CP Teens UK was founded in 2013 by Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.
Ellie, 22, has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. She is a regular competitor at Cerebral Palsy Sport events and has represented England internationally.
Initially setting up the charity from home, CP Teens is now located at the Community Hub at Chesterfield Football Club.
Ellie said:“As I went through secondary school, I became increasingly socially isolated by able-bodied ‘peers’ as I struggled to physically keep up and physically fend for myself. Even though I left school with good GCSEs and A Levels, I could not find any opportunities anywhere, either paid or unpaid, to take up as a young person with a physical disability.”
Ellie posted about CP Teens on Twitter and was contacted by hundreds of young people with cerebral palsy who also said they felt ‘alone’. She continued to develop the charity during her gap year between 2013 and 2014, and while studying for her sport development with coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Sport has become an important part of Ellie’s life – she first watched disability sport in 2012 when she saw the London Paralympics on TV, and gave it a go in 2013 at the Paralympics GB Sport Fest in Sheffield – that one day changing her life and future. Ellie joined an athletics club and then went on to study sport.
Inspirational Ellie organised a number of high-profile events which led to CP Teens UK gaining full charitable status and receiving a special award from the Prime Minister Theresa May. Ellie is now aiming to offer work experience to local physically disabled young people. “Not only will the new base provide a new workspace for the charity to run from, it will also offer a safe ‘hub’ for CP Teens to meet and socialise,” Ellie added.
Ellie is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Find out more here