The finalists for the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards 2019 have been confirmed. Nominations have been submitted over the past two months for the annual awards ceremony which will take place on Sunday 6th October 2019, World CP Day, at the University of Nottingham where the winners will be announced.
The following finalists are confirmed:
SportsAchiever of the Year:
Toby Markham (Athletics, Running)
Thomas Talbot ( Athletics, RaceRunning)
Lucas Town (Wheelchair Tennis)
Volunteer of the Year:
Julie Bowler (Football)
Phil Fleetwood (RaceRunning)
Richard Mee (Football)
Club of the Year:
Newtown Sports Club (Football)
CP North West (Football)
City of Manchester Aquatics swim team – Matt Walker Academy (Swimming)
Coach of the Year:
Mark Lodge (Athletics)
Julie Bowler (Football)
Leah Poole (Football)
Official of the Year:
Pat Sheldon (Athletics)
Ann Basford (Swimming)
Terry Jeyles (Football)
The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 6th October 2019 at the University of Nottingham.
Read more about our Awards and previous winners here
A free workshop
was held on Saturday 17th August at Tresham College, Kettering for football
Referees and Volunteers.
provided those who attended with an overview of the National CP Football League
and the structure of the league for the 2019-2020 season.
Ten participants attended the workshop either in person or via a Webex. There was
a mix of current referees within the league and new referees keen to be
involved in the league for the upcoming season.
from those who took part:
“The league rules are clear, it’s important Referees have a good understanding, so the workshop was good. Understanding the classification system was beneficial to me.”
“Course was clear to understand and delivered in a relaxed manner
which made it a positive experience.”
“Very interesting and engaging. I have learnt a lot and hopefully
will get more involved.”
“A Learning day.”
National League fixtures take place from Saturday 28th September.
St Georges Park, near Burton on Trent welcomed female players along to the CP Sport Female Football event, on Sunday 4th August 2019.
Following the success and profile form the Lionesses over the summer, 10 enthusiastic players attended the CP female football even at the training venue for England’s National sides. The aim of the event was to bring female players together proving them with the opportunity to have fun, experience playing football, and leave them with enthusiasm to continue to play.
The players and family where given a guided tour of the facilities used by the National teams, including the Lionesses. Following the tour, the players took part in a football session on the indoor 3G pitch in the football centre.
The girls were coached through some basic activities and taught skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting which led into a fun game at the end.
The feedback from the players and participants has been really positive.
“Coaches were amazing. Leant
loads and want to learn more. Coaches were kind and helpful”
“It was good and it was good
to be around people with CP.”
“I learnt to be captain and
do a team talk and where Harry Kane sits.”
“Thank you for the opportunity
today. I have enjoyed it and found it good because there were different ages
and a unique experience.”
“What a great day and an
amazing place with great coaches
Never seen my daughter so
happy and involved as I have since starting CP Football. It’s an incredible
resource thank you.”
“This was such as excellent
and valuable experience for our daughter as she took part in activities that
she would usually find daunting. She loved the event, made friends which she
usually finds difficult and her confidence grew. Well done to the staff who run
these fantastic events for females with CP.”
“Meeting children with the same disability has been empowering.”
Ellie first tried athletics after watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games and later discovered RaceRunning at at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics event. She now trains in Sheffield and has gone on to compete for Team CP England at two World Games and works hard to help raise the profile of the sport.
After breaking the World Record Ellie said to Cerebral Palsy Sport,
“I can’t believe I’ve broken a world record! Over the past
year, I’ve changed my training and I’ve upped it by quite a lot – I was
starting to see the improvements and rewards, but I thought a world record was
still a way off, if at all. So it was incredible to break the world record,
especially in the weather conditions in Manchester this past weekend. All the
hard work truly paid off!”
Cerebral Palsy Sport were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Janice Eaglesham MBE on Sunday.
One of the most influential individuals involved in disability sport in Scotland, Janice has been Chair of Scottish Disability Sport since 2014. She was also an active tutor delivering education and training courses across Scotland alongside her many other roles in disability sport.
As a member of the CPISRA RaceRunning committee Janice revolutionised the coaching methods of this athletics event and has been a huge support to Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning events and athletes over many years, including at the CPISRA World Games in San Cugat in August 2018.
A pioneer in the coaching of RaceRunning. Janice along with her husband Ian Mirfin founded Red Star Athletics Club and under their coaching, numerous athletes have gone on to represent their country and win medals at World Championship and Paralympics. The club has also received many honours over the years, including Glasgow Club of the Year, and Janice and Ian jointly won Scotland’s Unsung Heroes.
In 2016 Janice and Ian were both awarded MBEs in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in recognition of their services to disability sport.
Janice’s contribution to disability sport has had a positive effect on many individuals and organisations and her passing will impact many. At this time our thoughts are with her husband Ian, her family and her many friends.
The Superhero Series – the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to people with disabilities – will have a powerful boost this year, as Marvel is announced as the headline sponsor for the 2019 Superhero Tri (17th August). The competitive family fun event will feature Marvel Super Hero characters and storytelling to help participants find their power before, during and after the challenge, and inspire more children and families to get involved.
With 1,500 participants, aged
3-81, already signed up – and more spaces still available – the first event of
this year’s series will see people with any kind of disability come together to
compete in a unique, solo or team challenge at 2012 Summer Paralympic and Olympic
venue, Dorney Lake, Windsor.
The Superhero Tri throws out
restrictive rules and regulations and encourages participants to use any method
of support required to complete their challenge. All ‘gadgets and gismos’ are
welcomed on the course, from floats and boats to adaptive bikes and trikes. Participants
can choose between flying solo or teaming up with ‘Sidekicks’ (non-disabled family
and friends) to take on the unique challenges with as much or as little time
and support as they need.
With a huge emphasis on fun, Superhero
Tri participants and their ‘Sidekicks’ are also encouraged to come along
dressed as their favourite Super Hero.
The perfect partner for a day
that is all about inspiring participants to unlock their inner super power, Marvel
will bring the epic energy of its iconic Super Hero characters to the event. From
the car park to the finish line, Marvel storytelling and exciting touches will
help participants unleash their inner Super Hero, adding even more fun to this
competitive family event. Everything from giant LEGO® models of
Thor’s Hammer, to Captain America’s shield and the Infinity Gauntlet, to
inspirational quotes from Super Hero favourites including Captain Marvel and
Spider-Man, will help make the participants feel like a true Super Hero.
Meanwhile, performers from Marvel Universe
LIVE will lead the participants’ “Power Up” session before the race
begins. Marvel Universe LIVE is a live-action arena spectacular
featuring more than 25 of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes and Villains,
which will be performing in nine cities across the UK, beginning 18th
well as 18 waves of participants racing throughout the day, there will also be
a ‘celebrity race’ for members of the public who have won the chance to unite
with high-profile Celebrity Team Captains from TV and sport. This year’s event
will see celebrities including DJ and journalist Jordan Jarrett-Bryan; Paralympic equestrian champion Sophie Christiansen; Invictus Games athlete, JJ Chalmers; Paralympian
and Wimbledon doubles champion, Alfie Hewett; and eight-time London Marathon winner and
six-time Paralympic champion, David Weir, lead competition
winners in their very own teams as they complete the course.
Marvel’s sponsorship for the
Superhero Series forms part of Marvel and Disney UK’s wider Healthy Living
initiative, which uses the power of popular characters to inspire children and
families to be more active. Marianthi
O’Dwyer, Vice President, Healthy Living UK at The Walt Disney Company:“There are more than 13 million people with
disabilities in the UK, but only around one in eight regularly take part in
sport*. The Superhero Series aims to reduce barriers to entry into disabled
sport, offering a great opportunity for families in the disabled community
across the country to come together, get active and most of all, have fun.
Marvel stories are all about ordinary humans finding their inner power, so
we’re delighted to play a role in this year’s event and help make the day even
more epic and inspiring for everyone involved.”
Superhero Series is founded and run by Paralympian, Sophia Warner, who
has been involved in disability sport for more than 25 years. Speaking of her reasons for launching the series, Sophia
says: “I know first-hand what a hugely positive impact sport can have on a
person’s life. I believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy momentous and
often life-changing sporting events. That’s why when I retired from
professional sport, I created the Superhero Series – sporting events designed
especially for people with disabilities.
“I’m thrilled to have Marvel
on board as our headline sponsor for the Superhero Tri – having the support of
such an iconic brand elevates the profile and importance of disability sport
for the masses to a whole new level. I know the participants will feel inspired
to dig even deeper and find their inner super power by the amazing
story-telling and Marvel touches throughout the event.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to support disability sport, Channel 4 will film at the event, with Clare Balding hosting a 60-minute programme set to broadcast on 31st August.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is a charity partner and you can take part, have fun and raise funds for us at the same time!
If you wish to be part of our team and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 925 7027 for an application form.
Who says it’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it?
Who says disabled people aren’t competitive?
A new exciting campaign from Activity Alliance is calling
time on negative perceptions about disability, inclusion and sport and asks – who says?
For far too long disabled people have faced misconceptions
and presumptions on what is and isn’t possible, including in sport. Leading
national charity, Activity Alliance, wants to move the conversations on, open
people’s minds and shift out-dated views on disability. Who says? gives positive
evidence that replaces these negative ideas.
Launched on 15 July, who
says? was created in response to the charity’s
recent research, which explored non-disabled people’s attitudes on
inclusive activity. The findings show a lack of understanding could be causing
long-lasting barriers for disabled people, leading to inactivity. For the least
active audience in our country, people’s attitudes can make or break activity experiences.
Who says we can’t break down barriers?
In reality, disabled people have countless personal
experiences that lead to marginalisation, low confidence and inactivity.
empowers people, on and off the field of play, to challenge their own and
others’ perceptions. But, here are some facts that need serious consideration:
Disabled people are twice as likely to be
physically inactive as non-disabled people. Although we saw an increase
recently, the number of active disabled people remains resistant to growth. [i]
The main barriers to being active are
psychological, logistical and physical, with psychological the most
influential. This is, disabled people’s personal impression of sport and
non-disabled people’s attitudes about disabled people playing sport.[ii]
Two thirds (64 per cent) of disabled people
would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people,
currently only half (51 per cent) are doing so. [iii]
Research shows almost half of disabled people
fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active.[iv]
Only 14 per cent of non-disabled people are
aware of having previously taken part in sport with disabled people. But three
quarters (73%) of non-disabled people were open to the idea. [v]
To kick it off, the campaign films challenge six findings
from the research. The films provide upbeat insight with a mixture of disabled
and non-disabled people. They share their own experiences and feelings on these
It’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it
Disabled people aren’t competitive
Watch what you say around disabled people
Disabled people don’t want to join in
Disabled people might get hurt
Everyone can’t take part together
Barry Horne, Chief
Executive for Activity Alliance, said:
“Negative experiences should not be
allowed to continually shape disabled people’s lives. This campaign aims to replace misconceptions with
reality. If we truly want everybody to benefit from being active, then
we need to call time on negative perceptions. The positive messages in our campaign provide a
fresh and authentic view of the sports world. We are asking you to join us in creating a movement built solidly on equality,
freedom and choice.”
Adam Blaze, Sport England’s Strategic Lead for Disability,
“We are delighted to see the launch of the Who
Says campaign which will challenge negative-perceptions disabled people face
when getting active while encouraging people of all abilities to get active
together. Views that disabled people don’t want to join in, might get hurt or
that everyone can’t take part together are just some of the perceptions that
prevent disabled people from being active. The campaign tackles these myths
head on showing that we can all do more to break down the barriers and
challenge negative perceptions facing disabled people wanting to get involved
in sport and physical activity.”
Who says you can’t be part of the movement?
The first campaign phase will run for six weeks over summer.
Whilst the who says? movement begins,
we are calling for you to get involved in the campaign by posting your own
experiences using #WhoSays. Share our films and make your own to add your voice
to the campaign.
Tell us your who
says? You could be a disabled person who has challenged someone’s attitude
whilst being active. Your organisation wants to share positive stories. Or your
company plans to use the campaign to release new funding focused on inclusion.
Beyond the hashtag
Taking the conversation beyond the #WhoSays hashtag is
important to us. It’s crucial we talk honestly and openly about matters that
affect disabled people’s activity, like policy, funding and promotion. We hope
the campaign leads to bigger conversations, greater collaboration and wider
If your organisation would like to get involved and you have
a great idea for the campaign, please contact email@example.com or
call 0161 228 2868.
We can’t challenge perceptions and change the reality of
disability, inclusion and sport. Who
Members of the CP National league are out in force at the IFCPF World Cup in Seville, Spain.
Kicking off their campaign in style, England have defeated Germany today by 5-2 in the first of their group matches.
A number of the England squad play in the National CP League, a league that provides players a national competition structure. On the squad is CP North West player George Fletcher, as well as Martin Sinclair, Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador.
Find all the latest news and results from the IFCPF here. England will play Japan on Wednesday 10th July and Brazil on Friday 12th July.
The CP National league is split into 2 divisions, North and South and fixtures will take place at central venues. The league will start again soon If you would like to find your nearest team or would like more information on the league please contact Rich Kerr Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
The STA is an international award-winning charity working towards the objective of preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques. Cerebral Palsy Sport will be working with the STA on projects to raise the profile on the importance of learning to swim and disability swimming.
2019 Learn to Swim week took place from 13th – 19th May 2019. This initiative is designed by the STA to promote the importance of learning to swim which is a life-saving skill. Cerebral Palsy Sport were proud to support the campaign this year by helping promote their message and share important content and information.
Jen Basford, National Sports Development Officer at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said,
“I have seen first-hand the brilliant work the STA do and how much of a positive impact they have in swimming. Their message for saving lives through learning to swim is extremely important and they offer support for any ability.”
Leanne Dougliss, Head of Sales at the STA, said,
“We are extremely proud of our partnership with CP Sport. We look forward to working with them over the coming months to share expertise and knowledge, as part of our aim of giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn how to swim.”
The STA offer swimming awards, qualifications and CPDs in the following areas:
The STA are supporting promotion of the Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming programme such as Development Galas, National Championships and SwimStarts. You can find out more about our swimming opportunities here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/
At the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series in York on Saturday 15th June World Records were achieved by Rafeek Solaiman, for the Senior RR3 Male 200m and Thomas Talbot, for the Under 16 Male RR2 1500m.
Rafi, 19 from City of Sheffield and Dearn AC coached by Phil Fleetwood, broke the previous record of 38.15 seconds held by Gavin Drysdale, setting of new time of 35.99 seconds. Thomas, 15, from Lincoln Wellington AC coached by Lee Troop, established a new World Record of 7.15.35 minutes , the first RR2 U16 to set this record .
It was the third event in the Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics Series this season and a full programme with many races on the track, both in Ambulant and RaceRunning events. The field programme saw the largest range of events this season. There was tremendous support from family and friends for all the competitors and provided a great atmosphere for the event.
RaceRunning is a fast growing sport, and is being included at the highest levels of competition globally and is now part of the Paralympic pathway. Cerebral Palsy Sport provide opportunities in the sport from grassroots to competitive level.
Both Rafi and Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA World Games in Barcelona in 2018 and regularly compete in Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics events and the British Athletics Parallel Success events.
After establishing the World Record Thomas said;
“I’m really pleased to have created a new World Record for the Under 16 Male RR2 RaceRunning 1500m event. RaceRunning has given me so much and it was a hard race but I’m so happy. I have not done this alone so a big thank you to my all family, my club Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club, my coach Lee Troop, to CP Sport for providing such great events and to the many supporters who have helped me so much since I took up RaceRunning. Congratulations also to Rafi who also broke the Senior RR3 Male 200m world record. What a day for our RaceRunners! ”
“Racerunning has filled in the empty space in my life. It has made me new friends and got me to places and milestones that were once unthinkable”
The last event of the Athletics series this season is in Derby at Moorways Stadium on Saturday 10th August and we will be finishing off the season with our National Championships in Doncaster on Saturday 21 September. Spectators are welcome.
Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics programme here or contact Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics officer: Adi.email@example.com