Cerebral Palsy Sport launch the Around Britain #CPCan Challenge!

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. It’s a time for celebrating and educating, and Cerebral Palsy Sport are recognising the month by sharing the impact of its work and setting a new exciting fundraising challenge.

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Around 2-2.5 in every 1000 children in the UK are born with cerebral palsy, and there are an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the UK.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have today officially launched the #CPCan Challenge, a challenge open to everyone to walk, cycle, swim, throw, kick or jump as far as possible during the month of March, with the target of a combined distance of the British Coastline – 17,819.88km.

Stories of the challenge will be shared through the Cerebral Palsy Sport website and social media platforms, and donations can be made through the dedicated Just Giving page.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are also encouraging people to use the hashtag #CPCan throughout March – a positive message to everyone that those with Cerebral Palsy can achieve amazing things and reach their own goals. There is even a special #CPCan photo frame for anyone to use during the month which can be activated here. Further fundraising ideas for March can also be found here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do. Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of many events and activities that will provide opportunities for children, young people and adults to access sport, often for the first time who can then continue to participate on a regular basis. To find the full list of events we have planned please click here

Sign up to the #CPCan Challenge today here.


Student Volunteering Week 2019

Student Volunteering Week 2019 takes place from 11th – 17th February.

It is the 18th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. Student volunteers are a key part of the volunteering network, and an opportunity for students to develop their skills and become involved in the local communities.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s student volunteers include Young Sporting Ambassadors as well as work experience placements at head office and event volunteers.

The Student Volunteering Network highlight the following benefits of Student Volunteering:

  1. Improves student well being
  2. Develops students’ employability
  3. Contributes positively to the wider and local community life

During Student Volunteering Week Cerebral Palsy Sport will be sharing some of the stories from students who have volunteered with us.

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 you throughout your time with us.

As a volunteer, you contribute your time and energy to support the to charity achieve our vision, that everyone with a physical disability should be able to access sports of their choice. We are all working towards this vision and it is at the heart of everything we do.

We have a number of upcoming volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering please click here

If you would like to sign up to our volunteering newsletter please click here

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 – Healthy: Inside and Out

Children’s Mental Health Week was first launched in 2015 by Place2Be to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its fifth year, it is hoped to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019  is taking place 4th -10th February and Cerebral Palsy Sport support the important message of taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

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In our #MyStory we series we focus on the impact of sport and how this supports overallwell being, not just physically, but mentally and socially. Please read through some of our recent case studies here


New report highlighting demand for more inclusive training

New research released by Activity Alliance highlights a demand for greater training in delivering activities to disabled people. The report indicates a need for more direct, practical guidance on adapting sports. The findings show building the confidence and skills of those who deliver sports sessions can lead to more opportunities for disabled people to be active.

Identifying a need for support in this area, Cerebral Palsy Sport has been delivering training specifically for those working with individuals with cp in disability groups or mixed ability groups. The Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop is attended by, and ideal for professionals, practitioners, physios, schools, parents and families to help support more people with cerebral palsy into sport. The training has also been delivered to National Governing bodies and County Sport Partnerships.



Cerebral Palsy have additionally produced resources to support those who deliver Swimming, RaceRunning and Frame Football opportunities.


The findings by Activity Alliance, ‘Delivering activity to disabled people: The workforce perception gap’, explores perceptions among people who deliver sports sessions, from coaches, instructors and teachers to volunteers and community sports leaders. In particular, it looks at their experiences and perceptions of delivering to disabled people and inclusive activity – in which disabled and non-disabled people take part together.

 UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins, said:

“The report clearly states that significant work still needs to be done. We agree with Activity Alliance that as an industry we need to make sport and physical activity pathways inclusive for all participants and coaches”.

Find out more about the CP and Sport Awareness Workshop here

The Executive Summary and full research report are available to download here

Cerebral Palsy Sport employee Ann Bell celebrates 15 years of service

Cerebral Palsy Sport employee Ann Bell has reached a milestone 15 years of working for the charity.

Ann will be well know to many of our participants, volunteers and fundraisers after 15 years in post as Office Administrator.

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On being awarded a 15 Years Long Service Award by Cerebral Palsy Sport Interim Chair Peter Savage, in the presence of the Board of Trustees, CEO Ali Talbot and all of the staff members, Ann said,

“The ‘bleeps’ got me again! Was my initial reaction to finding out Cerebral Palsy Sport planned to give me this award, rapidly followed by embarrassment and pleasure at the beautiful flowers and delicious cakes that came with it”. 

My years at Cerebral Palsy Sport have been mostly good times, full of laughter and great friendships, as well as opportunities I would never have had elsewhere.”


Ann joined Cerebral Palsy Sport part time in February 2004 to provide a little bit of administrative support for the newly appointed Junior Development Officers as the charity really began to grow. And was soon a permanent member of staff.

As well as her Administrator role, Ann can often be seen at events, processing results and supporting the Sport Development Officers, or at our Fundraising Golf days, getting everyone involved in ‘Beat the Pro’. In 2015, Ann played an integral part in the smooth running of the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham, managing accreditation and the Games Village.

Cerebral Palsy Sport CEO Ali Talbot said,

“Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to be able to recognise the contribution that Ann has made to the charity during her years of service with this 15 years long service award.  Ann is a very valued member of the team and it was so nice for us all as a team and Board to be able to surprise her today with this award.”



CP Can project gets to work!

In September 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sport received funding from BBC’s Children In Need for a three years CP Can Project.

The funding received has allowed Cerebral Palsy Sport to employ a National CP Can officer to lead the project and make a difference to the lives of children and young people with CP and physical impairments.

CP Can has been developed because we want to focus on what people with cerebral palsy can do!

The CP Can project officer will be working with community sports clubs and organisations across the country, providing adapted sports sessions including RaceRunning, Frame Football, Table Cricket, Polybat and much more. The officer will work with the groups so that they understand the needs of people with CP, how to adapt sports and activities to meet the needs, and provide continuous support to them so that there are regular sport and physical activity opportunities available.

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The CP Can project will also focus on engaging families, encouraging families to be active together and using the time when adapted sports sessions are taking place as a time for families to meet others who have the same daily experiences.

We have been inspired over the last year with all take all of the positive stories that have been shared with us via #MyStory and we will be building on this through the CP Can project to demonstrate the incredible things that people with CP Can do.

To find out what CP Can events are taking place click here

For more information or to get involved contact Adi.Fawcett@cpsport.org

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GO TRI Come & Give It A Go

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with Limbpower, British Triathlon and McA Fitness and Event to run a series of ‘Go Tri’ events throughout 2019. The triathlons are specifically for anyone who has cerebral palsy or a limb impairment.

The first will be held on 17th March 2019 at Total Fitness Wilmslow.

There are two levels – A Challenger event (Swim 200m, Cycle 10km, Run 2.5km) and a Starter event (Swimming 200m, Cycling 6.5km and running 1.5km)

Limb Power was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.

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

McA Fitness & Events are really proud to be working alongside Limb Power and CP Sport to showcase this opportunity for everyone to race together. If you are a first timer, para athlete, improving novice or seasoned vet, this race will give you the opportunity to pit yourself against yourself.

To register for the first event on 17th March click here

For the full list of Cerebral Palsy Sport events in 2019 click here

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Join #CPCan 2019!

March 2019 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and we are getting ready to celebrating it by launching our #CPCan Appeal.


Get involved and be a part of making people’s lives so much better!

Our services enable more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover the joys of sport. #CPCan has some great ways to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport:

  •  Do Your Bit in Your Sports Kit – channel your inner sporting star and get your sports kit on to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport
  • Take on a personal challenge – from running in your local 10k to giving up chocolate in March, the choice is yours!
  • Make a donation – you can donate to the appeal directly through our CPCan Appeal page

Start planning your 2019 activities now using the tool kit here.


Get Active with Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2019!

We want to encourage as many people as possible to get active in 2019. Cerebral Palsy Sport’s vision is to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments, to reach their potential through active recreation.

Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of 40 events and activities that will provide opportunities for children and young people to access sport, often for the first time, and continue to participate on a regular basis.To find out more about what events we have planned please click here

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If you are interested in getting active and fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2019 we have plenty of opportunities for you – from golf days to running marathons! Find out more by clicking here


Seasons Greetings from Cerebral Palsy Sport

Throughout December we have been celebrating another fantastic year of Cerebral Palsy Sport events and fundraising through our social media posts #12MonthsofCPSport

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Chair Aideen Blackborough said:
“2018 has been an exciting year for the charity with some amazing achievements – not least leading Team CP England to the World Games in Spain and coming top of the medals table! I have never been more proud of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our inspiring athletes.
I’d like to take this opportunity to truly thank everybody who has supported us this year.  However you support us, whether it be with volunteering, fundraising or being a part of our events, we truly couldn’t do what we do without you – a sincere thanks goes out to you”
If you would like to get involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport events in 2019 please find our calendar of events here
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.