CPISRA announce World Games 2018

CPISRA have announced that the next World Games will take place in San Cugat, Spain in August 2018.

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The Federació Esportiva Catalana de Paralítics Cerebrals (FECPC) have been selected by the CPISRA Executive Committee to host the 2018 CPISRA World Games.

The Games’ are a developmental and learning experience for athletes with cerebral palsy and help prepare talented athletes for future sporting success at high profile international events.

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The 2018 CPISRA World Games will take place during the first two weeks of August 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport hosted the first CPISRA World Games in Nottingham in 2015 CPISRA. Have a look back at the Nottingham event here.

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The key objectives of the CPISRA World Games are:

  • To allow CP athletes to achieve their best performance at international competition by providing appropriate conditions and services in an operationally sound environment.
  • To provide a multi-sport event that delivers a learning experience that will help prepare athletes for future sporting success at major events such as the Paralympics.
  • To create a friendly and supportive Games environment that encourages and develops athletes, team management, officials, coaches and volunteers.
  • To emphasize youth and enable high dependency athlete participation.
  • To act as a catalyst for enhancing CP opportunity and participation in sport and recreation.

For further information visit: http://cpisra.org/

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport are recruiting!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are looking for a dynamic full time National Sport Development Officer to support its Sport Development programme.

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The role will provide insight, support and participation pathway opportunities to people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. It will also provide information to sports governing bodies, 3rd sector partners and County Sports Partnerships on the needs of people with cerebral palsy. The role will also have responsibility for coordinating a number of sport specific events across swimming, athletics and adapted sports.

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As National Sport Development Officer, you will need some demonstrable experience and track record of working in a sports development delivery environment, leading projects and programmes and event coordination. Candidates will require excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to successfully build and manage productive partnerships and demonstrable insight and administration skills.

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This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to join a team where you can have a positive impact in supporting people with cerebral palsy achieve their sporting potential.

For application details please click here 

FA Disability Cup returns for 2017

The second annual FA Disability Cup Finals Day intensifies this month with a series of events looking ahead to the showpiece day at St George’s Park on Saturday 6th May.

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With a world-class backdrop, the country’s largest football event of its kind will feature domestic disability finals in Powerchair, Blind and Cerebral Palsy football. Additionally for this year, finals will be contested in Amputee and Deaf football.

The FA Disability Cup ensures that players within impairment-specific football have a national FA competition which they can take part in with dreams of reaching St. George’s Park for finals day.

It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the players, coaches and volunteers involved in partner competitions, and provides a platform for raising awareness of the opportunities that exist for everyone within disability football.

Director of National Game and Participation, Kelly Simmons, said: “Following the success of last year’s inaugural FA Disability Cup, we are all looking forward to another successful event.

“We remain committed to ensuring this is a landmark day to look forward to on the football calendar each year.”

 National league fixtures will help showcase the Cerebral Palsy Final – won last year by Manchester-based CP United. The winners of The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League northern and southern conferences will meet at SGP.
The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League league was established in its current guise prior to the 2015-16 season through a partnership between The FA and CP Sport. Prior to this, FA regional CP centres of excellence were a key part of the FA talent pathway and they participated in monthly fixtures. However, with the continued evolution of the talent pathway, it became clear that a national league for grassroots footballers was required. The FA commissioned CP Sport to establish a league format and together with the County FA network to establish a network of CP football teams across the country, many of whom are now embedded within pre-existing Charter Standard clubs.
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The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League consists of a north conference and a south conference, with a total of nine adult teams for the 2016-17 season. The teams take part in regional central-venue fixtures throughout the year and then teams from both conferences come together for the national cup competition in April. The winners of the north and south conferences qualify to play at St. George’s Park as part of The FA Disability Cup finals day. Find out more about the league here.

For further information about the FA Disability Cup contact Danny.Lynch@thefa.com or visit www.thefa.com/disability

 

CP Sport announce two RaceRunning taster sessions in the South East

We are pleased to announce two RaceRunning taster sessions coming up in April 2017 in the South East of England.

RaceRunning is a still quite a new sport in England and is being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. RaceRunning is on a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport are working with Quest 88 and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to put on a RaceRunning Taster at Dartford Harriers Athletics Track on 10th April, during the Easter Holidays. This opportunity is for current or new participants to “have a go”. We will be at the track from 9am-12noon, so please feel free to stay for the whole session or just drop by, whatever suits you.  The cost is £5 per participant, and registrations is required. Find out more here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport and  Quest 88 are supporting Lewisham Paediatric Physiotherapy team in there ” Local leisure and Sports Taster day”. This event will be promoting participation for children and young people with disabilities in Lewisham including:

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>RaceRunning
>Boccia
>Football
>Dance
>Sailing
>Adapted Cycling
> Wheelchair Tennis
>Fun Fizzical
>Trampolining

Find out more details here.

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For more details about RaceRunning in other areas of the country please contact Rachel Ward. Telephone: 0115 925 7027 Email: rachel.ward@cpsport.org

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March 2017 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and to recognise this, we are running our Get. Set. Raise. appeal.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

We are aiming to raise a total of £10,000 so that more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities can discover the joy of sport. We are delighted that a number of individuals, schools and organisations have taken on this challenge through fundraising events.

Through the support we had in 2016 we were able to hold over 30 events in a wide range of sports, across 15 counties. We would love to increase these numbers and aim to help over 5,000 children in 2017.

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We’ll be recognising the month of March through launching new infographs, social media activity and sharing great sporting stories.

Follow us on twitter @CP_Sport

Follow us on Facebook @CerebralPalsySport

For fundraising enquiries please contact: shallam@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027

 

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