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

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: 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:

Alternatively, you can contact Jen Basford on 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”.

Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving

3rd December 2019 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. A day where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that mean so much to them.

You can volunteer your time; donate money; share your skills; campaign for something; organise a community event such as a coffee morning. The list really is endless.

It is a day to give back by supporting a cause close to your heart or doing something good for your local community or someone in need.

The campaign began in America in 2012, as a way to give back after the well known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) with the key aim of encouraging people to think of others in the run up to Christmas. There are numerous ways to get involved through donating to charity, volunteering or simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

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.

There are many ways to support Cerebral Palsy Sport , through fundraising, donations and volunteering. Please find out more here:

The #GivingTuesdayPledge will also help share stories of how people are supporting good causes on Giving Tuesday. You can share your pledge on social media on Giving Tuesday. By sharing your commitment, you can help inspire others to do something to support a good cause.

#GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter, with the hashtag reaching people more than 600 million times. In the UK, more than £7.8 million was raised in online donations alone on the day itself . For more information about the global campaign visit:

Manchester Multi-Sport Start

The Manchester Multi-Sport Start 2019 took place at Parrs Wood High School on Sunday 24th November. The venue was very accessible and the staff were very accommodating with anything we needed.

15 people signed up to the day and they got to experience 5 different sports.

The sports were:

  • RaceRunning- CP Sport
  • Football- Why Can’t We
  • Cricket- Lancashire Cricket
  • Tennis- Game for Life/ Mcr Parks Tennis
  • Boccia- Carla Woods- Qualified Boccia Coach

Thank you to all of the clubs that came and delivered at the Manchester Multi-Sport Start. The day was a success with a lot of positive comments from the participants, their families, carers and supporters.

Thank you to the participants for coming to the event and giving everything a go. Everyone made such a fantastic effort and really tried their best. We could definitely see some rising stars!

Thank you to Proveca pharmaceutical company for their very kind donation which enables Multi-Sport Start days such as these to happen. You can find more about Proveca here:

If you are interested in any of the sports at the Multi-Sport Start, please do get in touch with Jen Basford on or 0115 925 7027.

Female Cerebral Palsy Football Development Day held at St Georges Park

Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered their second female specific football event on Sunday 24th November.

Following on from the success of Augusts event, there was a real interest to see how the players had been getting on and to discuss future opportunities. The design of the day included two practical sessions with a real focus on fun games, and a workshop for the players and their parents. There were some really good discussions around the current opportunities and the plans for development.

Feedback from players and parents about the day has been really powerful, with parents commenting that this is the only time where their daughters feel confident enough to play, and how great it is to meet with other families.

Find out more about our Football programme here or contact

North East & Yorkshire CP National Cerebral Palsy Cup Winners 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 National CP Cup took place on Saturday 23rd November at the University of Northampton.

Five of the National CP League teams entered into the competition all competing for a place at the 2020 FA Disability Cup. The teams did not disappoint in terms of entertainment, starting with the first match between Brighton and Derby which ended 0-0 due the great heroic display of both goals keepers preventing either opposition from scoring.

There were some real close results in other matches through out the competition, including Derby grabbing a 2-1 result over CP North West. Cambridge Community Trust, new to the league this season took part in their first Cup competition. They had recruited a couple of new players through the season so far and were keen to be involved in the event and enjoyed the experience.

In the final round of matches, it was a repeat of the FA Disability final from June, between CP North West and North East & Yorkshire. CP North West needed a win to retain the CP Cup, however it was North East & Yorkshires day, as they managed to maintain a 100% win record throughout the day to claim the 2019-20 National CP Cup and confirm their place at the FA Disability Cup in 2020.

2019-2020 National CP Cup winners North East & Yorkshire CP
Full results and table from the National CP Cup

Focus now returns to the next fixture date for the National CP League on Saturday 15th February