CP Sport & CP Teens team up to launch virtual Easter egg hunt

CP Sport & CP Teens UK have joined together to create a virtual Easter egg hunt, with two prizes up for grabs.

Easter eggs images have been hidden within the CP Sport website (this one) and CP Teens UK website from today, Monday 6th April, but our Easter bunny will also be dropping a few into the CP Sport Facebook posts and CP Teens Facebook posts too during the Easter weekend (Friday 10th – Monday 13th). You’ll need a keen eye for this game. Tip – look out for #CPTogether on the Facebook posts.

There are 12 eggs in total. They look like this eggxample but are numbered 1-12.

There are/will be 6 eggs on CP Sport website or Facebook, and 6 eggs on the CP Teens UK website or Facebook – there are some clues below to help you on your way. Each egg will have a number so you’ll just need to confirm where you saw each number – ie. which page link or which social media post (date/time) on either.


There are 2 prizes up for grabs, 2 x £25 Amazon vouchers. All correct entries will be put into a hat after the closing date and 2 will be drawn at random to decide the winners. We will notify the winners the w/b 20th April.


  • You must have Cerebral Palsy or a physical disability to play (proof may be required in the event of you winning)
  • You must be a resident in the UK to be eligible to win a prize
  • Closing date Friday 17th April 2020.

ENTER HERE: https://forms.gle/t72XwojP5AyvsuPMA


About CP Teens:

CP Teens UK (Registered Charity 1172105) was set up by CP Sport Ambassador Ellie Simpson, who has Quadriplegic Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, in October 2013 when she was 18-years-old. 

Sport England sets out Covid-19 financial support

Sport England has today confirmed that it is making up to £195m of funding available to help the community sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The package is additional to any funding support provided by the Government and is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for local clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.  
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they are facing specific and immediate financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sectors during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Alongside this, given the cashflow concerns in the sector, Sport England has also agreed that it will consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to its partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

Sport England is also working closely with Local Authorities and the organisations who run their leisure facilities and has been actively supporting this part of the sector to access the government support now available.

The package follows Sport England’s recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, KPIs, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to Covid-19. It has been drawn up following significant consultation with organisations across the sport and physical activity landscape in England.

Sport England CEO, Tim Hollingsworth said:

“As it is for so many others, these are extremely challenging times for the sport and physical activity sector. Sporting events are being cancelled, gyms and leisure centres are closed, clubs and community groups are not operating, and children and young people are all at home. This is impacting the sector financially in a significant way, although it is heartening to see huge amounts of innovation and agility, with many operators getting classes online in a matter of days to enable home workouts for example.

“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity at a grassroots level, we have an important role to play both in ensuring that we support those with short term cashflow concerns and immediate loss of income, as well as those facing medium and long term survival challenges and financial difficulties.

“We want the sector not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future and when added to the funding made available by Government this package will ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to that.”

“We know that what this funding provides is a long way still from what the sector as a whole needs, and we will continue as a matter or priority to engage with our partners and with Government so that every opportunity for support is maximised.”

Further Information:

Community Emergency Fund

This aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need and builds on the success of similar previous funds such as the Sport England Flood Relief Fund.  This fund is specifically targeted at clubs and organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of COVID-19. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. A specific example might be a grant to support a local boxing club pay costs for their facility when no activity is taking place or a grant to support a league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which has now been cancelled.

£5 million Sector Partner Fund

We will work with our sector partners, for example our network of Active Partnerships and national governing bodies, on bespoke measures that may be needed for any instances of immediate financial distress. This might include for example supporting a national governing body where they have had to cancel an event which would have generated vital income for the organisation.

£55 million for sector support and stimulation

We believe thatfinancial support will be needed to support the sector now, during ongoing restrictions – and to stimulate the sector so that  when restrictions are being lifted organisations will be able to get back to business and back to delivery.  

That is why we are allocating £20m for medium term support to partners to enable them to support their communities more directly. We will work quickly to identify how and where to allocate this funding.

And we also are allocating £35m to make sure that we can quickly adapt to changes in the way society operates and that where good ideas and innovation emerge, we can accelerate them quickly. Support may also be needed to re-engage front line staff, coaches and other volunteers to be ready to respond as activity habits return or change.

Details on how we propose to use this funding to support the sector for issues like this will be set out in the coming weeks. 

£115 million funding rollover for key partners to 2022

This will be for identified partners who have funding commitments that end on or before March 2021 and will be administered through a light touch process that does not add extra burden at this challenging time. 

 This will result in certainty of funding for well over 100 partners for the next two years and will allow these organisations to focus on the longer-term response to the enormous challenge that the sector now faces.   The partners likely to be included here are established governing bodies, Active Partnerships and wider sector partners who play a pivotal role in getting and keeping the nation active.  Sport England will get in touch directly with relevant partners to confirm next steps in the coming weeks.

CP Sport launch new Health & Wellbeing resources

National Disability Sport Organisation Cerebral Palsy Sport has launched a number of new resources to help everybody to stay as fit and healthy as possible at home now that being active becomes more important than ever.

Developed in collaboration with personal trainer and nutritionist Catherine Lineker BSc (Hons) Msc, these resources titled ‘Health and Wellbeing’ have been created primarily with regular Cerebral Palsy Sport participants in mind,  but can be tried and enjoyed by everybody from beginners to family members.

Catherine Lineker held a seminar at the Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics and swimming training camp in October 2019, participants learning about the importance of different food groups, and when and what to eat for different stages of training and competition. Catherine spent 8 years as a full-time athlete in the sport of rowing whilst also completing her degree in nutrition. She specialises in those who require injury rehabilitation, nutrition guidance or who just want to keep fit. 

Cerebral Palsy Sport recognised the demand for more information on not only exercise for those with a physical disability but also good nutrition at home for the CP community and beyond. The resources compliment Sport England’s national ‘Join The Movement’ campaign which evolved following the restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus pandemic, and uses the hashtag #StayInWorkOut  The campaign has proved extremely popular and includes content providers such as Les Mills on Demand and Joe Wicks (The Body Coach).

The new resources from Cerebral Palsy Sport can be found on the Cerebral Palsy Sport website http://www.cpsport.org/resources/resources/health-and-wellbeing/  and the organisation will be encouraging the CP community to try, and share these ideas through its social media using the hashtag #StayInWorkOut

Join The Movement #StayInWorkOut

We’re all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.

Join the Movement is a brand-new Sport England campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.  

Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there’s a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.

This inevitably means all our routines are changing.

Click on the tabs at the top of this Sport England page to find lots of fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home, with exclusive offers and workouts from content providers such as Les Mills on Demand, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and FiiT.

There’s also the latest advice around getting outside, with tools to help you make the most out of the fresh air during your daily walk, run or cycle.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will also be publishing its own Health and Wellbeing content to support the cp and wider community as part of this movement. Look out for that soon in our resources pages.

If you’ve found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag  #StayInWorkOut on social media to share your experience with others.

Remember to check government advice if you think you have any symptoms linked to coronavirus.

Staying active at home

Update from Sport England 16th March 2020:

More and more of us are spending time at home and thinking about other ways of being active.

Official advice recommends against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel – including working from home if you can – which means our routines are going to be changing.

But staying active is more important than ever right now, and even if you’re mostly in your house at the moment, there are plenty of ways you can still do so.

To help, Sport England have compiled into one place some of the most handy exercise ideas that are out there for keeping active in and around your home.

And if you’ve found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share it with others.


Cerebral Palsy Sport are also asking the CP community to share their own tips for keeping busy using the hashtag #CPShare

Covid – 19 update 18th March 2020

Further to our announcement on 12th March and government advice we unfortunately have come to the decision to postpone our current events calendar until we are able to run events safely for our participants and their families.  Please see the event calendar for details and updates here

The CP Sport team are now working from home and have full access to their email and their mobile phones.  Please do not leave messages on the office landline number as they won’t get picked up. 

We will continue to make announcements as the situation requires.

Fears for future inactive generation as report shows disabled children miss out

A new groundbreaking report shows failings across sectors will continue to steer disabled children into an inactive adulthood if we do not act now. My Active Future, from Activity Alliance, calls for more commitment from every sector of our society to ensure all children and young people benefit from an active lifestyle.

For the first time, My Active Future gives an in-depth picture of disabled children and young people’s current activity and desires for the future. The report investigates the differences in experience and perceptions of sport and activity among disabled and non-disabled children. This includes their attitudes, enjoyment and participation, as well as their barriers and motivations.

The new findings reinforce the activity gap between disabled and non-disabled children. Disabled children are less active than their peers, and experience more barriers. They are less likely to enjoy being active in and out of school, and are less likely to be included in PE and games. Worryingly, this exclusion could lead to disabled children more likely to be lonely and socially isolated.

The findings include:

  • One third of disabled children take part in less than 30 minutes of sport and physical activity per day. 30% of disabled children are ‘less active’ compared to 21% of non-disabled children (take part in less than 30 minutes of sport and physical activity per day during term time.)
  • Disabled children’s activity levels decrease significantly, as they get older. Activity levels for disabled and non-disabled children are similar when they first start school (Key Stage183% during term time compared to 84%). By age 11, disabled children are less likely to be ‘active or fairly active’ (Key Stage 2 – 77% vs 85%). The gap widens more significantly by the time they are 16 (Key Stage 4 – 52% vs 72%).
  • Disabled children are twice as likely to be lonely compared to their non-disabled peers (72% vs 36%). They are more likely to feel they have no one to talk to, feel left out, and to feel alone.
  • Disabled children are motivated to take part in sport and physical activity to feel a sense of belonging and be more independent.
  • Nine in ten parents of disabled children say their child’s level of physical activity is important to them. Yet, less than half of parents with disabled children feel they have enough support to help their child to be active.
  • Only a quarter (25%) of disabled children say they take part in sport and activity all of the time at school, compared to 41% of non-disabled children.
  • Disabled children are less likely than non-disabled children are to be active at a park, leisure centre or friend’s house.
  • Worrying about getting hurt, how they look and not knowing what to do stops many disabled children being active.

Disabled children and young people, aged 5 to 16 years, and their parents and guardians were involved in the report. A total of 760 disabled children and parents took part in the online survey, along with more than 900 non-disabled children and their parents. This allowed a comparison of experiences, pinpointing gaps in opportunities and support.

Despite the difference in participation and enjoyment, there is less difference between what disabled and non-disabled children want to do more of. This shows there is work to do in many settings to include disabled children, and to ensure quality experiences.

The research highlights the importance of tackling the activity gap that widens as disabled children get older. Bad experiences, worries about appearance and being treated differently, and increasing social isolation contribute to this. A lack of suitable opportunities and appropriate inclusive activities could also be a factor.

The report complements Sport England’s annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey. Their 2019 Survey found that 3.3 million children (47%) lead active lives. These children meet the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines of doing an average of at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, across the week. However, 2.1 million (29%) of all children are active for less than 30 minutes a day.

There are almost one million disabled children and young people in England[i]. The benefits of sport and activity in children’s physical, mental, social, and emotional development are well documented. Sport and activity is linked to cognitive benefits, learning ability, and better grade attainment for disabled children.

Barry Horne, Activity Alliance’s Chief Executive, said:

“We know that some programmes are working, but clearly right across society, there isn’t enough focus to change this worrying situation. Programmes like Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE play a critical role, as does the Sport England funded Secondary School Teacher Training initiative. But this evidence makes it clear that there is so much more to be done.

“We need to see significant interest now for long-term impact. Talking to disabled adults, who were disabled as children 30 years ago, will tell you that nothing much has changed in this time. This is not acceptable or fair, and a sad reflection on how we are failing our future generations.

“Encouraging inclusion for every child at an early age can build lifelong habits and ensure more children and young people enjoy an active future. Research shows that the earlier we lead an active lifestyle, the more likely we are to develop a lifelong future. So this isn’t just vital for disabled children, it is crucial for every child, who may look for inclusive opportunities in the future.”

Jayne Molyneux, Sport England’s Director Children and Young People, said:

“We at Sport England are fully in support of both the importance of this research and a need for concerted action following its findings.

“Knowing, for example, that only a quarter of disabled children say they take part in sport and activity all the time at school compared to 41% of non-disabled children is a significant difference and just one example of the imbalanced activity levels being an uncomfortable reality. Our Active Lives Children and Young People shows that active children are happier, more resilient and trusting of each other so its vitally important that all children have the right opportunities and support to take part in the sport and activity of their choice.

“Being armed with more research and additional insight is a wholly positive thing that we must not dismiss, however even more important is that the research is acted on. We at Sport England should ensure all in the physical activity sector understand the recommendations in this research that support children’s inclusion in sport and physical activity and to commit tackling the activity gap to encourage an active future.”

The report suggests and outlines the below recommendations:

  1. Engage with and listen to all children
  2. Build confidence and independence from a young age
  3. Engage leaders on the need for inclusion and show how to create comfortable environments
  4. Support and encourage parents to help their child to live an active life

Download the full recommendations and report here www.activityalliance.org.uk/myactivefuture

Join the conversation with #MyActiveFuture on social media.

Activity Alliance will continue to work with key players and organisations to open up conversations on this subject. If you are interested in working with advisors, please contact Activity Alliance on info@activityalliance.org.uk or call 01509 227750.

[i] Department of Work and Pensions Family Resources Survey 2017-2018

COVID – 19 Update 12th March 2020

Following our statement on Monday 9th March 2020, consultation with our stakeholders, partners and other National Disability Sports Organisations, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our calendar of March and April events until the Autumn – this includes the National Swimming Championships and RaceRunning Start sessions. Potentially events in May could also be postponed.  We will update as appropriate and as things progress.

Please see below a list of events that have been postponed;


21st March 2020 – RaceRunning Start Session, Halifax

9th April 2020 – RaceRunning Start Session, Lincoln


5th April – National Swimming Championships


25th March – Frame Football Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray



Football league fixtures will continue at this time, as per current advice from the FA, click on the link for the advice  http://www.cpsport.org/sports/football/leagues-and-competitions/  We will update this page as we receive updates from the FA. 


4th April – Athletics Series – Surrey Open.  Please refer to the event website for details https://www.jctsportssolutions.com/event-booking/event.php?id=52

We will announce re-scheduled dates for all events as soon as we can, please bear with us whilst we make these re-arrangements.  If you have registered and paid for an event we will transfer your details and the payment to the re-scheduled event.  If you wish to withdraw your registration we are more than happy to refund your payment.  A member of the CP Sport team will be in touch with you to confirm what you would prefer to do.

In general please keep following the government and public health advice and will provide updates as appropriate. 

In the meantime we encourage you to keep moving and keep active.  Keep an eye on our social media for hints and tips coming your way.  If you have any hints and tips yourself about keeping active at home it would be great to hear from you using the hashtags #CPCAN  #CPAWARE

Please get in touch with our team on 0115 925 7027 or info@cpsport.org if you have any queries or questions.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Cerebral Palsy Sport do not have plans to cancel any upcoming sports events.

Please do keep up to date with the latest Government & NHS advice.

In relation to sport, Sport England have stated;

” We know people are worried about Coronavirus but being fit and healthy is an important deterrent to the risk of infection in the first place. There’s no need to stop being active as long as you follow the government advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.”

” For those who use community and leisure facilities, follow the government guidance on hand hygiene and make sure you are cleaning and wiping down equipment before and after you use it. “

CP Sport celebrate IWD2020 by announcing Ellie Simpson as Ambassador

International Women’s Day is celebrated this weekend.

Cerebral Palsy Sport take this opportunity to celebrate and announce that RaceRunner Ellie Simpson has accepted the position of Ambassador for the charity.

Ellie Simpson was the only female RaceRunner to represent England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games and went on to compete at the 2018 World Games. At both Games she won Double Gold in the 100m and 200m. In 2018, she also won Silver in the 400m. She was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in 2019, where she won a silver medal.

Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower and being introduced to RaceRunning. She graduated from her a degree in Sport Development and Coaching and uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning and set up her own charity, CP Teens.

World Games

Ellie was one of the first Young Sporting Ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport and has been a fantastic advocate for the charity and supported many events. On turning 25 Ellie was invited to become a Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador and said:

“What an honour it is to be chosen to be a Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, especially to be alongside some fantastic CP Athletes such as Stephen Miller MBE. My sporting journey started with the help and support of CP Sport, it is thanks to them that I was able to try RaceRunning at one of their taster days – I knew I’d found something special. CP Sport enables people with Cerebral Palsy to reach their sporting potential – I certainly found mine and I am very proud to be an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and help other people like me discover their potential.”

Find out more about our Sporting Ambassadors here

IWD 2020 which is recognised on Sunday 8th March sees a number of MISSIONS to help forge a gender equal world.
Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key.