The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

New research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing benefits if they take part in exercise.

Almost half of disabled people (47%) fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active, according to new research published by Activity Alliance.

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The research is particularly important as disabled people count for one in five of Britain’s population, almost 14 million people. However, they are currently the least active group in society, and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

The study, entitled ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’, shows that four in five disabled people would like to be more active (83%). Respondents’ reasons include that it enables them to manage impairments, pain, and to maintain and improve physical and mental health.

Almost two thirds (65%) of disabled people who participated in the study said they rely on benefits to be active. Without this financial support, they would not be able to afford travel, paid-for exercise and the specialist equipment needed to be active.

However, almost half of those who responded (48%) fear being seen as “too independent” for a disabled person. This could see them lose access to the benefits they need such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Some participants in the study told Activity Alliance that they live in fear of having their benefits taken away and worry about being reassessed, even if their reassessment date is years away.

Alan Ringland, is chairman of the Birmingham Ability Counts League, the largest league of disabled footballers in England.Alan, a qualified coach and referee said the league had 455 players three years ago and now only has only 250, with many people dropping out because they have lost benefits after PIP assessment.

The 62-year-old, whose sons both represented England in disability football teams, said: “I’ve seen players who have lost their PIP and aren’t able to attend anymore. When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate.

“Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that. In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.”

These experiences resonate deeply with former British wheelchair athlete Carly Tait, who has cerebral palsy and took part in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Carly, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, was told she would lose her adapted car four months before she was due to fly to Rio for the Paralympics. This came after being assessed for PIP in February of that year.

The 32-year-old, who had access to a car for 12 years under the Motability charity scheme needs the car for work and when in training used to attend two training sessions a day with local club Stockport Harriers.

Now eight months pregnant with her first child, Carly already lives in fear of having to undertake her next PIP assessment in eight years’ time. Carly said: “When I was assessed for PIP in 2016 and found out that I was going to lose my car, the bottom fell out of my world. I was distraught and couldn’t focus on my training – I couldn’t even get around the track without breaking down in tears.“It was an extremely distressing time in my life, and despite the fact that my next assessment is eight years away, it’s already causing me stress just thinking about what might happen.

“Being active means I can manage my disability better; I have more energy, am more confident and all-round I’m a lot happier in myself. Without the financial support that I received, I would never have been able to get myself to training twice a week.“There are enough financial barriers to sport as it is, especially with the high costs of adapted equipment for some disabled people, without the additional fear of losing benefits.

“We need to give all disabled people the same rights to be active that everyone else enjoys – and end the activity trap now.”

Mik Scarlet, 53, has been a wheelchair user since his childhood, after complications from his cancer treatment resulted in paralysis. A TV broadcaster and journalist from Camden, who hosts a video blog on the benefits of sitting yoga, Mik said: “I had an awful experience with the award of my PIPs, which took a year of fighting to resolve and has taken a huge emotional toll. While my yoga blog has generally been well received, quite a few disabled people have contacted me saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.

“The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.”

Andy Dalby-Welsh, Deputy Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said: “Disabled people deserve the same right to be active as everybody else, no matter whether they want to make use of their local gym or become an elite athlete. But the stark reality is that disabled people are still twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. This needs to change.“That is why this rigorous, evidenced report has such an important role to play in changing the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We need to understand the challenges and barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis.“The numbers within the report, although shocking, give us a starting point for change. We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible. We would urge policy makers within national and local Government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written. Let’s enable more disabled people to lead happier and healthier lives.”

Disabled people can find out more about the benefits of being active, who to contact and ideas on where and how to get started on Activity Alliance website, visit www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active 
To download a copy of the report: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4430-the-activity-trap-benefits-or-being-fit

Cerebral Palsy Sport Renews Partnership with Floatsation

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our partnership with Floatsation.com

Floatsation has been developed by Martin Mansell, Paralympic Swimmer and winner of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at 2 Paralympic games.

Martin’s mission is to bring the benefits of enjoying the water to disabled youngsters and adults. Working in partnership CP Sports users have the opportunity to see the benefits of Floatsation products and give something back when purchasing.

Enjoying the water with Floatsation has immeasurable benefits. In addition to the physical enjoyment of gaining water skills the increased confidence can lead to improved self-esteem and independence. Then there’s increased spatial awareness, great exercise, team skills and relaxation. That all adds up to quality of life improvements only possible through positive experiences.

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Floatsation® (formerly known as Original Floatsation and New Age Floatsation) is a unique matrix of balls giving total support and independence in water for people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, young and old.

The Floatsation® product range has wide applications both in the leisure market as an inclusive swimming/floatsation aid and as hydrotherapy aid in the pool. The products enable independence in the water acting as an exercise unit and an aid to relaxation at the same time; as well as being a fun toy in the water for all..

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The original product Floatsation® was developed in the mid-1990s and was promoted as a teaching and hydrotherapy aid to physiotherapists and SEN teachers. Re-developed in 2003 by Martin Mansell Floatsation® has gone on to be one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever proving popular with swimming teachers, therapists and parents in all swimming settings, whether school, Leisure centre or at home. Martin believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the freedom that being in water brings.

Incidentally, Martin has spent a lot of time in the water over the years. He won 11 medals in the pool (including 4 gold medals) at two Paralympics (’84 and ’88).

Floatsation® can enable everyone to have fun in the water in a safe and confident way. It enables users to have fun while still allowing them to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Aquatic Skills
  • Water awareness
  • Spatial awareness
  • Team Skills
  • Relaxation in water
  • General relaxation
  • Safe exercise in water for all abilities and ages
Find out more about the partnership and how you can support CP Sport here http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/inclusive-sport-fund/

Activity Alliance launch new strategy ‘Achieving Inclusion Together’

As a member organisation of the Activity Alliance, Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to share their new 2018-2021 strategy, ‘Achieving Inclusion Together’.

Determined to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport, the Activity Alliance looks to a future where disabled people are just as likely as non-disabled people to be active.

Disabled people count for one in five of our population, but are currently the least active group in society and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. Participation rates have remained stubbornly resistant to growth for many years, despite Activity Alliance’s research showing that seven in ten disabled people want to be more active.

The strategy drives Activity Alliance’s vision that disabled people are active for life. It builds upon the success as the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and sets the goals under the new operating name, Activity Alliance.

The strategy outlines the desire to see the number of active disabled people on a sustainable upward trajectory and has three strategic outcomes impacting at different levels:

Individual: Enhanced health and well-being for all disabled people (physical, mental, social, emotional and economic well-being).
Societal: A more equal society in which disabled people can achieve more through increased opportunities and choice.
Organisational: A system where organisations have fully embedded approaches to inclusion into their mainstream work so they can effectively support individual disabled people.

To view the strategy visit www.activityalliance.org.uk/strategy 

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Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back!

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back for a 3rd year with the ceremony taking place on the 6th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village 4pm-5pm.

The 2017 awards were a great success with nominations coming in from across the county. The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise those that work hard to ensure that sports and activity for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments is available and high quality.

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The award categories are:

  • Sports Achiever of the Year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Club of the Year
  • Official of the Year

Additional awards that will be presented on the day are; The Andrew Stubbs Trophy,  Swimmer of the Year,  Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour, Fundraiser of the Year, Young Fundraiser of the Year,  and Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you believe that someone you know deserves to be recognised, or you want to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication download the nomination form here CP Sport Awards 2018 – nominations forms

If you would like to make your nominations via our online nomination form please use the following links:

Deadline for nominations is Monday 17th September 12pm.

The top 3 nominations in each category will be invited to attend the ceremony where the winners will be announced.

If you would like any further information please contact info@cpsport.org

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National CP Football Finals come to Nottingham

On Saturday the 2nd June CP Sports National Adults CP Football League came to an end with a 1 day finals tournament held at the University of Nottingham The day saw 9 teams who participate in the league between September and May, come together and battle on the pitch to win the National Cup.

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Team who took part on were CP United Reds, CP United Blues, North East & Yorkshire CP, Derby County Community Trust CP, South West CP, Disability 4 Sport CP, Chelsea Blues, Chelsea Whites, and Brighton and Hove Albion Community Trust CP. It was a fantastic day, with some incredible football on show. The finals also saw the first female CP footballer debut for North East and Yorkshire CP Football Club.

Results were close throughout the day, but ended with a CP United finals with Reds taking on the Blues and claiming the victory.

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Irwin Mitchell were proud sponsors of the event and presented the National Cup to CP united Reds. They also presented the  Northern conference winners North East & Yorkshire CP, and the Southern Conference Winners Chelsea Blues with the league shields.

A huge thank you to the referees that officiated throughout the day, and to the University of Nottingham for supporting with facilities.

If you want to play CP Football have a look at our football page www.cpsport.org/football or if you are a CP football team that would like to join the league next season contact Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

 

Chelsea Blues Take Top Spot

CP Sports National Adult CP Football League has been running since September 2017 and after 5 fixtures the Southern Conference Winners are Chelsea Blues!

The League has continued to run with fixtures taking place on a monthly basis. The league consists of 8 teams from 6 clubs across the country, and is split into a Northern Conference and Southern Conference. The team are

Companthorpe North East CP FC

CP United Reds

CP United Blue

Derby County Community Trust CP

South West CP

Disability 4 Sport CP

Chelsea Whites

Chelsea Blues

The Southern conference teams have now played all fixtures with competition for the top spot coming down the the last games of the season and Chelsea Blues coming top of the table by 1 point. Chelsea Blues will now go forward to compete against the Northern Conference winners on the 16th June at St Georges Park as part of the FAs Disability Cup Finals.

For more information regarding the league and to see the league table click here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=702

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CP Sport announce Irwin Mitchell as sponsor of the CP Football National Finals.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is extremely pleased to announce that Irwin Mitchell are official sponsors of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football Finals .

Irwin Mitchell and Cerebral Palsy Sport have a strong history of working together to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical disabilities access sporting opportunities at a local level, and supporting them to go on and reach their potential.

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track-record of supporting disability sports through its Don’t Quit, Do It campaign. The firm works closely with Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and sponsors the English Amputee Football Association among other sports groups and organisations.

This latest partnership sees Irwin Mitchell support the Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football League Finals to be held on the 2nd June 2018. The finals will bring together 9 teams from across the country, who will have been competing at regional fixtures between October 17 – April 18.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “The support of Irwin Mitchell means we can make the finals a bigger and better event than ever before.  We’re confident that those involved will have a fantastic day.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Irwin Mitchell go a long way in helping us to achieve our aim of raising aspirations, promoting inclusion and supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.”

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.

“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”

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CP Sport launches partnership with Boccia England

CP Sport is excited to announce that we will be working in partnership with Boccia England.

The partnership has been established to promote Boccia opportunities as well as the range of sports programmes and offers from CP Sport to both organsiations members and users.

Boccia England are the National Governing Body (NGB) for Boccia in England. They are responsible for all aspects of the sport in this country, from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation.

Boccia England’s five key priorities are:

  • Promote participation in the sport;
  • Empower our athletes to achieve their full potential;
  • Provide a sustainable future for the sport;
  • Support and develop our staff and volunteers;
  • Develop and govern the sport

Working in partnership with CP Sport will support the NGB to achieve these priorities. To do this Boccia England will be supporting CP Sport SportStart programme.

Many of the athletes who take part in Boccia also take part in CP Sport activities with the benefits of taking part in duel sports highlighted in our latest ‘My Story’.

Beth is both a Boccia player and a Racerunner. when asked about how the to sports work together she said

“I feel my Boccia is going from strength to strength. I still do 2 PT sessions a week, Boccia training and hydrotherapy but I have added in RaceRunning and the benefits are clear; I am stronger, fitter and healthier, I get cardio-vascular exercise so my stamina has improved, my core and range of movement means I am both more still on court but I can also reach awkward shots, and then my concentration, focus and mood has improved, so has my attitude on court”.

Beth

To read the full story click http://www.cpsport.org/?p=10071

CP Sport announce Young Ambassador Thomas Hitchen

CP Sport prides itself on providing opportunities for young people to use their voice to inspire others to get active and go on to achieve their life potential through sport and active recreation.
Our Young Ambassadors are at the forefront of this and we are please to announce our new Young Ambassador Thomas Hitchen.

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Thomas Hitchen is a 20 year old with a passion for sport, who not only plays but also helps others to experience and be involved in the sporting.

Thomas joined CP Sport on a twelve week placement over which he has actively supported our team by carrying out numerous tasks ranging from planning events, right through to applying for additional funding.

Becoming a Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Thomas said:
“I didn’t get into Table Cricket solely to play, but to be able to further my understanding of disability sport. This would not only allow me to further my knowledge, but also allow me to offer the thrills that sports bring that nothing else can!”

To read Thomas’s story and find out more about our Young Ambassadors visit Thomas – MyStory

#CPCan First Physical Impairment Gymnastics launches

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with British Gymnastics and Limbpower are running the first physical impairment gymnastics sessions at Nottingham Gymnastics club on the 10th and 17th March 3pm-4.30pm.

The aim of the sessions are to provide people with cerebral palsy or a physical impairment to have a go at gymnastics in a fun, safe and secure environment surround by qualified gymnastics coaches. Gymnastics has the power to develop young peoples balance, coordination and core strength which will have a positive impact on every day life. These sessions provide the opportunity for children aged 3-11 along with their siblings to explore the gymnastics club, try the different disciplines and have fun.

To book a place please complete and return the attached forms to Lisa.morton-Smith@cpsport.org

CP Sport Photo Consent Form 2018 Registration Form British Gymnastics Events 2018