‘Rule of 6’ exemption for disabled participants

25th September 2020 – Sport England update

The government has made the decision that those aged 18 and over will need to adhere to the ‘rule of 6’ if they are playing indoor team sports.

The government stated that there is an exemption for disabled participants.

The exemption is to help disabled people stay active. As we know, not allowing indoor sport would have a disproportionate impact on disabled people, as a significant proportion of team sport for disabled people takes place in indoor settings. We know that disabled people face more barriers to participating in sport and physical activity, so it is vital we do as much as possible to keep these opportunities accessible.

However, we must ensure that this is done safely. We know that a large proportion of disabled people are more likely to feel worried and anxious about returning to sport and physical activity in the risk of contracting coronavirus.

DCMS and Sport England will work with NGBs who provide indoor team sport to ensure that their current guidance reflects the ‘rule of 6’ restrictions or is updated, if needed, to set out how more than 6 disabled people can participate in team sport in a safe way which encourages social distancing.

Please see updated FAQ below for any additional questions you may have.

If you would like additional support in updating your guidance to reflect the exemption please contact Sport England return to play inbox (returntoplay@sportengland.org)

Updated FAQ

Why are disabled people exempt from the restrictions around indoor team sports for adults?

The exemption is to help disabled people to stay active. Not allowing indoor sport would have a disproportionate impact on disabled people, as a significant proportion of team sport for disabled people takes place in indoor settings. We know that disabled people face more barriers to participating in sport and physical activity, so it is vital we do as much as possible to keep these opportunities accessible. 

Does this exemption put disabled people at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19?

Indoor team sport provision can only take place where it follows the government’s guidance on recreational team sport and grassroots sport and leisure activity, and this includes team sports for disabled people. NGBs which provide sport formats for disabled people will set out how they can deliver this provision in line with existing guidance on social distancing and Covid-secure measures. The exemption only affects the number of people who can be involved in the sport where this is necessary for the sport to take place. 

How can participants be reassured that an indoor team sport activity for more than 6 disabled people will be delivered in a socially distanced Covid-19 secure environment?

All sport providers and venue operators are already operating in line with the government’s guidance on recreational team sport and grassroots sport and leisure activity. DCMS and Sport England will work with National Governing Bodies which provide indoor team sport to ensure that their current guidance reflects the ‘rule of 6’ restrictions or is updated, if needed, to set out that more than 6 disabled people can participate in team sport in a safe way which encourages social distancing.

Can non-disabled people take part in indoor team sports alongside disabled people?  

The exemption only applies to disabled people. If non-disabled people take part in indoor team sport, this exemption no longer applies. Indoor team sports which include non-disabled people participating alongside disabled people should only take place in groups of up to six people.

Where disabled people need support from a carer or personal assistant during activity, will this be allowed?

Yes. People who provide essential support (e.g. carers) to disabled people are exempt, and do not count towards the six people in a group (where the rule of six applies). Other people present are unlikely to be exempt, and should follow the guidance for spectators. Spectators are only permitted in groups of up to six, and social distancing must be maintained.  

Source: Sport England

easyfundraising helps support CP Sport members

Finding the finances to support an athletes’ training and competition costs isn’t always easy. Asking people to donate money for an individual can be hard, especially now. CP Sport have developed their long standing partnership with fundraising website easyfundraising to make fundraising much simpler for individual members and at no additional cost to the person donating.

How does easyfundraising work?

It’s really simple: when family and friends use the easyfundraising website or app to shop online with 4000 leading retailers like Amazon, eBay, Just Eat, Trainline, John Lewis, Booking.com, Argos and Tesco,  the retailer they shop with sends a free donation at no extra cost.

It’s a really hassle free way to boost your funds – family, friends shop online already anyway and with easyfundraising, you can turn that shopping into much needed cash for you.

Over £4million has been raised by sports clubs and athletes who are already using easyfundraising and using it to fund equipment, training and competition costs and more.

To join them, simply register as a good cause with easyfundraising – it’s completely free to register and use and only takes two minutes to get started. The offer is only open to paid members of CP Sport currently.

Only these members will be emailed with the link to sign up if they wish to.

Membership information and how to join can be found here.

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If you are a paid members and haven’t received an email by end of day 16/9/20 with the link then please contact membership@cpsport.org if you would like it.

UK Coaching Week 2020

As part of UK Coaching Week 2020 (14th – 20th September), we are putting the spotlight on the coaches who are supporting one of our current events, the Virtual Challenge Series.

As part of this event, which CP Sport are running in parallel with LimbPower, participants are invited to attend free live workshops where expert coaches are providing support and advice on setting goals, and taking on different types of challenges.

There are 3 challenges, Distance, Time and Numbers each lasting a month and concluding in January 2021. Entries for challenge 2 and 3 are open and more detail can be found here. Participants do not have to take part in all 3 challenges so it is not too late to enter.

Paul Greenwood – Virtual Challenge Series coach

Paul is an ex Rugby League player, and has coached Frame Football, Race Running, and Athletics

He is a Talent Programme Manager for the Jersey Sport Foundation and is works with a squad of Performance Athletes (athlete services include S&C, Sports Nutrition, Psychology, Education & Lifestyle) across a wide range of sports who are all targeting National, European, World Championships including Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics.

Paul got involved in the VCS after attending the virtual cafes for all CP Sport coaches and volunteers where we outlined the plans for the event.

Paul recently hosted a workshop as part of Challenge 1, Distance and this is what he had to say on the experience,

“Its always the case that I get blown away by the sheer determination of the athletes whenever they set themselves a challenge. I work with young performance athletes on a daily basis and always stand up the enthusiasm and dedication that I see on the virtual coaching sessions as a benchmark to follow.

As a coach the questions presented on me from the VCS are always directly corresponding with the Athletes chosen challenge which shows that drive to want to find ways to improve performance or simply to be able to keep doing that challenge for longer.

Under current restrictions athletes are having to work independently but the VCS gives that opportunity to come together, share success stories but also pull together as a group to help individuals get through any particular challenge. I would highly recommend any VCS as a source of inspiration, sporting endeavour and most importantly a good bit of fun for an hour or two.”

Coaches are an important part of the CP Sport workforce all year round and all across the country. CP Sport COO said,

“Coaching Week is an important week for CP Sport to be involved with to highlight the ongoing work undertaken by coaches, not just at our events but also day to day in their local community.  Coaches provide the support, the guidance and expertise and they are an invaluable part of our workforce.  Coaches are so important in helping us provide great opportunities for people to try new sports or regular sessions at their local club.  It cannot be underestimated the role a coach plays in someone’s personal experience of sport and physical activity. 

Here at CP Sport we are committed to supporting coaches and their work and currently working towards providing support and opportunities for coaches interested in working with our community.  Our aspiration is that our coaches feel they are part of the team, they belong to our community and we are all working toward a shared aim.   

Thank you coaches for everything you do and the support you continue to provide to us and our community.”

CP Sport have also launched its Coach Membership. It is free for coaches to register and as a member, coaches will have access to courses and training plans from educational hub BelievePerform which can help their development and those they support.

Coaches who join CP Sport this week will get free access to the following BelievePerform courses:

How sport coaches can look after their mental health – This course has been designed to help improve coaches knowledge around mental health and to support them to apply practical strategies to enhance their psychological toolbox.·      

How to Effectively Set Goals – This training plan gives you a template to start setting great goals

Contact CP Sport: info@cpsport.org

Find out more about UK Coaching Week here

CP Sport and Quest launch pilot rental service

CP Sport in partnership with design and manufacturing company Quest have launched a brand new pilot rental service to support people with cerebral palsy and associated impairments. The equipment available to hire will help to enable individuals of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and recreational activity.

There are a range of GameFrames to rent which are used for playing Frame Football and for RaceRunning Frames which provide support assistance for users to be upright and walk or run.

Adapted sports have had recent increase in popularity with more Frame Football and RaceRunning clubs developing across the country.  RaceRunning has seen a big increase in interest since being included on the World Para Athletics programme in 2018.

Quest has over 30 years of experience in the design, manufacture and sourcing of activity based therapy products for children and adults. Quest began manufacturing tricycles for children with Cerebral Palsy in 1991 and have developed and introduced additional products and accessories over time.

Frame Football is an adapted format of football for those who use a frame or walker. GameFrames are more mobile than a frame and enhance player experience. Frame Football is growing and proving very popular, with a number of affiliated clubs running sessions. CP Sport are working with the FA and partners to further support the future development of the sport.

RaceRunning is an adapted sport for those who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. The RaceRunning frame supports the user to be in an upright position and supported by the 3 wheel frame design. RaceRunning provides opportunities to experience running, jogging or walking activity. RaceRunning is an official recognised discipline in Athletics, and features within all CP Sport Athletic events.

Hire is for a minimum of three months. Quest will arrange to deliver each frame, and assist with setting up, and give practical advice in regards to this. Accessories will be provided as well as a 1-2-1 coaching session.

Adi Fawcett, Cerebral Palsy Sport Chief Operating Officer, said:

“This is an exciting pilot programme for us at CP Sport and an opportunity for us to learn how we can develop our services and activities for the benefit of our beneficiaries.  The service will enable us to take sport to our community and overcome the barrier of access to equipment for individual and provide support through one to one coaching sessions.  Our aspiration during this challenging time is to enable as many people as possible to get moving, be active and have some fun being physical.”

Tom Henshaw, Commercial Manager at Quest, said:

“With access to all-important club activities and events now being severely limited due to COVID-19, we’ve been actively searching for new and innovative ways to support the continued rehabilitation and supported activity that CP Sport embodies. The rental service is a safe way for children and adults alike to explore their potential for movement, at their own pace, in their own home, but fully supported by both Quest and CP Sport.”

The cost of the service: RaceRunners – £30 non-member, £15 member per month. Frame Football Frame – £20 non-member,£10 member per month

Access the booking form here

For further enquiries please contact CP Sport – jennifer.basford@cpsport.org 07955 119 018 or Richard.kerr@cpsport.org 07762 739926

Visit the Quest website here: https://quest88.com/

NDSO Collective Response to COVID-19

The seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), have released a handy resource to inform sports providers about our collective response to keeping our community active and reaching hard to reach inactive disabled people through online and virtual opportunities. Review the exciting ways we are reaching more deaf and disabled people during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Like many organisations supporting people to get active our NDSO delivery programmes are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have created this resource so that sports organisations and providers are aware of the support we are offering disabled community members through a range of fantastic programmes and resources. By working collectively we can reach and support more disabled people.

We, the NDSOs are mindful that many deaf and disabled people may require more support right now as many of our community members are at risk or shielding. We want to encourage disabled people to remain active and have adapted our programmes and delivery methods to meet this need and the changing environment.

To support Sport England’s #StayInWorkOut campaign, we have individually and collectively looked at delivery methods to reach and support disabled people in their homes though sports specific resources, online classes, live exercise sessions and pre-recorded exercise sessions, virtual challenges and online chats and Q and A zoom calls.

The resource can be found here

About the seven NDSOs

The seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are a good starting point for many disabled people who want to be more active. NDSOs provide advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments.

The seven NDSOs have formed a partnership group, which brings in other leading organisations to support one another and the wider sector. It helps to guide their collaborative planning and thinking.

The National Disability Sports and Physical Activity Network continues to meet and discuss key matters on engaging more Deaf and disabled people into sport. It provides a forum for National Governing Bodies of sport and partners to share their work too. This group meets quarterly and is currently chaired by Valerie Copenhagen (UK Deaf Sport Executive Director) and Andy Brittles (LimbPower Sports Development Officer).

The seven NDSOs are:

British Blind Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport W: www.cpsport.org T:@CP_Sport

Dwarf Sports Association UK

LimbPower W: www.limbpower.com T: @limbpower

Special Olympics Great Britain W: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk T: SOGreatBritain F: SpecialOlympicsGB I: SpecialOlympicsGB

UK Deaf Sport

WheelPower W: wheelpower.org.uk  T: @wheelpower  F:facebook.com/wheelchairsport  I: @wheelpower_official

CP Sport launch It’s Okay to Play resources

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.

Through the ‘It’s Okay to Play Project’, the aim of CP Sport is to make it easier for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments to access sport and activities, just as their siblings and peers do, in school and in the community.

To do this, CP Sport have create two new resources. One for families to use, and the second for education sector and health professionals who work with young people and adults with physical disabilities.

The resources contain key information, helpful ideas and games that will allow for both audiences to support someone with a physical disability to access sport and activity that we hope will result in them leading a happier, healthier life.

Subject to government guidance on coronavirus and returning to play, the project will help ensure that within school people with a physical disability are able to take part in PE and extracurricular activity the same way their peers do. The resources will provide teachers and those that lead PE with the tools to be able to run fully inclusive sessions and activities breaking down barriers and perceptions. The family resource will provide families and carers hints and tips on how to be active with members of the family who have a physical disability. It will provide the confidence to ‘play’ within the home setting, go into the local community and access green spaces and parks and ultimately encourage the family to be active together.

A hard copy version of the family resource leaflet is included as part of the Virtual Challenge Series pack, a new fun participation event taking place between August 2020 and January 2021.  There are three themed challenges – Distance, Time and Numbers, each one lasts for one month. Participants can enter for one challenge or the full series. 

CP Sport hope that the project will support people with a physical disability to fulfil their potential and enjoy the benefits of being active such as feeling happier, healthier and more confident and feeling a part of their community.

The ‘It’s Okay to Play’ project has been funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.

The resources are available to download for free from the CP Sport website here: http://www.cpsport.org/resources/resources/its-okay-to-play/

Go Membership goes live

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce the launch of its new user friendly membership portal, Go Membership.  

GoMembership will allow paid members to easily renew membership online and set up their own profile. It will also be available for non-paying members to access and have their own personal profile. These profiles will only be visible to the user and CP Sport administration.

Everyone will be able to book and pay for CP Sport events online through the same system and we are delighted to have it in place for the Virtual Challenge Series.

CP Sport has chosen GoMembership because it is easy to navigate and very intuitive for the occasional user. In summary the features include: 

  • Allowing users to maintain their own profile to ensure accurate information. 
  • Paid members can renew their membership online. 
  • Family members can be controlled by one person making group membership easier. 
  • Users can pay for membership or events online using different methods of payment (e.g. credit card, debit card, bank transfer.) 
  • It can capture members’ qualifications, certificates and personal bests. 

We will automatically transfer the information we have stored in our existing database to Go Membership. 

Go Membership for CP Sport will be available from http://cpsport.azolve.com/Account.mvc/SignIn or our website http://www.cpsport.org/support-us/membership/ and you will be able to log in from there.  Your username for logging into the system is #LoginId  You can request a password by using the Forgot Password option on the login screen. You will then receive an email where you can create a new password and login.  If you have any problems just email us at membership@cpsport.org.

Please check all the information transferred over is correct. If not, please change the information so it is correct.

If you haven’t received an email please register here: https://cpsport.azolve.com/Account.mvc/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f%20

For more detail about paid membership options with CP Sport click here

Contact us 

If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at membership@cpsport.org  

CP Sport and LimbPower launch the Virtual Challenge Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on persons with a physical disability, with 22% shielding and 18% self-isolating. Our community are worried about the impact of social easing with many choosing to continue to shield and self-isolate. We plan to support these community members to stay active at home. 

CP Sport approached LimbPower about developing a series of challenges to support the community to keep engaging in activity at home over the coming months and the Virtual Challenge Series was born.

Some members of the CP Sport and LimbPower communities have been trying and enjoying virtual activities throughout lockdown. According to research conducted by LimbPower the second most important activity the charity did to keep community members engaged in activity during Lockdown was the 2.6 challenge back in April, followed by a successful At Home Superhero event from June to July. 

 The Virtual Challenge Series is for regular event participants through to complete beginners. Family and friends can take part too. There are three consecutive participation events with a different theme for each event. 

Challenge one is Distance and runs from the 15th August to 15th September 2020

Challenge two is Time and runs from the 15th October to 15th November  2020

Challenge three is Numbers and runs from 15th December 2020 to 15th January 2021

Participants choose their own targets and goals to suit their ability, mobility, circumstances and lifestyle. They then have a month to achieve their target. For the first challenge participants receive a bronze medal on completion. For two challenges they receive a silver medal and for taking part in all three challenges they receive a gold medal and a challenge t-shirt.

“We are very excited to be working with Limbpower on the virtual challenge series and providing opportunities for the cp community to stay active throughout the summer and into next year.  It is important to us to keep the community connected and, through the workshops for each challenge, we hope to provide opportunities for socialising, as well as professional support from our coaches.  We look forward to seeing everyone in action throughout the summer whether they are new to sport or an aspiring Paralympian, getting out there and getting active.” Adi Fawcett, Chief Operating Officer, Cerebral Palsy Sport 

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The low entry fee will enable more community members to take part and enjoy the challenge, online community and online workshops, exclusive to challenge participants. The registration fee for one challenge is £12.50 and £25 for all three challenges. Participants can book online via Eventbrite for LimbPower and Go Membership for CP Sport.

Physical activity is vital for people with a physical impairment as it improves mobility, supports mental health and reduces the risks of developing other long term conditions. Being part of a community also has a positive impact on mental health and this is especially important for individuals who are self-isolating and shielding.  

To learn more about the virtual challenge series visit our dedicated virtual challenge series community Facebook group or contact CP Sport and LimbPower directly. 


Entry Fees for the Virtual Challenge Series through CP Sport:
Each individual Challenge – £10 for CP Sport members, £12.50 for non-members.
The series (all 3 challenges) is £20 for members and £25 for non – members.


Contact contact Carly Bauert at carly@limbpower.com or Telephone 07789 075709 or Jen Basford at jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or Mob 07955 119 018 or Rich Kerr at richard.kerr@cpsport.org or Mob 07762 739926 

FA issues guidance for the return of competitive grassroots football

Over the weekend the FA have released updated plans for the return of grassroots football.

The FA strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;

• From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

Anyone who is deemed vulnerable in respect of Covid-19 is reminded to follow the Government’s guidance, only returning to football when it’s right for them to do so. There is no pressure to return. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.

The FA have produced more detailed guidance which can be found here : http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/jul/17/grassroots-guidance-for-competitive-football-restart-in-england-170720

Thank you to our At Home Superheroes

CP Sport gives a heartfelt thanks to all of the people who took part in the At Home Superheros challenge on behalf of the charity.

The virtual event which took place from 15 June to 15 July, replaced the Superheroes Series’ annual August event, Superhero Tri, which normally takes place at Dorney Lake.

Participants (AKA Super Heroes) were 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 were JMW, CPISRA, CP Teens and Triple Trouble (led by CP Sport Young Ambassador Thomas Stamp).

The links to the fundraising pages of all the teams can be found here

Over £2,000 has been raised so far for CP Sport from the fundraising efforts of the challenge.

Watch the highlights from the event on Channel 4 at 8am on 15th August:


Watch this space for news of the Superheroes Winter Wonderwheels event.