Snooker For Health & Friendship (SHF)
Our Mission Statement: Snooker For Health & Friendship is about CONNECTING communities and EMPOWERING people individually & collectively through disability sports (badminton, ping pong & especially snooker). We break down barriers: https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/NEWS/16043871.meet-the-club-getting-people-with-disabilities-involved-in-snooker/#comments-anchor
NOTE: In spring 2020 we will be considering the option of adding ‘blind polybat’ to our physical activities. This is subject to demand.
Our success has been reported by the press three times! Our Sports Tasters Days have been funded by LBWF Council and the Big Lottery Fund.
Presently SHF disability sports sessions run on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 4.00-6.00 PM at YMCA, 642, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF.
[Note: From September 2020, SHF will be on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month from 4.00-6.00 PM at YMCA.]
We are open to any person, clinically diagnosed with any disability/MH disorder & to carers. We engage actively with seniors, parents & professional carers - all of whom happily stay during sessions.
We actively engage with all, to get to know our players (of all ages), their motivation & aspirations. We value both parents’ & carers’ contribution as we seek together to listen & empower one another based on our 'listening' ethos shared with all.
Here is an engaging community, not for respite but for carers to stay & support one another & for service users to thrive.
All disabilities & all special schools' youths & seniors are warmly welcomed. First session is FREE and must be booked on 020 8503 2665 prior to coming. Thereafter, the session costs only £4 per player to fund venue rental. If a player plays with the carer/family member, the joint cost is £6 in total.
SHF will be OPEN during the school holidays including August. We do not follow school term times as we are open for ALL ages. New members are welcomed but please phone in advance by phone/e-mail for the first free session.
Historically, SHF was founded by a solicitor together with a former London 2012 project of WheelPower (Motivate East).
It is the one & only snooker club in Greater London that has FULL disabled access. It is a duly constituted & independent disability 'sport for health & friendship' community club, not-for-profit, run wholly by grassroots volunteers, made up of (1) community coaches trained by WPBSA and (2) carers, all of whom happily give their time free - wholly unpaid. SHF volunteers are trained by WPBSA, Badminton England, StreetGames and YoungMinds. See: https://youngminds.org.uk/ Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers are welcomed. Please contact us.
All monies collected from members go entirely to club costs (equipment, venue rental & training). It is important to note that SHF club uses listening and communication skills and 'group-play therapy' (not solo practice) for members' (1) physical wellbeing, (2) mental health, (3) personal growth and (4) for connecting members with pathways to employment.
“Snooker is great for mental well being!” “Come & give it a go! There is nothing to lose & everything to be gained.” “You can meet & make friends, learn new skills, new pathways, empathise or simply chill.”
We are not talent scouts; we are caring listeners and relationship mentors.
Having said that, one of our members with cerebral palsy was 'LBWF Sportsperson of the Year 2018'; another has won Gold in Sailing twice at London Youth Games & yet another recently won Bronze in Sailing at London Youth Games 2019.
Two youth players competed at World Disability Billiards & Snooker. The Waltham Forest snooker newbie, amazingly, secured against much older adults, not once but thrice, Silver: Runner-up positions in the Intellectual Disability Class at WDBS. He is supported in his sports coaching ambition by LBWF from his EHCP.
For youths keen on snooker competitions, see below, Gone2Pot (mainstream weekly snooker club) if U-18. For adults, see WDBS: https://www.wdbs.info/about-us/
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is a valued sponsor of SHF's youth work at YMCA Walthamstow in LBWF.
GOOD NEWS UPDATE FOR MEMBERS:
(1) John Fowler most recently won his Bronze medal in sailing at London Youth Games 2019 & David Mac was Runner-up at Gone2Pot June 2019 snooker tournament, competing with non-disabled London youths. David Mac has just started rowing on water this summer & immediately enjoys rowing so much, that, he hopes to train & be a qualified coach one day.
(2) At SHF AGM held on 30/10/2019 our CONSTITUTION has been AMENDED:
(a) to permit SHF members to attend YMCA TEEN GYM activities during session time subject to conditions*** and
(b) to add to our SHF sessions, ANY disability sport, including in particular, disability BADMINTON, and accordingly, our Risk Assessment Checklist & Action Plan has been reviewed & updated to include disability BADMINTON with effect from 15/01/2020.
*** IMPORTANT NOTE ***
YMCA GYM STAFF HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH YOUNG BLIND, AUTISTIC AND INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED GYM USERS WHO HAVE COME TO SHF TO TRY SOME 15-MINUTE WORKOUTS.
SHF has been awarded the 'Feel Good Mark' by LBWF & become a Feel Good Accredited Organisation for 2020!
- Contact Name
- T. Mac
- Contact Position
- 020 8503 2665
- YMCA Walthamstow
642, Forest Road
London Borough of Waltham Forest
- E17 3EF
VENUE PARKING: There is a car parking charge of £5.00 by YMCA if the disabled person/carer does not have a disabled person's Blue Badge on his/her car. Make sure you bring the written evidence (eg., DLA, PIP or LCs Freedom Pass) to show YMCA Reception Desk, that you or the person you care for has been clinically diagnosed with a disability, so that, staff can exercise their discretion to give you FREE parking. Otherwise YMCA staff will not notice genuine 'hidden' disabilities such as for example, intellectual disability that brings with it the lack of safety awareness, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia or such like. Buses to venue are 123 from Wood Green and 275 from Walthamstow to Barkingside.
- When is it on
- 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of the month from 4-6 PM
- Time of day
- Session Information
ping pong & (blind) polybat. Teen Gym subject to conditions.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.00 per player or £6.00 jointly with carer/family member Per Session
- Subject to change in 2020 as a direct result of YMCA rental increase or YMCA charges (if any)
- Age Ranges
- Year 5 upwards for youths & seniors are most welcomed!
- Referral required