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.



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

Cerebral Palsy Sport launches new a Swim Series for 2018

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the launch of a new CP Swim Series for 2018.

Children and adults with cerebral palsy or a physical disability. All ability of swimmers welcome. Floatation aids or a helper in the water are allowed. Registration is required to take part in these events.

The Dates are: 

  • Sheffield -Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP
  • Liverpool-Sun 24th June 2018 at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG
  • Worcester – Saturday 20th October 2018 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX
  • Durham – Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman’s Place, Durham DH1 1SW

Cerebral Palsy Sport members: £10 per event or £35 for the whole series
Non Members: £15 per event or £50 for the whole series

To enter: please download the Series Registration form here: CP Sport Swim Series 2018 Registration Form 2018

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please contact jennifer.basford@cpsport.org/ 0115 925 7027.]

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New RaceRunning sessions to launch in Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with the University of Nottingham are launching three RaceRunning sessions.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.

To attend the session you must book a place by downloading and completing the registration form Registration Form taster sessions and returning to Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

the registration form can be downloaded here: Registration Form taster sessions

Please Note places are limited to 10 per session

The sessions are £5 per session

For more information please call 0115 925 7027


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MBE awarded to Craig Carscadden for services to disability sport

Former Paralympian athlete Craig Carscadden  has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2018 for his service to disability sport.

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Craig started his involvement with disability sport as a CP athlete. He was a middle distance competitive athlete competing in the 1996 Paralympic Games. He then continued his involvement in sport by being a Middle Distance Coach for the Great Britain Team in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Craig is still involved in coaching today as a senior Endurance Coach for  Thornbury Running Club in England.

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During the ten-year period of 1998 – 2008, Craig was  our Athletics Co-ordinator here at Cerebral Palsy Sport. His roles included organising coaching for athletes of all levels of ability and planning competitions at national level including the successful Grand Prix series.

Additionally, Craig held volunteer roles fro 6 years on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) athletics committee from 2005. As an active member of this committee, he provided constructive input to determine the competition programme and qualifying standards for both 2006 World Championships and 2008 Paralympics.

Craig is a former Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport and is currently head of Development of CPISRA and Chair of the CPISRA International RaceRunning Executive Committee.

Craig has led CPISRA development of adaptive sports for a number of years and through his leadership, guidance and often significant direct contribution has evolved structured and real opportunities for different types of disability impairment, thereby creating competitive sports participation including pathway to elite international competition for groups of people that would otherwise not have had such opportunity.


Craig has also been responsible for developing classification systems for RaceRunning and Table Cricket for CPISRA. He has also developed rules and regulations for RaceRunning and Slalom and carried out numerous coaching clinics.

Craig has supported Cerebral Palsy Sport’s RaceRunning developments and sits on our National RaceRunning Strategic Development Group representing CPISRA and he has also supported our training days and classification programme for RaceRunning.

He said the award came as “a complete surprise”.

Our sincere congratulations Craig on such a well deserved honour from all of the team and Trustees at Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Christmas Message from our Chair – Aideen Blackborough

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This has been my first year as Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport and I am incredibly proud of the work the charity is doing and the opportunities that we are providing to so many people with Cerebral Palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport.
Christmas is often a time for reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for the year to come and I am acutely aware that our plans for the future would be fruitless without the amazing support of all our participants that take part in our programmes and their incredible families that support them.
Thank you!
I would also like to extend our gratitude to all our funders, supporters and also the hard work and dedication of all those individuals who fundraise for us.  We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank-you for your time and effort in supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport. Without you, the work we do would be impossible.
Thank you to our amazing Sporting Ambassadors and Young Sporting Ambassadors who have given their time to share their incredible stories with us and to inspire more people to take up sport. 
Thank You!
We also could do not deliver what we do without the incredible support and dedication of all our loyal volunteers. You help us achieve all we do for people with cerebral palsy. 
Thank you for giving your time!
In the day to day of managing a charity, it can be easy to forget what all the hard work is for.  Attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport event though soon reminds me that we’re providing amazing opportunities for people with disabilities who might not otherwise have the chance to enjoy sport. My sincere thanks goes to our Trustees and team members for all their hard work through the year.
Next year, we will be taking Team CP England to Spain to compete in 2018 CPISRA World Games. This is an amazing opportunity for our athletes to compete internationally and we are extremely honoured and proud to be leading the team.
We really wouldn’t be able to do this without your continued support. I hope you all realise how incredibly valued you are and how much I and the Cerebral Palsy Sport team appreciate what you do. 
Thank you.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and fulfilling New Year!
Aideen Blackborough, Cerebral Palsy Sport Chair