TopBeer Crew raise £2,500!

A very special Thank You to the ‘TopBeer Crew’ who have completed their year-long fundraising activities and smashed their target to raise £2,500 for CP Sport

“We have loved every moment of raising this having far exceed our original target. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful generosity that has been shown by those around us”

The TopBeer Crew are: Kev Redmond, Tony Sault and Stu Telford (The Swig)

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In August 2016, The TopBeer Crew decided that it would be a great idea to stage events over the coming year to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport and after setting themselves a target of £1,000, they set about planning for the coming year with the following events:

Car Boot

Two early Sunday mornings, with a car loaded full of offerings, saw the first donations coming in.

Bowls

A bright sunny Sunday afternoon, saw them take to the park for an afternoon of Bowls. A doubles competition went ahead, pitching a bowler with a non-bowler together, with the bowler having to use his non bowling arm! A great afternoon was had by all, before everyone ventured back into the club house for the presentation and some fun and games with Play Your Cards Right and Bingo, and not forgetting a few ales.

Quiz Nights

Two charity quiz nights were organised for the month of October. These were great fun, following the usual format of the monthly quizzes put on by the TopBeer Crew, along with some added extras such as Play Your Cards Right.

Rhythm n Booze Night

A quality night of music was to be had as the artists Planet Rock UK and Skye Hadley took to the stage to deliver a night of cracking hits, even doubling up at the end to perform several songs together. With a range of ales’ on offer the place was set. A raffle was held with the top prizes being two signed CDs by UB40, presented by Astro himself.

Charity Raffle & Auction

The biggest event to date, and the one that took a lot of organising was the Charity Raffle and Auction. The idea behind it was to get as many local businesses to donate something/anything for us to raffle or auction. Countless emails and letters were sent and phone calls were made, but the response we got was amazing. The event was held over May bank holiday weekend, deciding to piggy back on the back of the beer festival at the Swan, Halesowen. With the beer flowing, live music playing and the party mode in full swing, we took to the stage during the bands interval, and the generosity of the festival goers was amazing.

Fun Run

Also, we enlisted the help of Darren Redmond, who teamed up with us to help support our campaign. His contribution was to run the Wheaton Aston 10km on the 27th December, fully kitted out in a snug-fitting Abba outfit.

Across the year of activities the TopBeer Crew exceeded their target and raised an amazing £2,500

Cerebral Palsy Sport would also like to thank the numerous people and establishments that supported the TopBeer Crew to reach their fundraising target. These include:

  • Darren Redmond
  • Melanie Redmond
  • Leigh Whitehouse
  • Chloe Whitehouse
  • Paschendale Sports Coaching
  • Tony Sault and his fellow teammates of Tallboats Bowling Team
  • Sharon Sault
  • Jodie Keeling
  • The Swan Inn in Halesowen
  • Green Duck Beer Co
  • Planet Rock UK
  • Skye Hadley
  • Becky’s Bhajis
  • Astro from UB40
  • Tracey & Mark Goff
  • Al Murray
  • Black Country Ales
  • Chiquitos
  • Daniel James Photography
  • Delta Force Paintballing
  • Dudley Zoo
  • Fixed Wheel Brewery
  • Glee Club
  • Jongleurs Comedy Club
  • Kidderminster Harriers
  • Kinver Brewery
  • Liz Oakley & Paul Hicks
  • Marstons Brewery
  • Nadine Simpson & Roger Allen
  • Nellie Photography
  • Portraits by Hart
  • Sadlers Brewery
  • Sainsburys Black Heath
  • Sealife Centre Birmingham
  • Stuart Telford
  • Tesco Stourbridge
  • Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery
  • Two Towers Brewery
  • Alma Webb
  • Lisa Brannan
  • Paul Hicks
  • Fogell Fogell
  • Lewis & Steve from SCL

For more information about the Top Beer Crew please visit http://www.topbeercrew.co.uk/

A big Thank You to the TopBeer Crew for your amazing efforts from everyone at CP Sport!

Your support helps to change lives!

Football mad Jude selected as ambassador for new national campaign

 

Tony and Jude Liversage 3Jude Liversage, who has cerebral palsy (CP) is an eight year-old boy from Staffordshire whose motivation and enthusiasm to be active has led him to live a healthy and happy life.

The young sports fan has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Even at a young age, Jude’s passion to get active and play sport, football in particular, is clear to see. From endless hours kicking around a football in the garden, to travelling the country to watch his beloved team, Chelsea Football Club. Jude’s appetite for activity and his boundless energy makes him a great advocate for many.

Maintaining an active lifestyle has had its challenges for Jude and his family. The Liversages have faced a number of barriers along the way.

When Jude was four his dad Tony, was eager to find a football club which would be suitable for his football mad son. With no suitable facilities in their local area, Tony sought the advice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, the country’s leading sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy. They helped Jude and the whole family start getting more active.

Cerebral Palsy Sport directed the family to a dedicated CP football league, which has had a big impact and has since inspired Tony to set up their own CP football team in Staffordshire.

Together as a family, the Liversages have now been selected to share their experiences. They want to share the benefits they have found from staying active. Together the family wants to encourage other disabled people to take part in sport and exercise.

Jude’s Story

Jude Liversage has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Jude, who has cerebral palsy is a football mad eight year old. Since he was born his dad, Tony Liversage has always tried to ensure that Jude has the same opportunities to have fun and be active as other children his age, including his twin sister Marcie.

Jude has faced a number of obstacles from a young age in order to live an active lifestyle, particularly when playing his favourite sport, football.

Jude has limited mobility in his lower legs and the lack of suitable opportunities nearby sometimes prevented him from taking part in local community sports activities. Other children’s levels of ability and stamina, often left Jude feeling excluded and demotivated.

Tony is determined for both Jude and Marcie to have happy, healthy and active childhoods. So they attended an event organised by Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2011 to see what opportunities were available for Jude and Marcie to enjoy together. The advice from the National Disability Sports Organisation was invaluable.

With limited access to facilities locally, doting dad Tony committed to driving Jude 150 miles every fortnight to Oldham to attend a specialist cerebral palsy football session. Witnessing the set up first hand inspired Tony to set up a CP football group in Staffordshire, Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC so people in their local community could have access to the same opportunities. Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC now has 18 players from age four to 18 years old. The team is a fully inclusive club who trains at Weston Road Academy and is always actively seeking new players.

Taking part in regular physical activity as a family has been instrumental to Jude’s rehabilitation. Jude recently underwent life-changing surgery (selective Dorsal Rhizotomy at Portland Hospital) in which some of the nerves running between his muscles and spine were cut to allow his legs more movement.

Throughout Jude’s rehabilitation his family and supporters focused physiotherapy exercises around fun football techniques and terminology. From his dad setting up cones in the living room, to using goal posts to motivate Jude to walk again after his surgery. Football gets Jude excited about being active.

A year on from his operation, together with his family, friends and support network, Jude regularly exercises.. This includes Jude’s Godfather, Tim Thwaites a local coach at Silverdale Boxing Club, who coaches Jude every weekend in circuit training to help him build up his core strength.

Being active and taking part in lots of activity with family and friends has been instrumental to Jude’s physical, mental and social well-being. Cerebral Palsy Sport has and will continue to provide advice, support and opportunities for Jude and his family to have fun and be active together.

Jude’s dad, Tony Liversage commented:

“It’s fantastic to be asked to be part of the Together We Will campaign. Sport plays a huge part in our family life, so it’s great to be able to share our story and help others get active too.

“From day one Jude has been running around with a football at his feet, but growing up it was tough finding access to take part in with children of a similar ability and age.

“There are many organisations out there to help give disabled people and their families support in finding activities which are suited for them – Cerebral Palsy Sport was great at introducing us to dedicated CP football leagues which have been life changing to keep Jude healthy and happy.”

Lisa Morton-Smith, National Sports Development Manager from Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“CP Sport’s aim is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their potential through sport, and lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Jude and his family are a fantastic example of the opportunities available and how sport and active recreation can have a positive impact on the whole family.

CP Sport is excited to be involved in the Together We Will campaign to support others like Jude and Tony access sport and activity.”

This summer, Jude is now gearing up along with his team mates for another busy football season.

Throughout the Together We Will campaign, there will be many more ambassador stories Together Jude and his family are active. Together we will.

For more information about Together We Will and support on how to become more active, visit our campaign page here

For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or visit http://www.cpsport.org/

 

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CP Sport Ambassadors selected for Rio 2016!

It was announced today that these CP Sport Ambassadors have been selected for Rio 2016. Congratulations!

Graeme Ballard

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.  Graeme most recently won a silver medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships in June 2016 in Italy.

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Stephen Miller MBE

Stephen has  represented Great Britain for 20 years, competing in 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships – so far winning 26 international medals. He has won 3 Paralympic titles in a row and held the F32 Club Throw world record from 1997-2008 and more recently he has just won a bronze medal at the IPC European Championships in Italy in June 2016 and was honoured in the New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.

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Sam Ruddock

Since the 2013-2014 season, he has switched events, competing at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon as a sprinter and the 2014 IPC European Championships in Swansea as a shot putter. He chose to switch from track to field to further his development in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond towards Tokyo 2020.

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More about our ambassadors can be read here

 

They are amongst  41 athletes added to the line-up for track and field in Rio as a number of Paralympic, World and European medallists were selected today. Read more here

Investigating the link between sport and employment for disabled people

Enei and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby have joined forces with the Government’s Disability Confident team to undertake a ground breaking piece of research regarding the relationship between disability, participation in disability sport and employment.   This is an opportunity to contribute to research that could enhance the lives of those with disabilities.   The results of the research will be made public prior to the Paralympic Games 2016.

click here to take part in the survey

This survey should take a maximum of ten minutes and, in order to best contribute to the research, survey takers will need to be as honest as possible. The questionnaire is completely confidential and accessible. The deadline for completion is Friday 22 July 2016. If you would like to complete this over the telephone please contact Becky Brooks as below.

Thank you for supporting this important piece of research.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Luke White of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (luke.white@gbwr.org.uk 07478 730636) or (becky.brooks@enei.org.uk 07967 529855).

 

Membership news – Join us today!

In conjunction with the launch of the Together We Will Campaign, announced by the English Federation of Disability Sport today, we are offering automatic affiliate membership to everyone who signs up to our FREE regular emailed newsletter.

You do need an email address to take up this offer – sign up here.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport we are supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. We want to get more people active, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation. We aim to achieve this through providing innovative and meaningful projects that enable choice, reduce barriers and promote partnership working with local communities.

For exclusive benefits including discount for our events you can become a full member of CP Sport. For details of our membership packages please click here.

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CP Sport joins national Together We Will campaign

We are proud to be part of Together We Will, a new campaign launched today to support you to be active and stay active with your friends and family.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has come together with the National Disability Sports Organisations and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), supported by Sport England to encourage disabled people to be more active.

Together We Will aims to support you to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active.

Over the next three months we’ll be sharing stories from disabled people, about how and where they enjoy being active with friends and family. We’ll also help you to find useful information that can support you to be more active.

Remember, as well as helping us be happy and healthy, being active is a great social activity. It can help you meet people, make friends and give your sense of well-being a big boost.

For more information about the campaign click here

Take a look at the video here.

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CP Sport swings into action with new England Golf partnership

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Over the past year Cerebral Palsy Sport and England Golf have been working closely to identify and promote golf opportunities for those with a physical disability. As a result of the close working relationship a number of opportunities have been identified as well as a ‘gap’ in provision, particularly for those with complex physical disability. Cerebral Palsy Sport and England Golf are now working together to develop a new adapted version of golf.

Golf can be played by disabled people with a range of impairments. Those with more profound physical impairments may use a buggy to get around the course.

July is Family Golf month and we would like to encourage more people to give golf a try. You can find further information about where to play golf on our Partnerships Matter page here.

Further information

For general information relating to getting into golf please contact England Golf:

Telephone: 01526 354 500

Email: development@englandgolf.org

 

Sport England sets new priorities for investment in grassroots sport

Sport England is to triple the amount of money it invests in tackling inactivity (£250 million over four years) as part of its new strategy for supporting grassroots sport.

More than one in four people in England (28 per cent) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. But research shows that those who are least active stand to benefit the most, even if it’s just small changes like gentle jogging, swimming or playing rounders in the park.

As well as continuing to support people who already play sport, there will be a much greater emphasis on groups who are typically much less active – such as women, disabled people and those from lower-socio-economic backgrounds.

The strategy will help deliver against the five health, social and economic outcomes set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy. Key features include:

  • Dedicated funding to get children and young people active from the age of five, including a new fund for family-based activities
  • Offering training to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England to help them better meet the needs of all children, irrespective of their level of sporting ability
  • Working with the sport sector to put customers at the heart of everything they do, using research and the principles of behaviour change to inform their work
  • Piloting new ways of working locally by investing in up to 10 places in England – a mix of urban and rural areas
  • Investing up to £30 million in a new volunteering strategy, enabling more people to get the benefits of volunteering and attracting a new, more diverse range of volunteers
  • Helping sport keep pace with the digital expectations of customers – making it as easy to book a badminton court as a hotel room
  • Working closely with NGBs and others who support people who already play regularly, to help them become more efficient, sustainable and diversify their sources of funding.

​Jennie Price, Sport England chief executive, said:

“Week in, week out, sport and activity plays an important role in the lives of millions of people across the country. This strategy sets out how Sport England will continue to support them.

“And in the next four years we’re going to dedicate more time, expertise and over £250 million to tackling inactivity. We will be the single largest national investor in projects for people to whom sport and physical activity is a distant thought, or not even on their radar.

“Customers – the people who play sport and are active or who might be in future – will be at the heart of everything we do. It’s by putting them first that we’ll be best able to build a more active nation.”

Sport England has been trialling approaches to tackling inactivity through its Get Healthy, Get Active programme since 2013. Run by less typical sporting partners like the mental health charity Mind, 33 pilots have so far been delivered. These have had over 36,000 inactive people taking part. The latest research shows that over half of people who started attending sessions were still active three months later.

Sports minister David Evennett said:

“We want to use the unique power of sport to benefit more people’s lives. Sport can bring communities together, improve physical and mental wellbeing and make a significant contribution to the economy.

“Sport England has a crucial role to play in helping us become a healthier, happier nation. As well as getting inactive people involved we want to give children a great experience of sport at an early age, encouraging them to participate through life and enjoy all the positives sport brings.”

Sport England received over 1000 responses to its consultation, including feedback from national governing bodies of sport, local authorities, charities and voluntary organisations. Overwhelmingly, respondents welcomed the direction set by Sporting Future and encouraged Sport England to make bold choices in setting its new strategy.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

“We know that inactivity harms your health. If physical activity was a medicine we would talk about it as the miracle cure – it has the ability to prevent a wide range of long term conditions, from dementia to cancer. I welcome this new strategy from Sport England and their valuable contribution to getting all of England moving more.”

Sport England has also simplified its approach to funding, reducing the number of its investment programmes from more than 20 down to seven. It has also committed to introducing, new, more straightforward, application forms to help smaller organisations access funding.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport, said:

“Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to see the release of Sport England’s new strategy Towards an Active Nation and the increased focus on helping people with disabilities to become more active. We look forward to working with Sport England and our range of partners on developing more sporting opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.”

You can view the new Sport England Strategy by clicking here.

The ‘Muddy Ruckers’ run in Cranford Junior Iron Run for CP Sport

IMG_6788On Saturday 14th May, 17 members of the Kettering Rugby Club U10s “ran” the Cranford Junior Iron Run, in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport and another great cause, the Seb Goold Trust.

Known as the “Muddy Ruckers”, the boys and girl braved freezing water, obstacles, swamps and mud to complete the 3km course together.  Fortunately for everyone watching, it was a glorious sunny day but this made no difference to any of the children finishing the course, who ploughed on and successfully finished the course without losing a single running shoe!

The Muddy Ruckers have raised almost £800 and with matched funding from Barclays Bank, CP Sport will receive £800, whilst the Seb Goold Trust will benefit to the tune of £400.  Perhaps more importantly, the awareness of the work that CP Sport does has been highlighted amongst the children, friends and family supporting the team.

One of the team, Ben Bowman afterwards said “It was great fun doing the Iron Run and the best bit was the swamp.  Although we had a really fun time, we do know that we are lucky to be able to do this and that’s why we wanted to help the two charities”.

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Irwin Mitchell support Cerebral Palsy Sport’s SportStart Programme

IMG_-hxhrlcNational law firm Irwin Mitchell are supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport’s SportStart Programme. Delivered at locations across the country, SportStart Days are designed to give children with cerebral palsy – and other physical disabilities – a fun and enjoyable experience to encourage them to carry on taking part in sport.

Over the next two months Cerebral Palsy Sport will be delivering two SportStart Days, one in Sheffield on the 18th May and another in Manchester on 30th June. Each event is expected to attract more than 100 children from schools in their areas. Teams from the Sheffield and Manchester branches of Irwin Mitchell will be getting involved and giving up their time to volunteer on the day helping to make sure that the children have a great experience.

Lisa Morton-Smith, Sports Development Manager for CP Sport says, “These inspiring and inclusive days allow children and young people to enjoy playing sport with others who have a similar impairment to their own.”

During SportStart Days experienced coaches introduce the participants to a variety of adapted and disability sports appropriate to their age and ability. Parents, teachers and coaches are also encouraged to learn about the different sports available.

“Participants have the opportunity to try a whole range of sports at the one event,” Lisa Morton-Smith goes on to say; “and for many it could be their first experience of sports that are specially adapted for them.”

All those involved in the events are provided with information about clubs and follow on sessions in their local area so that they can continue to access and enjoy playing sport and develop their skills in their own time.

The support for the SportStart Programme links in with Irwin Mitchell’s own ‘Don’t Quit Do It’ campaign which aims to highlight how disability sport can play a key role in the rehabilitation and recovery for someone who has suffered life-changing injuries and to raise awareness of the different ways people can get involved.

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner and medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said: “We are incredibly proud to be lending our support to the SportStart day in Manchester, a day which showcases how sport can have a hugely positive impact on so many lives.

“We have seen so many instances when our clients have benefited hugely from getting involved in sport, not just in terms of their physical therapy and rehabilitation but also in terms of their mental wellbeing.”

Helen Jones, medical negligence solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “The event is a great opportunity for the children to get out of their comfort zone and try something new alongside the help of professional sport coaches.

“Exercise is hugely important in maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle, and sports days like these are great in encouraging children with difficulties to participate and take on sport as a hobby.

“The SportStart programme is an incredibly inspiring initiative and we look forward to cheering the children on.”