#YouMadeItHappen campaign created by the by the NCVO is an opportunity for voluntary sector organisations to say thank you to their supporters and to show them the difference their money and time has made, as well as showing the impact volunteers make as a sector. It takes place this year on Friday 11th October.
2018 was the first year of the campaign, charities up and down the country, from small and local, to large national and international organisations, took the time to share with their supporters how their support was making a difference.
Cerebral Palsy Sport believes passionately about our volunteers and also the power of volunteering to transform people’s lives. Our charity supports people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover the joys of sport and we could not do this without the incredible support from our volunteers.
This year so far Cerebral Palsy Sport have held 33 events, supporting 660 children, young people & adults and worked with 38 sports clubs across the country. Over 1300 have been given in event volunteering, and over 260 hours have been given in fundraising volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Sport can cover many different activities from being a sporting official to a trustee on the board, from educating to fundraising and we want volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience and we are committed to supporting you throughout your time with us.
There are many reasons why people offer their time to volunteer and national figures show that nearly 22 million people throughout Britain volunteer their time to support others , improve our communities and make an incredible contribution to our country’s economy.
Find out more about volunteering with Cerebral Palsy Sport here
Join the conversation with #YouMadeItHappen today.
On Sunday 6th October, the 2019 Cerebral Palsy Sport annual Awards were held at The David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham. The evening was very special as it provided the opportunity to also celebrate World CP Day.
Cerebral Palsy Sport recognises that there is a huge amount of fantastic sport and activity available for people with cerebral palsy across the country and as the National Disability Sports Organisation we want to be able to recognise those involved.
The Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards are an opportunity for the public to nominate someone and have their hard work, dedication and achievements recognised.
The following awards were presented at the 2019 Awards. Please also find below information of what the nominees said:
Sports Achiever of the Year – presented by Peter Savage.
The finalists were Lucas Town, Toby Markham, Thomas Talbot.
Winner: Toby Markham
Toby trains for 8 hours a week and has entered 11 competitions in the last 12 months. Toby has a persistence and bright personality, his always demonstrates encouragement of all fellow athletes. He is proud of being a member of Cerebral Palsy Sport and has entered all of Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events in 2018/19 and won all of his races. In 2018 he represented Team CP England at the CPISRA World Games competing in 100 and 200m. Toby is currently 3 in the UK rankings for a T38 60m and 4TH for 100m.
Volunteer of the Year – presented by Graeme Ballard
The finalists were: Julie Bowler, Phil Fleetwood, Richard Mee
Winner: Phil Fleetwood
Phil has travelled across the country to regularly volunteer at RaceRunning Start sessions. He is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, treats both participants and families with respect and is incredibly supportive. It is clear that Phil really enjoys delivering these sessions. He always come fully prepared and ready to support anyone during the session. Phil also volunteers his time to support other RaceRunning clubs develop and when supporting start sessions he makes sure everyone has a great introduction to the sport. In the last 4 months he has volunteered 32 hours to RaceRunning as well as continuing to coach many athletes with a disability.
Coach of the Year – presented by Graeme Ballard
The finalists were: Mark Lodge, Julie Bowler, Leah Poole
Winner: Julie Bowler
Julie is an inspiration she has set SWCP United and runs teams from under 12 – to senior teams. She has taken them on tours to Dublin and Spain to help their development. Julie’s energy is tireless and her commitment to the boys is second to non. Her ability to organise logistics for multiple teams and motivate the boys to strive to be the best they can be is unbelievable. Julie is Coach Manager for SWCP United (CP only) and pan disability side JBFC. She is an FA disability talent scout and a qualified coach. Julie is amazing and tireless in her pursuit of the best for her teams.
Official of the Year – presented by Leon Taylor
The finalists were: Pat Sheldon, Ann Basford, Terry Jeyes
Winner: Pat Sheldon
Pat is an incredible athletics official who is so dedicated to supporting cp athletes. Pat has supported CP Sport’s athletics events for many years as well as devoting time to support local country, regional and national events as well as the Cerebral Palsy World Games. She is such a positive role model for other officials and is respected highly amongst her peers. Pat is always there with an encouraging word, kind guidance to new athletes and also clear advice if athletes need it. She is often found in call rooms or at the start line and many a nervous athletes has been calmed by Pat’s reassuring words. Pat is kind, funny and warm in nature and is always keen to help and support others. She epitomises what is good about disability athletics and volunteering and she is a credit to her sport. Pat will happily support young officials to learn and she will also willingly advise officials who may have been officiating for a long time but may not know too much about disability athletics. Supporting CP Sport Series events. Volunteering at England Athletics National CAU Disability Championships and many more county and regional events to mention!
Sports Club of the Year – presented by Kay Simnett
The finalists were: Newtown Sports Club; CP North West, COMAST – Matt Walker MBE Academy.
Winner: COMAST – Matt Walker MBE Academy
The City of Manchester Aquatics and Swim Team – Matt Walker’s Academy is a specialist disability swimming club in Manchester with highly trained coaches all of whom constantly push for the swimmers to achieve their maximum potential. The club have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months and have successfully been accredited with SwimMark. Coaches and families regular rally together to ensure that they can get swimmers to different events and competitions across the country. This year medals and personal bests were achieved in the Sheffield and Liverpool Development Galas by all 17 swimmers from the club who attended the galas! There is a real community feel about this club, it is not just Matt Walker who helps to get swimmers to events, it the other coaches and parents of the swimmers too. They spread the word and will even fill in the forms for the parents that are unsure. They are amazingly inclusive and they have such a large range of disabilities at their club. Matt Walker also helps at every development gala CP Sport runs and is so passionate about the swimmers he brings with him that represent the club.
Partner of the Year – presented by Kay Simnett
The Partner of the Year award recognises organisations that work in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport to ultimately support people with cerebral palsy and associated impairments to access sport and activity.
The finalists were: British Gymnastics; The FA; Quest 88.
Winner: British Gymnastics
British Gymnastics have worked with CP Sport over the last 12 months to provide CP Specific training to a number of gymnastics coaches. As a result the first physical impairment specific gymnastics clubs was developed in Nottingham, with provision now in Southampton and Manchester. An online E-learning module has also be created to further support coaches to develop their knowledge and include participants with CP.
Swimmer of the Year – presented by Janusz Jankowski
The swimmer of the year award is awarded to a swimmer who has not only competed at almost all development galas, put who has continually developed and improved at each event. They provide great support to other swimmers and have a real positive attitude when on poolside.
The finalists were: Joshua Taylor and Matthew Davies
Winner: Joshua Taylor
Josh has entered four CP Sport events this year so far and always puts 100% effort in to every one of them. He has had 9 PBs already in 2019, 3 of which were achieved at CP Sport’s National Championships. The dedication Josh has shown to swimming is amazing and he has a real passion for improving. Josh is going from strength to strength and we hope that continues.
Fundraiser of the Year – presented by Janusz Jankowski
The finalists were: Jodie Vickery, Jesse Hazlewood and Aidan Cosgrave
Winner: Aidan Cosgrave
Aidan joined our 2019 Team CP Sport for the London Marathon and as he prepared for the challenge shared a lot of his training as a runner with cerebral palsy in blogs, updates and posts. He completed the challenge of the London Marathon and raised over £3500 for our charity.
Fundraising Team of the Year – presented by Paul Marriner
The finalists were: RAF Armament Engineering Flight and Sam Pella – Pella Craft
Winner: RAF Armament Engineering Flight
Grant and his colleagues from the Armament Flight were and still are stationed in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic with the role of armament clearance. The selected Cerebral Palsy Sport as their charity of the year. They took on major challenges including the Falklands 3 Peaks Challenge and the “Paras 10” race around Stanley. They are still raising funds for us until the flight is disbanded in March 2020.
Young Fundraiser of the Year – presented by Paul Marriner
The finalists were: Jasper Dudson, Caine Sanders and Gabrielle Reid
Winner: Caine Sanders
Caine took on the massive challenge of running the Grand Prix Challenge around Bedford Autodrome as he wanted to inspire other people with cerebral palsy and show what can be achieved.
The Andrew Stubbs Trophy – presented by Mrs Stubbs & Ms Stubbs
The finalists were: Jasmine Bamber, Connor Stuart
The Andrew Stubbs trophy is awarded to a swimmer who has shown real commitment to developing themselves. Someone who not only tries hard when in the pool but also leads by example when on poolside and around other swimmers. They have shown real commitment to the CP Sport Swim Series by traveling many miles to attend events.
Winner: Jasmine Bamber
Jasmine has shown a lot of courage throughout her time with CP Sport and has overcome many personal battles. Jasmine enters all of CP Sports swimming galas and has shown a huge commitment to CP Sport. It always shows that Jasmine loves swimming and her enthusiasm shines through. She always helps others when they need it and has a heart of gold.
Chair’s Recognition Awards 2019 – presented by Peter Savage
Recipients: Mo Onyett, Andy Barry, Jodie Vickery, Ellie Simpson, Rafi Solaiman and Thomas Talbot
Mo Onyett – Mo took on the Manchester Half Marathon in May 2019 on a RaceRunner after taking up the sport in January 2018. She became the first English female RaceRunner to complete an English Half Marathon on a RaceRunner and we are delighted to recognise this special achievement tonight.
Andy Barry – Andy was inspired to run the 2019 London Marathon as his sister has cerebral palsy and Andy completed the challenge raising over £3,700 for our charity. We are delighted to award Andy a Special Recognition award tonight.
Jodie Vickery – Jodie completed the 2019 London Marathon raising over £4,000 for CP Sport. Since then we have been told how her story has inspired other runners with cerebral palsy to take up the challenge of not only marathons but Great North Run. Jodie is hoping to support our 2020 Team CP Sport and we are very proud to recognise her incredible achievements with a Special Recognition Award tonight.
Ellie Simpson – Ellie has been RaceRunning since 2014. Since then she has gone on to improve her performance and in July this year all her hard work paid off when she broke the 200m World record with a time of 39.62 seconds at the England Senior AAA championships. Last month Ellie was announced as one of only 4 RaceRunners to represent Great Britain heading to Para Athletics World Championships in Dubai in November.
Rafi Solaiman – Rafi is a RR3 RaceRunner whose season has gone from strength to strength. On the 15th July at the CP Sport athletics series he broke the 200m World record, In August at the British Athletics Parallel Series he broke the 100m world record. To end the season in style, on the 21st September Rafi competed at the CP Sport National Athletics Championships where he broke the World Record for 400m with a fantastic time of 1min 15 seconds. Rafi is also one of the 4 RaceRunners heading to Dubai to represent Great Britain at the World Para Athletics Championships.
Thomas Talbot – at only 15 years old Thomas has had an incredible season with his RaceRunning. On the 6th April 2019 on his first race of the season Thomas broke the Under 16s RR2 100m World Record which he went on to break again on 8th September 2019. In June 2019 Thomas established a new Under 16 RR2 1500m World Record in York – the first athlete in the world at this age in that class to do so.
The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour – presented by Nick Rains
The finalists were: Toby Markham, Leaha Dixon, Matthew Humphreys
The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout the 2019 athletics series. All of our finalists have shown all these qualities plus much more throughout the 2019 season.
Winner: Matthew Humphreys
Matthew is not only a successful RaceRunner, he is a CP Sport Ambassador and all round fantastic athlete. Matthew has shown true commitment and dedication to developing his self as a RaceRunner, a coach and a positive role model for others. Matthew has not only set his sights succeeding on the track, but also on the road at the Manchester Half Marathon next weekend.
The Christine Cruice Overcoming Adversity Award – Presented by Esther Jones and Elaine Lewis
The finalists were: Brendan Clifford, Orla Conneely, Samm Lewis
The Christine Cruice Overcoming Adversity is a new award added for 2019 in memory of Christine Cruice. Christine was the first female chairperson of CP Sport and was instrumental in moving CP Sport forward and setting the foundations for the great success that the charity has seen.
Winner: Orla Conneely
Orla was chosen because of the adversity she has overcome in her journey, to become the fantastic individual that she is, with a fantastic attitude and always has a smile on her face. Orla was part of Team CP England at the 2018 CPIRSA World Games
Patrons Award – presented by Peter Savage
Recipient: Aideen Blackborough – Aideen was a Trustee for Cerebral Palsy Sport and served as Chair of the charity since January 2017. Aideen is devoted to raising the profile of what people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities can achieve and we are delighted to welcome her as a Patron of Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Lifetime Achievement Awards – presented by Peter Savage
Recipients: Wendy Coles and Colin Fox
Wendy has been a swimming official with CP Sport since 2013, however she has commitment most of her life to disability swimming. Wendy has been a fantastic support for CP Sport swimming development galas and in particular for the swimming National championships. Here Wendy arranges all of the officials. On the day she looks after all officials ensuring they know what they are doing. Wendy is well known not just within CP Swimming but the swimming community across the country, whenever you mention her name swimmers, parents, volunteers know who she is and a smile appears on their face. Wendy commits a huge amount of time to swimming and has helped to officiate thousands of swimming events over the years. We are privileged to have Wendy as a part of our swimming programme and look forward to continuing to work with this fantastic lady.
Colin has been instrumental not only to CP Sport’s athletics series, but also to disability athletics for over 30 years. As an official Colin has taken roles as both track and field official and at the CP Sport National Athletics Championships in 2018, Colin took charge of his final event as lead track referee after 30 fantastic years of service. Throughout this time Colin has supported other officials to develop, worked with Athletics clubs across the country to improve their offer for disabled athletes, as well as providing continuous advice and guidance to athletes. Although Colin has stepped down as lead official, he has continued to be a vital friend to CP Sport, providing advice on our 2019 athletics programme as well as attending events and officiating in the field. Colin is a pillar within officiating for disability athletics and we cannot thank him enough for his continued support. It is a privilege to recognise his unstinting contribution to athletics with a Life Time Achievement Award.
Parents in Sport week is an annual campaign, taking place this year from 7th- 13th October 2019.
Cerebral Palsy Sport are sharing some of the feedback received from parents at our events through #CPVoices as well as getting sharing awareness about the annual campaign.
The Parents in Sport Week campaign looks to increase positive parental involvement in youth sport and, by doing so, improve the experiences of young people across the UK.
This year’s aim by the NSPCC is to get parents to make theSports Parents Promise to encourage their child’s safe enjoyment of sport.
Cerebral Palsy Sport have been encouraging the parents of it’s participants to make the promise.
The Promise outlines what makes a great sports parent and allows parents to acknowledge the contribution they make to their child’s enjoyment of sport, and allows clubs, coaches and other sports organisations to really get parents on board and take an interest in their child’s sporting life.
The promise is supported by important and helpful information parents need to help keep their child safe in sport and support them in the best way they can.
For further information please visit the NSPCC website here
Thousands more inactive people are set to benefit from £4 million new funding for Get Out Get Active.
Spirit of 2012 has awarded a further £3 million to Get Out Get Active across the UK, with Sport England investing an additional £1 million into England.
The ground-breaking Get Out Get
Active (GOGA) programme began in 2016, created to bring disabled and
non-disabled people together to be active. It engages the least active
communities in fun, inclusive ways.
The funding comes following the
significant impact in phase one, which ends in 2020. It has transformed the lives
of many who have never considered regular activity before.
The shocking reality is that disabled people
are twice as likely as
non-disabled people to be physically inactive. Over 8,000 disabled people are
already taking part
thanks to Get Out Get Active’s inclusive and accessible approach.
In total over 20,000 people have been involved across 18 locations. At the Wales Sport Awards 2018,
the programme was the first recipient of the Getting Wales Active Award.
and volunteers have told us about their life changing GOGA experiences. Bill went from taking
part in Nottingham’s Golden Gloves boxing sessions to training fellow
pensioners. Peer mentor Morris and mentee Stephen have been on an incredible
journey, supporting each other to overcome personal challenges and become more
active. Activities through Disability Sport Fife influenced three generations
of the same family to get active. Fun fit programmes in Northern Ireland have
better connected families into their community.
Get Out Get Active is more than being
active. It strengthens community spirit, increases confidence and improves
mental health. The new funding will enable partners to build on phase one’s
success and share learning. 14 new locations across England, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland will be part of phase two.
Spirit of 2012 is a charity set up
with money from the National Lottery Community Fund. It carries forward the
spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their significant
investment enables us to gain further learning on how to get those who are
least active into activity.
Sport England is a public body and
invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in
projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. It wants
everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to
feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.
Ruth Hollis, Chief Executive of
Spirit of 2012 said:
“I am delighted that the Spirit of 2012 Board has awarded Activity
Alliance a further £3m to extend Get Out Get Active for a further 3 years and
into new communities across the UK. Get Out Get Active is successfully tackling
inactivity, one of the greatest health inequalities of our time, supporting the
least active disabled and non-disabled people to become and stay active
together. It is breaking down the unnecessary barriers that stop people taking
part and changing people’s attitudes about what they and others can achieve. I
am delighted Sport England has confirmed their support for GOGA to extend the
impact even further in England.
“One of the most powerful outcomes is the way it has provided the social
space for people like Morris and Stephen to overcome loneliness and find
friendships as well as up their fitness. We are really looking forward to
working with Activity Alliance, and the national network of partners, to see
the transformational difference Get Out Get Active can make over the next three
Mike Diaper, Director of Children,
Young People and Tackling Inactivity for Sport England said:
“Too many disabled people are missing out on the benefits of an active
lifestyle. We know disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive compared
to non-disabled people – many of whom would like to be more physically active
and to take part in activities in an inclusive way alongside their friends and
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Spirit of 2012 and the Activity
Alliance to invest £1 million into the Get Out Get Active programme to increase
delivery in England. Get Out Get Active has taken a place-based approach to
developing a truly inclusive programme so that people can become and stay,
Barry Horne, Chief Executive for
representing the home nations steering group, said:
“I am delighted that Spirit of 2012 has chosen to continue this
life-changing programme. In the last three years, we’ve seen the impact an
inclusive approach can have on so many people’s lives. All partners have learnt
so much that we can now share across more locations over the next three years.
Sport England’s additional investment will make sure we
can reach many new individuals and communities across England. By targeting the
least active people, we are reaching those who have so often missed out on the
benefits of an active life.”
On Saturday 21st September the Cerebral Palsy
Sport National Athletics Championships took place at the Keepmoat Stadium in
The sun shone and spectators enjoyed a full day of top quality action on the track and field.
This year we had a wide range of events from 60m up to 1500m alongside seated and ambulant field events in all disciplines. 22 athletes competed in the track events, and 28 athletes competed in the field events.
Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Graeme Ballard presented medals alongside Lynne Wardle CP Sport Trustee.
The Athletics Championships take place annually and follow
the Athletics Series which is held across the country from
April through to August.
Thanks you to all the officials and volunteers who have
supported the Athletics events this year.
The results of the National Athletics Championships can be found here
Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics programme here
World Cerebral Palsy Day takes place on Sunday 6th October. The world’s focus will be on the 17 million people with CP and the 350 million people who support them.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a social movement and a day to celebrate and affirm the lives of people living with cerebral palsy. The project was launched in 2012 by Cerebral Palsy Alliance and United Cerebral Palsy.
On this date Cerebral Palsy Sport are holding a training camp for swimmers and athletes, its annual Awards ceremony and AGM at the University of Nottingham. As recognition and celebration of the day, members and participants are encouraged to wear green and a #MoveAsOne activity will also be included in the day.
condition that affects so many people around the world, cerebral palsy receives
very little media and public interest. #GoGreen4CP aims to combat that, with nearly
200 landmarks around the world confirmed to light up green on Sunday, October 6.
go an incredibly long way in raising awareness for people with cerebral palsy,
starting a conversation about inclusion and quality of life.
To find out which landmarks are going green, visit the Go Green Map.
Why not wear green on World CP Day!
CPISRA and World CP Day have partnered to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity on the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and related conditions:
“Together, we can get moving. Together, we can be strong.
Together, we can show the World what we can do.“
World CP Day want to to encourage people with CP and related conditions to enjoy the benefits of making sport part of their everyday lives, while showcasing to the World what our community is capable of.
Anyone and everyone with cerebral palsy and related conditions along with their friends, families and communities are encouraged to do up to 30 minutes of physical activity at 1pm on World CP day 2019. This will create a wave of physical activity of the whole community of people with cerebral palsy all over the World – starting in New Zealand and ending in Alaska!
Use the hash tag #CPMoveAsOne to share what you’re up to!
Find out more about the campaign and lots of ideas to support the day here.
You can also add information about yourself to a world map here !
Activity Alliance adds to its
resource bank with the release of an updated profile toolkit. The refreshed
toolkit provides clear and simple guidance on how to identify and group
disabled people fairly for sports and activities.
Activity Alliance works to increase opportunities for disabled people to be active at every level. They recognise that not all disabled people can or want to compete at an elite level. Some simply want to enjoy taking part in sports and activities regularly and fairly at their school or local sports club.
This is where Activity Alliance’s
profile toolkit comes in. Supported by the Sainsbury’s
Inclusive PE programme, the toolkit introduces coaches, teachers and
physiotherapists to different methods of identifying and grouping disabled
people for sports and activities. This includes people with physical, sensory
and intellectual impairments.
The newly updated toolkit is a
combination of the Profile System of sports classification (originally designed
by Dr Christine Meaden in 1985) and the Activity Inclusion Model. Designed for
use at a participation or development level, the toolkit enables individuals to
improve their skills through positive competitive experiences.
Jannine Walker, Activity Alliance’s
National Events Manager, has worked closely with partners to produce the
updated profile toolkit.
“Increasing participation opportunities in more places is crucial for developing talent. We believe profiling children and adults promotes participation. Our updated profile toolkit guides teachers, coaches and physiotherapists through categories of sport and impairments to identify and group disabled people. Not only does this enable fair competition at a beginner level, it supports disabled people to take their first steps onto a competitive pathway in sport. It also supports teachers with the knowledge to be able to progress pupils of all abilities within PE sessions.”
British Athletics has confirmed the 43 athletes selected to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai (7-15 November 2019).
RaceRunning makes its debut at the World Para Athletics Championships after starring at the Europeans last year. The British team is made up of; Rafi Solaiman, Kayleigh Haggo, Gavin Drysdale and Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.
Squad members include 11 world champions from London 2017, and 2019 World Champions Olivia Breen, Kadeena Cox , Sophie Kamlish, Sammi Kinghorn and Stef Reid.
RaceRunning is a fast growing discipline in the world of Athletics and more and more British athletes are striving to become world beaters.
At the British Wheelchair Grand Prix at Stoke Mandeville on 8th September 2019, RR2 athlete Thomas Talbot broke the male u16 100m World Record with a time of 23.17 seconds, beating his own previous record of 23.35. (Subject to CPISRA ratification)
Thomas is 15 years old, from Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club. He first took up RaceRunning in late 2014 after trying it at at Cerebral Palsy Sport taster day and has since gone from strength to strength, representing England in the CPISRA World Games in 2018, winning silver in the 800m. Thomas won the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships titles for Male RR2 in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in September 2018 at Doncaster and is part of the British Athletics Paralympic Development Academy.
Thomas acknowledged the late Janice Eaglesham MBE after his race, who had supported Thomas’s RaceRunning development.
People with cerebral palsy can take part in RaceRunning as a recreational activity and RaceRunning is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.
Through Cerebral Palsy RaceRunning sessions, Cerebral Palsy Sport also aim to provide a pathway for children and young people with cerebral palsy to compete in regional, national and international events so that they can fulfil their individual goals and aspirations around being an athlete.
Cerebral Palsy Sport has supported Nova Sports and Coaching in delivering RaceRunning Start sessions alongside Quest 88, and is now working with the club to promote the regular sessions the club is delivering.
The club was created when a children’s physio team at a local hospital in Bath were really keen to offer RaceRunning in their area. They contacted the sports inclusion project lead in the council who put them in touch with Nova Sports and Coaching – a new company just starting in the area who were developing inclusive sports opportunities for children and young people locally. With some funding from the council, and help and advice from Quest 88 providing runners , a series of taster sessions were set up.
From one family attending the first session, the numbers grew to a total of 16 coming along over 6 sessions. Nova were able to use that interest to apply for grants with the support of the fundraising lead at a local special school. With a combination of donations from two local rotary clubs, a successful community vote award from Aviva and a generous donation from Bath Disability Trust they bought 6 new and one second hand RaceRunner.
It has taken about 18 months to get to the point of now starting a regular club – but that time has allowed for more and more children to come and get involved from Somerset, Wiltshire and east Bristol. It’s latest development is to have successfully trialled a new RaceRunner for the smallest of their children for Quest 88.
Children’s Physio Emily Graham helps at the club and said;
“Nova, with the local children’s physios, are incredibly excited to be able to offer this club with minimal cost for participants. Race running enables children and young people with a wide range of physical ability to participate in something active together. One mum whose daughter attends says that it is the only exercise that her daughter can participate in that raised her heart rate and gets her out of breath. From a physio perspective race running helps on so many levels- strength, flexibility, stamina, motivation and aerobic exercise but, most of all, it’s really good fun!”
“Bringing siblings or a friend to join in too is encouraged, with other fun activities available for everyone in between getting your breath back from RaceRunning.”
Nova Sports and Coaching will also be part of the Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning Operational Group which will hold its first meeting later this month. This group will be developing a support network for current clubs and new clubs and will feed into the RR Development Group, which includes British Athletics and CPISRA.
Find out more about the Bath RaceRunning Club and their sessions this autumn by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information about developing RaceRunning at your club please contact the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Officer Adi Fawcett: email@example.com 0115 925 7027,