, based in Highams Park. Sessions include a mixture of cardio, strength and conditioning work and all abilities and fitness levels are welcome to attend.

ACE Outdoor Fitness coaches, Adi Hewitt, Chris Hewitt and Ellen Dace have all received the Feel Good Mark in recognition of their high quality coaching.

Carla Rose, an instructor at Hula Fit UK, runs weekly Hula Hoop sessions in Walthamstow. Known for its fitness benefits, Hula Fit helps with coordination and strength as well as being lots of fun.  Get involved every Tuesday evening at Chestnuts Field, Walthamstow, Carla’s sessions are for everyone, whether you are a total beginner or a fitness fanatic.

Email: hulafituk@gmail.com

Our Parks is an initiative bringing FREE, group exercise classes, led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors, to parks near you. Aiming to:  

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities.
  • Maximise the usage and benefits of amazing parks and open spaces that are present across all our communities.

There are free exercise classes every day of the week in Lloyd Park E17, Langthorne Park E11, Ridgeway Park E4 and Leyton Jubilee Park E10. 

Email: getfitnow@ourparks.org.uk

Yoga Me Happy is run by Eliza Murphy who hopes to combat the stresses and strains of everyday life in London through providing yoga to the people of Walthamstow. Through online sessions and a new session in Lloyd Park where participants are able to pay what they can, Eliza is on a mission to make people happy, with yoga!

Email: Eliza@yogamehappy.co.uk

HIIT E17 provides fun community-based fitness classes by local qualified instructors. Everyone is welcome to attend, with sessions catering to all abilities. HIIT E17 offer classes all over Walthamstow, with the simple mission to make the people of E17 stronger.

Email: hiitgyme17@gmail.com

Kate Purcell has a wealth of experience having practised Hatha yoga for over 15 years. Kate offers yoga classes accessible to all through her weekly session in Leytonstone as well as an online Gentle Yoga session each Sunday which are calm, slow and relaxing. Get in touch on the email below to start your yoga journey.

Kate Purcell - katepurcell66@gmail.com

Melissa Gaul specialises in Yoga for children & adults as well as Post Natal exercise. Based in Lloyd Park, Melissa offers a safe and accessible Buggy Fitness session on Monday mornings at 9:30am. The session is free. She has supported many in getting back into fitness in a supportive environment.

Email: melissagaul.walker@gmail.com

Andrea Teja offers Yoga sessions for all abilities in Ridgeway Park. Sessions are based on traditional Hatha Yoga and classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Class passes are available as well as block bookings.

Email: infin8space@gmail.com

Cher Brighton is a Yoga Facilitator based in Walthamstow, specialising in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Restorative and Pre and Post-natal yoga. Sessions are based at Pause Studio in Leyton as well as Hollow ponds and online. Yoga classes are accessible for all ages and abilities.

Email: cheralynn.brighton@gmail.com

Personal Trainers

Giulietta De Lissandri – is a qualified Personal Trainer and a specialist wellness coach for ‘perimenopausal and beyond’ females. Women only fitness groups take place in Lloyd Park and Thomas Gamuel park. Sessions always include: Cardio exercises, muscle toning and resistance exercises, pelvic floor health and strengthening. 
Email: gettasmetime@yahoo.com

Leah Jung – provides circuit training classes at Leyton Jubilee Park, which includes 10-12 circuit stations with 20 different exercises, for strengthening, toning, agility, motor skills, weight loss and flexibility stretching. Regular online Zoom classes now offered.
One-hour personal training sessions also available, including a programme to follow at home and information on diet ideas, healthy eating with government recommendation on ‘eat well’ guide. Functional test, blood pressure and bio impedance weigh in every month. 

Email: Leahs_nutrition_p.trainer1@aol.com

Luciann Mead – is a qualified Personal fitness Instructor. Specialising in Boxercise, Luciann runs a high energy BOX-HIIT Saturday session at Leyton Jubilee Park. She also offers group and individual exercise training sessions for all abilities.

Email: luciann_mead@sky.com

Ryan Guthrie is a Personal Trainer, Circuit Training and Boxing Instructor. Based in Highams Park, Ryan provides fitness group classes each Saturday. He is a qualified personal trainer and has been working hard to provide innovative opportunities for people to keep stay motivated and active over lockdown.  

Email: Ryan.guthrie92@yahoo.com

Tara Whitbread is a fitness and nutritional professional, offering personal training sessions. Tara specialises in Pregnancy and Postnatal exercise, exercise for disabled people and personal & group training sessions. You’ll also get nutritional advice as well as ongoing support outside of training sessions on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Check out Tara’s website for more information.  



Football Click to get info

AFC Leyton are an all girls grassroots football club and registered charity, giving girls from the age of 3 to 17 and women aged 18+ the opportunity to play football in a safe and nurturing environment. The club focusses on developing and growing players’ confidence and abilities, both on and off the pitch.

Email: secretary@afcleyton.co.uk

Bright Stars Youth Football Club provide boys and girls aged 12 and under to get involved in competitive football. Having recently received the FA Charter Standard Status, Bright Stars Youth FC is known for its elite level coaching. 

Wuga Birabe, the Head Coach at Bright Start Youth FC, has also received the Feel Good Mark as a coach. 

Training takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening at the YMCA, 642 Forest Road E17 3EF. 
Email: info@brightstarsyouthfc.co.uk

Forest Crusaders Football and Futsal Club are an all inclusive club, that reflects the whole Waltham Forest local community, with the belief that everybody should be able to access top quality coaching that’s player centred.

Forest Crusaders create a fun, safe environment where players of all age and ability are able to thrive and accelerate their leaning.

Training takes place throughout the week from age 4 through to adults, in addition to sessions for women and girls and disability specific sessions, at Peter May Sports Centre and Wadham Lodge. 

Forest Crusaders Football Club Coaches, Massimo Brivati and Jason Murray have both received the Feel Good Mark in recognition of their high quality coaching. 
Email: forestcrusadersfutsal@gmail.com 

Leyton Orient Walking Football Club is a FA Charter Standard London FA Affiliated walking football club which was started in 2015 by local walking football enthusiasts and Leyton Orient Trust with the primary aim of getting those who are over 50 participating in a fun, safe, social activity to address the known physical and mental health issues of this age group. The club now has over 50s, over 60s, over 65s and women's teams competing in leagues, tournaments and friendlies across the south east of England. 

Email: leytonorientwalkingfc@gmail.com

Ridgeway Rovers Football Club are inspiring a new generation of players in Waltham Forest, offering football for all in a fun and safe environment. Aiming to facilitate learning through play, Ridgeway Rovers Football Club pride themselves on promoting good behaviour and respect for others. 

Training and soccer school sessions are available for boys and girls aged 6+, with training sessions for men and women also on offer. Ridgeway Rovers Football Club are based at Parmiters Sports Ground and Peter May Sports Centre. 
Email: ridgewayroversfc@btinternet.com

Soccer Days offer fun football classes which enhance children’s confidence and life skills. Through combining football skills and games for aiding physical development, social and communication skills, soccer days sessions provide a fun activity for children aged from 2 – 8 in Walthamstow.

Email: walthamforest@soccerdays.co.uk

WO Sports aims to promote healthy living and to build better lives through sport, nutrition and diet. WO Sports uses the power of sport to deliver a variety of inspiring education, health and football programmes in the Waltham Forest community; believing that the power of football can be harnessed to support communities and individuals.

Email: Info@wo-sports.co.uk

Little Soccer Stars provide sessions that are designed for children of all abilities. Based in Lloyd Park, sessions are split into age groups ranging from ages 3 to 11 year olds. Little Soccer Stars provides free taster classes to give football a go in a friendly and fun environment with a great team of professional coaches.

Email: info@littlesoccerstars.com

Youngers Football Club are based in Low Hall Farm, E17 and provide Football training for boys and girls aged 4-6 years old and 7-12 years old. Youngers FC are committed to providing an opportunity for young people to express themselves, build confidence and make life-long friends. Training sessions are held on Saturdays and if you’d like to give it a go, taster sessions are free.

Email: Youngersfc@hotmail.com

Hockey Click to get info

Waltham Forest Hockey Club is a friendly and sociable hockey club who welcome anybody whether you are a dedicated, seasoned pro or have never even held a stick. The club also has a fantastic youth section and their Forest Flyerz scheme is the first disability hockey programme in the country.

Email: growth@walthamforesthc.co.uk

Martial Arts  Click to get info

Dao Lu CIC are a diverse and inclusive group that offers Tai Chi and meditation classes in Waltham Forest. Everyone is welcome at Dao Lu, with varied sessions including women’s only, only 50’s, beginners and Tai Chi for young people with disabilities.  Free taster sessions are available for you to give Tai Chi a go.

Email: info@daolu.co.uk

Richard Baskin is a 5th Dan Black Belt, and head coach at Fuzion MMA and Kickboxing Academy. Sessions run throughout the week at St. Theresa’s Hall, Chingford. Everybody is welcome and beginners  will have lots of fun learning professional techniques, training hard, pushing yourself to achieve new goals and making lots of new friends.​​

Email: fuzionmma1@gmail.com

Leyton Tang Soo Do are a community club and very inclusive. The instructors are passionate about providing a first class martial arts experience for their students. Sessions run on a Wednesday 6.45 – 8.30pm and a Saturday 10am – 1pm at Leyton Parish Church Hall, Lindley road, Leyton E10 6QT

Email: m.islam@me.com

Mushin School of Karate provide sessions teaching 8 different Japanese Martial Arts including Karate, Jujitsu, Judo and Kendo. Also learning the grappling arts and basic "street" self defence. Sessions are for ages 4 – 16 and take place at Shern Hall Methodist Church, Walthamstow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. 

Email: mushinschoolofkarate@yahoo.co.uk

Robert Fresco, of Roding School of Karate, has been awarded the Feel Good Mark in recognition of his high quality of coaching. Karate is a fun and valuable activity for children and adults alike. It can be used to develop self confidence , fitness, stamina, self discipline and respect for others.

Robert’s classes provide a safe, friendly and fun environment for all whilst supporting and encouraging students of all abilities. 

Get involved every Friday at New Road Methodist Church, Chingford at 5pm. 

Email: robertfresco@talktalk.net

Shotokan Karate Club are based at the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, and host karate classes throughout the week targeted towards beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Everybody is welcome to get involved, you don’t need any special clothing to start – just something loose fitting and comfortable.

Email: shotokarate.east@gmail.com

Tora Shotokan Karate Club offer traditional Karate training for all ages and abilities in a fun and friendly environment. Established in 2004, the club offer Karate training in Walthamstow and Leyton for both adults and juniors. Classes are held every Wednesday and Friday and you are welcome to try Tora Shotokan Karate Club without obligation as the club offer your first 5 sessions completely free for new members.

Email: chingfordtora@yahoo.co.uk

Shinkyu Martial Arts offer a wide variety of Martial Arts classes including Combat, Self Defence and Karate. Based at Leyton Cricket Ground, there are sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced students in a safe and friendly environment.  Shinkyu Martial Arts provide a free two-week trial and you can try out as many classes as you like.


Multi-Sports Click to get info

Leyton Orient Trust deliver and develop health, well-being, educational attainment and life skills programmes that are relevant, engaging and inspiring in Waltham Forest and surrounding boroughs. The trust deliver programmes in primary schools, higher education settings and targeted health programmes in the community.

Email: enquiries@leytonorienttrust.org.uk

Platinum Sports and Mentoring are a not for profit organisation who are passionate about making a difference in the community and giving children the best start to life. We deliver multi-sport and mentoring sessions aiming to develop children;s ability, performance, personal, social and educational development, to assist children to increase their life skills, to provide support and guidance for children to achieve their goals and to help resolve anti-social behaviour.

Snooker for Health and Friendship aims to connect communities and empowers people individually and collectively through disability sports, including badminton, ping pong and snooker. The community club is open to any person, clinically diagnosed with any disability/MH disorder and to carers. The club also welcomes seniors, parents and professional carers all of whom happily stay during sessions.

Sessions take place on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 4 to 6pm at the YMCA in Walthamstow.
Contact:  020 8503 2665 you must ring before attending. 

Sporting Pillars support young people and the community using the power of sports. The group offer weekly community-based football sessions at Score Centre in Leyton – aiming to use football to give young people a person.

Email: sham.motin@sportingpillars.co.uk  

Netball Click to get info

Phoenix Flames Netball Club are a recreational and competitive club based at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow. With sessions for girls aged 11+, through to Back to Netball sessions, Phoenix Flames have the right session to suit you.

Email: rianetballcoach@gmail.com

Rugby Click to get info

Paul Quill, from Viking Rugby, uses the sport of rugby to coach and inspire a new generation of rugby players through primary schools in the borough for children aged 4 – 11.

Email: paul.quill@sky.com

Rowing Click to get info

Lea Rowing Club welcomes people of all levels of experience from ages 12 upwards. Based in Clapton and rowing along the river Lea, the club have several sessions tailored to suit you, from learn to row, junior sessions, adult racing squads & more.

Email: secretary@learc.org.uk

Squash Click to get info

Walthamstow Squash Club offer a range of coaching for players of all levels, whether you're entirely new to squash or sports in general or a seasoned player looking to develop a very particular part of your game.

Email: e17squash@gmail.com



The Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club, BWFSC Gators, is a non-profit club, accredited by Swim England and run by an elected committee. The club offers structured and progressive aquatic skills classes and competitive swimming training for swimmers of all ability levels, from age 4 years upwards. BWFSC follows the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming, stages 3-7, allowing young children to learn water safety, swimming techniques and develop a love of the sport. The specific programmes within the club allow for swimmers to compete as a team or as individuals for swimming events leading up to County, National and International Level. We are now training at the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, Chingford Leisure Centre, Leytonstone Leisure Centre and Feel Good Centre, Walthamstow. 


Email: gatorstrials@gmail.com

Swimming Click to get info

The Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club, BWFSC Gators, is a non-profit club, accredited by Swim England and run by an elected committee. The club offers structured and progressive aquatic skills classes and competitive swimming training for swimmers of all ability levels, from age 4 years upwards. BWFSC follows the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming, stages 3-7, allowing young children to learn water safety, swimming techniques and develop a love of the sport. The specific programmes within the club allow for swimmers to compete as a team or as individuals for swimming events leading up to County, National and International Level. We are now training at the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, Chingford Leisure Centre, Leytonstone Leisure Centre and Feel Good Centre, Walthamstow.

Email: gatorstrials@gmail.com

Trampolining Click to get info

Inspire Trampoline Academy offer both recreational and competitive sessions for children and adults throughout the week at Lammas School in Leyton. The club is small and maintains a family friendly environment with positivity at the heart of what they do.

Email: info@inspiretrampolineacademy.co.uk