Parallel Athletics Championships Participants get a RaceRunning Taster

Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a RaceRunning start event during the Leicestershire Primary Parallel Athletics Championships at Saffron Lane Leicester on Friday 22nd June.

Athletes competing in the event were provided the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time and they really enjoyed the session. A total of 7 participants took part in the RaceRunning session, with some of the schools in attendance keen to follow up with RaceRunning in their schools.

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Participants with in the session commented that is was fun, and one said she would ask her physio if she can get a RaceRunning which is really positive.

If you would like more information on RaceRunning please contact Rich Kerr, National Sport Development Officer Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

Paralympics GB chief hails UKAD education of Cerebral Palsy World Games athletes

During our recent Team CP England training day, that took place at Moulton College on 30th May, we held a Anti doping workshop for the 43 members of the team, their families and coaches that are attending the world games in August. The workshop, delivered by UKAD National trainers gave the majority of the attendees their first Anti-doping information.

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As a result the Paralympics GB chief executive has recognised this within the following news article on the UKAD website:

British Paralympic Association (BPA) Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth OBE, has lauded the work of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in educating England’s top Cerebral Palsy athletes, ahead of the 2018 World Games.

The athletes received anti-doping education last month in preparation for August’s Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Alliance (CPISRA) World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain.

The workshop, which was run by UKAD National Trainers at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, was delivered to nearly 90 competitors and support staff, including 17 swimmers, 20 athletes, 40 parents and carers, six coaches, three World Games volunteers and three Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) staff members.

A small amount of the team had previously received anti-doping education but for the majority this was the first time they had taken part in such a workshop.

Tim Hollingsworth OBE, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The World Games provide a good learning opportunity for Para athletes and the chance to experience competing at a multi-sport event. The provision of anti-doping education sessions from UKAD is a really valuable contribution to their learning and will help to support the athletes in their development.”

UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson, said: “We are really pleased to have partnered with CP Sport ahead of their athletes heading to the World Games later this summer.

“For many of the athletes, it was the first time they had received clean sport education, so it was great to be able to inform and educate them and in many cases, put their minds at ease around the anti-doping rules and regulations.”

CP Sport’s National Sport Development Manager and Team CP England Chef de Mission, Lisa Morton-Smith, said: “The session was fantastic for all athletes and those that will be supporting them, prior to and during the 2018 World Games.

“The workshop was interactive and provided a platform for athletes, parents and carers to have any queries answered. Everyone left feeling much more confident and less worried about the anti-doping process.”

To view the article click here

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NE & Yorkshire Disability FC triumph at FA Disability Cup

The FA Disability Cup was held at St George’s Park on 16th and 17th June 2018 and hosted five finals across disability football including Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind, Deaf and Powerchair football.  Within CP football the final was between the winners of the Northern Conference, NE & Yorkshire Disability FC and Chelsea Blues, the winners of the Southern Conference. The game was fast paced and NE & Yorkshire came out on top with a 2-0 victory.

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This was the first time that North East and Yorkshire Disability have qualified for the FA Disability Cup. Over the past three years they have worked tirelessly to attract new players, and develop the ability and skill of the players. The club is now in a strong position with junior teams in place to continue to bring through more talented CP footballers.

Chelsea Blues fought hard in the final, having qualified for the FA Disability Cup for the previous three years. The club offer a well-established and flourishing CP programme for players of all abilities, providing a challenging and rewarding environment in which players have the opportunity to take part in competitive CP football.

To find out more about CP football click here

View the photos from the FA Disability Cup click here

You can also view a recording of the whole match recorded by North East and Yorkshire CP Football team here

Frame Footballers Makes History

On Saturday 16th June, history was made with Frame Football being showcased at the FA Disability Cup for the first time. The FA Disability Cup was held at St George’s Park on 16th and 17th June and hosted five finals across disability football including Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind, Deaf and Powerchair football.

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As part of this event, Frame Football was showcased as part of the work of the National Frame Football Strategic Development Group. Teams from across the Frame Football Foundation including Coundon Court Football Club, Basildon Frame Football Club and Rolls Royce Frame Football Club took part in a demonstration of skills and small matches.

We would like to thank the Frame Football Foundation, The FA and Quest 88 for working with us to showcase this developing adapted sport of Frame Football.

For more information about Frame Football, please click here

To see the pictures taken at the this event click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport gets into the swing for Table Cricket

Table Cricket Taster sessions have been delivered in Melton Mowbray over the past couple of weeks. Residents of Edgerton Lodge and Amwell Care homes and members of Mencap Melton and Age UK Melton all took part in Table Cricket start sessions to help raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits to play Table Cricket.

Over 50 participants aged between 16 and 100 played Table Cricket during the sessions and the feedback has been positive. Staff at the centres have said its great to see members within the groups all playing together and having fun.

There is interested in staff being trained to deliver Table Cricket sessions to their groups on a regular basis as well as hosting Table Cricket Festivals between the various groups.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are keen to plan a Table Cricket Activator Course in Melton for staff and volunteers from the groups that have taken part as well as open the opportunity to other Care homes and schools in the area that wish to deliver Table Cricket.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Table Cricket and the Activator training should get in touch with Rich Kerr ricard.kerr@cpsport.org

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RaceRunning Tasters in Nottinghamshire

The second RaceRunning session in partnership with Rushcliffe Athletics Club took place on Tuesday 5th June on the Athletics Track at Bingham Leisure Centre.

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We had 5 participants, including 2 first time RaceRunners. Our Young Sporting Ambassador, Matt Humphreys came along to support the participants along with Marc Scott from Rushcliffe AC.

The session went really well with everyone looking forward to the next session on Tuesday 10th July.

We have received the following feedback from the session

“Finlay loved it, appreciate Richard and assistants giving up their time.” Parent of participant

Team CP England set for World Games

The Team CP England training day took place on the 30th May at Moulton College in Northampton. The purpose of the day was to get the team together before heading out to Spain in the summer. 43 members of Team CP England supported by their families and supporters attended the training day where they received information on international classification and Anti-doping. The day was supported by fantastic volunteers and coaches who will also be heading Spain.

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We had 24 RaceRunning, Throwing and Track athletes attend the day, who made use of the new track facilities and club house at Moulten College. The Training day was well supported with experienced coaches and parents who supported the athletes through the training sessions.

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We had 16 swimmers attend, who completed two pool sessions. One in the morning for an hour and a shorter 30 minute session in the afternoon.

We welcomed Richard Heselton from Harrogate Swimming Club who led the training sessions. His ideas were creative and enjoyable for all involved. A big thank you to Richard for delivering the swimming.

It was a great atmosphere throughout and we are delighted we got a chance to meet and engage with the amazing athletes that will be taking to San Cugat in August.

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Well done to all the athletes and thank you to everyone involved!

See the pictures taken at the event here. All images by Nick Lomath

Volunteers’ Week

During volunteers’ week which takes place between 1- 8 June, we will be highlighting some of the great things our volunteers do to support people with cerebral palsy taking part in sport. See some of the stories here to find out the reasons why our wonderful volunteers get involved.

Volunteers Week

Each year we have over 300 people volunteer at our events, roles they volunteer in vary, but a few are;

  • Officials
  • Trustees on our board
  • Fundraising
  • Event Staff
  • Office Support

There are so many reasons why our volunteers take part and these vary by the individual, but some have told us they volunteer because:

  • It’s fun
  • They develop or learn new skills
  • They receive training opportunities
  • In order to give something back
  • In order to meet and communicate with others
  • It looks good on their CV

If you are passionate, creative and want to support us, then please contact us on 0115 925 7027 or email info@cpsport.org and get involved in volunteering!!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness week runs between Monday 14th May and Sunday 20th May and here at CP Sport we want to help raise awareness.

Did you know:

  • Mental health problems are more common in people with physical disabilities
  • 1 in 4 people experience mental illness each year
  • 10% of children have a mental health problem
  • Depression and anxiety are the most common mental disorders

Sport and physical activity has vast benefits for mental health  problems including increased mood, decreased chance of depression and anxiety along with a better and more balanced lifestyle. Research has shown that exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants for those with mild clinical depression.

While it has also been shown that people with disabilities are less likely to be active, it is therefore clear that disabled people are less likely to be gaining the huge benefits that physical activity has on improving their mental health.

To find out more about mental health, please visit Mind – www.mind.org.uk 

To find out more about the benefits of sport on mental health, please visit Sport England www.sportengland.org/research/benefits-of-sport/health-and-benefits-of-sport/

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Fantastic start to 2018 CP Swim Series

The first of our 2018 Swim Series was held at a fantastic pool as part of Sheffield International Venues, Ponds Forge. We had 20 swimmers enter altogether with plenty of support from parents and families coming to watch. Our ambassador and Paralympian, Matt Walker, was at the event to support the swimmers throughout the day. There were a total of 14 volunteers’ who made the event a huge success. There were some fantastic PBs and all swimmers received at least 1 medal.

The feedback from the gala was positive and the atmosphere on poolside was great.

To see the event report click here