Sports clubs and development

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Information on sports activities and clubs in Waltham Forest.

The Feel Good Mark Click to get info

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 & 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.

Apply to be accredited as a Community Organisation or Group

Apply as a Sports Club or Sport Specific Organisation

Apply to be accredited as an Individual, Coach or Sole Trader

The benefits of gaining the Feel Good Mark

  • 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 & 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
  • Promotion and exposure via the council’s social media channels
  • Framed London Borough of Waltham Forest Feel Good Mark Certificate

London Youth Games Click to get info

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest sporting event for young people. It involves all 33 London boroughs and 26 national sports governing bodies in over 60 competitions across 30 sports.

You can compete for Waltham Forest if you live or go to school in the borough. It’s free and open to all young people aged between 7 and 17.

The games offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes. More on London Youth Games.

For more information and to speak to someone about how to get involved please contact:

Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Club Matters provides free guidance, support and learning on all aspects of running a club. At its heart is a brand new website, but it's far more than that.

The Club Matters website brings together all of the previous support for clubs: Club Leaders, Help for Clubs and the Clubmark website. So those involved in running a club, it's time to breathe a sigh of relief.

To find out more please see the Sport England Club Matters website.

Sport for Confidence Click to get info

Sport for Confidence is a unique organisation, which supports people with and without learning disabilities to participate in a variety of sporting activities. 

Come and join in with a different sport each week, meet new friends and learn new skills.

When: Wednesdays 11:30 to 12:15pm, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm and Thursdays 11:30 to 12:15pm and 1 to 2pm.

Where: Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road, Walthamstow E17 5AA

Cost: £3 per session

This programme is developed in partnership with an occupational therapist and learning disability health specialist

For further information please contact Hannah Webster via email at or call her on 07543 742 407

You can also visit the sport for confidence website.

Sports club directory Click to get info

There are currently over 110 sports clubs in the borough that are open to residents, many of which have achieved the Feel Good Mark, if you need information on a sport not mentioned please contact us and we will help you find a suitable club.


Funding Click to get info

For further information please see: London Sport Funding Update.

Waltham Forest also works in partnership with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF), community-based charities that run a range of innovative and creative sports and educational projects in Waltham Forest and other London boroughs.

For further information please ring LOCSP on 020 8556 5973 or THF on 020 8365 5138.

Contact Click to get info

Contact the sport and leisure team via email,