Steve Judge is announced as CP Sport Ambassador

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that Steve Judge has joined the team of Ambassadors for the charity.

Steve is a two times Paratriathlon World Champion winning in China in 2011 and New Zealand in 2012.

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His story starts back in his childhood where he was always setting goals and working towards them, initially in the Scout movement achieving badges and awards and then in sport as a young man who loved to run. It was when a near fatal car accident crushed his legs and he was told he may never walk again that Steve Judge’s drive, motivation and commitment really came into its own.

Steve’s focus, passion and hard work enabled him to achieve through rehabilitation, growing his leg back and learning to stand again and walk again. The results of the accident left Steve with disability in both of his legs and forced him to think about what he could do rather than what he couldn’t do.

Steve went on to set even more physical goals as a disabled athlete in swimming, cycling and then running progressing him on to the sport of Paratriathlon where he eventually became British, European and World Champion.

Steve’s inspirational story explains the mottos, and mantras he created to continue on his path without leaning on his excuses, instead turning his excuses into challenges.

As a recognised inspirational and motivational speaker and personal life coach Steve shares his thoughts and wisdom through his experiences to enable us to realise our own ultimate goal in life, to work towards it and have, no regrets.

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When asked how he felt about being asked to be a Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport Steve said,

“I was shocked an honoured at the same time. Although my disability is not cerebral palsy the experiences and journey that I have been on enable me to have great synergy with all athletes. I will inspire and motivate all persons involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport to think about what they can participate in rather than what they can’t. To not lean on their excuses but to be the best that they can be when they play and to enjoy life to the full.”

Steve will be joining the other Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassdors at the AGM and Awards on 8th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors please click here

It’s World CP Day 2017!

World CP Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 60 countries. This year World CP Day takes place today,  Friday 6th October.

Its vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

Robyn Cummins World CP Day Manager explains: “Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. There are over 17 million people living with CP and 350 million family, friends and supporters who care about them.”

“But In many countries, people with CP are ‘invisible’. They live out of sight, out of mind and out of options.”

“We talk to people with CP, their families and organisations around the world and find incredibly frustrating similarities. The same issues keep coming up again and again.”

“But the good news is we also hear about the success stories – individuals and organisations who are creating positive change in their communities and are willing to share their experiences, tools and tips. Our mission is to highlight the issues, unearth the success stories and encourage people to take action in their communities.”

The World CP Day have published a number of infographs to regognise the day, which we will share through the CP Sport social media platforms.

Please see the full presentation from World CP Day which covers lots of information about cp:  What_is_CP_slide_deck_2017

You can also find out more information on our website here

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be supporting World CP Day by sharing infographs, stories and news throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity for our twitter followers to put their questions to the Cerebral Palsy Chair Aideen Blackborough via @CP_Sport in our #AskTheChair hour between 1-2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raise over £4,500 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that the Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day staged at South Staffordshire Golf Course has raised over £4,500 for the charity.

Kevin had supported the charity over the past two years and the funds raised from his unique charity golf days has enabled children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy to discover the joys of swimming for the first time.

Kevin spoke of his gratitude of everyone who played in the golf day and said:

“I am delighted that the ninth annual Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day has managed to raise such a fabulous amount of money for this very deserving charity.  The entire event would not be possible without the participation of the players, the support from Liz and Alison Colesby as well as that of Ali Talbot from Cerebral Palsy Sport and, of course, Sue LeBeau and her wonderful staff at South Staffs Golf Club.

I am looking forward to next year’s event already, which will be on June 7th.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming.” Kevin

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on September 30th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2018.

We are delighted to be welcoming Kevin to the Worcester Development Gala on September 30th.

Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.

Thank you!

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EFDS resources take people on road to an active lifestyle

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have launched a new resource to support those who are new to sport or want to assist disabled people on how to get more active. Produced in partnership with County Sports Partnership Network, Disability Rights UK and Sport England,  the resource is a guideline to where to start, where to find out more and who to contact on the road to being active.

EFDS is aware from previous research that one barrier can be awareness of opportunities or places to go to find out more. Despite the increase in various activities around the country, there continues to be fear factors around whether it would be accessible or suitable for disabled individuals.

With this in mind, EFDS has created two resources. The first is for people supporting disabled people to be active, for example, local charities or healthcare. The second is similar but for those taking part in the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. The roadmap helps people to access some of the right contacts, places and resources.

Ray Ashley, Head of Engagement at EFDS, said:

“When supporting disabled people to be active, we understand there is a lot to learn and find out. Knowing where to start can be tricky because there are many organisations, opportunities and resources out there. These resources can help to direct more people, who may have little knowledge on sport or active recreation, in a quick and easy way. We also hope they also assist more disabled people to reap the huge benefits of being active.”

Chloe Studley, Active Kids for All Programme Manager, said:

“Through the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training, we are privileged to meet so many people who want to make a difference in their own work or their communities. However, we are very aware that some attendees finish the training with lots of enthusiasm but often need to refer to their notes, so this works well as that reference guide.”

Leanne Wightman, Get Yourself Active Project Manager at Disability Rights UK, said:

“At Disability Rights UK we are well aware of the many challenges disabled people face when trying to participate equally in society. Being active is an important part of this but disabled people have told us that it’s hard to know where to start on the journey to being more active and living a good life. It is important that disabled people and their supporters have access to the right information and guidance about local opportunities to be active as well as being able to physically access these opportunities. The roadmap is great for individuals, groups and organisations who are just starting out on their journey into the world of physical activity and sport and who need a nudge in the right direction.”

Mike Diaper, Executive Director at Sport England, said:

“We are pleased to help the English Federation of Disability Sport realise their vision of enabling disabled people to be active for life. Currently a disabled person is only half as likely to play sport as a non-disabled person. We believe these new resources will enable greater numbers of disabled people to become active, and enjoy sport and physical activity as a practical, healthy and fun lifestyle choice.”

Statistics continually show low numbers of active disabled people – still half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. These resources follow a range of guides to engagement released in December 2016, including a short animation film to access top tips.

To access the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training roadmap resource please contact the Active Kids for All team on email AK4A@efds.co.uk or telephone 01509 227751.

Download EFDS roadmap to supporting more disabled people to be active.

 

Nominations open for the CP Sport Awards 2017

Cerebral Palsy Sport recognises that there is a huge amount of fantastic sport and activity available for people with CP across the country and as the National Disability Sports Organisation we want to be able to recognise those involved.

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There are so many participants, volunteers, coaches and clubs who do fantastic work and the the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards are an opportunity for you to nominate someone and have their hardwork, dedication and achievements recognised.

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There are four categories:

  • Sports achiever of the year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports volunteer of the year
  • Coach of the year
  • Sports club of the year

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The Awards ceremony will take place on the same day as the AGM, Sunday 8th October 2017  at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Rd, Nottingham NG8 4PB. Time: 4pm-5.30pm.

Please download the nomination form here CP Sport awards – nominations forms and return by email or post to Cerebral Palsy Sport:

info@cpsport.org or CP Sport Unit 5, Heathcoat Building, Nottingham Science and Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ.

Deadline for nominations is the 18th September.

 

Heage Primary School gets active for Cerebral Palsy Sport awareness

Pupils from Heage Primary School in Derbyshire have been getting active in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our Get Set Raise cerebral palsy awareness campaign.

At the start of the year Heage Primary School parliament decided to focus on raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport as the school has a Year 4 pupil with cerebral palsy.  During Cerebral Palsy awareness month in March, the school focused their assemblies and lessons on cerebral palsy awareness and used the charity’s Get, Set, Raise campaign to launch the whole focus.  The Amber Valley School Sports Partnership loaned the school a class set of wheelchairs and all children had the opportunity to try different sports over the month.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador and former football Paralympian, Leon Taylor visited for an assembly and joined the school for their sponsored run on Friday 3rd March.  Children also dressed up as their favourite sporting heroes and complete a mile run around the school grounds. Later in the month, the charity’s RaceRunning World champion and record holder Muninder Singh Hayer visited the school to share his successes and future challenges through an assembly.

At the assembly, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive Ali Talbot and RaceRunning athlete Thomas were delighted to receive a cheque for over £1,000 presented by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the School Parliament.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Heage Primary School’s Parliament to benefit from all their fantastic fundraising efforts. It was lovely to be able to share many of our athlete’s different stories of how such fundraising can make such a difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

James Yellop, Head Teacher of Heage Primary School highlighted that “We have been overwhelmed with the response from our children and the local community in raising such a large amount to support children with Cerebral Palsy.  Everyone has gained a greater awareness of Cerebral Palsy through the ambassadors that have visited the school and have all really enjoyed taking part in the different activities to support this fantastic charity “.

 

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Working towards better support for volunteers with a disability

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and the other National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) to understand how to better support people with a range of disabilities to volunteer.

Revealing Reality is a research company undertaking the research and they are looking for some people speak to about their experiences or interest in volunteering.

Revealing Reality are happy to offer £25 cash / donation (to Cerebral Palsy Sport) to say thank you for your time.

If you volunteer now, either with Cerebral Palsy Sport and/or another organisation; or used to / want to volunteer and would be happy to speak to a researcher about your experiences and thoughts please get in touch!

Please email info@cpsport.org and we can send you the links to take part in the research.

 

Thank you!

 

Celebrating Womens Sport Week 2017

This week 19th – 25th June, we are celebrating Women’s Sport Week. Its officially the start of the summer this week and what better time to take up a new sport or activity!

We have some great female role models involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport, from volunteers to ambassadors to coaches and participants so we’ll be showcasing some of those stories on social media this week. We hope they will inspire many more girls and women to get into sport.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador and international RaceRunner Ellie Simpson said:

“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport to encourage more girls with CP to get into sport. Why not have a go? It might just change your life like it has done for me! ”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport said:

“We want more women and girls to get involved in sport and enjoy the huge benefits that being active brings to their lives. Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”#

We have also been speaking to more of our participants about their sporting experiences, 18 year old Leaha Dixon said:

“My name is Leaha Dixon and I am 18yrs old. I have Cerebral Palsy, after a difficult start in life (both my mum and I were very poorly) and many hospital and physio visits, my mum and dad were told that if I didn’t walk by the time I was 3 I probably wouldn’t, well I did and I haven’t stopped since!! After doing various things from swimming, horse riding and dancing I started at Doncaster Athletics club , I found that I really liked running, it gives me the exercise and stretching which helps me to keep fit and healthy. I enjoy meeting up with everyone at competitions and I’ve made some great friends up and down the country which is great, also meeting some of the great paralympians which we have. Athletics has helped my confidence a lot and hopefully I’ll be able to continue running and try and break as many PB’s as possible.”

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If you are interested in taking part in Cerebral Palsy Sport activities please find our events list here

Please feel free to contact us with your CP sporting stories at info@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March 2017 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and to recognise this, we are running our Get. Set. Raise. appeal.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

We are aiming to raise a total of £10,000 so that more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities can discover the joy of sport. We are delighted that a number of individuals, schools and organisations have taken on this challenge through fundraising events.

Through the support we had in 2016 we were able to hold over 30 events in a wide range of sports, across 15 counties. We would love to increase these numbers and aim to help over 5,000 children in 2017.

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We’ll be recognising the month of March through launching new infographs, social media activity and sharing great sporting stories.

Follow us on twitter @CP_Sport

Follow us on Facebook @CerebralPalsySport

For fundraising enquiries please contact: shallam@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027

 

New Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness workshop announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce the launch of the first Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop.
The Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop, will provide knowledge and understanding of what Cerebral Palsy is, the opportunities within disability sport and give guidance and advice to those who lead sport and physical activity.

This course will cover:

  • What is cerebral palsy?
  • What are the issues and barriers for people with cerebral palsy when accessing sport?
  • Benefits of sport to people with cerebral palsy
  • Different ways of supporting people with cerebral palsy
  • How to promote sport to people with cerebral palsy
  • Different pathways and opportunities available with Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cost:

  • £30 per person

Date options:

16th November 2016               17th May 2017

22nd February 2017                 27th September 2017

Venue: Cerebral Palsy Sport, Unit 21, Heathcoat Building, Science and Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ

Time: 6pm-9pm

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To book a place or find out more information please contact Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org