Activity Alliance Leadership Survey

For too long, disabled people’s representation in senior roles and on boards within the sporting sector has remained low. Activity Alliance wants to understand the professional aspirations of disabled people and what support we could offer to enable more disabled people to pursue senior roles. This includes senior management and board membership, within the sport and active recreation sectors. To do this, Activity Alliance are calling upon disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to share their experiences and views.

We would be extremely grateful if you could fill in the survey, which can be found by following the link: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4274-share-your-experiences-in-our-leadership-survey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. They will not ask for any information that could identify you. Your answers will be used for research purposes, including understanding what might help disabled people to pursue leadership positions, as well as to develop a training opportunity. Activity Allaince may also use answers, including direct responses, to promote any support we develop in this area. Participation is voluntary.

Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships 2018

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletic Championships took place on Saturday 1st September 2018. This year’s WPA sanctioned Nationals was held at Doncaster Athletics track having moved from Nottingham in previous years.

IMG_7997Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomed a range of Athletes to Doncaster from guest Athletes competing in their first Nationals, to Team England Members and Paralympians, which created a real excitement at the event.

The event consisted of a full programme of Track and Field events including Ambulant and RaceRunning on the track and Ambulant and Seated field events.  A total of 43 Athletes registered for the event.

The first of the medals ceremonies took place during the lunch break. Medals were presented by Sporting Ambassador Steve Judge, who kindly agreed to come along and present medals and talk with athletes and their families. Series Award winners we also presented by Steve Judge.

Senior Athletics Series 2018 Winners                 

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Beth Moulam
  • Male Field: Tyrone Williams
  • Female Field: Leanna Horne

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2018 Winners

  • Male Track: Thomas Talbot
  • Female Track: Natasha Settlelen
  • Male Field: Thomas Conroy

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2018

  • Field: Abigail Birch

IMG_8035Following the afternoon events Cerebral Palsy Sport Board member, Safia Iman presented the afternoon medals. Over the course of the day a total of 65 medals were presented to the athletes (G 47, S 16, B 2)

A big thank must go to all the officials and volunteers supporting the event and also to Doncaster Athletics Club who welcomed us their facility and were fantastic at ensuring we had everything we needed set up for when we arrived.

See the full results here

Click here to see all the pictures from the event. Photos courtesy of Nick Stevens

Graeme Ballard wins gold at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard who has won Gold at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Graeme first got involved in the sport when he was 19 while attending Beaumont College in Lancaster. He was then asked to compete at the Cerebral Palsy Sport competition, in Nottingham

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.

Ballard won the European title coming for the T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field.

Graeme Ballard medal

“I feel absolutely overwhelmed. I thought it was going to be hard after the false start, but experience showed in the end,” he said.

“The closest to me was Roman Pavlyk, and I expected him to be a lot closer to myself.

“Roman’s been around nearly as long as I’ve been around, so I expected a bit more of a challenge, but you can’t beat experience.

“My race went as good as it could’ve gone, to plan and I’m really pleased with the way I went out there and hit it hard.”

Graeme will be competing again on saturday in the T36 200m, the event in which he became a Paralympic medallist for the first time – way back in 2004.

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport and good luck in your next race on Saturday.

Team CP England Success at the 2018 CPISRA World Games, Spain.

Team CP England are back from the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain having topped the medal table with 110 medals.  25 countries came together in Sant Cugat to compete in a variety of sports. Team CP England, made up of 26 swimmers and 37 athletes (including RaceRunners) won a total of 44 golds, 36 silvers and 30 bronze medals, more than doubling their closest rivals Poland who finished with 51 medals.

The event was not only a huge success for the athletes in terms of the medals won, there was lifetime best, season bests, and personal bests for all most all of the team. The Games also gave a large number of the team the opportunity to experience international competition for the first time. Overall it was a fantastic experience as Team CP England showed the rest of the World not only how good they were on the track, field or in the pool, but as a team of fantastic individuals.

Lisa Morton-Smith, Chef De Mission for Team CP England said: “The Games were a fantastic opportunity for all Team CP England athletes. Not only did most experience international competition for the first time, they made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Topping the medal table was an extra credit to how hard each athlete had work prior to and during the games. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of the team”.

After returning from the Games, one parent of an athlete said:“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing experience. From arriving knowing no one, to coming together as a team and to leaving as friends it was incredible”.

One of our Team CP England athlete said: “ Huge thank you to everyone who made the games possible and such an amazing experience. I very much enjoyed my first World Games and debut representing England”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to share a special thanks to the volunteers who supported Team CP England throughout the games, without them it would not of been possible.

 

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Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource

Activity Alliance is adding to its bank of resources with a series of new factsheets that support providers to be more accessible and inclusive in their communications. Written in partnership with Big Voice Communications and Sport England, each factsheet is bursting with bitesize tips and better practice guidance. If applied effectively, the resource can help providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.

Since the first Inclusive Communications Guide launched in 2014, Activity Alliance is proud to be considered a leader in sport and active recreation on this important topic. As well as producing the Guide and its complementary film, Activity Alliance regularly advises partners and delivers workshops to raise awareness of the key principles. The impact has been notable with many local and national partners, leading to changes in their communication processes and promotions.

One in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition – around 11.5 million people. However, currently, disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. There is a long way to go to address this imbalance, and accessible and inclusive communications play an important role in this.

As with any other large population group, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach to how or what is communicated with disabled people. Despite the advances in technology, a number of different factors or barriers can still prevent audiences from accessing communications.

Updated with the latest insight, these new ten factsheets aim to address the main communication barriers that many people experience when accessing opportunities. They provide clear guidance and practical tips on effective planning, design and delivery of accessible and inclusive marketing communications. The factsheets cover a range of subjects, channels, tools and platforms, including:

  1. Social media
  2. Promoting your events
  3. Digital communications
  4. Language and terminology
  5. Accessible communications on a budget
  6. Marketing campaigns
  7. Accessible design
  8. Photography
  9. Writing news stories
  10. Inclusive communications checklist

Sarah Brown-Fraser, Marketing and Communications Manager at Activity Alliance, said:

“Whilst there are lots of people working hard to make their activity accessible to everyone, we know it can be a challenge for many to get the message across effectively through inclusive marketing and communications. Many people, including disabled people, continually miss out in sporting communications- sometimes for reasons that would only require small changes to campaigns.

“Understanding people’s needs and preferences in communications can dramatically improve everyone’s engagement with their audiences. It can also open the door to new audiences, not reached before. These new factsheets are a fantastic addition to our inclusive communications offer and we hope more providers can maximise their opportunities with this new guidance.”

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

“Sport England welcomes Activity Alliance’s updated inclusive communications guidance, which builds on their extensive bank of existing resources. Our research shows that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people, and that’s why resources like this are so important in removing barriers to participation.

“Enabling providers to improve their communication with disabled people will lead to better access to and experience of sport and physical activity, helping to close the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.”

To access the new series of inclusive communications factsheets in accessible PDF format, please visit the inclusive communications page on our website.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on www.activityalliance.org.uk

Team CP England seek success at the CPISRA 2018 World Games

Over the last 12 months Cerebral Palsy Sport has been preparing Team CP England for the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain.

Team CP England arrived in Spain yesterday, Monday the 6th August and have been welcomed by the Local Organising Committee and the 530 athletes competing at the Games.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE delivered an inspirational speech at the Opening Ceremony this evening saying,  “The difference between the possible and the impossible lies with the determination of the person”. 

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The 2018 Games builds on the success of the 2015 CPISRA World Games hosted by Cerebral Palsy Sport in Nottingham. Over the last 3 years athletes with CP and associated physical disabilities have trained, competed, and pushed themselves to reach the qualifying standards needed for selection.

Team CP England is made up of 63 athletes, swimmers and RaceRunners who will head to Spain to compete against competitors from 25 countries across the world.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport:

“The 2018 Games are a fantastic opportunity for our England team to experience an overseas competition and show the rest of the world how talented they are. All 63 athletes selected have worked tirelessly over the last 3 years to be in a position for selection, and we cannot wait to see how well they do at that games. Without the support of our members, volunteers, athletes and their families we would not be able to attend the Games with the team we have. Thank you to everyone for their continued support”.

Thomas Stamp, Team CP England athlete said: “My proudest moment so far is being selected to represent my country in the 2018 CPISRA World Games. When I read the letter and realising that I had been selected. I was feeling very proud of myself”.

For further information click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport join with the Activity Alliance for the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Competition.

The competition took place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of July 2018 at Coventry Athletics Track.

More than 200 junior disabled athletes from across the UK competed, included 16 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athlete members. RaceRunning featured for the first time in the program and drew a lot of interest from the spectators, many of whom had not seen or heard of RaceRunning but were thoroughly impressed. The athletes took part in a full track and field programme across the whole weekend, and in challenging heat, and all performed exceptionally well.

It was great to see a large support for the athletes from family members and the volunteers assisting at the event which helped to create a real buzz.

For the full results click here 

We will soon be adding photos from the event. Once available they will be available on our facebook page

CP Athletes selected for World Para Athletics European Championships

The athletes selected for the World Para Athletics European Championships to be held in Berlin from 20-26 August 2018 have today been announced by British Athletics. Of the 52 athlete team, 23 are athletes with cerebral palsy including two of our Sporting Ambassadors – Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller. Also included for the first time are four RaceRunners. We would like to congratulate everybody who made the team and wish them the best of luck in Berlin.

The full list of CP athletes that have been selected are:

  • Graeme Ballard
  • Olivia Breen
  • Hannah Cockcroft
  • Hannah Dines
  • Gavin Drysdale
  • Kayleigh Haggo
  • Sophie Hahn
  • Jordan Howe
  • Harri Jenkins
  • Rhys Jones
  • Kyle Keyworth
  • Maria Lyle
  • Stephen Miller
  • Javaughan Parkes
  • Ross Paterson
  • Ben Rowlings
  • Ali Smith
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Isaac Towers
  • Vanessa Wallace
  • Eve Walsh Dann
  • Shaun White
  • Thomas Young

For more information and to find out the full team selected click here

 

Rules update from World Para Athletics

World Para Athletics LogoWorld Para Athletics have updated rules relating to WPA events. The updated rules are in relation to Rule 7: Assistance to Athletes, Rule 14: Wheelchair and RaceRunning Frame Requirements and Rule 14: General Conditions

We advise any athlete taking part in WPA sanctioned events to familiarise yourself with the updated rules.

Click here to see updates

One month to go until Team CP England compete at the CPISRA World Games 2018

World Games Logo530 participants from 25 countries; Austria, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden; Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and USA. are coming together on the 6th August to take part in the CPISRA World Games in San Cugat.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud that 63 athletes will be representing Team CP England across Athletics, Swimming and RaceRunning.  The athletes that are attending are:

Athletics:

  • Amelia Richards
  • Anna Nicholson
  • Anthony Bryan
  • Brendan Clifford
  • Cathy Booth
  • Charlie Goodwin
  • Conor O’Hare
  • Emily Stewart
  • Gareth Brown
  • George Fox
  • Grace Greenwood
  • India Oates
  • Jahziah Williams
  • Jamie Edwards
  • Joel James
  • Leaha Dixon
  • Leanna Horne
  • Nathan Freeman
  • Olivia Gallagher
  • Philippa Mannings
  • Rachel Partington
  • Robert Allerston
  • Ryan Ragoo
  • Stewart Chappell
  • Thomas Stamp
  • Toby Markham
  • Tyrone Williams
  • William Baxter
  • Yasmin Somers

RaceRunning:

  • Bethany Moulam
  • Ellie Simpson
  • Orla Conneely
  • Charlie Denman
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Muninder Hayer
  • Matthew Humphreys
  • Thomas Talbot

Swimming:

  • Ben Rees
  • Catriona Chung
  • Charlotte Ryan
  • Connor Stuart
  • Dominic Redpath
  • Ella Cooper-Holmes
  • Ella O’Donnell
  • Emily Manock
  • Fabienne Andre
  • Hayley Milne
  • Hollie Pinder
  • Jacob Chambers
  • Jasmine Bamber
  • Jordan Quinn
  • Joshua Monaghan- Coombs
  • Leo Johnson
  • Levi Codling
  • Matthew Davies
  • Maya Brisco
  • Megan Short
  • Nirari Youssefi-Titchen
  • Sallie Phillips
  • Samm Lewis
  • Samuel Whearty
  • Sophie Taylor
  • Zoe Cain

Support Staff and Volunteers:

  • Lisa Morton Smith  – Chef De Mission
  • Jen Basford Team Manager – Swimming
  • Richard Kerr Team Manager – Athletics
  • Ian Clegg – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Elaine Morris – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Ian Morris Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Simon Smith Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Liz Moulam Team – CP England Volunteer
  • John Moulam Team  – CP England Volunteer

Please click here to see the latest schedule from 2018 world games

During the event we will be updating our social media channels with results and information from the event.