Cerebral Palsy Sport looks forward to Sports Fest

On Thursday 5 March the British Paralympic Association (BPA) is bringing Sports Fest to the North East, and Cerebral Palsy Sport alongside the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are looking forward to coming together to support the event in Durham.

Sports Fest Durham is a free multi-sport event that gives disabled people the opportunity to try out loads of different Paralympic sports, find out how to get involved sport and physical activity locally and even meet some of Paralympic medal winners. With one day to go over 450 people have registered to attend the free, have a go event.

Today, Paralympian and Commonwealth Games medallist Jade Jones will line up alongside Triple Paralympic champion Stephen Miller and wheelchair fencing star Gemma Collis for Sports Fest North East, which will take place at The Graham Sports Centre at Durham University.

Sports Fest is a great event for disabled people to learn more about the NDSOs and find out how they can get involved impairment specific sports and activities.

Sports Fest North East will take place at Durham University, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham on Thursday 5 March and the event will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

The eight National Disability Sports Organisations are British Blind Sport,Cerebral Palsy SportDwarf Sports Association UKLimbPowerMencap Sport, Special Olympics Great BritainUK Deaf Sport and WheelPower.

Aiming to capture the enthusiasm and excitement shown by the British public during the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the subsequent record-breaking achievements of British Paralympians in Sochi. Sports Fest has a track record of success with more than 2,500 people across the country attending an event since 2012. The event in Durham will be the fifth Sports Fest event in the series and also marks the first time that the event has come to the region.

In addition to trying out a wide range of Paralympic sports, visitors to Sports Fest can also come along to meet the medallists sessions, where they can put their questions to athletes, have their photos taken and collect autographs.

To find out more information about the event and to register to attend, visit the Sports Fest UK website.

Virgin Money London Marathon

Applications for our 2016 Virgin London Marathon charity places are now open!

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the world’s most iconic marathon and is an experience never to be forgotten – here is your chance to run it and do some good at the same time.

Join up to 40,000 other runners and a crowd of thousands on the flat course around the capital, taking in London’s famous sights and landmarks finishing off with the awesome final stretch down the Mall.
Make 2016 your year and run the London Marathon for Cerebral Palsy Sport to raise vital funds to support people with cerebral palsy fulfil their potential through sport.

Join our team and you’ll get…

  • A Cerebral Palsy Sport running top
  • A pack of helpful fundraising and training tips
  • A dedicated member of the fundraising team to support you every step of the way
  • Regular encouragement
  • The amazing feeling of helping to change lives for the better of children and young people with cerebral palsy

Get the application form

London Marathon Guaranteed Entry Form 2015 – updated

Sport England launches This Girl Can Campaign

Sport England have launched their This Girl Can campaign to get more women and girls active – whatever their age, shape or ability.

The campaign is the first of its kind to feature women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise. It seeks to tell the real story of women who exercise and play sport by using images that are the complete opposite of the idealised and stylised images of women we’re used to watching.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is supporting this campaign as through Sport England data, we know that there are approximately 9.4 million disabled people in England, accounting for 18 per cent of the population. 45 per cent are males. 55 per cent are females (Census 2011). From the Active People Survey (APS) results, we see that there is a gender gap in 1x 30 participation also exists between percentage of disabled men and women, although the gap is smaller than the one between non-disabled men and non-disabled women.

For more information on the This Girl Can campaign, please click here


Channel 4 launches Rio Production Training Scheme

The Channel 4 Rio Production Training Scheme will give 24 disabled applicants the opportunity to train as production staff to the level required to work on the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, and beyond that to build a career in sport production.

The scheme is open to entry level and junior talent to join the industry and learn the skills necessary in three possible roles: Junior Researcher/Assistant Producer (broadcast or digital); Junior Production Secretary/Coordinator; Technical/Production assistant.

They are looking for people who have a passion for sport and are keen to share this with others. These are paid-for placements that last for up to 12 months and there’s opportunities nationwide.

More general info – please visit the Channel 4 website: http://4talent.channel4.com/work-programmes/production-training-scheme


6 months to go to the Nottingham 2015 World Games

It is 6 months to go to the opening ceremony of the Nottingham 2015 World Games.

We are delighted to announce teams that have entered so far include: Australia, Brazil, England, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Sweden, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

We look forward to welcoming the world!

For more information on the Games, please click here:


Bowls Development Alliance launch Love Fisher Brown Award

Bowls Development Alliance, the funder of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s bowls development programme has launched a national award to recognise the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers.

In October 2014, the Bowls Development Alliance announced the launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, is an opportunity to recognise and promote the great work of many clubs and organisations who already provide participation opportunities for disabled bowlers.

Ellen Falkner, CEO of AeroBowls UK, said of the “Love Fisher Brown Award”, “AeroBowls is delighted to be working with the Bowls Development Alliance to try to help to grow the sport and encourage more disabled people to get involved. We are honoured to sponsor the inaugural Love Fisher Brown Award which aims to recognise and acknowledge the great work already being undertaken by clubs and other local organisations to make bowls more inclusive and accessible to all members of the community“

The winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by AeroBowls will receive:

  • Club visit from three time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and AeroBowls UK CEO, Ellen Falkner plus another AeroBowls sponsored player
  • Complimentary set of Aero Bowls
  • £550 of BDA funding*
  • Framed Certificate

Two runner up entries will receive:

  • £550 of BDA funding*
  • Framed Certificate

*Terms and conditions apply

Entries for the award open on Monday 3rd November, 2014 and close on Friday 29th May, 2015 with the winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award and two runner ups announced on, or before, Friday 26th June, 2015.

For further information on the Love Fisher Brown Award, contact Paul Humphreys, Development Manager for the Bowls Development Alliance via paul@playbowls.org or 07557 819569


Have you been selected? World Games select Volunteers

Nottingham 2015 marked 200 days to go to the CPISRA World Games by notifying all the Games Starter volunteers who have been selected for the Games.

Over 200 volunteers have been selected to support the Games by volunteering in a wide range of roles.

In the coming weeks, Team Leader Volunteers will be notified and key training dates will be announced.

For more Games information, please click here


NHS England Improving Rehabilitation Services – get involved

Are you a clinician / service provider working in a rehabilitation setting for children and young people in England?

If so, NHS England would like to hear from you!

As part of NHS England Improving Rehabilitation Services, a scoping project of Children's and Young peoples rehabilitation services is taking place. Part of this project involves stakeholder meetings to review current service provisions. The stakeholder engagement will focus on 3 key groups – Brain injury (acquired and congenital), Mental Health, and Arthritis.

You can register your interest to be stakeholder by booking yourself on to one of the two following events:
Leeds – 3rd March
London – 25th March

Expressions of interest to register as a stakeholder by booking one of these events close on 15th January and applicants will be informed after this date.
NHS England will be seeking a breadth of representation at these meetings and places are limited. A maximum of one person per provider organisation will be offered and given limited places not all providers will therefore be able to be represented.



Be Active in 2015!

Be Active in 2015!

It’s time for making resolutions, so why not be active in 2015 and help us make a real difference, putting even more smiles on faces!

You can be active with Cerebral Palsy Sport in many ways.

Join in and participate.
Why not come along and join in with our events. From Sportstart Days top Swimming, Football to Athletics, we can help you be active and get involved in sport.

To read more about our different sports click here and to get involved in our activities have a look at our current events. If you don’t see what you want to do in your area, then why not get in touch and help us make that happen!

Get involved and volunteer.
We’ve so many ways in which you can get involved and volunteer.

Whether you’d like to volunteer at our sporting events or at one of our fundraising events, then we’d love to have you on board. Email us at fundraising@cpsport.org for more details.

Make a difference and fundraise.
If you’re resolution is to be active, then why not join in one of our fundraising activities or organise your own. We’ve exclusive charity places at some of the country’s biggest running events and we’ve lots of ideas about how you can organise your own event to help raise vital funds.

If you’re interested in one of our exclusive charity places at a national run, then please click here. But hurry, these places go fast and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed!

For more ideas on how you can organise your own fundraising event, then just click here!

Help us make this the best year yet and Be Active in 2015!