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Healthy 4 Life Football

Football Healthy 4 Life project

We are a FA Charter Standard Football club that enables adults with learning disabilities to access football in Colchester, Tendring and Witham/Braintree. We run both mens and ladies teams.  

Who are we?

Football Healthy 4 Life project started in May 2005 as a kick-about in Colchester Lower Castle Park.  From May 2005 to July 2009 the project was running on a voluntary basis by Mo Seeraullee (Community Nurse) and Carolyn Rogers (Occupational Therapist).  The project secured funding from NHS North East Essex (Health Improvement) in July 2009 for a five year period.  The funding helps with the running of the project and give the opportunity for people with learning disabilities to access football activities.

Who is this service for?

Adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder who live in the Colchester, Tendring and Witham/Braintree areas.    

Where is the service provided from?

910 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, CO4 9YQ.

Telephone:  01206 745445 Fax: 01206 745455

The aims of the football project are:

  • To help vulnerable people realise their potential, develop personal skills, and improve on compliance, assertiveness and confidence.  
  • To promote healthy lifestyle and physical activity through football & social inclusion.
  • To address inequalities in health and provide social inclusion by supporting vulnerable adults to participate/ access football
  • To provide training on a weekly basis with qualified coaches from local football clubs.
  • To provide the opportunity to participate in affiliated Leagues and tournaments.
  • To work closely with the Essex FA and other County clubs. See link to affiliated clubs.
  • To provide individual assessment for each player that includes lifestyle, physical health, mental health and football skills. Each player is reviewed on a yearly basis.
  • To link with primary health services.
  • To provide opportunities for players to attend training and football workshops. We are a FA Charter Standard project.

Weekly coaching sessions:

Tuesday 5pm to 6pm Astroturf pitch, Colchester Leisure World

Thursday 5pm to 6pm, Astroturf pitch, Clacton Leisure Centre

Wednesday 5pm to 6pm, Astroturf pitch, Bramston Sports Ground, Witham

For any queries please contact:

 Carolyn Rogers on 07786660998