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Cerebral Palsy Sport partners with England Netball

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with England Netball to create a version of Netball that is inclusive for ambulant CP players.

To do this we are running a discovery day on Wednesday 16th January from 10am-2pm at Holywell Fitness Centre, Loughborough LE11 3QF.

The Discovery day will consist of a number of small netball styles games and practices with England Netball coaching staff and the Cerebral Palsy Sport   team to look at how the current game of Netball can be changed/adapted to be inclusive for CP players.

If you are male or female with CP and would like to play Netball and be a part of the development of the ambulant game then please come along on the day. We are looking for people with cp who are 16 years + to take part in this fantastic new opportunity. If you would like to attend please register with Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

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CP Sport visits Portland College

Cerebral Palsy Sport were delighted to attend Portland College last week to meet a group of learners. Portland College is a leading specialist college in Nottinghamshire working with disabled people to develop their employability, independence and communication skills.

We were invited to participate in an event called ‘Meet the Employer’ where learners could ask questions to professionals from different businesses in various sectors.

We answered any questions the learners had about looking for work and explained what it is like working for the different organisations. There were plenty of questions about what it is like to work in sport, what the hours are and the structure of the organisation, as well as interest in the many voluntary roles available.

Find out more about working with Cerebral Palsy Sport here

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#BigThankYou on International Volunteer Day 2018

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5th December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

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 volunteers.

Volunteers contribute time and energy to support the charity achieve our vision and we could not do it without our volunteers.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are saying a #BigThankYou today to our volunteers, by sharing volunteering stories, feedback and information.

We also encourage participants and clubs to do this too – a nationwide celebration of the dedicated volunteers who make sport and recreation happen. Culminating at BBC Sports Personality of the Year on 16th December, the #BigThankYou is an opportunity for sports clubs projects and fitness groups to acknowledge their volunteers by sharing their stories, posting pictures on social media and thanking them through the hashtag #BigThankYou

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Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd December 2018 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This year, Cerebral Palsy Sport are recognising the day by sharing the voices of Cerebral Palsy Sport event participants. We will be posting feedback from our participants and their families throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #CPVoices

If you have any feedback from our events you would like to share please us the hashtag #CPVoices

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Thank you to Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Leon Taylor who has written a blog about the day which we have shared here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce Athletics Series dates for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce the Athletics Series dates for 2019. Events include a variety of track and field disciplines including RaceRunning, with age appropriate throwing equipment and weights being used in the field events.

We encourage new and beginner athletes to take part as well as regular competitors in these prestigious events on the disability sport calendar.

Three new venues have been booked for 2019 – St Albans, Winchester and Derby.

Photo finish has been confirmed at 4 events so far.

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Series Events 2019

St Albans

Date: Saturday 13th April 2019

Venue: Abbey View Golf and Track Facility, St Albans, AL1 2DL

Closing Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

Winchester

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Venue: The Winchester Sports Stadium, Milland Road, Winchester,SO23 0QA

Closing Date: Friday 19th April 2019

York

Date: Saturday 15th June 2019

Venue: University of York, James Way, Heslington, York YO10 5NA

Closing Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Derby

Date: Saturday 10th August 2019

Venue: Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton Derby, DE24 9HY

Closing Date: Friday 19th July 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletic Nationals Doncaster 

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Venue: Doncaster 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB

Closing Date: Friday 23rd August 2019

Athletes must be aged 8 or above to enter the Athletic Series events * (excluding Nationals). For Nationals in September Athletes must be 11yrs and above by 31st December 2019.

*Athletes aged 8-11 yrs. can only enter the following events during the series:
Track – 60m, 100m and 200m – ambulant, wheelchair and RaceRunning
Field – howler and golf ball throws.

For full details and the registration form click here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming events announced for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport offer a range of opportunities for swimmers with cerebral palsy from introductory sessions for new swimmers through to specialist coaching and competitive galas, tailored awareness and education courses.

Our Development Galas are for swimmers who have some experience of the aquatic environment. We operate a programme of  Galas that 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 National Championships are a friendly and competitive event. They take place annually in Nottingham and caters for the needs of all active cerebral palsy swimmers from club through to elite levels of ability. The Championships are held using British Swimming classification – but cerebral palsy swimmers without classification may take part as guests if space allows. Capture swim

We are delighted to announce our 2019 dates:

Winchester Development Gala – King’s School – Saturday 23rd February 2019

CP Sport National Swimming Championships – Harvey Hadden Sports Village Nottingham – Sunday 7th April 2019

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Liverpool Development Gala- Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park- Sunday 5th May 2019.

Sheffield Development Gala- Ponds Forge ISC- Sunday 14th July 2019.

Worcester Development Gala- Perdiswell Leisure Centre- Saturday 19th October 2019.

North East- To be confirmed soon!

To enter the 2019 swim series, please use the booking form here: Registration Form 2019

For further information about our swimming programme click here or contact Jennifer.Basford@cpsport.org 0115 925 7027

Cerebral Palsy Sport supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week

The National Safeguarding Adults Network are launching the first National Safeguarding Adults Week, from 19th – 25th November 2018.

The Network includes members from Sense, Choice Support, Dimensions, Voiceability, United Response, Brandon Trust, MacIntyre, Advance, CVT and the Ann Craft Trust. The Network recognised that organisations around the UK have been creating their own safeguarding weeks through out the year and want to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults. So we can be better, together.

The week will involve national and regional organisations that support adults and a range of activities to raise awareness of Safeguarding Adults.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has the responsibility for creating a safe, fun and inclusive environment for everyone to participate in Cerebral Palsy Sport events and a moral and legal obligation to ensure that the highest possible standard of care is provided for everyone involved in the sport.We have been working with the Ann Craft Trust in 2018 ensuring staff and volunteers are fully trained in Safeguarding.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Safeguarding policy promotes welfare, equal opportunities and safeguarding regardless of whether you are a participant, coach, volunteer or spectator. The full policy is available to download here

 

Children In Need funding supports new role

It’s BBC Children In Need 2018. And it’s thanks to crucial support from Children In Need that Cerebral Palsy Sport are able to recruit a new full time National Sport Development Officer.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are seeking a dynamic full time National Sport Development Officer to support Cerebral Palsy Sport’s CP Can inclusive sports project programme.

The role will focus on reaching children and young people with cerebral palsy and enabling them to get into sport for the first time. It will also seek to support and create participation pathway opportunities to people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. The role will also have responsibility for coordinating a number of sport specific events across disability and adapted sports.

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Closing date for applications is Monday 19th November. More information about the role here

Thank you to all of those who are supporting Children In Need!

Tennis Foundation activities to be integrated into the LTA as part of an exciting future for Tennis in Britain

Cerebral Palsy Sport partner, The Tennis Foundation, has announced that it’s activities will be integrated into the Lawn Tennis Association.

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The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity and the Lawn Tennis Association is the national governing body for tennis in the country. The move will unify tennis in Britain, providing a unique opportunity to open up the sport to a more diverse team of people, players and leaders.

The decision was unanimously agreed by the Boards of both organisations and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, with a view to being fully operational from the start of 2019. The Tennis Foundation’s current activities sees it work to open up tennis and its benefits to anyone and everyone, with a focus on its three primary beneficiary groups of disabled people, young people in education and young people in urban and disadvantaged communities.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, the LTA has developed a new vision to open up tennis and grow the sport through making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable to anyone who has an interest, from players of all abilities and backgrounds, to its many millions of fans. Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said:

“We are tremendously proud of the achievements of the Tennis Foundation and the impact we have had on the lives of our beneficiaries. The new exciting vision for tennis in Britain now presents a fantastic opportunity for our sport as a whole to make it one that is truly for anyone.

“We are only in a position to be able to take advantage of the opportunity integration presents because of the ground-breaking work that has been done over the past 30 years. Among the many highlights are the outstanding success of Great Britain’s disability tennis players on the international stage, supporting over 20,000 schools to deliver tennis to young people and establishing the SERVES programme to take the sport to new people and new places.

“I’d like to thank the many partner organisations and individuals who have helped the Tennis Foundation achieve what we have done, creating a legacy that the LTA can take forward and build on as part of a bright future for our sport.”

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA, said,

“Our new vision aligns very closely with the Tennis Foundation’s great work and by integrating we hope we can take it to the next level, with greater scale and greater impact. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for inclusivity across our sport and I want to welcome the Tennis Foundation team to the LTA.”

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Tennis click here and about our Partnership with the Tennis Foundation click here

For more information about the LTA visit www.lta.org.uk, and to read more about the work of the Tennis Foundation see www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.

Worcester Swimming Development Gala

This year’s Worcester Development gala was held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre where the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. 15 swimmers took part on the day and all 15 got at least one medal and a certificate to go away with. Well done to the swimmers for your hard work and speedy swims!

Thank you to the 11 volunteers that kindly gave up their time to make the gala a success. Every bit of help was very much appreciated.

Our VIP at the gala was Kevin O’Connor who very generously fundraises for the Worcester Gala every year through his golf days. CP Sport would also like to congratulate Kevin on winning the award for Fundraising Supporter of the Year. This was presented at the end of the gala in front of the participants who he endlessly supports to achieve their goals.

Feedback from the event:

“Great, competitive and social event.”

“Very well organised and enjoyable.”

“Excellent.”

“Fantabulous.”

“I really enjoyed it and want to do another gala.”

“Amazing.”

“It helps me build my confidence.”

To see the full report and see images from the event click here