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he Epping Forest Sportability club (EFSC) is a multi-sports club for young people aged 5 and up, with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties. EFSC was established in 2005, as part of the Epping Forest District Councils’ sports partnership with schools in the local area and is now operating independently. The main aim of EFSC is to ensure the young members have fun, whilst participating in a wide variety of sports with their peers. Sport is seen as a great way of developing confidence levels and social skills, while keeping members fit and healthy! Current participants of the club have a wide range of needs and are of varying ages, making it suitable for a great range of participants. The sports played at the club include; benchball, boccia and dodgeball. To deliver sessions there are a number of coaches ranging from volunteers to the head coach, who holds a number of qualifications. All of whom are DBS checked and strive to deliver high quality coaching and sporting opportunities tailored to members’ individual needs. Alan Prentice, the Head Coach, has worked in sport for over 20 years, working with a variety of agencies.His sports life started in football with Leyton Orient where he worked as a community coach back in 1992. He then went on to work for a number of other football


clubs at community and Academy Level. Disability sport started for him in 2001 when he supported a multisport program that was set up by Uttlesford District Council. In 2005, he was appointed Head Coach of Epping Forest Sportability Club and in 2006 he worked on a disability football program for Harlow Council. Since 2007, he has supported a number of Harlow schools with their PE and after school clubs. The club is based at Oak View School, Whitehills Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1TS and takes place on Saturdays from 10am - 1pm, during term time. The club relies on grants to carry on. They have received grants from the Essex Community Fund and Loughton Town Council and are actively pursuing others. The club also receives great support from Oak View School who have let them use their facilities for free since 1995. The school also supports the committee in many other ways such as providing guidance and advice. If you know anyone that would benefit from playing team sports in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment, then get in touch! If you would like any more information about the club please contact: Head Coach Alan Prentice on 07592 878690, email, visit the website @efsportability, /Epping Forest Sportability Club

The Loop - April 2016 - Issue 21