Cerebral Palsy Sport lead the way in sports governance

Cerebral Palsy Sport, one of seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) is the first NDSO to achieve compliance with the Code for Sports Governance.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

The Code for Sports Governance was published following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. The code has been created by Sport England and UK Sport in order to maximise the effectiveness of investment received by sports providers and organisations.

In 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport was successful in securing a three year funding grant from Sport England. The grant will ensure that the charity can continue to deliver a range of projects and programmes for children, young people and their families allowing them to ‘Start’ their sporting journey and continue to ‘Stay Active’.  A key component of the funding agreement was to achieve and maintain compliance with the Governance Code at the required level. Throughout 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sport worked hard to ensure that the principles of the code underpinned the structure of the charity with final changes agreed by members at the AGM in October 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been recognised and praised by Sport England for achieving compliance with the Governance Code and demonstrating their commitment to sustaining good governance that is fit for purpose and will support the charity’s growth.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“The whole team and Trustee of the charity have worked hard to build and resilient governance programme within the charity and we are delighted to have reached this milestone. We seek to continue to develop our governance programme and not rest on our laurels so we can work to create even more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport”.

 Commenting, Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England said:

‘Sport England is determined to support organisations who receive public funds to meet the required standards of governance. As a direct result of the changes brought in through complying with the code, the aim is that individual organisations and wider partners will become more productive, sustainable and responsible.

We’re delighted that Cerebral Palsy Sport have achieved compliance with the Code, and that we have been able to support them on this journey. They are in a strong position to continue and build on the important work that they do, supporting people with cerebral palsy and their families to be active, and contributing to reducing the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.’

 

For more information on the Code for Sports Governance visit here

 About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new voice panel

Cerebral Palsy Sport is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new voice panel called CP Engage.

The CP Engage programme will to bring together a network of people who have cerebral palsy, or live with or support people with cerebral palsy, who can assist Cerebral Palsy Sport to achieve our vision, mission and aims.

Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.

Our aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral

We want to be able to achieve these by keeping people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of what we do. This is where CP Engage started.

The CP Engage programme will bring together the network three times a year via online meetings forums to discuss Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategy, work areas and priorities ensuring that it represents the needs of people with CP. These meetings provide a platform for voices to be heard and help influence and guide.

The founder CP Engage members are; Leon Taylor, Andy Steel, Eleanor Bamber and George Bollands. Each bring a wealth of experience through their professions, voluntary roles and personal experiences.

Leon Taylor, former England and GB CP Football player and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador said;

“I was fortunate to have a successful sporting career.  As an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy  Sport I am committed to helping other with cerebral palsy to realise their sporting potential and being part of CP Engage is one way I can do this”

Andy Steel, coach added;

“I want to help make a difference because I feel that sport should be for everyone, whether playing or coaching there is a sport and a place for everyone.

 If I can use my personal experiences and knowledge to help others have opportunities that were not open to me, then it is a no-brainer to help in any way I can.”

 If you are interested in becoming involved in the CP Engage voice panel in the future you can express your interest using our Volunteer interest form available here:  Cerebral Palsy Sport volunteer interest form 2019

Find out more about Engagement at Cerebral Palsy Sport here

 

Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2019

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

It is an opportunity to celebrate, educate and help share some of the work that we do here at Cerebral Palsy Sport, and particularly the impact we have on peoples lives.

Cerebral Palsy affects many people and is more common than some people realise. Around 2-2.5 in every 1000 children in the UK are born with cerebral palsy and there is an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the UK.

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Every year we give hundreds of children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing sport. All this is only achievable because of the kindness and generosity of people who support our charity through fundraising and volunteering.

We have launched a number of fundraising opportunities for March for individuals, schools and clubs so please find the information and toolkit here for getting involved. Why not join our #CPCan Challenge and help us to reach the distance of the British coastline!

Throughout March look out for some of the stories from our participants, fundraisers and volunteers as well information about cerebral palsy and Cerebral Palsy Sport. We’ll be sharing this via our website and social media platforms. Please help spread the word about our work by sharing and using the positive hashtag #CPCan

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Green is the colour people recognise as being associated with cerebral palsy awareness,

so show your support this March by proudly wearing green!

Find out about Cerebral Palsy key facts and statistics here

 

Student Volunteering Week 2019

Student Volunteering Week 2019 takes place from 11th – 17th February.

It is the 18th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. Student volunteers are a key part of the volunteering network, and an opportunity for students to develop their skills and become involved in the local communities.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s student volunteers include Young Sporting Ambassadors as well as work experience placements at head office and event volunteers.

The Student Volunteering Network highlight the following benefits of Student Volunteering:

  1. Improves student well being
  2. Develops students’ employability
  3. Contributes positively to the wider and local community life

During Student Volunteering Week Cerebral Palsy Sport will be sharing some of the stories from students who have volunteered with us.

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 you throughout your time with us.

As a volunteer, you contribute your time and energy to support the to charity achieve our vision, that everyone with a physical disability should be able to access sports of their choice. We are all working towards this vision and it is at the heart of everything we do.

We have a number of upcoming volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering please click here

If you would like to sign up to our volunteering newsletter please click here

England Athletics launch new project to attract new officials

Interested in Athletics officiating? England Athletics are launching a new scheme aimed at giving people the chance to shadow an experienced and qualified official at a 2019 England Championship event and start measuring success.
The project also gives people first-hand experience officiating at one of England Athletics’ National Championship events throughout the year.

This project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing one of their  experienced officials at an EA championships in a variety of disciplines and events.
the events where this can take place is:
23–24 February 2019 –  England U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships, Sheffield.
9–10 March 2019 – England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Sheffield
25–26 May 2019 –  England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships, Bedford
22–23 June 2019 – England Athletics U23 & U20 Championships, Bedford
27–28 July 2019 – England Senior & UKCAU Championships, Manchester
3–4 August 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Manchester
14 Augusr 2019 –  Manchester International, Manchester
31 August –1 September 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Championships, Bedford

To register your interest, please visit their website here

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Join #CPCan 2019!

March 2019 is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and we are getting ready to celebrating it by launching our #CPCan Appeal.

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Get involved and be a part of making people’s lives so much better!

Our services enable more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover the joys of sport. #CPCan has some great ways to raise 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 CPCan Appeal page

Start planning your 2019 activities now using the tool kit here.

 

Get Active with Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2019!

We want to encourage as many people as possible to get active in 2019. Cerebral Palsy Sport’s vision is to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments, to reach their potential through active recreation.

Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of 40 events and activities that will provide opportunities for children and young people to access sport, often for the first time, and continue to participate on a regular basis.To find out more about what events we have planned please click here

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If you are interested in getting active and fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2019 we have plenty of opportunities for you – from golf days to running marathons! Find out more by clicking here

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Seasons Greetings from Cerebral Palsy Sport

Throughout December we have been celebrating another fantastic year of Cerebral Palsy Sport events and fundraising through our social media posts #12MonthsofCPSport

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Chair Aideen Blackborough said:
“2018 has been an exciting year for the charity with some amazing achievements – not least leading Team CP England to the World Games in Spain and coming top of the medals table! I have never been more proud of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our inspiring athletes.
 
I’d like to take this opportunity to truly thank everybody who has supported us this year.  However you support us, whether it be with volunteering, fundraising or being a part of our events, we truly couldn’t do what we do without you – a sincere thanks goes out to you”
If you would like to get involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport events in 2019 please find our calendar of events here
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cerebral Palsy Sport partners with England Netball

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with England Netball to create a version of Netball that is inclusive for ambulant CP players.

To do this we are running a discovery day on Wednesday 16th January from 10am-2pm at Holywell Fitness Centre, Loughborough LE11 3QF.

The Discovery day will consist of a number of small netball styles games and practices with England Netball coaching staff and the Cerebral Palsy Sport   team to look at how the current game of Netball can be changed/adapted to be inclusive for CP players.

If you are male or female with CP and would like to play Netball and be a part of the development of the ambulant game then please come along on the day. We are looking for people with cp who are 16 years + to take part in this fantastic new opportunity. If you would like to attend please register with Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

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CP Sport visits Portland College

Cerebral Palsy Sport were delighted to attend Portland College last week to meet a group of learners. Portland College is a leading specialist college in Nottinghamshire working with disabled people to develop their employability, independence and communication skills.

We were invited to participate in an event called ‘Meet the Employer’ where learners could ask questions to professionals from different businesses in various sectors.

We answered any questions the learners had about looking for work and explained what it is like working for the different organisations. There were plenty of questions about what it is like to work in sport, what the hours are and the structure of the organisation, as well as interest in the many voluntary roles available.

Find out more about working with Cerebral Palsy Sport here

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Images by Portland College