Living Sport Disability Consultation open until Sunday 15th May

Living Sport LogoLiving Sport are undertaking a county wide consultation to understand the needs and requirements of people with disabilities and their families regarding the provision of high quality disability sport in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

As part of the consultation they will be collecting the views of those with disabilities and their parents and guardians, and there is still time to have your say – the consultation ends on Sunday 15th May.

The information gathered will help guide their work and may be used anonymously within the final report, funding applications and promotional literature.

Living Sport Disability Consultation

Proud mum raises funds in charity boxing match next month

image1 Andrea Burnand, from Huddersfield, is currently taking part in an 8 week intensive training programme to prepare for a charity boxing match on the 14th May and is raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Andrea’s daughter, Maisie, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a few months old. She has left sided paralysis, epilepsy, speech and language difficulties and also mental health issues. Her development has been impaired but she has struggled on and found a lot of enjoyment swimming and has regularly taken part in Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events.

Maisie qualified to compete at an international level last year but sadly has not been in the best of health since. She returned to swimming this year and won a silver medal at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships which took place on the 3rd April.

When talking about her motivation to take part and raise money Andrea said; “My daughter has benefited enormously from being involved in swimming. It has given her some confidence and self esteem which she finds so hard to achieve elsewhere. She attends a mainstream school with a statement but is often bullied by girls her own age.  CP Sport gave her a lifeline and an interest in becoming a disabled swimming coach in the future too.”

The boxing match is being organised by Pink Collar Boxing and is taking place on 14th May – if you’d like to sponsor Andrea then you can do so on her JustGiving Page:

Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships were a great success!

EAI_CPSP_030416_RB_00174_resize for webSunday 3rd April 2016 saw our National Swimming Championships take place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham. The event was held long course for the first time giving swimmers the opportunity to compete over the full 50m.

53 swimmers, aged 12-52, competed in up to 5 events each throughout the day which saw 20 events all together – 50m and 100m in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, with separate events for male and females.

Matt Walker MBE, CP Sport Ambassador, kindly presented the medals for the morning session, and Bill Crichton, Vice Chair of CP Sport, presented the afternoon’s medals and also the two trophies. You can see all of the results from the day by clicking here.

EAI_CPSM_030416_RB_00245_resize for webThe Swimmer of the Year Trophy was presented to Grace Harvey. Grace holds the Long Course British Records in 50 back, 200 back, 200 fly and 200IM, as well as short course British Records in 800 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM. Grace also represented England in the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games where she won Gold in the 50m fly and she will be competing for a spot in Rio this year.

The Andrew Stubbs Trophy was presented to Ryan Crouch. Ryan stopped swimming at the end of 2014 due to illness, but has since made a magnificent comeback winning double gold at the CP World Games in August, breaking his own short course British Record in the 100 free in November and two golds and two silvers at Nationals in December.EAI_CPSM_030416_RB_00243_resize for web

Epic Action Imagery shot photographs of the event which are now available to purchase from their website, by clicking here (password: nottingham). Swimmers were also joined by British Paralympic Association Physiotherapists who were on poolside throughout the event to offer free pre and post-race treatments to any swimmer wishing to use the service.

Special thanks goes to SportSystems, David Rush and David Fortescue, for their continued support in running the meet results software and enabling the smooth running of the competition. We would also like to thank Wendy Coles for her help in providing the officials for the event, and Mary Butler for her technical assistance, without which the event could not have run to ASA licence standards. 25 volunteers in total gave their time to help at the event which is very much appreciated and they all did a wonderful job.

No arms? No problem. Bob’s still an expert at bowls

Bob-Love-levels_edited-1A bowls expert who was born without arms showed youngsters how he overcame his disability at our Birmingham SportStart event.

Commonwealth Games Para Bowls Bronze Medal Winner Bob Love from Kingstanding was born without arms and bowls with his feet – a skill he demonstrated at the event organised by Cerebral Palsy Sport and Sport Birmingham.

Bob, who started his career at Erdington Court and now plays for Tamworth, gave a keynote talk to adults and young volunteers after the session.

Members of Erdington Court Bowls Club were amongst a team of volunteers helping at the event that took the form of a series of fun sports taster activities. It was held at the Nechells Wellbeing Centre, with over 50 young people children attending aged between 9 and 19.

A group of four members from Erdington Court helped both wheelchair users and non-disabled individuals to challenge themselves to games of indoor bowls and skittles, with equipment provided by Cerebral Palsy Sport. Other activities included Tennis, Table Cricket, Gymnastics, and Touch Golf a new adapted sport being developed by CP Sport.

Schools from across Birmingham were represented at the event, and volunteers from local companies Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Nike at Perry Barr came along to give a helping hand.

For more information on our SportStart programme click here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport announces Stephen Miller as their new Sporting Ambassador

Stephen Miller - BeijingCerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller is now one of our Sporting Ambassadors.

As a professional athlete Stephen competes primarily in the F32 Club Throw. In 1996 he became Britain’s youngest ever track and field Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist at the Atlanta Paralympics and then went on to be undefeated in all competitions until 2005. Stephen has represented Great Britain for over 15 years, competing in 5 Paralympic Games, 5 World Championships and 4 European Championships – so far winning 26 international medals.

When talking about his experiences Stephen says; “Every moment I spend in sport is great, the highs and lows, they are all part of sport and I love it.”

We are honoured to have such an accomplished athlete as one of our Sporting Ambassadors, Stephen brings with him many years of experience competing at an international level and his achievements are no doubt a great inspiration to many of the young athletes we introduce to sport. We’re really looking forward to working with him!

Aldi sponsors kit for epcpRomford

There was great news for one of our KickStart clubs EPCP Romford. Stephanie Burt, Area Manager for Aldi was at a recent training session – Aldi (Collier Row) has sponsored the new kit for the team which is part of Romford Borough Youth FC.

UNP McCann 34409 Aldi EPCP Romford FC 006.JPGFamilyIt was smiles all round as everyone gathered for the group photo, with the Aldi logo on their shirts.  This logo will become a familiar feature on sports kit as Aldi sponsor Team GB in this Olympic year.

The team with other family members are pictured in the Sports Hall of Emerson Park Academy in Hornchurch.  The school has been the base for providing playing opportunities for younger players with cerebral palsy for over ten years.  The colours and club crest will be familiar to supporters of Romford Town FC and the players of Romford Borough Youth FC, which has been the parent club of the team for the last five years.

The club focuses on providing playing opportunities for younger players with cerebral palsy.  For some of the players, the team will be the first step on a pathway that could lead them to a place in the Senior CP England or GB 7-a-side squad.  To that end the team maintain strong links with Essex FA, local football CP Centres of Excellence and national coaches.  In addition, it works with Cerebral Palsy Sport running Kick Off events to introduce new players to the game as well as the wide range of sports supported by CP Sport.

In keeping with Romford Borough Youth’s FA Charter Standard status, the coaches all hold FA Coaching Qualifications.  Two of the coaches also have CP and are able to share their experiences in sport, including in one instance, representing their country internationally.

At Emerson Park Academy, training takes place twice a month on a 3G pitch or in the Sports Hall.

For more information on the academy contact Ian Walter 01708 475285 (Emerson Park Academy) or email

Cerebral Palsy Sport Nominated for Award

We’re delighted to announce that the Cerebral Palsy Sport team are finalists for a Nottinghamshire Sports Award in the Project of the Year category for the delivery of the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games.

The category is nominated by professionals who feel that a project has made a worthy impact on Nottinghamshire, nominations are to be judged by a panel of sports officers to decide on the winner.

We’re so proud to have been nominated. The Games, which were held in Nottingham in August 2015, were not only a fantastic achievement for our team but were a great showcase for Nottingham, it’s amazing sporting facilities, as well as all of the athletes who competed.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on the 3rd February 2016 – wish us luck!

To see a full list of categories and finalists, visit the Sport Nottinghamshire website.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Announce Partnership with DM Orthotics

MASTER DM ORTHOTICS LOGONational disability sports charity Cerebral Palsy Sport and D M Orthotics are announcing the start of a new corporate charity partnership. D M Orthotics, who design and manufacture dynamic elastomeric fabric orthoses are helping to fund Cerebral Palsy Sport’s KickStart programme.

CP Sport’s KickStart programme aims to develop new areas of sustainable CP specific football all across the country. By working with County FAs, Football League Clubs and local charities and authorities, the programme encourages activity and developing playing opportunities for all. D M Orthotics will be actively getting involved in the programme by attending KickStart events around the country and will helping promote the work of CP Sport more widely to encourage even more children and young people to get involved.

17Martin Matthews, Managing Director for D M Orthotics says; “We are delighted to be working in partnership with CP Sport. D M Orthotics’ ethos is about encouraging independence and we are an advocate for active lifestyles. In this respect CP Sport and their grass roots sports programmes for people with cerebral palsy is a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to getting involved with CP Sport’s events and helping to promote sports participation for people with CP around the country.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport says; “It is fantastic to have the support of D M Orthotics. Our KickStart programme has already helped hundreds of children and young people to access fun, regular and appropriate CP specific sessions in their local area, and it is with the help of partnerships like this one with D M Orthotics that we hope to help many more.”

D M Orthotics are kicking off their partnership by speaking at Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Disability Sport Conference being held this week in Nottingham.

Cerebral Palsy Sport calls for better opportunities for young disabled people to prevent later life inactivity

New research released today (Wednesday 9 December 2015) highlights a clear need to engage disabled people in sport and physical activity at a young age. Active Beyond Education? was produced in partnership and illustrates some of the ways to prevent a decline in participation as people move into adulthood. The findings will support educators, healthcare professionals and sport providers to deliver more accessible activities for young disabled people.

Active Beyond Education? was commissioned by six of the UK’s National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) – British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower, in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport and supported by Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. Cerebral Palsy Sport will use the findings to shape future provision of sport and physical activity for young people who have cerebral palsy and support them to be more active.

The research explores young disabled people’s experiences of sport and physical activity, during their transition from education to adulthood. Key findings include why disabled people do and do not engage in sport and physical activity as they move on from education. Internal factors (such as individual physical and psychological capability) and external factors (like access to opportunities) play a key role in influencing future participation. The report highlights:

  • Young disabled people can struggle to take part in sport and physical activity due to a deterioration or change in their physical condition.
  • Young disabled people often lack ‘life skills’ such as confidence, independence and resilience. These skills can be crucial in enabling them to seek physical activity opportunities outside of the school environment.
  • Participation in sport and physical activity is dependent on the available opportunities meeting a young disabled person’s motivations to take part. These motivations can often change during the transition from education to adulthood.
  • A number of key external factors impact a young disabled person’s opportunity to engage in sport during the transition period. These include access to sport inside and outside of school, support received from family and friends, availability of adaptive support, equipment and other resources.

One of the biggest declines in sports participation of disabled people occurs around the time they leave education, between the ages of 16 and 25 (Sport England Active People Survey 8, 2014). Currently only 16.3% of adults with a physical impairment take part in sport once a week, compared to 39.3% of non-disabled adults (Sport England Active People Survey 9, 2015).

So as well as understanding the reasons why disabled people do and do not participate in sport during this period, the report also outlines some specific recommendations for educators, healthcare professionals and sport providers. These note some of the ways in which they can provide better opportunities, to maintain activity levels of young disabled people after they leave education:

  • Healthcare professionals (e.g. physiotherapists) should be encouraged and guided to recommend suitable sport and leisure activities to young disabled people.
  • Training and guidance for educators should include advice on how to enable young disabled people to better engage in PE lessons. Such guidance should include strategies for developing young disabled people’s ‘life skills’.
  • Providers should reach out and engage young disabled people in sport and physical activity earlier. Either while they are still in education or in settings where they feel comfortable.
  • Greater access for individuals and providers to bid for funds to support sport and physical activity participation of young disabled people during the transition from education to adulthood.

Commenting on the findings, the National Disability Sports Organisations working group said:

“The transition from education to adulthood is a crucial time in all people’s lives. This period can be particularly challenging for young disabled people. It is also a time when a large number of disabled people disconnect from sport.

“These research findings demonstrate a clear need to engage disabled people in sport and physical activity at a young age, in order to address this decline in participation. When such opportunities are not taken, it becomes much harder to re-engage individuals in sport and physical activity in later life.

“We want to use this research to support educators and providers to deliver more accessible sporting opportunities for young disabled people and encourage them to maintain an active lifestyle into adulthood.”

Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe, said:

“Given the overwhelming benefits to being active, it’s important that sport and fitness remains a practical choice for disabled people, at every stage of their life.  This new research offers a helpful view of young disabled people’s experience of sport and fitness, and practical suggestions on how to build exercise into our lives.”

Moving forward, Cerebral Palsy Sport and the other NDSOs will use this research to work with educators, healthcare professionals and sport providers. To further develop more comprehensive, long-term strategies to address the current decline in young disabled people’s participation in sport during the transition from education to adulthood.

Active beyond education? is available in both accessible PDF and plain Word format.

To read the full report please click here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport celebrates Universal Children’s Day

Today, Friday 20 November marks United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day.

Established in 1954, Children’s Day encourages all countries to promote exchange and understanding among children, and to promote the welfare of the world’s children.

To celebrate Universal Children’s Day, we’re sharing stories from two children who have cerebral palsy. In their own words, they explain just why they love sport and physical activity, and why you should too.


George“The sport I play is football. When I was little I couldn’t walk and I had to use a K Frame. Ever since I got off the frame I always give 110% and try harder and never give in. I never think I can’t do something – I try harder and always have a go.

Football makes me feel happy because I’m doing what I love.

People should play sport because it’s a great thing to do, it means you exercise and it keeps you fit. You never know, you might make a career out of it!”


Thomas“I love the freedom of being able to run just like other children, except I use a Racerunner to help me.

Racerunning helps my legs – I’ve built up confidence in myself and I get to meet so many children who are just like me. I’ve also made new friends.

Sport can make such a difference to how you feel about yourself.”

How we help

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the leading disability sport’s organisation supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. We provide advice and guidance on getting active, along with opportunities for people of all abilities to take part on sport.

Find out more about the sport and physical activity opportunities we offer here.