Snooker For Health & Friendship at YMCA

Sports category:

Racket Sports
Multi Sports


SHF is a grassroots multi-sports club for physical & mental health. Historically, it was co-founded in 2017 by (1) a project of WheelPower called Motivate East in Waltham Forest and (2) a solicitor who is also a parent carer of a child with disabilities.

We warmly welcome anyone from Greater London, with a disability or a mental health diagnosis together with parent/professional carers.

We are accredited by LB of Waltham Forest Council with the Feel Good quality mark accreditation and offer calm sports (snooker, badminton & polybat) and a supportive environment for siblings as well as (professional & parental) care givers.

Players are diverse, of all abilities and supported by two experienced disability coaches from Spurs Foundation, a SEND school teaching assistant & teenage peer coaches who have disabilities themselves and find much joy in supporting fresh beginners.

We meet for playing, listening, support & friendship on the first, third and fifth Fridays (4-6 pm) of each and every month at YMCA sports hall. Please check with SHF in advance, prior to coming, due to sudden, occasional challenges presented by the pandemic. This advance booking is essential.

Club features

Impairment types:
Hearing impairment
Learning impairment
Mental health
Physical impairment
Visual impairment
Activity format:
Team based
Availiable sessions:
Children & youth
Waltham Forest Feel Good Accredited logo


YMCA Walthamstow
642 Forest Road
E17 3EF
United Kingdom

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Email address:

Attending the club:

The club is open (post-Covid lockdowns) from 4-6pm in the sports hall on the first and third Fridays. It is quietly busy, calm and friendly. Just give us a call at least a day in advance on 020 8503 2665, before coming along with your (parent/professional) carer. Your carer must stay during the entire session.

Coaching is sponsored by Spurs Foundation; mental health training & equipment are funded by the Big Fund Lottery but there is still a minor charge of £5 per player, or £6 if the carer also plays, solely, to fund venue hire and public liability insurance.

When we meet:

We meet on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month from all of Jan-Dec from 4-6 PM to play for therapy and support one another to thrive.

Is there a specific meeting point at the address:

YMCA Sports Hall


Special needs badminton rackets, special badminton nets & special shuttlecocks, snooker bridge aids, polybats and sound balls are all provided at SHF at YMCA Walthamstow Sports Hall.

Accessibility Information:

SHF is based at YMCA Walthamstow which is fully accessible. All at one level and there is a disabled toilet. There are no accessibility restrictions whatsoever. In terms of other aspects of accessibility, our offering (disability snooker, badminton, ping pong and blind polybat) can be played by anyone with physical or learning disability, as well as anyone who is non-verbal as we know Makaton and we also have visual aids as well for autistic youths and custom-made snooker aids for those with one functioning arm.

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