Active Essex work with a wide range of organisations that aim to provide opportunities for disabled people to get involved in sport and physical activity across Essex

See below information about these partners and the fantastic work they do.

English Federation of Disability Sport

EFDS is a national charity dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity. EFDS support a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. East and South East Engagement Advisor is Steve Snelling-Day For more info click here


Disability4Sport provide a wide range of sporting opportunities and activities that are aimed at engaging and empowering disabled people of all ages and abilities, with the intention of improving physical health and mental well-being. Contact is Abigail Saxon For more info click here

Project Ability

The number one aim of Project Ability is to have more young disabled pupils taking part in competitive sport. Project Ability is delivered as part of the School Games. Project Ability Co-ordinator for Essex is Gill Newlyn For more info click here 


The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 7,500 disabled young people each year. Contact for Essex is Howard Nicholls For more info click here


Lions Club of Leigh on Sea

The Lions Clubs run an annual Mid-Summer Sports Day and Fun Festival for Disabled People. This is an all day festival in Benfleet for the benefit of those who suffer from any form of disability where a host of sporting and other associated events are organised. Contact is John Sanderson For more info click here

Fitness in Mind

Fitness in Mind at The Brentwood Centre is an award winning initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing. Contact is For more info click here

Tennis Foundation

The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity and their vision is a sport which is inclusive and accessible to every kind of community. Contact is Regional Disability Tennis Development Manager David Hardman For more info click here

Essex FA

The Essex County FA are committed to seeing the growth of disability throughout the county and are working towards every local authority having a club/organisation that provides disability football. Contact is Cindi Chatha For more info click here

Essex Cricket

Essex currently has 7 clubs running disability cricket. The majority of those who take part have physical or learning difficulties but it is hoped that anyone with a disability will be able to take part in Cricket across Essex. Contact is Pat Ward For more info click here

Sport for Confidence

Sport for Confidence supports people with and without learning disabilities to participate in a variety of sporting activities. This is a unique partnership between healthcare professionals, leisure centres and local sports clubs and sees Occupational Therapists working directly with sports coaches to make adjustments that create truly accessible sport & leisure opportunities. Contact is For more info click here


Purple is an Essex-based user led organisation which provides a range of services, advice and guidance to support and empower disabled people. Visit or contact more information