Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up in 2017 to support disabled athletes

Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again in 2017 to provide disabled athletes with more sporting opportunities to compete across England. It will be the third year that Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and nine regional qualifiers, aiming to increase the number of disabled people in athletics.

Every year 1400 disabled athletes take part in this particular athletics programme across England. In 2017, the tea company is brewing up again with EFDS’s events programme to ensure more disabled athletes have access to local and national competition.

Disabled athletes will be part of the regional qualifiers that lead to the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships climax on 1-2 July. Over 200 12-20 year olds will take part at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where spectators can spot future stars among competitors.

Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:

“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting the EFDS again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“It is fantastic to be working with Typhoo for a third year. This is a much-loved programme and every year we enjoy seeing how many people get involved in this athletics programme, whether taking part or volunteering. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure more disabled people can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

For over 25 years, the national event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which many events do not regularly offer.

Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Hollie Arnold, Shelly Woods and Aled Davies were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.

Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, which drive the athletes’ ambition to qualify at the nationals. This makes it highly competitive for the team trophy at the national event. Also supporting the event is the Lions Club International, a long-term supporter of the junior athletics programme who continually give up their time and energy to raise funds.

Regional events begin in April across the English regions. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships will be available on EFDS’s website. Find the regional events here.

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Photo credit: EFDS and Simon Coates

 

For further information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics and National Athletics Championships please click here.

 

Muninder breaks RaceRunning World Record!

On Sunday 2nd April 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport held the first of the 2017 Athletics Series, at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club, as part of the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Athletics Festival.

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The weather was excellent and the events included a variety of track and field disciplines with over 100 people taking part.

It was certainly a day to remember for competitor Muninder Singh Hayer. He broke the world record in the 200m RaceRunning RR1 category.

Muninder said after the event;

It was almost a 6 hour drive down to Yeovil on Saturday but well worth it, I knew I was the only person competing in both my track and field events. I have worked beyond expectations all through my winter training and desperately wanted to see all my hard work pay off and produce something special in my first competition of the season. A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable and took my first step ever, so knew I was going in the right direction. To some people this might not sound like a lot but to me this just felt unreal!

 Some people do ask me why I don’t speak to anyone before a competition and just listen to music. I think many athletes have their own way of preparing for a competition and this is mine. 

I started the day on the field where I threw my second best distance ever in the club throw. This was a huge boost going into my track events. Then came my 100 meters where I ran my best time on UK soil (I’ve only ran quicker at the European Championships last year overseas). 

 I was in high spirit going into my 200 meter race. I knew I could set a World Record and that’s exactly what I did! I ran 55.10 beating the previous record by a substantial distance 2.1 seconds!

 After this I knew I wasn’t finished and set a new personal best in my 400 meters. I hope this can lead me to greater success going into the World Championships later this year!

 A huge thank you to my coach Graham for all his hard work and belief in me. Also big credit to Cerebral Palsy Sport and Oneathlete for all their contribution for making this possible. 

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Read more about Munider in My Story

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics series here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/

The impact of RaceRunning

Cerebral Palsy Sport have had the opportunity to introduce many children, adults and coaches to RaceRunning, an increasingly popular sport.

RaceRunning is suitable for those who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. The equipment is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

In 2014, Cerebral Palsy was successful in securing Sport England Get Equipped funding to purchase a number of RaceRunning bikes and to run a series of RaceRunning Taster Days. These taster days have led on to a number of children taking up RaceRunning regularly and taking part in competitions.

One case study we have chosen to highlight is a 6 year old boy called Abraham. RaceRunning has been a life changer for him and his family. His mum told us how Abraham can’t run fifty yards but  in the race runner for the first time he did over 400m! She tells us the benefits have been unbelievable. He has grown in confidence, is less frustrated, works hard on his physio and OT and is making huge progress at school. Read the full story about Abraham here

Our next RaceRunning taster session is on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Sheffield. There is also Frame Football on offer at this is event. Register here

To find out more about RaceRunning please click here or you can contact us at at CP Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email athletics@cpsport.org

Superhero Tri Series launches!

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Today marks the official launch of a brand new and exciting event. The  Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family & friends.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is an official charity partner and so you can take part, have fun and raise funds for us at the same time.

This exciting event will take place on the 19th August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor ( the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing Venue).

The Celebrity Superhero Tri will have 30 well known Paralympians and celebrities as Team Captains.

This is an outline of how it will work:

Team up: Unite with disabled and non friends and family to share the the work (and the fun!)

Grab a Sidekick:  This world first is a unique chance to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push/pull them one in the water and push/pull them around the bike and push/run stages.

Fly solo: For those participants who want to do all 3 stages

There are Three epic distances:

Full Superhero Tri: Solo Team or Sidekick: 150m Swim; 3k cycle and 1km run

Half Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 400m swim; 10k cycle and 2.5km run

Full Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 750m swim; 20k cycle and 5 km run

For further information click here.

If you wish to be part of our team and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, please email fundraising@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027.

 

 

BWAA offer winter athletics training opportunity

The British Wheelchair Athletic Association are now offering winter training during the off-season to Seated Throwers who are in training.

Cerebral Palsy Sport join forces with the BWAA every year as part of the CP Sport Athletics Series to provide competitive opportunities. We can now offer their training weekends to our network.

The dates below are for Seated Throwers interested in doing more training. The cost is £5. All of the training weekends will be at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP.

BWAA- Seated Thrower training opportunities

November 19th/20th

December 17th/18th  ( Grand prix presentation and Christmas meal)

January 14th/15th

February 11th/12th

March 11th/12th

For more information regarding the BWAA winter training please contact Rachel Ward: Rachel.ward@cpsport.org

Date for the diary: Cerebral Palsy Sport will be putting on a Track and Field Training camp on the 11th February 2017, keep checking our events page for more information.

 

 

CP Swimmers & RaceRunners gather for Training Camp

For the first time Cerebral Palsy Sport held a joint swimming and RaceRunning training camp, alongside a coach development day. The event took place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham with participants travelling from all over England.

In the pool we had 17 swimmers aged 11-37, and 6 coaches who attended to learn more about cerebral palsy swimming. The swimming sessions were lead by a team of 4 expert coaches, Rebecca Gilbertson, Su Stanbridge, Ryan Crouch and Caroline Warlow. The morning session had a focus on stroke technique and in the afternoon the swimmers got to concentrate on their skills and turns where the coach development participants got to lead some of the activities and work closer with the swimmers.

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The track was filled with 15 RaceRunners over the course of the day aged 6-21, and 3 coaches excited to learn more about RaceRunning.  The morning saw a technical session in the indoor facility before taking to the outdoor track in the afternoon to focus on longer distances. Both sessions were led by Craig Carscadden, representing CPISRA, and Graham Felton. We were also able to give new athletes the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time in both our morning and afternoon sessions.

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Between the practical sessions all participants attended communication and nutrition seminars lead by Fran Wilson (MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition and England Cricketer) where they picked up lots of new tips and ideas to help them train and perform to the best of their potential.

Information on future CP Sport events can be found here 

Cerebral Palsy Sport 2016 Award Winners Announced

To mark  our 15th Year Anniversary of our inception as an independent charity, we are hosting our Charity Awards as part of our Annual General Meeting.

The awards take place today – October 30th 2016 at 4.00pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards are:

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Joe Yates

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Fundraiser of the Year  – Andrea Burnand

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Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Ian Clegg

Sports Volunteer of the Year –  Stella Lockwood

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Richard Mee

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Young Achiever of the Year – Athletics – Clare Hands

Young Achiever of the Year – Football – Ned Tranmer

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Young Achiever of the Year – Swimming – Ella Greatorex

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Contribution to Sport – Dave Winter

Partner of the Year – Quest 88

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Williamson

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All our award winners will receive their awards from our Chairman Mr Paul Goodman.

CP Sport announce new combined sports event

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Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announced a brand new adapted sports taster session.

RaceRunning and Frame Football will be the sports on offer at this unique event. Cerebral Palsy Sport have been working with CP Teens and the Sheffield FA to host this taster session on the 28th January 2017 at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity is for current and new participants to come and have a go at either or both adapted sports.

Rachel Ward, National Athletics Officer from CP Sport said,

Its great to be joining forces with CP Teens UK to provide more people with the opportunity to try RaceRunning and increase numbers at their regular session. To be able to combine this with another of our increasingly popular adapted sports, Frame Football, will hopefully attract more people to come along to the day’. 

Participants will be able to try both sports or focus on one.

RaceRunning is a new sport, developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. RaceRunning is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms. For further information please click here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have designed, developed and trialled Frame Football with lots of feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves to create a truly player centred football opportunity. Supported by the Football Association’s Disability Committee as a grassroots development programme, Frame Football is already gaining recognition as an inclusive adapted sport. Sam Turner, our National Football Officer is working closely with Sheffield and Hallamshire FA with the aim to create a regular session following the event. For further information on Frame Football please click here.

The Cost of the event is £5 for CP Sport full -members or £7.50 affiliate members or non-members. The entry fee covers either or both sports. For age 5 and upwards. Time: 1-4pm.

Participants can sign up for the event here.

 

Cerebral Palsy National Athletics Championships 2016

Cerebral Palsy National Athletics Championships took place on Saturday 24th of September 2016 at Harvey Hadden Stadium. The Championships saw over 50 athletes from all over the country come together to compete. 

It was an early start for the events team and volunteers making sure the stage was set and day was filled with some fantastic track and field results. Results can be found here http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/athletics-series-2016-results/

Athletes were on fantastic form as a number of age group records were broken, with one athlete breaking a record that was set back in 1995.  

Our sincere appreciation as always goes to our dedicated track & field officials, volunteers and ground staff without whose help staging this competition would be extremely difficult.

CP Sport would like to take this opportunity to thank all the track & field officials and volunteers who have supported us throughout the season, who without these events couldn’t run. THANK YOU!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor St James’s Place Foundation for all their very kind support and generous donations to CP Sport.

As this was our last Athletics Competition of the season we had a few awards to give out. The awards given at nationals are for athletes who have competed in 2 or more of our Athletics Series. The awards include Senior, Under 20s and guest, Track and Field series winners. The Colin Rain Award is given to an athlete that has demonstrated commitment and inspirational endeavour.

Senior Athletics Series 2016 Winners                  Under 20’s Athletics Series 2016 Winners

Male Track  : Marcus Pidgley                                           Male Track : Joel James         

 

Female Track: Ellie Simpson                                             Female Track: Eve Dann

 

Male Field: Eoin Cleare                                                   Male Field: Mathew Williams             

 

Female Field: Ellie Simpson                                              Female Field:  Eve Dann         

 

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2016

 

Track: Lottie Wilcocks                                                     Field: Michael Pope

 

Colin Rains Award Winner 2016

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A big thank you for everyone that has supported the 2016 CP Sport Athletics Series and National Championships, we look forward to seeing you all next season!

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The Paralympic Games commences!

The Paralympic Games 2016 kicked off in style last night and there will be plenty of action to follow over the next 11 days.

The Games will be held from 7-18 September and over 4,000 athletes from more than 160 countries will take part. Rio, with its famous landmarks,  provides a stunning backdrop for the Paralympic Games.

Canoeing and Triathlon are new additions to the sporting line up for 2016. Classification explanation for all the sports can be found here.

Great Britain have a team of 264 athletes competing at the Rio Paralympics in 19 sports. The British team have never finished outside the top five in the medal table.

Three Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors are taking part in the Athletics events –

  • Graeme Ballard – T36 100m.  Round 1 Friday 9th September 14:21 – 14:41
  • Sam Ruddock  – F35 Shot Put.Monday 12th September 21:40 – 22:30
  • Stephen Miller MBE  – F32 Club Throw. Tuesday 13th September 14:03 – 17:00

Paralympic Swimmer Ryan Crouch has recently been announced as a coach at our Cerebral Palsy Sport Training Camp taking place at the Swimming and Athletics Training Camp in Nottingham on 30th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex. Ryan , who will be competing for GB will be offering his coaching tips. For more information about the event read here.