Sports and leisure

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – sports pitch bookings

From Wednesday 18 March 2020, we are taking no new bookings for council sports pitches until further notice. This follows government guidance on social distancing and avoiding unnecessary social contact, to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For latest information and advice, go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Disability sports and fitness

Team GB's success at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has generated more interest in disability sport than ever before. Here are some options for getting involved locally:

Organisation What's on offer
Grangewaters outdoor education centre Grangewaters has a 25-acre watersports lake set within a 70-acre site, where a wide range of challenging, creative, educational outdoor activities, courses and programmes are on offer. Facilities have been made accessible to all throughout. Staff are on hand to help individuals meet personal challenges, ranging from tough physical sport to leisurely enjoyment of facilities. Groups are also welcomed, regardless of disability or special needs.
Alliance Activity Alliance Activity is a national charity that enables organisations to support disabled people to be, and stay, active for life.
Special Needs Activity Club Special Needs Activity Club (SNAC) organises activities, outings and events for children and young people with all types of special needs, disabilities and learning difficulties living in the Essex area.
Thurrock WADERS Water Assisted Disabled Exercise and Rehabilitation Scheme (WADERS) offers exercise in water for people with a physical impairment. It is an opportunity to maintain or improve muscle strength, joint flexibility and general fitness levels.

National sport contacts

There are many UK organisations, charities and support groups that offer advice and information on a range of disability sports, such as Alliance Activity and BBC Disability Sport.