New video educates schools on delivering inclusive opportunities for disabled children

To mark World Children’s Day, Monday 20th November, National Disability Sports Organisations and Youth Sport Trust have released a new video to improve the delivery of inclusive sports opportunities through the School Games. The new video highlights how schools can work together with expert partners to ensure their School Games offer is inclusive for all pupils.

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It raises awareness of the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), who have expertise on providing high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people. Youth Sport Trust is keen to see more schools work with the NDSOs to ensure that all disabled and non-disabled pupils can take part in school sport together.

There are eight NDSOs – British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics Great Britain, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower. Each organisation can provide advice, guidance and resources to teachers and School Games Organisers on how best to deliver sport for young people with specific impairments, and help schools to:

  • Provide meaningful competition opportunities for young disabled people
  • Raise confidence levels of school staff to deliver inclusive opportunities
  • Develop participation pathways in school sport and beyond
  • Build relationships with local clubs to encourage sustained participation

Inclusive opportunities that are inspiring, accessible and meaningful for all young people is a core principle of the School Games. The video along with the recent relaunch of the Inclusive Health Check allows teachers and School Games Organisers to measure how they are performing on inclusive delivery. By working through Inclusive Health Check across all competitions, users are encouraged to ensure that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have access to take part in high quality competitive opportunities.

NDSOs Youth Sport Trust and the School Games delivery network share a common goal, to see more young disabled people and those with additional needs taking part in school sport on a regular basis.

Watch the full video here:

For more information and to access great resources to support inclusive sport in your school. Visit the Inclusive Sport page on the School Games website.


Trustees’ Week 2017

Trustees’ Week is celebrated this year from 13th – 17th November.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are approximately 196,000 charities in the UK, and just over 1 million trustees.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport out Trustees play a vital role in governing the charity:

Meet our Trustees:

Chair: Mrs Aideen Blackborough – Company Secretary and Chair of the Governance, Compliance & Human Resources Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Paul Bowman – Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Fundraising and Marketing Sub Committee.

Trustee: Mrs Ilana Freestone – Chair of the Sport Development Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Richard Oliver

Trustee: Mr  Gavin White

Trustee: Paul Marriner

Trustee: Paul Schorb

Trustee: Leon Taylor

For more information about our team click here


Female only CP Football development days announced!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce two new dates in the events calendar -female only cp football development days.

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Supported by the International Federation of CP Football, the events will be held in Manchester on the 25th November and Brighton on the 26th November.

There has been increasing interest in more cp football opportunities and pathways for female players and this is highlighted in our most recent ‘My Story’ case study from Megan, who is a cp football player who is profoundly deaf.

Megan has recently been selected to attend the next stage of the England Talent Pathway process, but as there are only provisions for hearing impaired females to progress any further, Megan can attend because of her disability and football ability, but is not there as a cp female player as there are no means to progress. Something that Megan hopes will change in the future. Read her story here

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The development days on the 25th and 26th November will provide an opportunity for females from 12-16 and 16+ to take part in small-sided games. They will also be signposted to suitable club opportunities following the session.

Find out more details on our events calendar here


New research into the importance of adapted sports released by CP Sport

New research released by Cerebral Palsy Sport highlights the importance of their adapted sports programme in supporting people with cerebral palsy to be more active. The results confirm that adapting sports by modifying rules and equipment can enable and encourage more people to take part and enjoy sport and physical activity.

Cerebral Palsy Sport commissioned Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre to evaluate the delivery and impact of the charity’s three adapted sports: RaceRunning, Frame Football and Touch Golf. The study examined each sport to establish if it was fit for purpose and understand the impact that taking part has on participants.

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The new report, titled CP Sport: showing the benefits of adapted sports, highlights key findings about current participation levels in these adapted sports, people’s motivations and barriers to taking part. In addition, how being active makes participants feel physically and mentally. The findings include:

  • Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of survey respondents did not take part in any form of physical activity before taking part in one or more adapted sports.
  • Nine in ten (90 per cent) people who have taken part in CP Sport’s adapted sports said it was fun and enjoyable.
  • Eight in ten (83 per cent) participants said the activities help them to keep physically active.
  • Since taking part in an adapted sport, participants reported that they are now physically active more often – average increase of 45 minutes per day.
  • Seven in ten (77 per cent) participants feel that their self-esteem and confidence has improved as a result of taking part in an adapted sport.
  • There was a significant increase in people’s feelings of overall life satisfaction after taking part in CP Sport’s adapted sport activities. Life satisfaction scores increased from ‘good’ (3.13 mean score) to ‘very good’ (4.46 mean score) based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being ‘poor’ and 5 being ‘excellent’.

Talking about the importance of this research for people with cerebral palsy, Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“Adapted sports is at the heart of our charity’s sports development programme and we are delighted to have worked with Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre on such an important piece of research into adapted sports for people with cerebral palsy.

 “The findings from this study highlight the impact and need to develop adapted sports, to meet the needs of people with cerebral palsy and other impairments, who want to be more physically active and take part in sport. We are indebted to the many individuals and families that have supported this research project and contributed to its unique findings. We look forward to working with our partners to develop the adapted sports of RaceRunning, Frame football and Touch Golf so many more people can access these sporting opportunities.”

 These results follow the recent announcement from World Para Athletics that RaceRunning will be included in competitions from 2018. This news and the latest research provides further confirmation that Cerebral Palsy Sport’s work to develop and deliver adapted sports has been successful.


Ali Talbot, continued:

“We will continue to put people with cerebral palsy and other associated conditions at the heart of what we do. This research provides us with a great platform to improve our adapted sport opportunities so that more people can enjoy being active and reach their full potential in sport.” 

Cerebral Palsy Sport will use this insight to help grow the profile of adapted sports. They will also continue to educate partners and other sports organisations on how they can adapt sports to make them more accessible and appealing to people with cerebral palsy. In the future, they also plan to expand on this research to review their other activities and sports programmes. Plus, develop more opportunities with National Governing Bodies of sport.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to thank Sheffield Hallam University, Quest 88, the FA, England Golf and The Golf Foundation, the English Federation of Disability Sport, coaches, parents and participants for their support and contribution to this project.


 CP Sport: benefits of adapted sports report is available in PDF format here: CP Sport showing the benefits of adapted sports

For further information, please contact:

Name: Lisa Morton-Smith, Cerebral Palsy Sport National Sports Development Manager

Email:          Telephone: 07496 333096

Aviva Community Fund voting is open for Frame Football project!

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s project ‘Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots’ has been included in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Voting from the public is required so that the project can be considered for the finals where a judging panel will award the funds. Vote here.

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement.


Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.

The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

Log in and vote here:


RaceRunning becomes World Para Athletics event

The International Paralympic Committee have announced that RaceRunning is to be introduced as a World Para Athletics event. This is a huge step in both the development of RaceRunning and in the opportunity for high support needs athletes.


The inclusion of RaceRunning as a World Para Athletics event is another significant achievement by CPISRA, following the development of Boccia and CP Football.

It is one more step in the journey for the sport in terms of advancing to the Paralympics and to delivering increased opportunity and participation for all.


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Please see the full  announcement below released by IPC and CPISRA last night. This provides both background, next steps and describes World Para Athletics and CPISRA working in consultation.


RaceRunning is a form of assisted running. The RaceRunning frame is on wheels, which supports the athletes and allows them to successfully ambulate.  For further information about the sport of RaceRunning please click here

Cerebral Palsy Young Ambassadors Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys are both RaceRunners, find out more about them here

Sport England releases fresh insight into volunteering habits

Sport England has published the latest data from the Active Lives Survey, providing a comprehensive picture of volunteering in sport and activity for the first time. One of the most striking features of the research is a stark gender gap.

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  • 6.7 million people (14.9% of the population) in England have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity
  • Contrary to trends in the rest of the volunteering sector, men are much more likely than women to volunteer in sport
  • Male volunteers in sport are more likely to hold influential roles.

Active Lives shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity, in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said:

“This fresh insight into volunteering in sport shows that millions of people are playing vital roles up and down the country supporting the grassroots.

“But it also highlights a gender gap that we want to close. I know first-hand the positive impact volunteering can have on a person’s life and I want sports to look at what more they can do to encourage women to volunteer.”

Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, says:

“The contribution of the 6.7 million volunteers to sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. They are often the inspiration behind the activity. However, this research also tells us that there’s a lot to do to make the experience of volunteering in sport more attractive to women, as there’s a big gender gap.

“We launched our campaign This Girl Can after research showed that a fear of judgement can hold many women back from getting involved in sport and activity, and 2.8 million women have told us they have been inspired to get active as a result. Now we need to work on attracting more women to volunteering in sport and activity, and we hope that the whole sports sector embraces that challenge.”

Some of the key volunteering statistics include:

  • 4.0 million (60%) of adult (16+) volunteers are male, and 2.7 million (40%) are female – a gender gap of 1.3 million (20%)
  • 1.2 million (74%) of volunteer referees or umpires and 1.7 million (67%) of volunteer coaches or instructors are male
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds (NS-SEC 6-8) make up 31% of the population, but only 10% of the volunteers. Disabled people make up 21% of the population but only 11% of volunteers.

The Active Lives survey, which runs 365 days a year, also asks people over 16 across England about their sport and physical activity habits. The figures published today represent the first 18 months of data collected by the new survey, so year on year comparisons are not yet available. The first set of comparable data will be available in March 2018.

The figures show a consistent picture, with 27.1 million (60.6%) people being active, meaning they do 150 minutes or more activity per week and meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines. 11.5 million (25.6%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of activity a week. The Active Lives survey also shows that people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active, which is why Sport England will be targeting investment on those groups under its new strategy, Towards an Active Nation.

To find out more about Active Lives and see the full results in full, go to

For information on Cerebral Palsy Sport Volunteering opportunities click here

New Membership for Professionals and Organisations launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport have launched two new membership categories to meet the needs of its widening audience.

The development of opportunities offered by the charity has seen a growth in the contact we have with professionals, practitioners, physios, schools, parents and families, who help support more people with cerebral palsy into sport.

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Our services include; the Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness course,  training camps for coaches, and resources for adapted sports including RaceRunning and Frame Football. Read about our most recent training camp in Nottingham on 8th October 2017 here.


The new membership categories are for Professionals and Organisations and include discount to our services as well as other benefits.

The addition of the new categories follows the launch for the Cerebral Palsy Sport family membership category in June 2017.

For full details and membership forms please click here.



Free 9 week Wheelchair Dance Development Programme

Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people aged 16 and over, who are interested in competing or performing. This programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Wheelchair dance is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and people compete all around the world. Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people interested in competing or performing. The programme will run every Saturday from 14 October until 16 December, 3.15-4.15pm (no class 18 November) at the Abbey Centre, London SW1 3BW.


The programme will be led by a world-leading wheelchair dance champion, who will take participants through the different Latin and ballroom dances. To develop techinical and creative skills, build confidence, while ensuring everyone is enjoying their expereicne and able to develop at their own pace in a safe and friendly environment. You don’t need a dance partner. The programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Whether you compete in other wheelchair sports and want a challenge or you just love to dance. We will support you to develop your potential and progress along a pathway to compete at national and international level. Previous dance experience is helpful but not required.

Places are limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration is required via email, phone or via the website registration form.

Register online on the Step Change Studios website.

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If you have any questions please call Step Change Studios on 07976 363861 or email

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.


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The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.


Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2017 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden


Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne


Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney


Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers



Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club




Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa



Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder




Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty



Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here