London will host the 2019 world para swimming championships

The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships will now take place in at London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 9th – 15th September, World Para Swimming has announced. The 2019 event was originally to be held in Malaysia.

The Aquatics Centre was the host to the swimming events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be an opportunity for swimmers and fans to enjoy the venue once again.

The event will be a key qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said:

“We are delighted to announce London as the host city of the World Para Swimming Championships. I cannot thank the Mayor of London, UK Sport and British Swimming enough for their outstanding efforts stepping in to stage and support this Championships, a key Tokyo 2020 qualifier, at such short notice.

“I have no doubt the whole of the Para swimming community will be appreciative of the efforts they have made to organise this competition. The London Aquatics Centre brings back many fantastic memories of the 2012 Paralympic Games and I am sure athletes will be greatly excited to return to such an iconic venue.

“We appreciate that the dates are not identical to the ones we had originally planned in Malaysia and these new dates will have an impact on the performance programmes of Para swimmers. However, following the cancellation of Malaysia and the opening of a new bidding process it simply was not feasible to organise a new event for the end of July and early August.”

Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to compete in the Championships which is a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Channel 4, the UK’s Paralympic broadcaster, intend to show the World Para Swimming Championships live this September.

45 Swimmers compete at the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport National Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport held its National Swimming Championships 2019 at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham on Sunday 7th April.

45 swimmers competed in the annual event. All participants had the opportunity to swim five events over different strokes and distances.

There was a wide variety of abilities and ages at the event from 10 years old up to 54 years old. A total of 90 medals were given out on the day.

The Interim Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Sport Board, Peter Savage, attended the event and gave a very special award to Catriona Chung for becoming a new Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Lynne Wardle, also a member of the board for the charity, attended the event to present awards during the afternoon session.

The event was made possible with the expertise and support of our officials and volunteers.

The results and report can be found here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here

New video to help healthcare professionals support disabled people to be active

Disabled people are currently the least active group in society, and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be physically inactive. Healthcare professionals are an important point of contact, and system of referral, for disabled people looking to be active. Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a healthcare professional[i]. Ahead of World Health Day, Activity Alliance releases a short feature film for healthcare professionals on supporting disabled people to be active.

Highlighting how health and sport organisations can work together effectively to break down barriers, the national charity hopes it leads to more local and national collaboration. In partnership with Public Health England and supported by Sport England, the film introduces the urgent case for change so more disabled people can reap physical and mental health benefits.

As well as highlighting excellent examples, the film contributors give advice on ways others can embed sport and activity into their work. It compliments the Moving Healthcare Professionals programme, led by Sport England and Public Health England. In the film, leaders from Public Health England and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists outline how greater health outcomes can come through an active lifestyle. With support from healthcare professionals, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions can take part in more opportunities.

One of the contributors, Dr Mike Brannan, National Lead for Physical Activity at Public Health England said:

“There are 11.5 million disabled people in England[ii] but they are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled people[iii]. This highlights a continued barrier that prevents disabled people from being active.

“It is important that disabled people do not miss out on the benefits of being active and there is great work being undertaken in England to address these inequalities. Activity Alliance’s new health video highlights the significant potential in the health and sport sector working to support disabled people being more active.”

Genevieve Smyth, Professional Advisor at Royal College of Occupational Therapists, said:

“Supporting people to take part in their chosen sport or other physical activity should be everybody’s business in health care. Making personalised care a reality means focusing on people’s strengths, balancing choice and risk. It’s too easy to think sport is risky or too difficult. Many of the barriers disabled people face to physical activity are attitudinal and healthcare professionals need to recognise that physical activity as a clinically effective intervention. Environments can be adapted and activities can be changed to make them accessible, but this only works if we initiate and then consistently build physical activity into health interventions.”

Sport for Confidence is one initiative featured in the new film. A social enterprise that runs throughout Essex, the team supports people who face barriers to participation to get involved in a variety of sporting activities in mainstream settings.

Representatives from Yorkshire Sport Foundation’s Creating Connections programme talk about their success at a regional level. This referral programme operates across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. They aim to change lives by supporting local people to get involved in community sport and activity. We hear from visually impaired bowls player, Leanne, on how Creating Connections has supported her to be active again and how it benefits her health.

Barry Horne, Activity Alliance Chief Executive, said:

“Our research shows that seven in ten disabled people want to be more active[iv], but participation is not growing at the rate it needs to. There is significant work to do and we cannot do it alone. Collaboration, especially with disabled people, is key to changing the status quo. We are delighted to work with key leaders in health and sport to ensure more disabled people have access to and enjoy opportunities to be active. This film is a starting point for thousands of healthcare professionals.”

Sarah Ruane, Strategic lead – health at Sport England said:

“We know that healthcare professionals play a hugely influential role in advising their patients to get active. That’s why we are equipping them with practical information that they need to have supportive conversations through the Moving Healthcare Professional programme. These conversations are even more important if an individual feels daunted by the prospect of getting active due to a health diagnosis, injury or disability. The film released today highlights the impact we can have by overcoming these barriers through bridging the gap between the health and sport sectors.”

To coincide with the film release and in recognition of World Health Day (Sunday 7 April 2019), Activity Alliance will be hosting an hour Twitter chat between 1pm – 2pm on Friday 5 April to talk about health, inclusion and sport. Join in the conversation with @AllForActivity and hashtag #InclusiveActivity.

If you are a healthcare professional looking for more information and guidance then please visit

You can view the video here


Activity Alliance:

For further information on Activity Alliance, please contact: Laila Issa, Communications Advisor, email

Cerebral Palsy Sport:

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport events click here

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport Training and Resources for professionals click here

Article references:

[i] Source: NHS Digital. Health Survey for England – 2007: Healthy lifestyles: knowledge, attitudes and behaviour

[ii] Source: DWP Family Resources Survey 2015-2016

[iii] Source: Sport England, Active Lives 1 2015-16

[iv] Activity Alliance lifestyle report from September 2013

Cerebral Palsy Sport lead the way in sports governance

Cerebral Palsy Sport, one of seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) is the first NDSO to achieve compliance with the Code for Sports Governance.

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

The Code for Sports Governance was published following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. The code has been created by Sport England and UK Sport in order to maximise the effectiveness of investment received by sports providers and organisations.

In 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport was successful in securing a three year funding grant from Sport England. The grant will ensure that the charity can continue to deliver a range of projects and programmes for children, young people and their families allowing them to ‘Start’ their sporting journey and continue to ‘Stay Active’.  A key component of the funding agreement was to achieve and maintain compliance with the Governance Code at the required level. Throughout 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sport worked hard to ensure that the principles of the code underpinned the structure of the charity with final changes agreed by members at the AGM in October 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been recognised and praised by Sport England for achieving compliance with the Governance Code and demonstrating their commitment to sustaining good governance that is fit for purpose and will support the charity’s growth.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“The whole team and Trustee of the charity have worked hard to build and resilient governance programme within the charity and we are delighted to have reached this milestone. We seek to continue to develop our governance programme and not rest on our laurels so we can work to create even more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport”.

 Commenting, Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England said:

‘Sport England is determined to support organisations who receive public funds to meet the required standards of governance. As a direct result of the changes brought in through complying with the code, the aim is that individual organisations and wider partners will become more productive, sustainable and responsible.

We’re delighted that Cerebral Palsy Sport have achieved compliance with the Code, and that we have been able to support them on this journey. They are in a strong position to continue and build on the important work that they do, supporting people with cerebral palsy and their families to be active, and contributing to reducing the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.’


For more information on the Code for Sports Governance visit here

 About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.



Young Ambassador named amongst Sheffield’s most Inspirational Women

During March, International Women’s Day is recognised across the globe.

On 8th March this year, Cerebral Palsy Sport shared stories from female participants at our events, and announced a new Young Sporting Ambassador to our team, Catriona Chung.

Another Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Ellie Simpson. was also recognised on this day, as one of Sheffield’s most Inspirational women by The Star newspaper. Ellie has cerebral palsy and competes for England in RaceRunning and at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events. She has created a charity, CP Teens UK which helps young people with cerebral palsy.

Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower, she found her interest in sport and was introduced to RaceRunning. She  uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning and help show other young people with cerebral palsy & physical disabilities all about Cerebral Palsy Sport Sport & how they can get involved.

Read more about Ellie and her role as a Young Sporting Ambassador here

Find out more about our events here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new Boccia Games Resource

Cerebral Palsy Sport have produced a new Boccia Games Resource that will allow anyone delivering Boccia to lead a range of fun, alternate games.

Boccia is  disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Players propel balls to land close to a target ball. It can be played by all ages and abilities and is a Paralympic sport.

The Boccia Games Resource provides a number of beginner, intermediate and advanced games that can be played using Boccia equipment. The purpose of the resource is to provide those who deliver and play Boccia with fun games that can be used alongside Boccia training, or as an addition to recreational sport and physical activity sessions.

The resource, developed with Mark Beeby Inclusive Multi Sport Coach, includes 22 session plans from, easy to medium, to hard levels. All games have been taken from mainstream sports such as football, cricket and tennis with names such as ‘Battleships’, ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and ‘Mine-Field’.

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It is an ideal tool for teachers, coaches, parents, youth leaders, physiotherapists, children and young people.

The cost of the resource is £20 plus VAT and P & P and can be ordered here: BOCCIA RESOURCE Order form

Boccia balls and equipment can be purchased through our shop here

New free online resources launched by the Institute of Swimming and Swim England

Two new free online swimming resources for coaches and teachers have been launched by the IOS and Swim England Learn to Swim team.

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The first resource is ‘Mobile Devices in Swimming Lessons’. The free resource includes guidance on how to use mobile devices safely and effectively to take registers and mark swimmer progress. Available to download here from their website:

The second resource is around ‘School Swimming and Water Safety’. This provides information on the National Curriculum standards around water safety and safe practice. This resource can be downloaded here: . Once you are booked on, the resource is accessible to use multiple times.

Free Swim School Roadshows are also available to book. These are regional events where swim schools, teachers and operators can learn more on best practice. In Poole on 7th May 2019, 10am-1pm is a free workshop on ‘Inclusivity and SEND’. More information can be found here:


For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Swimming please click here

Young Sporting Ambassador announced on International Women’s Day

The 8th March 2019 marks International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of our female participants as well as the impact they have as role models for the next generation. Cerebral palsy is the single largest cause of childhood physical disability in the developed world and it is more common in girls than boys. In 2018, 526 of our sport participants were female.

We are delighted to announce that Catriona Chung has accepted the honour of becoming a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Catriona was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects her balance and peripheral vision. At aged 6, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She has learnt to accept and live with these difficulties. When she was young, her physiotherapist advised her parents try swimming to improve mobility. It was a hobby initially and then progressed to competing. She trained with Jill Stidever at Leicester Penguins and subsequently also with Loughborough Town Swimming Club. Catriona has regularly competed at county, regional, national levels since aged 12, and more recently at international events including the CP World Games in Barcelona in 2018 where she won 2 gold and 1 silver medals.

A seizure in the water affected Catriona’s confidence leaving her feeling very shaken. After a long time of trying she slowly rebuilt confidence in the water and has grown stronger mentally and psychologically.

Over the years, Catriona says she has received a lot of help and support from others, and now wants as many people as possible to understand that people with disabilities like herself are capable of helping others too. Catriona feels honoured to be a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and is glad that it provides her a platform for sharing her experiences and helping others.


She said;

I will continue to train hard and want to encourage those with special needs to take up a sport, as I have learnt that through commitment, hard work and resilience that I am able to achieve more than I ever imagined. Swimming was once my hobby, but now it has turned into my passion.”

“Disabilities do not define who you are or what you can do. It is what comes within that makes all things possible.”

Young Sporting Ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

Young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Find out more about our Young Sporting Ambassadors here

Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new voice panel

Cerebral Palsy Sport is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new voice panel called CP Engage.

The CP Engage programme will to bring together a network of people who have cerebral palsy, or live with or support people with cerebral palsy, who can assist Cerebral Palsy Sport to achieve our vision, mission and aims.

Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.

Our aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral

We want to be able to achieve these by keeping people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of what we do. This is where CP Engage started.

The CP Engage programme will bring together the network three times a year via online meetings forums to discuss Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategy, work areas and priorities ensuring that it represents the needs of people with CP. These meetings provide a platform for voices to be heard and help influence and guide.

The founder CP Engage members are; Leon Taylor, Andy Steel, Eleanor Bamber and George Bollands. Each bring a wealth of experience through their professions, voluntary roles and personal experiences.

Leon Taylor, former England and GB CP Football player and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador said;

“I was fortunate to have a successful sporting career.  As an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy  Sport I am committed to helping other with cerebral palsy to realise their sporting potential and being part of CP Engage is one way I can do this”

Andy Steel, coach added;

“I want to help make a difference because I feel that sport should be for everyone, whether playing or coaching there is a sport and a place for everyone.

 If I can use my personal experiences and knowledge to help others have opportunities that were not open to me, then it is a no-brainer to help in any way I can.”

 If you are interested in becoming involved in the CP Engage voice panel in the future you can express your interest using our Volunteer interest form available here:  Cerebral Palsy Sport volunteer interest form 2019

Find out more about Engagement at Cerebral Palsy Sport here


Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2019

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

It is an opportunity to celebrate, educate and help share some of the work that we do here at Cerebral Palsy Sport, and particularly the impact we have on peoples lives.

Cerebral Palsy affects many people and is more common than some people realise. Around 2-2.5 in every 1000 children in the UK are born with cerebral palsy and there is an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the UK.

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Every year we give hundreds of children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing sport. All this is only achievable because of the kindness and generosity of people who support our charity through fundraising and volunteering.

We have launched a number of fundraising opportunities for March for individuals, schools and clubs so please find the information and toolkit here for getting involved. Why not join our #CPCan Challenge and help us to reach the distance of the British coastline!

Throughout March look out for some of the stories from our participants, fundraisers and volunteers as well information about cerebral palsy and Cerebral Palsy Sport. We’ll be sharing this via our website and social media platforms. Please help spread the word about our work by sharing and using the positive hashtag #CPCan

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Green is the colour people recognise as being associated with cerebral palsy awareness,

so show your support this March by proudly wearing green!

Find out about Cerebral Palsy key facts and statistics here