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Feel Good Mark

Our Feel Good Mark shows residents that they can expect a great service from accredited sports and leisure providers.

A mark of quality for sports clubs and providers

We believe that sports clubs, leisure centres and community organisations play a vital role in providing physical activities for our residents.

That's why our Sport and Leisure Team has developed a Feel Good Mark to recognise high standards and support our local providers. 

Applying for the Feel Good Mark is easy, and you should already have most of the evidence we need. Accreditation will focus on your governance, delivery, safeguarding and commitment to providing top quality sport and physical activity for our residents.

Apply for the Feel Good Mark

Benefits of the Feel Good Mark

  • It shows residents your organisation is well run and a safe environment to take part in sport and physical activity.
  • Addresses issues like equality and child protection. Gives parents confidence that your organisation is a suitable place for their children to play sport
  • Coaches and instructors get access to coach development courses organised by our Sport and Leisure team.
  • Provides a link to our Sport and Leisure Team and the support and expertise available. This includes help with accessing facilities, support in gaining funding and support 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.

Feel Good Mark accredited organisations

Athletics  

Eton Manor Athletics Club runs sessions suitable for all ages and abilities. The club trains at March Lane on Tuesdays, and Feel Good Centre for Monday Junior Track Sessions.  

Email: treasurer.etonmanorac@outlook.com  

Orion Harriers Running Club is a friendly, running and athletics club. The club train at Jubilee Retreat, Chingford or Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, with 0-5km sessions.

Email: Orionharriersjuniors@outlook.com  

Mini Athletics Chingford and Stratford offers fun weekly sessions for children aged 2 to 7 in Higham Hill Park and Ridgeway Park.  

Badminton  

Black Arrows Badminton Club run sessions where people can play, both socially and competitively, in a friendly environment. 

Tuesdays, 7pm, Pastures Youth Centre, 15 Davies Lane, London E11 3DR.  

Email: henry@blackarrowsbc.com 

Boxing 

East London Boxing Academy is based in Drapers Field, Leyton and offers Junior, Senior and Women only boxing sessions. Open five nights a week and Sunday mornings.

Email: eastlondonboxing@hotmail.com  

County Amateur Boxing Club has been a staple in the community of Leyton and surrounding areas since the 1960’s. The club offers boxing classes for juniors (8 to 16 year old) and seniors (over 17 year old) of all abilities. Competitive amateur boxing is also available for those that wish to reach higher levels within sport; as we look to grow a vibrant stable of boxers.

Through the beautiful art of boxing we are able to bring people together; helping to build confidence and improve fitness which has allowed us to cultivate a welcoming community spirit at the club.

Email: contact@countyabc.co.uk

Community groups 

Salaam Peace provides sport and recreation for all residents, including children's sports, cycling for beginners and women only boxercise.

Email: contact@salaampeace.org  

Kreative Culture Klub runs weekly classes in ballet, tap and street dance in Leyton for children 4 plus. It aims to empower young people, with a focus on African-Caribbean communities. Previous students have gone on to the Royal Ballet and the Brit School.

Email: olive.kane@icloud.com  

Everyone on Boards is community program to inspired and empowered young people and communities thought skateboarding / snowboarding and surfing. We deliver programs / activities and events based around action sports with a focus on skateboarding as well as field trips snowboarding and surfing to give everyone the opportunity to participate and welcome them into the community of action sports. Sessions are based in Lloyds Park on Saturday and Sunday morning’s and everyone is welcome.

Email: hello@everyoneonboards.com

Sport for Confidence is a social enterprise organisation that deploys the collective intelligence of Occupational Therapists and Coaches to utilise sport and physical activity as a preventative measure to enhance a person’s health and well-being.

Email: Hannah@sportforconfidence.com

Super Star Sport currently deliver sessions to over 6000 children per week in nurseries, primary schools, and children centres as well as through their very own evening and weekend sports sessions, youth football teams, and sports birthday parties.

Email: billydensham@superstarsport.co.uk

Mile Rainbow C.I.C offers physical, mental health and wellbeing consulting to fill in the gaps of existing (psychological) services. They offer workshops, webinars and 1 to 1 consultation, which covers modern Western Medicine, psychology, emotional intelligence, life science and mindfulness, theories of Chinese Medicine, acupressure, art, Asian language and culture learning (ALCL) to empowers ones to reduce the intensity and frequency of stressors thus to minimize their harmful impacts on physical and mental health and wellbeing.  All the ALCL activities have a health effect, including Korean Pop dance, traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, 55 types of ethnic minority people’s dances, a type of Tai-chi practiced by Chinese Taoists as well as Chinese, Korean and Japanese training.

Email: info@holisticwellbeingcoaching.co.uk

Cricket  

Capital Kids Cricket uses cricket to reach across boundaries and unite young people in a team environment. Sessions at Leyton Urban Hub, 465 High Road, London E10 6PY.  

Email: joe.fisher@ckc.london  

Walthamstow Cricket Club is a friendly, diverse, and active community club, with new members always welcome. There are sessions for juniors, seniors and women-only. 

Email: walthamstowcc@gmail.co.uk

Hawks Cricket Club is a friendly and community based cricket club, offering cricket for juniors, adults and women & girls. Based in Higham’s Park at Jubilee Sports Ground, the club welcome new members and volunteers. If you think this could be the right place for you, get in touch and arrange a visit or join a training session.

Email: hawkscc1969@gmail.com

West Essex Cricket Club is a friendly, inclusive & diverse club with an open membership policy that was granted Community Amateur Sports Club status in 2014. All sides play home games at The Rolls Sports Ground in Highams Park where they have 2 cricket grounds adjoining the main clubhouse and private bar. The club welcomes new members and volunteers.

Email: baxter_c4@sky.com

Chingford Cricket Club is a competitive and social cricket club for boys and girls of all ages - young and not so young! New members always welcome.

Email: ianbutcher@yahoo.com

Cycling  

COG is a community cycling and bike maintenance project based at Higham Hill Hub in Walthamstow. It runs weekly BMX sessions for young people aged 6-16 and women-only sessions at Cheney Row BMX track, Walthamstow. All equipment provided.  

Email: info@cogcycling.co.uk  

Cycle Sisters inspires and enables Muslim women to cycle. It has groups in Redbridge, Walthamstow and Chingford/Highams Park which meet for weekly rides in term time.

Email: cyclesistersrides@gmail.com 

Joyriders London introduces women to the joys of cycling, through 'Learn to Ride’ lessons, and weekly beginners sessions with bike hire options. Joyriders runs beginners, intermediate and family rides for women across the borough.

Email:  vieve@joyriderslondon.org 

Dance and Drama 

The Blair Academy uses hip hop and dance to improve lives. Sessions for 5-11 year olds run every Tuesday 5 – 6pm at Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow E17 7BY. 

Email: theblairacademy@gmail.com  

Bolly X with Mevy empowers women through fitness and dance. There are women-only classes at Frederick Bremer School and Waltham Forest Community Hub.

Email: bollyxwithmevy@hotmail.com  

Leaders Community Ltd. aims to support children and young people through creative arts. It runs weekly sessions for young people aged 7+ in Walthamstow and Chingford.  

Email: enquiries@leaderscommunity.org  

ShowKids Theatre School provides confidence-building Performing Arts workshops for children aged 4-16 across Waltham Forest. Free taster workshops are available. Call Natalie on 020 3488 5384 or visit the website to find out more. 

Wee Movers offers dance and yoga classes for children aged 2 to 7, including  dance techniques, storytelling and adventures. Sessions at Leyton Cricket Ground.

Email: info@weemovers.co.uk 

Fitness and leisure 

Better is a not for profit charitable social enterprise which aims to deliver top quality fitness and leisure, libraries and performing arts facilities for everyone. Find out more about Better's leisure centres and sports offer in Waltham Forest

The Connaught Club are a friendly and welcoming members sports club. Facilities include nine tennis courts, four squash courts, a bowling green and a friendly gym. The club is proud of its long tradition, dating back to 1885 and provides top class facilities and enjoyment for all its members. There are a variety of memberships available to suit different requirement.

Find out more by emailing enquiries@connaughtclub.co.uk

Happy Stance Yoga’s founder Aleksandra Horwood has taught yoga for over 25 years. There are sessions for all ages and levels, form family flows to seniors.

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. Tuesday evenings at Chestnuts Field, Walthamstow for all levels.   

Email: hulafituk@gmail.com  

Our Parks offers free, group exercise classes in local parks, including 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 wants to help find happiness through yoga. She offers online classes and a new 'pay what you can' session in Lloyd Park. 

Email: Eliza@yogamehappy.co.uk  

Kate Purcell has practised Hatha yoga for over 15 years. She offers a weekly class in Leytonstone, an an online Gentle Yoga session every Sunday.  

Email: katepurcell66@gmail.com 

Personal Trainers  

Giulietta De Lissandri is a qualified Personal Trainer and a specialist wellness coach for women in their 40s plus. Sessions take place in Lloyd Park and Thomas Gamuel Park, with muscle toning, cardio and resistance exercises, plus pelvic floor strengthening. 

Email: gettasmetime@yahoo.com 

Leah Jung runs circuit training classes at Leyton Jubilee Park for strengthening, toning, agility, motor skills, weight loss and flexibility stretching. She also offers regular online Zoom classes and one-hour personal training sessions.

Email: Leahs_nutrition_p.trainer1@aol.com 

Luciann Mead is a qualified Personal fitness Instructor and runs a BOX-HIIT Saturday session at Leyton Jubilee Park.  

Football 

AFC Leyton gives girls aged 3 plus and women the chance to play football in a safe and nurturing environment. The club aims to build confidence and ability on and off the pitch. 

Email: secretary@afcleyton.co.uk  

Aim2Gain provides football and multi-sports- training for children and young people in Chingford and Walthamstow and caters for all levels of abilities. 

Email: nathanbrown141@yahoo.co.uk    

Bright Stars Youth Football Club provides boys and girls aged 12 and under the chance to get involved in competitive football. It is known for its elite level coaching.  Training on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the YMCA, 642 Forest Road, E17 3EF.

Email: info@brightstarsyouthfc.co.uk 

Forest Crusaders Football and Futsal Club offers a safe environment for players of all abilities from age 4 through to adults. There are training sessions all week, including for women and girls, and people with disabilities at Peter May Centre and Wadham Lodge.  

Email: forestcrusadersfutsal@gmail.com  

Leyton Orient Walking Football Club was started in 2015 by enthusiasts. Now it has over 50s, over 60s, over 65s, and women's teams competing across south-east England.  

Email: leytonorientwalkingfc@gmail.com 

Ridgeway Rovers Football Club runs soccer sessions for children aged 6 plus, men and women. The club is based at Parmiters Sports Ground and Peter May Sports Centre.  

Email: ridgewayroversfc@btinternet.com 

Soccer Days offers fun football classes to boost the confidence and life skills of children aged 2 to 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. Football can be harnessed to support communities and people. 

Email: Info@wo-sports.co.uk 

Youngers Football Club are a grassroots football club based in Walthamstow that deliver football and character development activities to children and young people.

Email: Youngersfc@hotmail.com

Spaniards Football Club is an affiliated amateur team that stand by values of friendship, cooperation, inclusiveness, respect, and sacrifice. They use football as a tool for the integration of London’s newcomers and as a great cultural exchange where Spaniards from different regions and players from other nationalities share the same goal. 

Email: info@Spaniardsfc.co.uk

Handball

Olympia Handball Club always welcome new players to the club.  They have both a junior and adults section, providing competitive and training opportunities for members. Olympia Handball club are based in Leyton at the SCORE centre and are one of the most diverse handball clubs, with members from over 23 nationalities. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of ability and your first session is free.

Email: info@olympialondonhandball.co.uk

Hockey 

Waltham Forest Hockey Club is a friendly and sociable hockey club who welcome players of all levels. It also has a youth section and disability programme, Forest Flyerz.

Email: growth@walthamforesthc.co.uk 

Martial Arts  

Richard Baskin, a 5th Dan Black Belt, is head coach at Fuzion MMA and Kickboxing Academy. Sessions run throughout the week at St Theresa’s Hall, Chingford. All welcome.

Email: fuzionmma1@gmail.com  

Leyton Tang Soo Do is a friendly community martial arts club. Sessions are on Wednesdays 6.45 to  8.30pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm at Leyton Parish Church Hall, Lindley Road, E10 6QT.

Email: m.islam@me.com  

Mushin School of Karate runs classes for 4 to 16 year olds in 8 different Japanese Martial Arts including Karate, Jujitsu, Judo and Kendo. Sessions are held at Shernhall Methodist Church, Shernhall Street, E17 9HX on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Email: mushinschoolofkarate@yahoo.co.uk 

Roding School of Karate is a safe, friendly and fun environment for children and adults alike to develop self-confidence, fitness, stamina, self-discipline and respect for others. Get involved every Friday at New Road Methodist Church, Chingford at 5pm.  

Email: robertfresco@talktalk.net 

Shotokan Karate Club hosts karate classes throughout the week at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, for all levels. Everybody is welcome. Wear loose comfortable clothing. 

Email: shotokarate.east@gmail.com  

Shinkyu Martial Arts offers a range of classes including Combat, Self Defence and Karate. Based at Leyton Cricket Ground, there are sessions for all levels. They even offer a free two-week trial, so you try out as many classes as you like,

Elite Karate Club is based at the Walthamstow YMCA, an offers karate classes for children and adults of all abilities. Free trials are available for your first session. 

Email: info@elitekarateclub.net

Dao Lu offers weekly sessions including Tai chi and other activities to the whole community for a healthier and calmer mind, body and lifestyle. Sessions are based across Waltham Forest as well as virtually and cater for all ages and experience.

Email: info@daolu.co.uk

Multi-Sports 

Leyton Orient Trust runs health, wellbeing, educational attainment and life skills programmes in Waltham Forest in schools, higher education and community settings. 

Email: enquiries@leytonorienttrust.org.uk  

Snooker for Health and Friendship connects communities and empowers people through disability sports, including badminton, ping pong and snooker. Sessions on 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 4 -6pm at  YMCA in Walthamstow. 

Contact:  020 8503 2665 – you must ring before attending.  

Sporting Pillars supports young people and the community using the power of sports. The group offers weekly football sessions at Score Centre in Leyton. 

Email: sham.motin@sportingpillars.co.uk   

Dalmage Active support the wider community on a larger scale to improve their health and wellbeing. They are dedicated to helping young people who struggle academically to find a passion in sport as this helps to build their confidence and widen their career perspectives.

Email: admin@dalmageactive.co.uk

Netball 

Phoenix Flames Netball Club is based at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow. Sessions for girls aged 11 plus, through to adult Back to Netball sessions.

Email: rianetballcoach@gmail.com 

Rowing 

Lea Rowing Club in Clapton welcomes people of all levels of experience from age 13 up, to row on the River Lea. Sessions include learn to row, junior and adult recreational and racing squads.

Email: secretary@learc.org.uk

Rugby  

Paul Quill, from Viking Rugby, uses rugby to coach and inspire a new generation of players through local primary schools. For children aged 4 – 11.  

Email: paul.quill@sky.com 

Squash 

Walthamstow Squash Club offers coaching for players of all levels, whether you're entirely new to squash - or a seasoned player looking to up your game.

Email: e17squash@gmail.com  

Swimming  

Gators, the Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club, is accredited by Swim England. It offers structured classes and competitive swimming trainers for all abilities, age 4 up.  Training is based at the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, Chingford Leisure Centre, Leytonstone Leisure Centre and Feel Good Centre, Walthamstow.  

Email: gatorstrials@gmail.com 

Trampolining  

Inspire Trampoline Academy offers recreational and competitive sessions for children and adults throughout the week at Lammas School in Leyton. See their weekly timetable.   

Email: info@inspiretrampolineacademy.co.uk

Volleyball 

Side Out Beach Volleyball Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities to join sessions at Leyton Beach. Group and Open Play training sessions are at Feel Good Too on all weekday evenings. The club also runs a junior programme for 5-18 year olds. 

Email: gabi@sideout.co.uk  

Weight loss with Better

GLL has a free weight loss programme, which is available at all Better leisure centres and gyms in Waltham Forest. The main features of the weight loss plan include workshops on healthy eating, supervised gym sessions, free access to online classes and much more.

Please note the free weight loss programme can be accessed via referral from your GP and consists of weekly two-hour group sessions over 12 weeks. More information and full benefits can be found on Better Leisure Centre's website.

Outdoor Sports

The Leaside Trust provide a variety of exciting activities within an educational framework. They deliver inspiring and engaging outdoor activities to young people such as canoeing, stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP), kayaking, mountain biking, Nordic walking, orienteering, offsite trips and expeditions.

The minimum age to participate in our activities is 8 years old. Youth age range 8 to 19.

Email: info@leaside.co.uk

Silverthorn Bowling Club welcome new bowlers from members of the general public, ladies and gentlemen from ages 18 +. The club offer a great social side to their membership with bar facilities social game nights and indoor short mat bowling during our closed periods.

Email: silverthorn.bowls@gmail.com