Sport England releases fresh insight into volunteering habits

Sport England has published the latest data from the Active Lives Survey, providing a comprehensive picture of volunteering in sport and activity for the first time. One of the most striking features of the research is a stark gender gap.

Sport England releases fresh insight into volunteering habits

  • 6.7 million people (14.9% of the population) in England have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity
  • Contrary to trends in the rest of the volunteering sector, men are much more likely than women to volunteer in sport
  • Male volunteers in sport are more likely to hold influential roles.

Active Lives shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity, in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said:

“This fresh insight into volunteering in sport shows that millions of people are playing vital roles up and down the country supporting the grassroots.

“But it also highlights a gender gap that we want to close. I know first-hand the positive impact volunteering can have on a person’s life and I want sports to look at what more they can do to encourage women to volunteer.”

Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, says:

“The contribution of the 6.7 million volunteers to sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. They are often the inspiration behind the activity. However, this research also tells us that there’s a lot to do to make the experience of volunteering in sport more attractive to women, as there’s a big gender gap.

“We launched our campaign This Girl Can after research showed that a fear of judgement can hold many women back from getting involved in sport and activity, and 2.8 million women have told us they have been inspired to get active as a result. Now we need to work on attracting more women to volunteering in sport and activity, and we hope that the whole sports sector embraces that challenge.”

Some of the key volunteering statistics include:

  • 4.0 million (60%) of adult (16+) volunteers are male, and 2.7 million (40%) are female – a gender gap of 1.3 million (20%)
  • 1.2 million (74%) of volunteer referees or umpires and 1.7 million (67%) of volunteer coaches or instructors are male
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds (NS-SEC 6-8) make up 31% of the population, but only 10% of the volunteers. Disabled people make up 21% of the population but only 11% of volunteers.

The Active Lives survey, which runs 365 days a year, also asks people over 16 across England about their sport and physical activity habits. The figures published today represent the first 18 months of data collected by the new survey, so year on year comparisons are not yet available. The first set of comparable data will be available in March 2018.

The figures show a consistent picture, with 27.1 million (60.6%) people being active, meaning they do 150 minutes or more activity per week and meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines. 11.5 million (25.6%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of activity a week. The Active Lives survey also shows that people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active, which is why Sport England will be targeting investment on those groups under its new strategy, Towards an Active Nation.

To find out more about Active Lives and see the full results in full, go to https://www.sportengland.org/activelivesadult/

For information on Cerebral Palsy Sport Volunteering opportunities click here

New Membership for Professionals and Organisations launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport have launched two new membership categories to meet the needs of its widening audience.

The development of opportunities offered by the charity has seen a growth in the contact we have with professionals, practitioners, physios, schools, parents and families, who help support more people with cerebral palsy into sport.

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Our services include; the Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness course,  training camps for coaches, and resources for adapted sports including RaceRunning and Frame Football. Read about our most recent training camp in Nottingham on 8th October 2017 here.

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The new membership categories are for Professionals and Organisations and include discount to our services as well as other benefits.

The addition of the new categories follows the launch for the Cerebral Palsy Sport family membership category in June 2017.

For full details and membership forms please click here.

 

 

Free 9 week Wheelchair Dance Development Programme

Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people aged 16 and over, who are interested in competing or performing. This programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Wheelchair dance is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and people compete all around the world. Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people interested in competing or performing. The programme will run every Saturday from 14 October until 16 December, 3.15-4.15pm (no class 18 November) at the Abbey Centre, London SW1 3BW.

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The programme will be led by a world-leading wheelchair dance champion, who will take participants through the different Latin and ballroom dances. To develop techinical and creative skills, build confidence, while ensuring everyone is enjoying their expereicne and able to develop at their own pace in a safe and friendly environment. You don’t need a dance partner. The programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Whether you compete in other wheelchair sports and want a challenge or you just love to dance. We will support you to develop your potential and progress along a pathway to compete at national and international level. Previous dance experience is helpful but not required.

Places are limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration is required via email, phone or via the website registration form.

Register online on the Step Change Studios website.

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If you have any questions please call Step Change Studios on 07976 363861 or email contact@stepchangestudios.com.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.

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 Ambassador talk

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.

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Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”


Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2018 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden

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Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne

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Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney

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Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers

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Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club

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Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa

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Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder

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Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty

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Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here

Steve Judge is announced as CP Sport Ambassador

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that Steve Judge has joined the team of Ambassadors for the charity.

Steve is a two times Paratriathlon World Champion winning in China in 2011 and New Zealand in 2012.

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His story starts back in his childhood where he was always setting goals and working towards them, initially in the Scout movement achieving badges and awards and then in sport as a young man who loved to run. It was when a near fatal car accident crushed his legs and he was told he may never walk again that Steve Judge’s drive, motivation and commitment really came into its own.

Steve’s focus, passion and hard work enabled him to achieve through rehabilitation, growing his leg back and learning to stand again and walk again. The results of the accident left Steve with disability in both of his legs and forced him to think about what he could do rather than what he couldn’t do.

Steve went on to set even more physical goals as a disabled athlete in swimming, cycling and then running progressing him on to the sport of Paratriathlon where he eventually became British, European and World Champion.

Steve’s inspirational story explains the mottos, and mantras he created to continue on his path without leaning on his excuses, instead turning his excuses into challenges.

As a recognised inspirational and motivational speaker and personal life coach Steve shares his thoughts and wisdom through his experiences to enable us to realise our own ultimate goal in life, to work towards it and have, no regrets.

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When asked how he felt about being asked to be a Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport Steve said,

“I was shocked an honoured at the same time. Although my disability is not cerebral palsy the experiences and journey that I have been on enable me to have great synergy with all athletes. I will inspire and motivate all persons involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport to think about what they can participate in rather than what they can’t. To not lean on their excuses but to be the best that they can be when they play and to enjoy life to the full.”

Steve will be joining the other Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassdors at the AGM and Awards on 8th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors please click here

It’s World CP Day 2017!

World CP Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 60 countries. This year World CP Day takes place today,  Friday 6th October.

Its vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

Robyn Cummins World CP Day Manager explains: “Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. There are over 17 million people living with CP and 350 million family, friends and supporters who care about them.”

“But In many countries, people with CP are ‘invisible’. They live out of sight, out of mind and out of options.”

“We talk to people with CP, their families and organisations around the world and find incredibly frustrating similarities. The same issues keep coming up again and again.”

“But the good news is we also hear about the success stories – individuals and organisations who are creating positive change in their communities and are willing to share their experiences, tools and tips. Our mission is to highlight the issues, unearth the success stories and encourage people to take action in their communities.”

The World CP Day have published a number of infographs to regognise the day, which we will share through the CP Sport social media platforms.

Please see the full presentation from World CP Day which covers lots of information about cp:  What_is_CP_slide_deck_2017

You can also find out more information on our website here

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be supporting World CP Day by sharing infographs, stories and news throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity for our twitter followers to put their questions to the Cerebral Palsy Chair Aideen Blackborough via @CP_Sport in our #AskTheChair hour between 1-2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CP Sport deliver Table Cricket at Junior Games

WheelPower’s National Junior Games is an annual event held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Games are open to children and young people (aged between 11 and 18) with a physical or mild sensory impairment and combine have-a-go sessions with coaching and competitions in a range of different sports and activities.

Paralympic stars Ade Adepitan, David Weir and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson took part in the National Junior Games on their road to success,  and thousands of children had achieved their dreams and led a healthy active life after taking part in this extraordinary event.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered Table Cricket activity at this year’s Junior Games on 2nd and 3rd October. The activity was led by Cerebral Palsy Sport National Sport Development Officer Richard Kerr,  and inventor of Table Cricket Doug Williamson. Over 30 young people played Table Cricket at the event with a number of schools expressing interest to continue.

For more information on how to get involved in Table Cricket please contact Rich Kerr: Richard.Kerr@cpsport.org  0115 9257027.

CP United win the CP Football league National Championships!

There was more success for CP United as they kicked off the football season with the title win in the National CP Adult Footall league National Championships on 30th September 2017. Held at Riverside in Nottingham, 7 teams from the league took part:

Copmanthorpe CP FC

CP United FC

Riverside Inclusive FC

South West CP FC

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Chelsea Foundation – Whites

After the group stages in the morning, where teams played matches of 20 minutes, there was a 3rd and 4th place play off between Chelsea Blues and Copmanthorpe, the latter victorious.

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In the final, CP United displayed their skills and experience, beating South West CP 3-1.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League consists of a North Conference and a South Conference, taking part in regional central venue fixtures throughout the year. They will then come together for the end of year National Cup. The 2016/2017 finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham, in May 2017, where CP United were crowned with the title.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport football programme click here

Long list for Team England announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are proud to be coordinating Team England to attend the 2018 CPISRA World Games Games in August 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will inform the athletes who have been selected on the Team England swimming and athletics long list for the 2018 World Games by email, and the lists can be viewed below.

The long list is the first phase of selection and does not guarantee a place in the final team. Long list selection has been based on the qualification standards issued by CPISRA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), as well as competition results recorded over the last 3 years.

Once those on the long list has accepted/declined their place there will then be a final selection process undertaken. Those that make final selection to represent Team England will be notified by 19th October 2017.

The long list for swimming and athletics can be found here

Keep up to date with World Games news here and Team England news here.

 

 

69 Athletes take part in National Athletics Championships

The Cerebral Palsy 2017 Athletics Series culminated on Saturday 23rd September with the National Athletic Championships taking place at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham.

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This year’s finals saw 69 athletes compete in over 40 events throughout the course of the day, with medal presentations taking place during lunch and following the afternoon session. It was great to see many returning athletes from previous Series events as well as welcoming some new athletes to the event.

The event was sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and we are grateful for their support and to James Hayter and his colleagues who attended the Championships to present medals to athletes.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation as always goes to our dedicated track & field officials, whose support and commitment ensures the IPC accredited event can take place and of course the volunteers whose support was invaluable to the event.

Full results can be found here

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The Series Award winners were presented during lunch and award to the following athletes:

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2017    

  • Track Orla Conneely
  • Field: Robin Womack

Senior Athletics Series 2017 Winners      

  • Male Track: Muninder Hayer
  • Female Track: Rachel Partington
  • Male Field: Jarel Rose
  • Female Field: Samantha Gray

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2017 Winners        

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Amelia Richards
  • Male Field: Daniel Onyett
  • Female Field: Freya Howgate

The Colin Rains Award for commitment and inspirational endeavour will be awarded at the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards evening at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on Sunday 8th October 2017.

Thank you to everyone who brought a raffle ticket and made a donation, a total of £185 was raised on the day.

Image credit to Myvision4reel Photography- City of Stoke AC

Images can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CerebralPalsySport/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1487909471289909