Updated guidance for grassroots football

The FA have released some new guidance for Grassroots Football in relation to returning to play:

Guidance for Adults Teams – file:///C:/Users/Richard/Downloads/football-activity-guidance-for-adult-players-v1-1.pdf

Guidance for Parents and Carers – file:///C:/Users/Richard/Downloads/football-activity-guidance-for-parents-and-carers_v1-1%20(1).pdf

Guidance for Coaches – file:///C:/Users/Richard/Downloads/football-activity-guidance-for-coaches_v1-1.pdf

Guidance for Facility providers – file:///C:/Users/Richard/Downloads/football-activity-guidance-for-facility-providers_v1-1.pdf

CP Sport: Events Update

It has been a challenging time for sport over the last few months and at CP Sport we were looking forward to a packed summer of sport from Start sessions to National Championships. 

We are revising how our events calendar will look for the remainder of 2020 and the plans we have put in place to continue our work.  

2020 Events with CP Sport

At Home Superheroes – 15 June – 15 July

Launching today across the UK (and indeed further afield) is the At Home Superheroes! Five teams are already taking part and fundraising for CP Sport in this fantastic event. This fun at home virtual event replaces the mass participation event Superheros Tri which normally takes place at Dorney Lake every year. Get your cape on and get involved in this suggested 20km distance event for a team of 3 superheroes! Click here for more information.

CP Cafe – every Thursday

We have joined with CP Teens to host a CP Coffee and Chat on Zoom every Thursday. This is aimed at people with cp who with find both organisations relevant to them. A social opportunity and a chance to find out more about both organisations. Participants range from 13 – 25 (with under 18’s accompanied by a parent or carer). Register for the CP Sport & CP Teens Coffee & Chat (every Thursday) here

Virtual events – launch date tbc

We will be launching the CP Challenge Series very soon to encourage people to keep active in the absence of the traditional events we normally deliver. This series will take place right though to the end of 2020 and early 2021 and will help keep participants motivated to achieve goals and targets.

CP Sport Rental Service – launch date tbc

We are delighted with the response we have had so far at the mention of this new service. Soon we will be starting a rental service in partnership with Quest 88 so we can loan specialist equipment such as RaceRunners and Game Frames to help people to get started in sport and activity.

Cancelled events

Many sporting events continue to be affected by Covid-19, and we continue to follow guidance from NGB’s in relation to our core events programme:  

Athletics: Last week UK Athletics cancelled all athletics event licences for 2020 so we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel our CP Series Athletics event in Doncaster on 15th August and our National Championships at Stoke Mandeville on 13th September. 

Swimming: Swim England have now cancelled all competitive events for 2020 so unfortunately we are unable to deliver any competitive swimming events this year.

Football: The football league was declared null and void at a special general meeting for the league. The league committee are in the planning stages for next season but we don’t have a start date as yet. We will be taking guidance from the FA and government and will only return to play when it is safe to do so.

Fundraising events: The 2020 Great North Run (13th September) and Great Manchester Run (6th September) are both now cancelled this year. If you were planning on taking part on behalf of CP Sport and want to discuss next years’ events please contact us here

The safety of our participants and their families is our priority and as soon as it is safe to do so we will return to delivering events on the ground and across the country.  As we do gradually make the return to sport we will be taking guidance from National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Government. 

Please refer to this guidance when deciding what is right for you in your return to sport and we hope that you will enjoy taking part in our virtual events and opportunities.

Please check our events for updated information.

It’s get set go for the CP Sport At Home Superheroes!

Four team are commencing the At Home Superheroes challenge on behalf of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

At Home Superheroes poster

Taking place from 15 June to 15 July, At Home Superheroes is part of the Superhero Tri series and is replacing the Superheroes Series’ annual August event, Superhero Tri, which normally takes place at Dorney Lake.

Participants (AKA Super Heroes) have been invited to complete the suggested 20km challenge any time, anywhere (living room, garden, neighbourhood) and in any way (walk, run, push, wheel, canoe, swim) they wish.

CP Sport is proud to be a charity friend of the event, and the teams taking part on behalf of CP Sport are JMW, CPISRA, CP Teens and Thomas Stamp & family.

The teams and links where available:



CP Teens

Triple Trouble

There are also new teams signing up themselves and pledging to support CP Sport which is fantastic, thank you. If you would like to do the same please enter here

The series launched on 19 August 2017 with Superhero Tri, which had 1,700 participants and 7,000 spectators. The debut Winter Wonderwheels took place on 3rd December and has 750 participants and 2,000 spectators. These numbers had nearly doubled in its second year and continue to increase year on year.

Highlights of At Home Superheroes will be shown on Channel 4 on 15th August.

Thank you to all of the teams representing and raising money for CP Sport!

Volunteers’ Week 2020

We will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to CP Sport and thanking them for all their time and dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June. 

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.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Although the coronavirus pandemic has stopped many of the things we would usually do, you can still get involved with such as fundraising or sharing our updates on social mediia.

Charities across the UK will also be thanking their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering this week. Find out more about Volunteers’ Week here

Volunteers and coaches for CP Sport have been invited to a virtual coffee & catch up on Friday 5th June.

If you are interested in volunteering with CP Sport please contact us at info@cpsport.org

If you have coached or volunteered with CP Sport and would like to join our virtual cafe on Friday 5th June 10am-11am please register here

FA guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.

The FA have issued guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.

Consistent with Government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:
• playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities);
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
• an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household.
• coaching an adult player one-to-one.

All social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.

If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines:
• coaching a child (U18) from a different household one-to-one. In order to comply with our safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with Government social distancing requirements;
• two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.

We will continue to work with the Government and Sport England in order to provide guidance to grassroots football as the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy moves to the next phase. http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/may/15/fa-guidance-on-permitted-grassroots-activity-during-covid-19-150520

Mental Health Awareness Week

18th – 24th May

This is a Mental Health Awareness Week with a difference.

Many of us are worried about coronavirus and how it will affect us and those we love.

This is why Mind are encouraging you to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share with them your own tips for coping to make sure they don’t have to face this pandemic alone.

We can get through this together

Based on a recent survey carried out by Mind with over 10,000 people, one of the most common coping strategies many of us are using during these times is connecting with friends and family online. And for Mental Health Awareness week, it’s more important than ever that we use our own experiences to help each other.

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

This Thursday Cerebral Palsy Sport are holding its first virtual coffee and chat morning in partnership with CP Teens.

It is an opportunity for the cp community to come together in an informal and safe environment to support each other and share experiences during lockdown. This session will take place on Thursday 21st May at 11am. Register here.

Support Networks can help those who are struggling

Active Partnerships: Working with community organisations like food banks, housing associations, coronavirus support groups to provide equipment and creative ideas to encourage everyone to get active and keep moving. Click here
Mencap: Find useful information relating to coronavirus particularly for those with a learning disability. Click hereNHS Every Mind Matters: Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Click here
Anxiety UK: Click here
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): Click here
Samaritans: Click here
Childline: Click here
Cruse Bereavement: click here

International Learn to Swim Week 2020

18th -24th May 2020

STA’s (Swimming Teachers’ Association) International Learn to Swim Week is back with the aim to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

With over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers internationally, they want everyone to get involved to teach the enjoyable and important skill of learning to swim.

Help STA preserve human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving, and survival techniques by participating in their biggest learn to swim campaign yet.

Participation has always been a key element of the STA’s #LoveWaterSafely campaign, but with swimming pools closed this naturally makes it very difficult to physically engage with swimmers. Instead, this year’s campaign, which is underpinned with the #BreakingBarriersInSwimming message, will be carried out virtually on the STA website and across social media channels.

Activity includes free and discounted webinars: https://www.sta.co.uk/discounted-webinars-cpds/

Find the full programme of activity here

Cerebral Palsy and Swimming CPD

Cerebral Palsy Sport have created a CPD in partnership with STA. It is designed for anyone wanting to further their knowledge about swimming with cerebral palsy. During Learn to Swim Week the CPD will will be available for £10. Find out more here

Find your power and become an At Home Superhero!

A new disability sporting challenge, part of the Superhero series, has arrived that will keep Super Heroes and Sidekicks active, super-charged and connected and Cerebral Palsy Spport are proud too be an official charity partner once again.

The Superhero Series is the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the nation’s 13.3m people with disabilities. Marvel announced as the headline sponsor, to help participants find their power and inspire more children and families to get involved.

This year the new ultra-flexible 20km challenge will replace the Series’ annual August event, Superhero Tri, at Dorney Lake. Participants (AKA Super Heroes) can complete the challenge any time between 15 June and 15 July, anywhere (living room, garden, neighbourhood) and in any way (walk, run, push, wheel, canoe, swim) they wish. They can also fly solo or unite with family and friends in their household, or remotely using a dedicated app, to share the challenge.

Staying true to the fun of Superhero Tri, participants are encouraged to dress up in full Super Hero costume for their home triumphs and stay connected by sharing their progress and pictures on the app. As ever, an array of Celebrity Team Captains, from eight-time Paralympic equestrian gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen to three-time Invictus Games medallist, JJ Chalmers, will be jumping into the action and, for the first time, some will be mentoring their Superhero teammates remotely.

Channel 4 will be capturing the action by focusing on four teams from around the nation for a one-hour highlights programme to be aired on 15 August.

“We’ve been planning to introduce At Home Superheroes for a while as we know it can be tricky for many participants to physically attend the events for various reasons,” explains Series founder and Paralympian Sophia Warner.

“Along with our Super Partners, we felt that this was the perfect time to launch the concept. This year, due to COVID-19, it will run as a stand-alone challenge, but in future it will run alongside our annual events so we can reach and welcome more budding Super Heroes to the joys and benefits of sport.”

The perfect partner for a mission that is about inspiring participants to unlock their inner superpower, Marvel will bring the epic energy of its iconic Super Hero characters to participants’ homes and neighbourhoods through lots of downloadable games, signs and dressing up ideas, to help participants feel like a true super hero.

At Home Superheroes will also receive a race pack with all the super accessories of a regular Superhero event, including race number, medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and finish line tape, so they can still experience their own personal finish-line moments!

Participants will be invited to share clips of these moments with the Channel 4 production team for their chance to star in the celebratory closing montage of the highlights programme, presented by  Clare Balding, which will air on what would have been Superhero Tri’s official event date, 15 August.

Find out more and sign up for At Home Superheroes www.superheroseries.co.uk

We would appreciate At Home Superheroes to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Sport too, so once you have signed up to the event why not set up a fundraising page for for Cerebral Palsy Sport on Just Giving here or Virgin Giving Money here

Raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport? Let us know and we will send you a free t-shirt for training (while stocks last). Email us at info@cpsport.org


We are inviting you to join a national #DeclutterAndDonate on 5th May 2020 (and beyond) to support our work with your unwanted items.

Spring cleaning never felt so good!

You can donate old books, games and DVDs to help fund our vital work, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Virgin Money Giving have teamed up with World of Books Group and trade-in site Ziffit to offer an innovative new way to raise funds quickly, easily and most importantly, safely.

Clearing out your bookshelves, cupboards, attics and garages in a few easy steps, you can turn unwanted goods into precious pounds. Books, CDs, DVDs and Games can be donated through trade-in site and app Ziffit, and 100% of the trade value will go directly to your favourite good cause.

There are 5 easy steps

  1. Click on the Cerebral Palsy Sport unique Ziffit link or by using the free Ziffit app.

2. Scan or enter the barcode number or ISBN of your product and get an instant value.

3. Complete the online trade and pack up your unwanted goodies.

4. Use Ziffit’s free courier or drop-off service to send your items. (Either drop your items off at a local Collect+ store or await our free courier collection service if your package is over 5kg – roughly the equivalent of 15 soft back books (this will be worked out for you as you input your items into Ziffit).

5. The value of your items will be donated to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page if you have one and have used the link or chose Cerebral Palsy Sport at the checkout from the app.

Funds will be paid over within 7 days of the items being received.

Get started here

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

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Thank you for rising to the 2.6 challenge

26th April 2020 would have been one of the biggest fundraising day of the year thanks to the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day fundraising event which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

In response, the UK’s mass participation sports event industry joined together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.

We invited you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and donate or fundraise for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

We want to say a massive thank you to all of those who got involved, the donations are still coming in.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Leon Taylor was the first to step up to the ‘plate’ with his 26 cake baking challenge, even broadcasting it live on his facebook page.

There were also distance challenges – by bicycle and kaye walker as well as more wacky challenges, like walking backwards for 26 minutes!

You can support our fundraisers still or make your own donation here

Here are a selection of the stories and fundraising pages:

Leon’s baking challenge – read more here

Millie’s 26 minute hand bike challenge – read more here 

Layla’s kaye walking challenge – read more here

Sandy’s trampolining tennis challenge – read more here

Persephone challenge – read more here

Adi’s walking backwards challenge – read more here

Paul’s home fitness challenge – read more here

Evie’s challenge – read more here

Thank you everyone who has been involved whether taking on a challenge or donating to others – you are making a big difference.