A new fitness project for people with learning disabilities is being launched in Epping Forest in March.

Called Ace Fun and Fitness, Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) will be holding the sessions on Mondays from 11am to 1pm, although a venue has still to be finalised.

There will be a range of fun activities, from simple throwing games to boccia, rounders, football and badminton, suitable for all abilities.

Sally Panrucker, from VAEF’s Ace Activities said: “During lockdown the health and well-being of our clients deteriorated. We saw the impact of Covid and how visibly deconditioned our vulnerable clients’ health became.

“We piloted some outdoor fitness sessions (at the Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell). They proved so popular that we applied to Active Essex for funding to run a 24-week all-weather sports project with a view to making it an ongoing activity.”

Donna, who took part in the pilot scheme, said: “I love the sports at Grange Farm, especially the fun football. It made me feel fitter and happier after being stuck indoors for so long.”

The sessions are free for people with learning disabilities. To find out more, contact Sally Panrucker at Spanruker@vaef.org.uk or call 07851 537 466 for further details