Thomas Stamp is announced as CP Sport Young Sporting Ambassador

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce Thomas Stamp as a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Thomas is a T35 sprinter running 100m, 200m and 400m distances and is a member of South Gloucestershire A.C and on the parallel success pathway. He is a regular participant and medallist at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events and was selected to take part in the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge in 2019.

Thomas has cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. Throughout his life bullying has been a persistent issue. Thomas was slow to develop as a toddler and over the years has needed operations and regular physio. He has always been a keen sportsman and playing sport has provided him with an escape from the difficulties in his life. Thomas has been supported by Cerebral Palsy Sport which receives funding from BBC Children in Need to give young people with cerebral palsy the chance to access training and regular sporting events. Through his involvement with the charity he has competed in the CISPRA Games and won silver medals in 100m and 200m running. Thomas says being involved with the organisation has been life changing. Tom has overcome many hurdles, including bullying.

During the Rickshaw Challenge, Thomas, along with five others travelled from Holyhead to London in a week, finishing at the BBC Elstree Studios during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show. He was nicknamed ‘Night Rider’ for enjoying taking on the late shift, and also rode up the steepest street in the world, in Harlech, a seaside resort within the Snowdonia National Park. The Rickshaw Challenge alone raised £8.5 million for the Children in Need Appeal.

Thomas helped to spread the word about Cerebral Palsy Sport through his involvement in the Rickshaw Challenge which led to numerous enquiries from young people and parents, and gave the charity a great amount of coverage, building awareness.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are very much looking forward to working with Thomas in his new Ambassadorial role. Thomas said;

“I accepted with great honour the invitation to become a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and am looking forward to inspiring generations of children and adults of now and generations to come.

I also humbly thank everyone for their support and CP Sport for nominating me for the Rickshaw challenge. Thank you to those who came out to support me and the team, in such awful weather! It really helped and made a huge impact on our morale. 

The challenge has changed our lives for the better. The confidence, independence and friendships made are amazing. But, the most wonderful and amazing moment was the monies we raised. This money will make a huge impact to children’s lives all over the UK.”

Young Sporting Ambassadors are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport 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 own sporting potential.

Interested in Athletics or other sports? Find our list of events here

Find out more about our Young Sporting Ambassadors here

Alfie & Jesse’s Football Road Trip Fundraiser kicks off

11-year old twins, Alfie and Jesse, have embarked on an ambitious road trip aiming to visit all 20 premiership football grounds.

Jesse was born with cerebral palsy and hypermobility and the boys decided that they would like to raise money to help the Cerebral Palsy Sport, at the same time raising awareness of the important work of the charity.

They are visiting all the premier league football grounds. They started their challenge in December and aim to be completed by June.

In December they visited Bournemouth, Southampton and Brighton on the first leg of the Charity Road Trip and have been treated to tours around the grounds and been met with lots of interest.

Follow their adventures on Twitter at @and_footie and find their Facebook Fundraiser page here

Cerebral Palsy Sport joins Naidex 2020

Naidex is Europe’s most established event dedicated to the independent living and healthcare industries.

Taking place on 17th and 18th March 2020 at the NEC Birmingham, Cerebral Palsy Sport are once again an official partner of the event and will have a stand and display at the event.

Naidex will be showcasing the latest innovations in mobility, care, assistive technology, moving & handling, accessible design, inclusive sports, travel and more, the show brings together trade professionals, healthcare professionals and members of the public for two days of innovation, discovery and education.

As technology continues to evolve and society advances towards inclusion and accessibility, Naidex sets itself as the point of reference for the future trends set to take over the independent living and healthcare industries.

If you are working in the independent living industry, a professional from the health and care sector or a person with one or more disabilities, Naidex is a must-attend!

Discover the latest innovations, shop 400 suppliers, listen in to 300 expert-led seminars, participate in interactive features and interact with like-minded individuals in the hub of the independent living and healthcare world.

So whatever the purpose of your visit, whether you are looking to adapt your home to make it more accessible, find a job, get CPD points, learn the latest techniques, source new leads, introduce your latest product or service, you will find what you are looking for at Naidex.

Free tickets for the event are available here

Helen Williams awarded the 2019 Spirit of London Marathon Award

Congratulations to Helen Williams who was one of five people to be awarded the 2019 Spirit of London Marathon Award.

Helen has cerebral palsy in all four limbs and a learning disability.

Helen represented Team England at World Games, has taken part in many Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events on the track and has been a fundraiser for the charity.

In her first London Marathon in 2017, Helen finished in 6 hours and 49 minutes. This year she returned and improved her PB by 27 minutes with a time of 6 hours and 22 minutes.

The Award celebrates those extraordinary people who have demonstrated the unique spirit of the world’s greatest marathon.

Well done Helen!

Supporting Cerebral Palsy Football in Oxford

Cerebral Palsy Sport has supported Summertown Stars CP Football sessions. The National CP Football Development Officer delivered a workshop to club coaches and volunteers ahead of their session on Saturday 7th December.

The club have been really proactive in recruiting new participants, and there was a good mix of frame and non-frame players. The club are well supported and are very welcoming to new players.

A range of skills activities and games were delivered which the players really enjoyed and the session was all about everyone having fun. Feedback from the player was that they really enjoyed taking part

“Fun, enjoyable, I loved it”.
“That was fun”.
“I liked it and I enjoyed it”.

It was also positive feedback from the parents:

“Fantastic structured session, all included and our son loved it, thanks”.
“My daughter loved the session and cant wait to come again”.
“Really well organised, great support and great fun”.
“Our son always looks forward to sessions and enjoys playing with friends”.

Sessions with Summertown will take place again in the New Year. For more information on CP football opportunities please contact Rich Kerr richard.kerr@cpsport.org

A #BigThankYou to Cerebral Palsy Sport volunteers

The #BigThankYou is back – an annual celebration in December of the hundreds and thousands of volunteers who make sport and recreation happen up and down the country.

The campaign, led by BBC Get Inspired and The Sport and Recreation Alliance , showcases the enormous contribution of our 5.6 million sport volunteers to their local communities and all they do in helping build an active nation.

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.

Our volunteers range from trustees to photographers, fundraisers to event officials. We simply could not do what we do without our fantastic volunteers.

We’ll be sharing our #BigThankYou messages on Sunday 15th December.

Find out more about volunteering with Cerebral Palsy Sport here

Take a look at our series ‘My Volunteering Story’ here

Latest activity figures on children & young people published by Sport England

Children’s activity levels are on the rise, according to Sport England’s second annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey.

The report, covering the academic year 2018/19, was published today with figures showing an increase of 3.6% in the number of children in England doing an average of 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.

That means that 46.8% of the nation’s children and young people are meeting the recommended level, with the increase driven by more out of school activity – including increases in active play, team sports and walking. 

Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity in the school day and 30 minutes outside of school.

The figures show that 57.2% (up 4.6%) of children are doing 30 minutes or more of physical activity outside of school, compared to 40.4% at school.

At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0%) are doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and while that number is down (by 3.9% over the last year) it’s a reminder of how much more needs to be done. In the middle, another 1.7 million (24.2%) children are ‘fairly active’ – taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day. 

Inequalities illustrated by last year’s report remain, with 54% of children from the most affluent families considered active compared to 42% from the least affluent families – while from the age of five up, boys are more active than girls at every age.

The survey also shows that active children are happier, more resilient and more trusting of others and it’s also shown a positive association between being active and higher levels of mental wellbeing, individual development and community development.   

Read the full survey here

Find out more about the work that we do with Sport England here

International Volunteer Day 2019

International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an opportunity to promote volunteering globally.

This year, on 5th December 2019, the UN Volunteers are marking #IVD2019 with the theme “Volunteer for an inclusive future“, focusing on the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism.

Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion. 

Volunteering is essential to allow us to do what we do at Cerebral Palsy Sport and 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.

Find out more about volunteering with Cerebral Palsy Sport here

New Cerebral Palsy and Swimming online CDP launches on IDPWD

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce a new online CPD course aimed at swimming professionals who want to further their knowledge on cerebral palsy and swimming.

The course is titled ‘An Introduction to Cerebral Palsy and Swimming’ and has been developed in partnership with the Swimming Teachers’ Association. 1 CPD point will be rewarded to put towards professional development on completion of the course. The cost of the course is £25.

The main content of the online CPD is:

  • About Cerebral Palsy Sport
  • What is cerebral palsy?
  • The causes, symptoms and types of cerebral palsy
  • Facts and Figures of people with cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy Awareness in sport
  • Movement in Water
  • Adaptable drills and support

If you are interested in taking this online course, please click here

CP Sport were pleased to announce a partnership with The Swimming Teachers’ Association in July 2019 and since then have been working together to create this exciting new online course.

The STA is an international award-winning charity working towards the objective of preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.

Cerebral Palsy Sport also have a SwimStart DVD that can be purchased here: http://www.cpsport.org/resources/resources/learning-resources/swimstart-dvd/ This will enhance your learning about cerebral palsy and swimming and has video aids to help you understand in more detail.

If you would like to find out about our swimming programme and events that we have on offer, please see our website here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/

Alternatively, you can contact Jen Basford on jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or 0115 925 7027.

Aideen Blackborough becomes a Patron of Cerebral Palsy Sport

Aideen Blackborough has been awarded with the Cerebral Palsy Sport Patrons Award.

Aideen will be known to many as she is a former Trustee and Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport. Aideen is devoted to raising the profile of what people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities can achieve and we are delighted to welcome her as a Patron of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Aideen has cerebral palsy and has previously been a manager in a charity which supported disabled and disadvantaged people into employment. 

After seven years, she left to start her own Training and Consultancy Business, which focuses on Equality and Diversity and Disability Awareness Training. Aideen has written a book about her experiences of living with Cerebral Palsy and is married with two little boys.

Aideen said on receiving the Award,

“As a former chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport I am now a proud Patron of the charity.

I have cerebral palsy myself and I’m so proud of all the work that this charity does to give people with cp the opportunities to fulfil their sporting potential whether that’s at grassroots level or international level. The activities of Cerebral Palsy Sport help our beneficiaries to build confidence, make new friends and to realise that anything is possible!

I’ve been involved for several years now and very much look forward to my new role as patron”.