Heage Primary School gets active for Cerebral Palsy Sport awareness

Pupils from Heage Primary School in Derbyshire have been getting active in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our Get Set Raise cerebral palsy awareness campaign.

At the start of the year Heage Primary School parliament decided to focus on raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport as the school has a Year 4 pupil with cerebral palsy.  During Cerebral Palsy awareness month in March, the school focused their assemblies and lessons on cerebral palsy awareness and used the charity’s Get, Set, Raise campaign to launch the whole focus.  The Amber Valley School Sports Partnership loaned the school a class set of wheelchairs and all children had the opportunity to try different sports over the month.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador and former football Paralympian, Leon Taylor visited for an assembly and joined the school for their sponsored run on Friday 3rd March.  Children also dressed up as their favourite sporting heroes and complete a mile run around the school grounds. Later in the month, the charity’s RaceRunning World champion and record holder Muninder Singh Hayer visited the school to share his successes and future challenges through an assembly.

At the assembly, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive Ali Talbot and RaceRunning athlete Thomas were delighted to receive a cheque for over £1,000 presented by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the School Parliament.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Heage Primary School’s Parliament to benefit from all their fantastic fundraising efforts. It was lovely to be able to share many of our athlete’s different stories of how such fundraising can make such a difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

James Yellop, Head Teacher of Heage Primary School highlighted that “We have been overwhelmed with the response from our children and the local community in raising such a large amount to support children with Cerebral Palsy.  Everyone has gained a greater awareness of Cerebral Palsy through the ambassadors that have visited the school and have all really enjoyed taking part in the different activities to support this fantastic charity “.


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Things Can Only Get Wetter!

Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee to take on Loch Lomond Swim Challenge

One of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Trustees, Richard Oliver and two of his friends are taking on the 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond.

Gail McDade, Jane Heggie & Richard Oliver, all past and present Labour Party Organisers, will be swimming a gruelling, and probably very cold, 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond in order to raise money for three great (and very personal) causes, all of which help people with Cerebral Palsy.

Gail is Mum to Ryan who has quadriplegic CP, Richard is Dad to Alfie who has also has quadriplegic CP and Jane is Mummy to 2 year old Lyra who as a working diagnosis of CP and Global Developmental Delay.

They will be raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, which supports people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation; The Bobath Centre, which is a specialist treatment and training centre, dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy; and ‘Lyra Can’ which aims to provide Lyra with extra treatments to help her to walk, talk and chew.

Gail, Jane and Richard have never attempted open water swimming on this scale but your donations coupled with the very real risk of drowning will hopefully get them through this difficult challenge.

Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give to these important charities and appeals.

You can support here: https://www.gofundme.com/thingscanonlygetwetter

Come what may, things can only get wetter!

Good luck Richard, Gail and Jane!


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Help us to understand the impact of benefits and finances

FlexMR have been commissioned by the Dwarf Sports Association UK, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Limb Power, Wheel Power and the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) to independently evaluate the impact of benefits and finances on the lives of people with a disability.

We want to find out if things could be improved to help people with a disability be more active and your feedback is invaluable to us.

Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and your identity will remain anonymous unless you choose otherwise. The answers people give will only be used for the purposes of research; they will not be used to sell or market products to anyone

FlexMR complies with the Data Protection Act and as such will treat the information you give with the strictest of confidence.

If you would like to complete our online survey yourself or on behalf of a disabled person, please click the link below.

If you are unable to complete a survey online, but would like to take part in the research, please email: ejohnson@efds.co.uk or call 0161 200 5441.

The link to the survey is here:

Thank you for your support!

Fundraisers take on Tricky Quests for Cerebral Palsy Sport

A group of 8 of our dedicated supporters led by Marcus Pemberton are taking on a series of  “Tricky Quests” throughout 2017 to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

The group have already taken on a Wolf Run and they are in training for a whole series of quests this year.

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On Saturday, the group took on a 3km open water swim and returned times between  57 mins and 1 hr 37 mins and everyone completed the swim. Well done to all of you!

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Marcus said of their fundraising efforts: “We’re a group of friends who struggle to find enough time to see each other, and also to stay fit! So we decided to complete a number of ‘Tricky Quests’ every year for a good cause, meaning that we make sure that we stay in touch, we have something to train for together, and we raise some money for a great charity. We chose CP Sport as some of us have family members with Cerebral Palsy, and all of us have had our lives enriched by sport, and we’re therefore really proud to know that the money we raise will help children have what we had growing up.”

The group are now building up to a marathon in September and as the lads are looking to raise money for us as a cause that are close to their hearts, please visit their fundraising page and support their amazing effort!


Thank you for supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport!

CP Sport gears up for the FA Disability Football Cup

The FA Disability Cup takes place this weekend at St. Georges’ Park with five national finals in five different impairment groups – deaf, blind, cerebral palsy, powerchair and amputee – commencing at the National Football Centre on Saturday 6 May.

To mark it, a special film has been made featuring a cast list of rising stars from the disability football world. Sam Bull, powerchair footballer, Brandon Coleman, blind footballer, cerebral palsy footballer Jordan Twiss and Danielle Evans, a deaf footballer all feature and explain how their involvement in their chosen discipline has helped them in other areas of their life.

“The power of football is unstoppable” said Bull. “When I started playing powerchair football, the boost I had to my mental state and my confidence was massive, and my competitive side, which was probably always there, really came out.”

“There’s a lot of people out there that don’t know the pathway for disability football and its just case of getting that awareness out there,” said Evans, who plays for Everton FC deaf team and twice voted Disability Player of the Year.

In addition, The FA has released its first ever a British Sign Language (BSL) film in association with the English Federation of Disability in Sport (EFDS) ahead of the finals.

To watch both films please click here:

Follow @FA on Twitter to receive regular updates of the different games. A full schedule can be found on  www.thefa.com/disability

For more information about The FA Disability Cup and the wider opportunities available within cerebral palsy, Blind, Powerchair or wider disability football in general please visit www.thefa.com/disability

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Big Give 2016 Campaign launches

The Christmas Big Give campaign launches today at 12pm and it gives all our supporters the opportunity to double your donation through the Big Give On-Line platform.

We have successfully submitted a project to the Big Give to help fund our our innovative and inclusive SportStart programme. Help us to reach more children with cerebral palsy.

The timeframes for any donation made is only between 12pm on Tuesday 29thNovember 2016 and up to 12 pm on Friday 2nd December 2016.

To donate, please click here

For more information about the Big Give please visit: www.thebiggive.org.uk

Our target  is to raise £18,500 to help change the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport.

Help support us and you can donate via the Big Give website to help change lives!

Thank you!

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Cerebral Palsy Sport statement on safeguarding in sport and active recreation

29 November 2016

It is a priority for Cerebral Palsy Sport to ensure that everyone can take part in sporting opportunities that are inclusive, safe, enjoyable and protective.

We promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk and their rights to be protected from harm and Cerebral Palsy Sport is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adults in sport.

We have worked closely with the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) and NSPCC to support the development of robust policy and procedures to safeguard children.

We work closely with all our partners, families and statutory agencies to ensure that safeguarding children is prioritised.

Any allegation, suspicion of harm or concern is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

As part of our commitment to effective safeguarding, Cerebral Palsy Sport developed policies, procedures and guidelines to provide additional information detailing support.

It also details for those involved, what they should do if they have a safeguarding concern and how any concerns will be managed. This is in line with Government expectations, the Law, Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) requirements.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Safeguarding policy can be found here

New Code for Sports Governance published

New Code for Sports Governance launches for organisations seeking funding

A new set of gold standards of governance which must be met by organisations seeking public funding for sport and physical activity has been published.

The Code for Sports Governance sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from those who ask for government and National Lottery funding from April 2017.

It has three tiers and will apply to any organisation seeking funding from Sport England or UK Sport, regardless of size and sector, including national governing bodies of sport, clubs, charities and local authorities.
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“It is vital that our domestic sports bodies and organisations uphold the very highest standards of governance and lead the world in this area,” says Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

The code is proportionate, expecting the highest standards of good governance from organisations requesting the largest public investments, including:

  • Increased skills and diversity in decision making, with a target of at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards
  • Greater transparency, for example publishing more information on the structure, strategy and financial position of the organisation
  • Constitutional arrangements that give boards the prime role in decision-making.

“I welcome the government’s drive to improve standards across the sport and physical activity sector and see the new code as a significant step towards the UK becoming a world-leader in this field,” says Sport England chair Nick Bitel.
UK Sport chair Rod Carr says: “UK Sport has been at the heart of shaping this pioneering new governance code as we know better skilled and better balanced boards make better decisions.

“At UK Sport we believe that good governance is instrumental in creating the right conditions for sporting success.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport 2016 Award Winners Announced

To mark  our 15th Year Anniversary of our inception as an independent charity, we are hosting our Charity Awards as part of our Annual General Meeting.

The awards take place today – October 30th 2016 at 4.00pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards are:

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Joe Yates


Fundraiser of the Year  – Andrea Burnand


Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Ian Clegg

Sports Volunteer of the Year –  Stella Lockwood

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Richard Mee


Young Achiever of the Year – Athletics – Clare Hands

Young Achiever of the Year – Football – Ned Tranmer


Young Achiever of the Year – Swimming – Ella Greatorex

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Contribution to Sport – Dave Winter

Partner of the Year – Quest 88


Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Williamson


All our award winners will receive their awards from our Chairman Mr Paul Goodman.

Cerebral Palsy Sport gears up for Big Give 2016

Big give 2016

The Christmas Big Give campaign gives all our supporters the opportunity to double their donation through the Big Give On-Line platform.

We have successfully submitted a project to the Big Give to deliver our innovative and inclusive SportStart programme.

Our target  is to raise £18,500 to help change the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport.

Help support us and you can donate via the Big Give website to help change lives!

The timeframes for any donation made is between 12pm on Tuesday 29th November to 12 pm on Friday 2nd December.

To donate, please follow this link to our project: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/25501

For more information about the Big Give please visit: www.thebiggive.org.uk

If you would like to contribute to our Big Give Campaign but you would like to discuss making a donation then please contact shallam@cpsport.org