National law firm Irwin Mitchell are supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport’s SportStart Programme. Delivered at locations across the country, SportStart Days are designed to give children with cerebral palsy – and other physical disabilities – a fun and enjoyable experience to encourage them to carry on taking part in sport.
Over the next two months Cerebral Palsy Sport will be delivering two SportStart Days, one in Sheffield on the 18th May and another in Manchester on 30th June. Each event is expected to attract more than 100 children from schools in their areas. Teams from the Sheffield and Manchester branches of Irwin Mitchell will be getting involved and giving up their time to volunteer on the day helping to make sure that the children have a great experience.
Lisa Morton-Smith, Sports Development Manager for CP Sport says, “These inspiring and inclusive days allow children and young people to enjoy playing sport with others who have a similar impairment to their own.”
During SportStart Days experienced coaches introduce the participants to a variety of adapted and disability sports appropriate to their age and ability. Parents, teachers and coaches are also encouraged to learn about the different sports available.
“Participants have the opportunity to try a whole range of sports at the one event,” Lisa Morton-Smith goes on to say; “and for many it could be their first experience of sports that are specially adapted for them.”
All those involved in the events are provided with information about clubs and follow on sessions in their local area so that they can continue to access and enjoy playing sport and develop their skills in their own time.
The support for the SportStart Programme links in with Irwin Mitchell’s own ‘Don’t Quit Do It’ campaign which aims to highlight how disability sport can play a key role in the rehabilitation and recovery for someone who has suffered life-changing injuries and to raise awareness of the different ways people can get involved.
Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner and medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said: “We are incredibly proud to be lending our support to the SportStart day in Manchester, a day which showcases how sport can have a hugely positive impact on so many lives.
“We have seen so many instances when our clients have benefited hugely from getting involved in sport, not just in terms of their physical therapy and rehabilitation but also in terms of their mental wellbeing.”
Helen Jones, medical negligence solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “The event is a great opportunity for the children to get out of their comfort zone and try something new alongside the help of professional sport coaches.
“Exercise is hugely important in maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle, and sports days like these are great in encouraging children with difficulties to participate and take on sport as a hobby.
“The SportStart programme is an incredibly inspiring initiative and we look forward to cheering the children on.”