Celebrating our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day 2017

Today, 5th December marks International Volunteer Day (IVD).

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Volunteers for Cerebral Palsy Sport contribute a huge amount of time and energy to support the charity and help achieve our vision. We simply could not do it without our volunteers!

Volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Sport can cover many different activities from being a sporting official to a trustee on the board, from educating to fundraising and we want volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience and we are committed to supporting volunteers.

Today is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of volunteering and celebrate the contribution they make. Find out more about volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport here.

We’ll be sharing some of our Volunteering stories today on our social media platforms.

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IVD, held on 5th December every year was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Find out more here






International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).


It is estimated that persons with disabilities around the world make up 10% of the population, and 80% live in developing countries. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated annually on 3rd December around the world.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for the transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 development agenda for Sustainable Development. For further information click here


Here at Cerebral Palsy Sport we will be showcasing sport at the grassroots level through our social media (Facebook and Twitter), and the impact it can have on a disabled person and their families lives. We’re inviting our participants to share the impact sport can have on their day to day lives on 3rd December using the hashtag #idpwd

Get Ready for Get Set Raise 2018!

As we’re coming to the end of a busy 2017, a year full of fantastic sporting events for young people and adults made possible through fundraising and support, we are looking ahead to our Get Set Raise appeal 2018.


The 2018 campaign will take place in March which is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

There are many ways to prepare and get involved with Get Set Raise 2018, and we have created a handy toolkit with all the ideas, forms and posters you might need. Please click here for more details.

Anyone can get involved in Get Set Raise, from individuals to clubs to schools to businesses.


Get Set Raise has some great ways to raise important funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport:

  •  Do Your Bit in Your Sports Kit – channel your inner sporting star and get your sports kit on to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport
  • Take on a personal challenge – from running in your local 10k to giving up chocolate in March, the choice is yours!
  • Make a donation – you can donate to the appeal directly through our Get.Set.Raise Appeal Page

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s services enable more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover the joys of sport. Your support will make a big difference so get involved and be a part of making people’s lives so much better!



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.

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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.


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.


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!