The Paul Bush Foundation Trust donate to CP Sport Table Cricket

On Wednesday 21st June 2017, Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Aideen Blackborough was presented with a cheque for £10,000 from The Paul Bush Foundation Trust.

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This substantial donation is to support the Cerebral Palsy Sport Table Cricket programme for one year.

Table Cricket is a game for everyone to play and enjoy – young or old, disabled and non-disabled – and is a great way to teach the basic rules of cricket, all on a table top. It is played in schools, residential care homes, day centres and more, right across the country.

 

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Helen Jackson from the Paul Bush Foundation presented the cheque to Aideen Blackborough and Sport Development Office Richard Kerr.

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust was set up by Bush & Company Rehabilitation in 2012, after over 25 years experience in the field of severeand catastrophic injury, with the following aims, to assist those with an acquired physical disability, as a result of an accident or birth injury to improve their physical, psychological and emotional well-being via the provision of grants to address individual needs, and to support registered charitable organisations in England whose objectives are solely related to the provision of services to people with an acquired disability as a result of an accident or birth injury.

If you are interested in our Table Cricket programme please click here or contact us: info@cpsport.org

Find out more about supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport here.

 

Celebrating Womens Sport Week 2017

This week 19th – 25th June, we are celebrating Women’s Sport Week. Its officially the start of the summer this week and what better time to take up a new sport or activity!

We have some great female role models involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport, from volunteers to ambassadors to coaches and participants so we’ll be showcasing some of those stories on social media this week. We hope they will inspire many more girls and women to get into sport.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador and international RaceRunner Ellie Simpson said:

“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport to encourage more girls with CP to get into sport. Why not have a go? It might just change your life like it has done for me! ”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport said:

“We want more women and girls to get involved in sport and enjoy the huge benefits that being active brings to their lives. Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”#

We have also been speaking to more of our participants about their sporting experiences, 18 year old Leaha Dixon said:

“My name is Leaha Dixon and I am 18yrs old. I have Cerebral Palsy, after a difficult start in life (both my mum and I were very poorly) and many hospital and physio visits, my mum and dad were told that if I didn’t walk by the time I was 3 I probably wouldn’t, well I did and I haven’t stopped since!! After doing various things from swimming, horse riding and dancing I started at Doncaster Athletics club , I found that I really liked running, it gives me the exercise and stretching which helps me to keep fit and healthy. I enjoy meeting up with everyone at competitions and I’ve made some great friends up and down the country which is great, also meeting some of the great paralympians which we have. Athletics has helped my confidence a lot and hopefully I’ll be able to continue running and try and break as many PB’s as possible.”

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If you are interested in taking part in Cerebral Palsy Sport activities please find our events list here

Please feel free to contact us with your CP sporting stories at info@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomes new Trustees

Cerebral Palsy Sport have recently recruited new Trustees to the Board.

Cerebral Palsy is governed by a Board of Trustees. These volunteers play a vital role in the charity. The Trustee Board is collectively responsible for establishing the essential purposes of Cerebral Palsy Sport and are also responsible for safe-guarding its ethos and values.

The Board has a number of roles and responsibilities including working with the Senior Management Team to develop long-term strategy, creating policies to govern organisational activity and personnel policies and making sure the Memorandum and Articles of Association are followed.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are extremely pleased to introduce the following members to the Board:

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Ken has worked in disability sport for a large part of his working life, both as a volunteer with a number of National Disability Sports Organisations and also, more recently, in a professional capacity with National Governing Bodies of Sport. Amongst these he has worked for British Athletics and the England and Wales Cricket Board in helping to develop their disability programmes and also for the British Paralympic Association.

Leon Taylor

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Leon was a Goalkeeper with the England Cerebral Palsy Football Team from 2003-2011 and competed in international tournaments across Europe and the rest of the world. Leon has long played an important role in supporting the charity as an ambassador and said;

“As a disabled person I am passionate about everyone being treated fairly and not being discriminated for being “different”.  Difference is an important aspect of society and I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to realise their potential.  For that reason I am delighted to join the Board of CP Sport.”

Paul Marriner

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Paul’s stepdaughter Rebecca is 26 and has cerebral palsy. Rebecca has shown her family that, although sport is a step too far for her, using any means to deliver someone’s true potential is very rewarding for everyone but especially for Rebecca. Paul is a qualified CIMA accountant, an experienced technology transformation consultant whilst working for organisations such as PwC.

 

 

 

Paul Schorb

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Paul retired as the Financial Director and Company Secretary of Glenstone Property Plc in September 2016, following 40 years in both the professional and corporate sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with experience in financial management and reporting, corporate governance and auditing. Paul said;

“My decision to retire from full-time employment was based on a long-term desire to work within sport. I am delighted to have to have the opportunity of combining my skills and passion to promote the excellent work carried out by Cerebral Palsy Sport.”

For the full list of Board members please click here

 

CP Sport Ambassadors announced to compete at World Para Athletics Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors Stephen Miller MBE, Graeme Ballard and Sam Ruddock have all been named as part of Team GB for the World Para Athletics Championships taking place in London on 14th – 23rd July 2017.

The 49-strong British team was announced by British Athletics this week and includes 21 medallists from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Stephen Miller, 37, who won bronze in the Rio Paralympics last September, was male team captain for the GB Athletics Team in the London 2012 Paralympics, where a hip injury prevented him being fully fit and he finished 11th.

Stephen said;

“It’s always special to be named in a British team, and it’s always the first goal of the season, I take nothing for granted. It’s a proud moment for me and my family and my support team. I haven’t medalled at World Championships since 2011 so I’m motivated to put that right. I’m in good shape physically and mentally, we’re confident I can put in a great performance in London this July.”

Ten 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallists have been selected including Hannah Cockroft,  Aled Davies , Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead.
Watch out for Graeme Ballard in T36 100m and 200m, Stephen Miller in the F32 Club Throw and Sam Ruddock in F35 Shot Put.

Abbie Hunnisett, featured in  Cerebral Palsy Sports ‘My Story’ will be competing in the F32 Club Throw.

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We wish all the athletes the best of luck at the Games!

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors here.

 

Another World Record at the CP Sport Athletics Series!

The second in the 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series took place at the University of York on Saturday 27th May.

It was another event packed with exciting competition on the track and field and for Muninder Singh Hayer it was his second World Record in the series.

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We caught up with RaceRunner Muninder who told us how his season is going so far and about his most recent World Record performance.

” I couldn’t ask to be in better form going into the World Championships later this year. Training is going better than expected and I feel like I can achieve the impossible at the moment. Only last week I finished my final week at University and last exam.

When I broke the 200 meter World Record early last month it took about a week to sink in but for people who personally know me I almost forgot about what I had achieved and just carried on training. As I’d exceeded expectations at my first competition of the season myself and my coach decided to put my winning formula to the test and make a debut in the 800 meters. With me being so competitive and about 6 weeks before my next competition I drastically forced myself and made training sessions harder. This ranged from doing several 800 meters on the track (sometimes pulling a 10KG weight) to increasing my leg presses from 18KG to 32KG.

Finally the opportunity of my first competitive 800 meters came last weekend at York and I can’t say anything else other than I gave it my best considering the weather conditions and smashed the World Record by just over 19 seconds with 04.35.5. I’m not going to give anything else away heading into the World Championships… “

You can follow Muninders progress via the links below:

Website: www.munindersinghhayer.co.uk

Twitter: @sikh4lfe

Instagram: @sikh4lfe

Facebook: facebook.com/mshf31

Read Muninder’s story here.

Enter the 2017 Athletics Series and National Championships here.

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

Volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Sport covers many different activities and formats from being a sporting official to a trustee on the board, from educating to fundraising. we strive to make volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

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This week we are celebrating our Volunteers by sharing some of those stories across our social media. If you have a Cerebral Palsy Sport volunteering experience you would like to share do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact: info@cpsport.org

CP Sport launch new Family Membership package

Today, 1st June 2017, Cerebral Palsy Sport have announced changes to membership categories including the launch of a brand new membership package.

In response to requests and interest for a family membership we have developed one package for the whole family.

The Family membership: 

Two adults (18 years and over) and two juniors (under 18 years old) in the same family.

All full membership benefits apply which include:

  • Regular information on the charity and events
  • First opportunity on event tickets and offers that Cerebral Palsy Sport receive from partner organisations
  • Reduced costs for Cerebral Palsy Sport events
  • Invitation to members meeting and AGM
  • Voting rights for adults aged 18 +

 The cost of the annual family membership is £50. (For additional juniors a £10 fee, per child is applied)

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There will be an increase in individual annual membership fees for those joining or renewing from 1st June 2017. Adult membership (for aged 18 and above) will be increased to £20 and junior membership (for aged under 18) will be increased to £15. The membership continues to offer discount to Cerebral Palsy Sport event entry fees.

Membership categories, benefits and downloadable forms can be found here

For further information contact:  info@cpsport.org

 

 

Come and Try Tennis at the British Open

The British Open is one of six Super Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and one of the most important tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams. As it is following the Wimbledon Championships many of the top elite wheelchair tennis players compete at this tournament, which will mean we have the opportunity to watch these players first hand.

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The 2017 event will take place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August to Sunday 6th August, with the world’s best players competing against each other, including our very own Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis medalists.

As part of this major event the Tennis Foundation always host a Come and Try Tennis activity day on the Saturday, you will be given the opportunity to play the sport in a fun and safe environment for free. All kit, equipment and support will be provided to participants on the day along with their families and carers.

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Location: Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Blvd, Nottingham, NG7 2QH

Date: Saturday 05 August, 10-2pm

How to book: Contact Matt Elkington on 07961267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports partnership work here: http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/

 

 

A change to CP Football classification

The International Federation of CP football is developing its evidence-based classification system, and currently in consultation with its CP Football family.

Samantha April Cammidge has just completed her PhD titled “Consulting the Sport Community for the Development of an Evidence-Based Classification System in Cerebral Palsy Football” at the Miguel Hernández University in Elche, Spain.

The research was designed and conducted as part of IFCPF being proactive to the changes necessary of an evolving classification system, and IFCPF hope that this research will help move the classification system in a positive direction.

Her research consisted of interviewing 53 people within the sport; this included two players from each team, Head Coaches, IFCPF classifiers and IFCPF stakeholders. Alongside this, 165 surveys were completed by players that participated at the 2015 IFCPF CP Football World Championships, which were hosted at St. George’s Park, England.

The interviews completed were unique based on which role the interviewee has in the sport. Overall, the questions were focused on what changes those within CP Football would like to see. Similarly, the questionnaire was a slightly more basic form of this, but the aim was still to find out what changes players, head coaches, classifiers and stakeholders would like to see.

For Para-sports, such as CP Football, the classification rules are crucial in making sure there is a correct system in which fair play is ensured at major sporting events, such as the Paralympics. This study is part of a series of action in order to compliance with the 2015 Athletes Classification Code of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

This study found that there is a need for change within the classification system in CP Football, including: a reduction in the number of classes, a new Minimal Impairment Criteria to be increasingly more rigorous, additional observation during training sessions by classifiers when having to give a class to a player, among others.

For the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) there are 3 steps of classification:

  1. Does the athlete have an eligible impairment for this sport?
  2. Does the athlete’s eligible impairment meet the minimum impairment criteria of the sport?
  3. Which sport class describes the athlete’s activity limitation most accurately?

If an athlete’s impairment and activity liitation answers these questions to satisfy the classification system of the sport, then the athlete becomes eligible to play.

Within CP Football, there are three types of impairments a player may have:

  • Ataxia – a neurological sign and symptom that consists of a lack of co-ordination of muscle movements.
  • Hypertonia – a condition marked by an abnormal increase in muscle tension and reduced ability of a muscle to stretch.
  • Athetosis – is generally characterised by unbalanced, involuntary movements due to constant changes in muscle tone and a difficulty maintaining a symmetrical posture.

Through the classification system, it helps minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and ensures the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

Actually, within competitions, this includes 4 classes, FT5, FT6, FT7 and FT8. For each team, made up of 7 players, there has to be at least 2 FT5 and FT6 players on the field at all times and there cannot be more than one FT8 player on the field at any given time.

With Samantha’s findings, could this classification system change, and if so, in what way? So, IFCPF is conducting a consultation with its members to provide feedback on the new CP Football Classification Rules, being effective on 1st January 2018.

 

Source: https://www.ifcpf.com/news/a-change-to-cp-football-classification

 

CP United victorious again!

On Saturday 20th May, the Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

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The finals came just two weeks after the FA Disability Cup finals which saw CP League Northern Conference winners CP United defeat Southern Conference winners Chelsea Whites. Both teams were in action again in Nottingham on Saturday along with the rest of the very best cerebral palsy football teams in the country to battle for the top spot.

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The level of professionalism and quality of football was excellent and the many spectators who braved the showers were treated to a day packed with exciting matches the top class brand new sports venue.

The event started with two group rounds, Group A featuring Chelsea Whites, Copmanthorpe, Albion in the community, Riverside CP FC, and Group B featuring CP United Seniors, Chelsea Blues, Disability4Sport and South West CP.

In the semi-finals, Group A winner Copmanthorpe defeated Group B runner up Disability4Sport. Group B winner CP United beat Group A runner up Riverside.

The final saw Yorkshire team Copmanthorpe play Manchester based CP United, in which CP United were victorious with a 4-0 scoreline. Its been a fantastic year for the team once again which includes Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ben Meadows as goalkeeper.

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A huge thank you to the University of Nottingham Sport for all their support as well as all of our officials and volunteers on the day. The University also hosted a free Fustsal event for juniors whilst the finals were taking place encouraging even more youngsters into sport.

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For more information on the CP Sport National CP Football league click here