FA guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.

The FA have issued guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.

Consistent with Government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:
• playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities);
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
• an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household.
• coaching an adult player one-to-one.

All social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.

If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines:
• coaching a child (U18) from a different household one-to-one. In order to comply with our safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with Government social distancing requirements;
• two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.

We will continue to work with the Government and Sport England in order to provide guidance to grassroots football as the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy moves to the next phase. http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/may/15/fa-guidance-on-permitted-grassroots-activity-during-covid-19-150520

Mental Health Awareness Week

18th – 24th May

This is a Mental Health Awareness Week with a difference.

Many of us are worried about coronavirus and how it will affect us and those we love.

This is why Mind are encouraging you to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share with them your own tips for coping to make sure they don’t have to face this pandemic alone.

We can get through this together

Based on a recent survey carried out by Mind with over 10,000 people, one of the most common coping strategies many of us are using during these times is connecting with friends and family online. And for Mental Health Awareness week, it’s more important than ever that we use our own experiences to help each other.

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

This Thursday Cerebral Palsy Sport are holding its first virtual coffee and chat morning in partnership with CP Teens.

It is an opportunity for the cp community to come together in an informal and safe environment to support each other and share experiences during lockdown. This session will take place on Thursday 21st May at 11am. Register here.

Support Networks can help those who are struggling

Active Partnerships: Working with community organisations like food banks, housing associations, coronavirus support groups to provide equipment and creative ideas to encourage everyone to get active and keep moving. Click here
Mencap: Find useful information relating to coronavirus particularly for those with a learning disability. Click hereNHS Every Mind Matters: Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Click here
Anxiety UK: Click here
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): Click here
Samaritans: Click here
Childline: Click here
Cruse Bereavement: click here

International Learn to Swim Week 2020

18th -24th May 2020

STA’s (Swimming Teachers’ Association) International Learn to Swim Week is back with the aim to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

With over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers internationally, they want everyone to get involved to teach the enjoyable and important skill of learning to swim.

Help STA preserve human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving, and survival techniques by participating in their biggest learn to swim campaign yet.

Participation has always been a key element of the STA’s #LoveWaterSafely campaign, but with swimming pools closed this naturally makes it very difficult to physically engage with swimmers. Instead, this year’s campaign, which is underpinned with the #BreakingBarriersInSwimming message, will be carried out virtually on the STA website and across social media channels.

Activity includes free and discounted webinars: https://www.sta.co.uk/discounted-webinars-cpds/

Find the full programme of activity here

Cerebral Palsy and Swimming CPD

Cerebral Palsy Sport have created a CPD in partnership with STA. It is designed for anyone wanting to further their knowledge about swimming with cerebral palsy. During Learn to Swim Week the CPD will will be available for £10. Find out more here

Find your power and become an At Home Superhero!

A new disability sporting challenge, part of the Superhero series, has arrived that will keep Super Heroes and Sidekicks active, super-charged and connected and Cerebral Palsy Spport are proud too be an official charity partner once again.

The Superhero Series is the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the nation’s 13.3m people with disabilities. Marvel announced as the headline sponsor, to help participants find their power and inspire more children and families to get involved.

This year the new ultra-flexible 20km challenge will replace the Series’ annual August event, Superhero Tri, at Dorney Lake. Participants (AKA Super Heroes) can complete the challenge any time between 15 June and 15 July, anywhere (living room, garden, neighbourhood) and in any way (walk, run, push, wheel, canoe, swim) they wish. They can also fly solo or unite with family and friends in their household, or remotely using a dedicated app, to share the challenge.

Staying true to the fun of Superhero Tri, participants are encouraged to dress up in full Super Hero costume for their home triumphs and stay connected by sharing their progress and pictures on the app. As ever, an array of Celebrity Team Captains, from eight-time Paralympic equestrian gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen to three-time Invictus Games medallist, JJ Chalmers, will be jumping into the action and, for the first time, some will be mentoring their Superhero teammates remotely.

Channel 4 will be capturing the action by focusing on four teams from around the nation for a one-hour highlights programme to be aired on 15 August.

“We’ve been planning to introduce At Home Superheroes for a while as we know it can be tricky for many participants to physically attend the events for various reasons,” explains Series founder and Paralympian Sophia Warner.

“Along with our Super Partners, we felt that this was the perfect time to launch the concept. This year, due to COVID-19, it will run as a stand-alone challenge, but in future it will run alongside our annual events so we can reach and welcome more budding Super Heroes to the joys and benefits of sport.”

The perfect partner for a mission that is about inspiring participants to unlock their inner superpower, Marvel will bring the epic energy of its iconic Super Hero characters to participants’ homes and neighbourhoods through lots of downloadable games, signs and dressing up ideas, to help participants feel like a true super hero.

At Home Superheroes will also receive a race pack with all the super accessories of a regular Superhero event, including race number, medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and finish line tape, so they can still experience their own personal finish-line moments!

Participants will be invited to share clips of these moments with the Channel 4 production team for their chance to star in the celebratory closing montage of the highlights programme, presented by  Clare Balding, which will air on what would have been Superhero Tri’s official event date, 15 August.

Find out more and sign up for At Home Superheroes www.superheroseries.co.uk

We would appreciate At Home Superheroes to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Sport too, so once you have signed up to the event why not set up a fundraising page for for Cerebral Palsy Sport on Just Giving here or Virgin Giving Money here

Raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport? Let us know and we will send you a free t-shirt for training (while stocks last). Email us at info@cpsport.org


We are inviting you to join a national #DeclutterAndDonate on 5th May 2020 (and beyond) to support our work with your unwanted items.

Spring cleaning never felt so good!

You can donate old books, games and DVDs to help fund our vital work, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Virgin Money Giving have teamed up with World of Books Group and trade-in site Ziffit to offer an innovative new way to raise funds quickly, easily and most importantly, safely.

Clearing out your bookshelves, cupboards, attics and garages in a few easy steps, you can turn unwanted goods into precious pounds. Books, CDs, DVDs and Games can be donated through trade-in site and app Ziffit, and 100% of the trade value will go directly to your favourite good cause.

There are 5 easy steps

  1. Click on the Cerebral Palsy Sport unique Ziffit link or by using the free Ziffit app.

2. Scan or enter the barcode number or ISBN of your product and get an instant value.

3. Complete the online trade and pack up your unwanted goodies.

4. Use Ziffit’s free courier or drop-off service to send your items. (Either drop your items off at a local Collect+ store or await our free courier collection service if your package is over 5kg – roughly the equivalent of 15 soft back books (this will be worked out for you as you input your items into Ziffit).

5. The value of your items will be donated to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page if you have one and have used the link or chose Cerebral Palsy Sport at the checkout from the app.

Funds will be paid over within 7 days of the items being received.

Get started here

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.

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Thank you for rising to the 2.6 challenge

26th April 2020 would have been one of the biggest fundraising day of the year thanks to the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day fundraising event which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

In response, the UK’s mass participation sports event industry joined together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.

We invited you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and donate or fundraise for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

We want to say a massive thank you to all of those who got involved, the donations are still coming in.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Leon Taylor was the first to step up to the ‘plate’ with his 26 cake baking challenge, even broadcasting it live on his facebook page.

There were also distance challenges – by bicycle and kaye walker as well as more wacky challenges, like walking backwards for 26 minutes!

You can support our fundraisers still or make your own donation here

Here are a selection of the stories and fundraising pages:

Leon’s baking challenge – read more here

Millie’s 26 minute hand bike challenge – read more here 

Layla’s kaye walking challenge – read more here

Sandy’s trampolining tennis challenge – read more here

Persephone challenge – read more here

Adi’s walking backwards challenge – read more here

Paul’s home fitness challenge – read more here

Evie’s challenge – read more here

Thank you everyone who has been involved whether taking on a challenge or donating to others – you are making a big difference.

STEP inclusion resources to support activity while at home

Activity Alliance is sharing the top ways to adapt activities so more people can stay in and work out. The STEP tool is one of the most effective ways to use household items to be active. STEP stands for Space, Task, Equipment and People.

While we are distancing from others, many people are finding new ways to enjoy being active in or near home. We are mindful of disabled people in our communities and your organisation’s membership, who may feel more isolated or less active during this time.

There are many ways to continue enjoying an active lifestyle. This includes adapting activities so everyone in the household, disabled and non-disabled, can take part together. With a few simple tweaks, activities can quickly become a part of everyone’s daily routine.

On Monday 27 April, Activity Alliance is releasing six new STEP graphics. Ideal for disabled people, organisations and providers, they show how you can apply the STEP tool to your sports and activities.

The additional tips support everyone to adapt the space, task, equipment and people for activity at home.

Downloadable tips for disabled people and providers on the dedicated STEP page

Find out more about Activity Alliance here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport ‘Heath & Wellbeing’ downloadable activities and information here.

BBC One’s ‘The Big Night In’

Comic Relief and Children in Need join forces for the first time to deliver a very special night of television during these unprecedented times.

The Big Night In brings the nation an evening of unforgettable entertainment in a way we’ve never seen before. More importantly, it will also raise money for and pay tribute to those on the front line fighting Covid-19 and all the unsung heroes going that extra mile to support their communities.

It will take place on Thursday 23rd April at 7pm on BBC One and I Player.

Together (but safely distanced), Comic Relief legend Lenny Henry and Children in Need’s Matt Baker will join forces with Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness to host a night of comedy, music and live entertainment from the studio, linking up with a multitude of stars from their houses for an unmissable night.

Expect huge treats from comedy legends Peter Kay and Catherine Tate and music from the one and only Gary Barlow. If you have not yet had a dance around your house, then now is the time to do so with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing leading the way. And we’ll be showing some of the greatest comedy sketches of all time, voted by you, the great British public.

And if that wasn’t enough, viewers will be have the chance to win some incredible money-can’t-buy prizes across the course of the evening.

The show will give viewers the opportunity to donate, for those who feel able to do so, to help support vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the crisis.

The money raised by The Big Night In will be split equally between Comic Relief and Children in Need and will go on to support local charities and projects in the UK, so they can continue to provide vital emergency support.

There will be more demand than ever for support from local charities. This includes making sure people are safe from harm, mentally healthy and with access to food, warmth and shelter; as well as helping people stay connected, active and positive through these extraordinary times.

Children in Need funding supports the Cerebral Palsy Sport CPCan project which seeks to make a fundamental difference to the lives of children and young people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities by enabling them to access sporting opportunities.

In 2019 CP Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Thomas Stamp took part in the Rickshaw Challenge, raising awareness about the difference BBC Children in Need makes. RaceRunner Thomas Talbot also had the opportunity to showcase the work Cerebral Palsy Sport does when he was invited to a day of filming with Blue Peter for the Children in Need appeal.

Find out more about the Big Night in

Support CP Sport by joining the nationwide 2.6 Challenge

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities leading to an estimated loss of £4 billion for the sector. Charities depend on income from fundraising events and thousands have been cancelled or postponed including Cerebral Palsy Sport events.

For many charities like ours, 26th April would have been one of the biggest fundraising day of the year thanks to the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day fundraising event which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

In response, the UK’s mass participation sports event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.

We are inviting the public to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate for Cerebral Palsy Sport. It would be wonderful to have your support.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.  The challenge will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

From Sunday 26 April 2020, we are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and set up a fundraising page or make a donatation.

Come up with your own personal challenge and set up a fundraising page and ask family and friends to sponsor you (and challenge them!) or donate £26.2

Click here for fundraising and donating.

The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,”
says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,”
said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”

The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono.  The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.

For more information and ideas visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk


RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup cancelled

Today CP Sport received the following information from the Camp Organising Committee:

“The RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup – July 5th – 12th, 2020, and RaceRunning Coaching Course – July 4th – 8th, 2020, have been cancelled due to recent national developments regarding novel corona virus – COVID-19.

On Monday, April 6th, the Danish authorities prolonged its prohibition notice against larger assemblies until August 31st, 2020, consequently putting an end to the hopes of RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup 2020 and RaceRunning Coaching Course 2020 taking place this year. 

The Camp Organizing Committee are naturally deeply disappointed by having to cancel the events but also realize that worldwide public health and safety must come first. Nevertheless, the Camp Organizing Committee want to assure you all that they will use the coming months to further develop the camp-model and hopefully return with an even better version of the RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup in 2021. Therefore, we ask all of you to already now reserve the dates of July 6th – 13th, 2021, for the RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup 2021 as well as July 5th – 9th for the RaceRunning Coaching Course 2021. You will all receive the preliminary entry and more information about this during December 2020.

To those participants who have already made their final registration and payment for either of the two events, you will all receive a full refund of your individual participation fee within the coming weeks. In case that any problems arise with transferring your refund, we will contact you immediately.

Once again, The Camp Organizing Committee are deeply disappointed with having to deliver this news as we realize that for many of us, this week is the highlight of the year. However we hope to see all of you and many more in Frederiksberg next year for the RaceRunning Development Camp & CPISRA International Cup July 4th – 11th, 2021 and the RaceRunning Coaching Course July 3rd – 7th, 2021.”