English Federation of Disability Sport changes name to Activity Alliance

English Federation of Disability Sport changes name to Activity Alliance

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has announced that they are changing their name.

A first of many milestones in the charity’s 20th anniversary year, from Thursday 26 April 2018 EFDS will be operating as Activity Alliance.

Commenting on the new name, Barry Horne Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said:

“We are the same team with the same passionate focus on disability, inclusion and sport, but with an exciting new name and image. Through our work with amazing people and influential world-renowned activity programmes for disabled people, we know the time is right for us to embrace this change.

“Activity Alliance brings our members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. Collectively, we continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.”

A brand identity has been developed to support the organisation’s new name and wider remit, which is being introduced a few months ahead of the charity’s 20th anniversary in September.

The change follows a thorough strategic review that included research about the charity’s purpose and its impact. As part of the review, the charity carried out stakeholder consultations with staff, member organisations, disabled people and partners.

The feedback consensus was that the original name, ‘English Federation of Disability Sport’ limited the organisation’s potential.

The review concluded that a new direction and wider remit were needed around well-being, activity and health, creating the opportunity for the charity to deliver greater impact for disabled people.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on their refreshed website www.activityalliance.org.uk and www.activityalliance.org.uk/brand

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CP Sport release What is a RaceRunner? film today

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to launch the second of our new films about the adapted sport of RaceRunning during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and part of our #CPCan 2018 campaign.

This film has been developed through a unique partnership between Cerebral Palsy Sport and Nottingham Trent University with TAD Productions.

This film focuses on what a RaceRunner is and how it can be used by people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to become more active and take part in adapted sport.

We are proud to share our second RaceRunning film  – What is a RaceRunner?

For more information on this adapted sport of RaceRunning, please click here:

Our sincere thanks goes to Nottingham Trent University and TAD Productions for supporting this unique project; to the University of Nottingham for hosting us and to Quest 88 for all their support through filming

Our biggest thanks goes to the all the RaceRunners and their families who gave up their time to help to make this film. We could do have done this without you!

 

Over 1000 runners take part in Rushcliffe 10k 2018

Over 1000 runners took part in the Rushcliffe 10K on Sunday 25th March on a glorious day at Rushcliffe Country Park to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Participants who took part in the 10K, 5K or Fun Run were bathed in sunshine and was in complete contrast to the weather that had seen the event postponed from its original date that clashed with the ‘Beast from the East’.

Nottingham based event management company, Perfect Motion, were engaged to deliver this event on behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council for the first time.  Event Director Chris Simon said,

“We are thrilled to see so many people turn out today to support the Rushcliffe 10K, particularly with us having to change the original date.  They were all certainly rewarded with the weather and we were very impressed with the performances that people put in.

“The way all of the runners supported each other created a fantastic atmosphere and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces at the end.”

The male 10K race was won by Simon Birch of Hinckley Running Club in a time of 33 minutes and 25 seconds.  The female 10K was won by Natalie Bunce in a time of 42 minutes and 48 seconds.

The 5K male race was won by Ed Parry with a time of 19 minutes and 10 seconds while the female 5K race was won by Rosemarie Billenness in a time of 23 minutes and 51 seconds.

Chris continued, “Well done to the winners and to everyone who took part today.  There was a good mixture of serious club runners and people out to challenge themselves.

“I’d like to thank our partners, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Rushcliffe Athletics Club, Smooth Radio, Impact Physiotherapy and Virtual Runner for all of their support.”

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Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “Thank you to all the runners and their families who supported such a great event on a lovely sunny day. A big thank you goes to Perfect Motion, Rushcliffe Borough Council and all the partners involved in the event. Our biggest thank you goes to our brilliant volunteers who gave their time to support the event and we cold not have done it without them. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Entries are open for the 2019 event which will take place on Sunday 3rd March.  Click here to enter today.

Results for each event can be viewed by clicking the relevant link below:

10K Results
5K Results
Fun Run Results

Photos can be viewed by clicking here.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new RaceRunning film

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to launch our new film about the adapted sport of RaceRunning during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and part of our #CPCan 2018 campaign. This film has been developed through a unique partnership between Cerebral Palsy Sport and Nottingham Trent University with TAD Productions.

We are proud to share our film with you. Please click below:

RaceRunning is an adapted sport being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport in England. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. Speaking on the launch of the film, Ali Talbot Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“We are very proud to be able to introduce our RaceRunning film as part of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and are very grateful to the Media students of TAD Productions from Nottingham Trent University that worked so hard to bring this film to fruition. It has been a unique partnership and one we seek to grow for the future with the University.”

Ali also added: “We are also very grateful to the stars of the film – our RaceRunners. Some of them have been taking part for a numbers of years and some have only recently taken up the sport. They show how beautiful this sport can be and the difference it can make to the lives of people with cerebral palsy”.

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RaceRunning is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms. People with cerebral palsy can take part as a recreational activity and RaceRunning is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.

There is also competitions available with athletics events in distances from 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m depending on the athlete’s experience and level of fitness.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport run a series of RaceRunning Start days to introduce people with cerebral palsy into this wonderful adapted sport and to enable them to try the activity for the first time. For more information on our RaceRunning Start days, please visit:

Cerebral Palsy Sport wishes to grow the awareness and participation of this unique adapted sport  of RaceRunning and we are indebted to everyone who has supported this film.

Our sincere thanks goes to Nottingham Trent University and TAD Productions for supporting this unique project; to the University of Nottingham for hosting us and to Quest 88 for all their support through filming

Our biggest thanks goes to the all the RaceRunners and their families who gave up their time to help to make this film. We could do have done this without you!

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Ian Clegg awarded Torch Trophy Trust Volunteering Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Ian Clegg has been awarded a Torch Trophy Trust Award for his commitment to disability sports volunteering at an awards ceremony in London on March 7th. the awards were presented at the Army and Navy Club by HRH Duke of Gloucester.

The Torch Trophy Trust awards recognises the outstanding contribution to volunteers  and it is a celebration of  of the volunteers in British Sport. The Trust has identified and honoured sporting volunteers who ordinarily would neither gain or seek recognition for their work with sports clubs and individual athletes in their local communities

Ian was nominated by Cerebral Palsy Sport in recongition of his unstinting support through volunteering of the work of the charity.

Ian was inspired to get into volunteering by the positive impact made by the Games Makers at London 2012 and his first volunteering experience was at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. Ian then applied to be a volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham in 2015 and his role developed into volunteer co-ordinator for the Games where he was the main point of communication between the organising committee and the 180 volunteers as well as providing invaluable support to athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff.

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Since the 2015 Nottingham World Games, Ian has continued to volunteer for Cerebral Palsy Sport on a regular basis helping out with sport and fundraising events ass well as some of the general administration behind the scenes. He has also volunteered at other sporting events, particularly at the Nottingham Tennis Centre which hosts tournaments prior to Wimbledon and the British Open Wheelchair Championships, the inaugural Invictus Games, Wheelchair Rugby, Special Olympics and Learning Disability Tennis. Ian epitomises the essence of a disability sports volunteer and is a worthy recipient of the Torch Trophy Trust award for volunteering commitment to disability sports.

In true Ian style, he was not able to collect his award in person as he was just about to start his first volunteering shift at the 2018 Winter Paralympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The award was collected on his behalf by his daughters Laura and Katie Clegg.

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Congratulations Ian – we are very proud of you and thank you for all your time you devote to CErebral Palsy Sport and other disability sports events.

To read more about Ian’s volunteering story – please click here

Tennis Foundation launches new Junior Futures Potential Programme

Seven of the country’s most promising junior wheelchair players have been selected to be part of a world leading new programme designed by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation to help them progress towards future international success.

The launch of the new Wheelchair Tennis Junior Futures Potential (JFP) Programme will play a key role in the development of talented, young wheelchair tennis players in the UK. It aims to help gifted juniors progress to the first level of the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme – which boasts the likes of Wimbledon Doubles Champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett at its pinnacle.

The JFP programme comprises six two-day training camps from February to December 2018, covering everything from coaching and performance to elite sport education. The first of the camps took place in London this weekend, with seven talented juniors making their way to the National Tennis Centre for two days of training and development.

The seven juniors selected for the programme all hail from different areas of the UK, with Ruby Bishop (14) from Norwich, Dahnon Ward (12) from Derbyshire, Abbie Breakwell (14) from Derbyshire, Ben Bartram (12) from Norwich, Alex Chason (15) from London, Ross Gourley (16) from Belfast and Greg Slade (15) from Surrey all selected to take part.

In addition to the performance camps, the seven talented juniors will also receive visits to their local training set-up from a Tennis Foundation coach, have access to supporting resources and educational materials and be nominated to receive a training grant from SportsAid; all designed to help their skills both on and off the court.

The new initiative is considered to be at the cutting edge of junior wheelchair sport development programmes across the world. Speaking about the programme, Tennis Foundation Talent ID Coach Rob Cross commented:

“The JFP Programme is a great opportunity for the Tennis Foundation to support and nurture young talented wheelchair tennis players. With the success of some of our elite players over the last few years, we want to give more players the platform to continue this success in the future. This is in line with the growing numbers of juniors we are seeing taking up the game and gives everyone an opportunity to progress through a clear pathway.”

With an opportunity to seamlessly advance to the first level of the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, the future certainly looks bright for the young GB stars.

For more information or to find out more about the Tennis Foundation’s work with disability tennis, visit the Tennis Foundation’s website.

 

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Rushcliffe 10k, 5k and Fun Run postponed until March 25th

The Rushcliffe 10K, 5K and Fun Run scheduled to take place this coming Sunday 4th March has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. Instead, it has been rearranged for Sunday 25thMarch.

Commenting on the decision, Event Director, Chris Simon, from organiser’s Perfect Motion, said:

“Whilst the forecast is set to improve by Sunday morning, we believe the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall won’t enable the course to recover sufficiently for us to stage the run safely. The safety of all participants is of utmost importance to us and takes precedence over our desire to stage any event. We feel that making an early decision will enable runners to make alternative plans for the weekend.”

“Participants will have the choice of taking part on the new date of Sunday 25th March or deferring their entry to next year’s event. Alternatively, we will be offering those that can’t make it, the choice of a full refund of their entry.”

For further details please contact Perfect Motion by emailing to rushcliffe10k@perfectmotion.org. For the latest news on the event, please follow us on Facebook (@Rushcliffe10K) and Twitter (@Rushcliffe10K).

British Paralympic Association announce UK Athlete Classification Code

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today published a new UK Athlete Classification Code, placing athletes’ rights and responsibilities at the heart of the process and strengthening the approach taken to this fundamental part of Paralympic sport.

The new Code will provide greater clarity over the rights and responsibilities of all those involved in the process and set down clear guidelines within a strong overall ethical framework to ensure the British system remains world leading.

It will also support the implementation of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athlete Classification Code in this country, making the UK one of the first nations formally to adopt the IPC Code at national level.

The BPA consulted with more than 390 stakeholders including sports and athletes throughout the drafting of the code, which has taken more than a year to complete.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The classification of athletes is the bedrock of the Paralympic movement, without it competitive sport is not possible, nor meaningful.

“That is why I am proud of our pioneering work on this new UK Athlete Code, which clearly demonstrates the BPA’s leadership and commitment to enhancing the process to ensure it is better understood and delivered by all involved.

“Education for everyone engaged around the process – athletes, their families, the sports and other agencies in the sporting landscape – is crucial to this. We will do all we can to help those involved fully understand the new Code and system and have access to the necessary support and advice. This will include the option to raise any concerns directly with the British Paralympic Association where an individual feels it necessary to  remain independent of a sport’s National Governing Body.”

The code aims to set out stage by stage how the classification system works and who is responsible for what throughout the process.

The BPA is committed to working in partnership to deliver a range of education programmes including a variety of resources for athletes and sports to ensure they fully understand the evolution of the classification process and ensure best practice is shared throughout the sporting system.

Other changes include a commitment to enable athletes to report genuine concerns over Intentional Misrepresentation (where an athlete attempts to deceive the classification panel as to the extent of their impairment) independently of their National Governing Body if they choose to do so.

““Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”Sophie Christiansen

Sophie Christiansen, eight times Paralympic gold medallist and member of both the BPA’s Athlete Commission and Classification Advisory Group, which played a leading role in devising the code, said: “I believe open and transparent classification is crucial to the integrity of Paralympic Sport. I am delighted such a wide variety of athletes have had the opportunity to help shape this new code as it is vital we all take responsibility for driving up standards and understanding within the classification process.

“Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”

Classification establishes who can and cannot compete in Paralympic Sport and groups athletes into sport classes, depending on how much their impairment impacts functional activities in each specific sport or discipline.

The new UK Athlete Classification Code comes into effect on 1 March 2018.  Following an implementation period its adoption will be a condition of member of the BPA.

The new classification code can be downloaded here: UK Athlete Classification Code – 2018 Final

 

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Mansfield Building Society supports Cerebral Palsy Sport with donation

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Mansfield Building Society has supported us with a donation of £500 from their Community Support Scheme to assist with the purchase of a new gazebo to support our promotional, sporting and fundraising events.

The donation was presented by Mansfield Building Society’s Nicola Caulton to Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chair Aideen Blackborough who said “we are delighted to have been awarded a Community Support scheme donation from the Mansfield Building society. Their support is very much appreciated and enables us to promote our charity to so many more people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

Mansfield Building Society’s Branch and Community Manager, Nicola Caulton, said “We’re very proud to be helping Cerebral Palsy Sport with this donation. The gazebo will help protect people from the elements and hopefully draw more people to them. We’d like to wish Aideen and all the team the very best with their future plans to raise aspirations and improve the quality of life for those affected by cerebral palsy.”

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Picture shows Aideen Blackborough receiving the presentation cheque from Nicola Caulton of Mansfield Building Society