Opportunities at Cerebral Palsy Sport

Do you have what it takes to make a difference to Cerebral Palsy Sport, the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy?

We have several vacancies currently with Cerebral Palsy Sport:

Non Executive Trustee/Directoe Opportunities

We want to recruit non-executive Directors / Trustees, for an initial three-year term, to our Board of Directors. We are seeking individuals who can help develop, drive and maintain the charity’s strategic focus and lead the changing organisation towards its future. Closing date for applications is: 10.00am on Friday 10th March 2017. Find out more here

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National Disability Football Coach

We are seeking a National Disability Football Coach to support our Football programme. This role is focused supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport’s growth within the development and delivery of CP Football, including ambulant and frame versions of the game through our Kick-Start and Kick-Off football programmes. The primary role of this post is to deliver football sessions in partnership with a range of football partners including professional clubs, English Football League clubs, and Charter Standard community football clubs that will provide people with cerebral palsy with the opportunity to access football. As the lead coach your role will be to upskill other coaches and leaders at the club with good practices for coaching those with CP ensuring all sessions are inclusive and high quality. Closing date for applications is: Friday 10th March 2017. Find out more here

 

 

 

Vacancy with Great Britain Disability Football Association Ltd

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The Great Britain Disability Football Association (GBDFA) have announced a voluntary vacancy:

Position:                                  GBDFA Independent Non-Executive Directors

Closing date:                         Friday 31st March 2017

Interview dates:                  Week commencing 8th May 2017

This is a voluntary position, however, all reasonable expenses will be met. Generally, no more than four Board meetings per annum are held, with additional opportunities to represent the Association leading to a maximum 12 days’ commitment per annum.

The Great Britain Disability Football Association (GBDFA) was established in 2007 to be responsible for the selection, preparation and performance of Blind and Cerebral Palsy athletes and teams to represent Great Britain in international competitions including the Paralympic Games. Its founder members were the associations with responsibility for the development of the sport of disability football at grassroots and / or performance levels within the home nations – The Football Association, British Blind Sport, CP Sport, the English Federation of Disability Sport, Scottish Disability Sport and Disability Sport Wales.

Following the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, GBDFA has taken steps to improve its governance structures through incorporation as a private company limited by guarantee. It has also renewed its agreement with The Football Association through which GBDFA receives financial, technical and administrative support for the development and management of the GBR programme – including through use of the facilities and services at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park.

Following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both EFDS and SDS withdrew from membership of the GBDFA. The Board of Directors now comprises representatives of each of the four remaining member organisations, and an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED). GBDFA now wishes to augment its Board through the addition of a further INED to support the next phase of its operations over the period to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Together, the INEDs are required to contribute to the development of GBDFA’s business through demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) high performance football; (ii) commercial fund-raising; (iii) public relations and / or politics. Candidates with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply.

The appointment is for a fixed term, until the GBDFA Board meeting in the spring immediately following the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The successful applicant may, however, seek reappointment for a further four years thereafter.

For further information on the job specifications and how to apply, contact:

Neil Tunnicliffe, Company Secretary               email: neil.tunnicliffe@btconnect.com

tel:       01423 876342 / 07712 178275

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by Friday 28th April 2017

ASA offer free disability swimming taster sessions

The ASA have a number of disability swimming taster sessions coming up this month, they are FREE to attend, all ages welcome.

14th Feb: Ferndown, Dorset

15th Feb: Weymouth, Dorset

15th Feb: Dorchester, Dorset

16th Feb: Barnstable, Devon

18th Feb: Ludlow, Shropshire

19th Feb: Leominster, Shropshire

 

Following the event, the ASA will then be able to sign post participants to further learn to swim/clubs or other swimming opportunities in the area.

Parents and carers are welcome to swim alongside swimmers should they need it, and swimming aids can be used.

All of the venues have deep water.

Booking can be made by contacting Dave White on email or phone:

Dave.white@swimming.org  or 07584025154

Nottingham-based creative agency Michon has completed a pro-bono campaign for Cerebral Palsy Sport.  

March 2017 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and to celebrate, Cerebral Palsy Sport are running the Get. Set. Raise.  appeal. We want to raise £10,000 so that more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities can discover the joy of sport.

We asked Michon to develop a look and logo for the 2017 campaign that would work both online and through offline media,  to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy in participating in and enjoying sport and active recreation across the UK.

Michon started by developing a stand-alone visual identity for the campaign, using a ‘stamp’ device with the phrase “Get Set Raise” that complements CP Sport’s existing branding and works across printed materials, social media channels and online.

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The look and feel of the campaign was then used to develop a downloadable toolkit that includes a fundraising guide, a sponsorship form, and a range of posters and templates for fundraisers to customise and print off.

Shaun Hallam, business development and fundraising manager at CP Sport, said:

“The Get Set Raise stamp is very easy to use alongside our existing brand identity, and it works particularly well on our social media sites, which are so important when promoting our fundraising activities.

“The target we have set ourselves is particularly ambitious this year, but with this new campaign identity in place, we have every confidence that we will succeed in reaching it.”

Find the Get. Set. Raise. toolkit here

Sasha Kindred CBE retires from swimming

After 20 years at the top of his sport, swimming, Paralympian Sascha Kindred CBE has decided to retire.

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Sasha competed at six Paralympic Game and won a total of 13 Paralympic medals including seven golds. He also has 19 World Championship medals, 26 European medals, four World Championships medals and holds 12 British records.

Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in the National Championships and World Games, saying;

 “ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion.  CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for.  Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming.  CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”

On his decision to retire he said;

“Since swimming in Rio last September I had been very much focused on continuing in the sport that has given me so much, but over the last couple of months I have come to the realisation that the physical and mental demands to be an elite athlete are now becoming too much. I have witnessed ParaSport go from strength to strength and enjoyed being a part of that growth representing GB at six Paralympic Games. Knowing when to stop a career is a very hard decision to make especially when it’s part of your life, but stopping with Paralympic Gold and a world record in the 200IM is very pleasing.”

 

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For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Swimming opportunities click here

Participants needed for new activity research project

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Can you help the University of Birmingham? They’re looking for disabled people who are interested in becoming more physically active to take part in a new research project about sport and exercise.Led by the University of Birmingham, this project is supported by the National Disability Sports Organisations and English Federation of Disability Sport.

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Who are they looking for to take part in this research project?

  • People over 18 years of age
  • People who are currently not doing any physical activity but would like to become active

People within the following impairment groups:

  • People who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • People who have cerebral palsy
  • Amputees and people with a limb impairment
  • People with restricted growth or dwarfism

 

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What would be involved?

To start with  – to help understand how you can be supported to get active and have fun!

Stage One
Supporting you to be more active. Meet to discuss what physical activity you would like to do and invite you to two workshops which will give you ideas on how to get started and stay active. Support you to complete a 30 week activity programme.

Stage Two
Meet with you again and find how you are getting on with the activity programme and if you are still active. Talk about how you could have been helped and supported better during the activity.

The University of Birmingham will reimburse you for all transport costs throughout the project, and as thank you for taking part in the research you’ll receive £30 on completion of the project.

How can I join the project?

There are a few places remaining at upcoming workshop session in:

London – Saturday 4 February

Birmingham – Tuesday 7 February

Manchester – Saturday 11 February

If you are interested in taking part in the project and would like more details please contact Eva Jaarsma at the University of Birmingham. You can email Eva or call 0121 414 8258.

A bumper sports weekend for CP Sport

This weekend Cerebral Palsy Sport held three sports events across the country bringing new opportunities for young people with cerebral palsy.

On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined forces with CP Teens and Sheffield FA to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This was an opportunity for current and new participants to come and “have a go” at either or both RaceRunning and Frame Football. 15 children and adults came to the day and had a fantastic time trying out the equipment and sports in a top sporting venue. It was great to have the support of Quest 88 getting people fitted with equipment and answering lots of questions.

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Our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson who was there with CP Teens said;

“Saturday was such a great day for lots of young people with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities to have a go at RaceRunning and Frame Football. It had a wonderful turnout and I really enjoyed going with my own RaceRunner and leading some of the activities to the children and young people who were trying RaceRunning for the first time. I also got to have a go at Frame Football myself, which was really funny as I wasn’t really very good at it but I had fun! Overall it was a very successful day for both CP Sport and CP Teens UK!”

On the same day, we held a swimming development gala in Winchester. 28 people took part from ages 5-27, across our 9 events. It was fantastic to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh attend and chat with our swimmers and parents. We had attendees who travelled from as far as Chesterfield and Suffolk. Our development galas are extremely popular because they are an excellent introduction to competitive swimming.

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And finally on Sunday 29th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a Frame Football KickStart session in Carlisle jointly with Cumbria Frame Football Club and Cumberland FA, catering for 6 young people, and helping support the club with their ongoing programme. Find out more about Frame Football here.

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A huge thank you yo all our volunteers who helped over this weekend – a great team effort!

Find out about upcoming Cerebral Palsy events here

CP Sport young ambassador awarded Point of Light Award

Sheffield Hallam student and Cerebral Palsy Sport young sporting ambassador, Ellie Simpson, 22 has been awarded the prestigious Point of Light Award from Prime Minister, Theresa May. In 2013, Ellie set up CP Teens to support young people with cerebral palsy and provide them with advice and opportunities to socialise and be active.

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Having experienced isolation during her time in sixth form, Ellie realised how little social support there was for young people with cerebral palsy. She set up CP Teens, an organisation to connect young disabled people and provide them with support, advice and opportunities.

Through CP Teens, Ellie runs the only website connecting young people with cerebral palsy, which receives around 1000 visitors per day; organises social events, including an annual charity ball; and sports events where disabled young people can try new sports and also signposts volunteering opportunities.

Following the success of CP Teens, Ellie has also set up ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ to support younger people and their families.

In a personal letter to Ellie, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By drawing on your own experiences to set up ‘CP Teens’, you have created a supportive and accepting community for young people with cerebral palsy. Your work is going from strength to strength and I wish you every success as CP Teens grows, alongside ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ for younger people and their families.”

As a young ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Ellie is able to share her story about the positive impact sport has had on her life to many more young people. CP Teens and Cerebral Palsy Sport work in partnership to support and encourage more people to enjoy being active and tackle the issue of social isolation, that can often by experienced by people with cerebral palsy. On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport,  CP Teens and Sheffield FA worked jointly to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity gave 15 young people the chance to “have a go” at both RaceRunning and Frame Football.

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CP Teens founder, Ellie Simpson said:

“I cannot believe I have been awarded an award as prestigious as a Point Of Light Award. It means such a lot to me and CP Teens UK. When I set up CP Teens UK in 2013, I never could have imagined how many young people it has, and continues to, reach out to and work with. I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way and I am so excited about the future of CP Teens UK.”

Find out more about upcoming Cerebral Palsy Sports events here

Find out more about CP Teens here

South Wales Swimming Development Gala announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport, in partnership with Swim Wales are pleased to announce it will be are running a Swimming Development Gala on 15th April 2017.

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The Gala will be held at Merthyr Tdfil Leisure Centre, CF48 IUT from 12.30-4.30pm.

Our Galas’s are aimed at developing swimmers, who have some experience of the aquatic environment, and offer an excellent introduction to competitive swimming. They are friendly, supportive and realistic with a starter, timekeepers, heats and staggered timed finals. If necessary a swimmer can be accompanied by a parent or enabler – and swimming aids are permitted.

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The aim is to provide swimmers the opportunity to socialise with other swimmers with cerebral palsy, experience the excitement of competitive swimming and test their new skills without the formal structure of club events. Races take place over 10, 25, and 50 metres using a variety of strokes, with medals and certificated awarded.

Booking is required, and the Gala’s are popular events so don’t delay – the cost for full Cerebral Palsy Sport members is £7.50, and for non – members £10. Closing date for booking – Friday 31st March 2017 (or earlier if becomes fully booked).

To book onto this event please click here

Swim Wales are a world leading National Governing Body delivering excellence, inspiring a nation to enjoy, participate, learn and compete in Welsh aquatics.with cerebral palsy or a physical disability. For further information click here.

For further information about Cerebral Palsy Sports swimming events contact Sarah Livesey on 0115 925 7027 / 07519 809 024 or email: sarah.livesey@cpsport.org

Young Ambassadors ready to inspire!

Cerebral Palsy announced four Young Sporting Ambassadors in 2016.

The charity already had a long history of working with fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories of sporting success to encourage others. Many of these are established athletes who have competed on the world stage including at Paralympics Games.

For the first time, a new group of Young Sporting Ambassadors, aged between 16 – 25 were brought together to help create a new voice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, to share the impact Cerebral Palsy Sport has had on their lives so far and be role models to young people who have yet to discover sport.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others and share their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential. They are; Ellie Simpson, Matthew Humphreys, Jamie Westerman and Ben Meadows.

Have a read of Ellie’s story here. She shares her first experience of sport and the major positive impact it has had on her life physically, socially & academically.

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We will be growing our Young Sporting Ambassador programme over the coming months so watch this space!