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

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CP Sport announce new Sporting Ambassador Martin Sinclair

CP Sport are proud to announce our newest sporting ambassador Martin Sinclair.

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Martin plays for England Cerebral Palsy Football Team, and was in the Great Britain squad for the Paralympics in London 2012. Martin and his brother Scott Sinclair made history by becoming the first brothers to represent any nation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same year.

After representing his country and getting 50 England caps, Martin retired from the game in 2015 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the national football museum in 2016.
However Martin recently come out of retirement to play for England Cerebral Palsy again and with his next target set for selection for the European Championships.

Martins says “If I can come back from 18 operations on my hip and two hip replacements anything is possible.” #CPCan

Outside of playing for England Martin is the Saintsability Development Officer at the Saints Foundation focusing on inspiring the next generation and turning their potential into excellence.

Read more about our sporting ambassadors here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=3097

CP Sport is proud to be supporting the FA’s Disability Cup

Cerebral Palsy sport will again be coordinating the cerebra palsy football final on June 16th as part of the FA’s Disability Cup Weekend.

The FA Disability Cup returns this summer with England’s top grassroots disability teams competing at the national football centre, St. George’s Park, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June.

The competition, which is now in its third year, is the largest of its kind in this country, with six cup finals scheduled to take place in partnership with a range of impairment-specific organisations:

• Amputee (England Amputee Football Association)
• Blind (The National Blind Football League)
• Cerebral palsy (Cerebral Palsy Sport)
• Deaf (English Schools’ Football Association)
• Partially sighted (National Partially Sighted Football League)
• Powerchair (Wheelchair Football Association)

CP Sport are extremely happy the share that this year’s event will also play host to an exhibition of frame football.

Phil Heap, National Participation Manager, said: “The FA Disability Cup is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of players, coaches, officials, volunteers, fans and partner organisations involved across the grassroots disability game.

The two teams that will be competing in the 2018 final will be the winners of the northern conference and southern conference who participate in monthly fixtures in CP Sport National CP Football League.

If you want to get involved in CP football visit our football page