Erodex crowned 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day Champions

Over 40 golfers took part in Kevin O’Connor’s charity golf day at South Staffordshire Golf Club on a sunny 20th June 2019 in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Kevin has supported the charity over the past three 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 O’Connor

Following an enjoyable day of golfing fun for all the teams, the golfers enjoyed a two course dinner and then geared up for the charity auction and presentation of prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated auction items for this year’s charity auction.


Golf Day Results

Our 2019 charity golf day Longest Drive Award went to Trevor Hatt.

Kevin and Trevor receiving his Longest Drive Award.

The Nearest the Pin Award was won by Ryan Glenister. Collected by Trevor Hat

There was plenty of competition for our Pro in the Beat the Pro Competition and only three players managed to Beat our Pro – Matt:

  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Ryan Glenister
  • Mark Searl

When it came to the presentations of prizes, Erodex were crowned champions of the day and took home the trophy.

Kevin and Team Erodex with their trophy and prizes.

Team Erodex

They were closely followed by De Beers – Graham’s Oldies who took second place.

The 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raised over £2,300 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

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

“I am delighted that the eleventh 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 as well as that of Ali Talbot and Jen Basford 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.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming. “

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on October 19th 2019 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2020.

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

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Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomes new Trustees

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to its Board of Trustees following an external recruitment process and induction.

Paul Hermann and Professor Janusz Jankowski joined the Board as Trustees and Non Executive Directors and bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to make a difference to the the charity.


Paul is a Senior Technical Manager at Cisco Systems, where he leads Digital Transformation and IT Strategy for Cisco’s key customers.  Having been in IT and IT Consultancy for over 20 years and as a technical expert, Paul brings a wealth of experience and skills primarily in the Finance and Public Sector verticals.

Paul is also a passionate and active Inclusion and Diversity Ambassador, a Mentor for Early in Career groups and a volunteer for various charities

Paul Hermann

Professor Janusz Jankowski is trained in clinical medicine, health science research and education. He has worked in senior hospital management as a director and board member in NHS trusts and similarly has been a senior executive in several Universities. He has also been a consultant adviser in health most notably to the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as well as to Parliamentary Committees. Furthermore, he has worked with several charities in the health and sports arena on a pro bono basis.

Date: May 2019

Professor Janusz Jankowski

Sport England release first Active Lives Children and Young People Survey results

World-leading new research published by Sport England, carried out independently by Ipsos MORI, provides the richest evidence yet on which factors positively influence the chance of a child being active. The release comes at a crucial time, given the imminent release of the Government’s School Sport Action plan, its green paper on preventing long-term health conditions, and the plans to use physical activity to integrate communities and reduce childhood obesity

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Currently around 3 million children and young people (43.3%) are active, but a third of children (32.9%) are less active, doing less than 30 minutes of activity a day.

To understand this, Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Attitudes Survey – which is the largest survey of its kind – asked children about their attitudes towards sport and physical activity. The results prove for the first time that children’s physical literacy impacts not only the amount of activity they do, but also how much they benefit from this activity.

Physical literacy means that children have a positive attitude towards five elements of taking part in sport and physical activity: enjoyment, confidence, competence (how easy they find it), understanding (that it is beneficial) and knowledge (knowing how to get involved and improve).

The key findings are:

  1. Physically literate children do twice as much activity. The more of the five elements of physical literacy children have, the more active they are.
  2. Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity levels. Despite the majority of children (68%) understanding that sport and activity is good for them, understanding has the least impact on activity levels.
  3. Children who have all five elements of physically literacy report higher levels of happiness, are more trusting of other children, and report higher levels of resilience (continuing to try if you find something difficult).
  4. Physical literacy decreases with age. As children grow older, they report lower levels of enjoyment, confidence, competence, and understanding. Previous research from Sport England shows that activity levels drop when children reach their teenage years.
  5. The results also reveal important inequalities among certain groups of children which must be tackled:
  • Girls are less likely to say they enjoy or feel confident about doing sport and physical activity (58% of boys enjoy it, compared to 43% of girls. 47% of boys feel confident, compared to 31% of girls). In children aged 5-7, boys are more likely to love playing sport, while girls are more likely to love being active.
  • Children from the least affluent families are less likely to enjoy activity than those from the most affluent families, and previous research shows they are also far less likely to be active.
  • Black children are more physically literate than other ethnic groups – particularly boys, but are less active than the population as a whole.

Commenting, Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive at Sport England said:

“This is a critical moment for all of society to better understand what will motivate young people to get active.  This survey gives us the richest evidence yet that sport and physical activity for children needs to be fun and enjoyable above all.

“The fact that a third of children aren’t nearly as active as they need to be demonstrates that we need to do things differently if we want to build a generation of young people who want to take part in physical activity as children and into adulthood.

“With previous research showing that active children have better levels of attendance and achievement, we must prioritise physical literacy with the same vigour that we address numeracy and literacy. Doing so could not only help teaching and learning outcomes, it could be hugely beneficial for the physical and mental health of our children.

“We hope these results will be considered and acted on by all who deliver activity and sport. At Sport England, we look forward to playing our part to get children active as we roll out our national programme to train over 17,000 secondary school teachers in how to offer a greater breadth of PE and school sport that meets the needs of all pupils.”

Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:

“The message is clear – fun and enjoyment is what gets and keeps children active. We know an active child is a happier child but too many are losing the confidence and enjoyment of sporting activities as they get older.

“Our upcoming cross Government School Sport Action Plan will help to ensure all children have access to quality PE, sporting sessions and clubs – in school, after school, during weekends and holidays.

“I want to work with the sector as they play their part in making sport and physical activity both enjoyable and engaging for young people of all abilities and backgrounds.”

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“We are committed to helping young people live happy and healthy lives by staying active. That’s why this Government introduced the first-ever strategy to tackle childhood obesity as well as boosting the PE and Sport Premium to invest £320 million every year to help primary schools deliver sport.

“We are also encouraging more young people to get involved in physical activity – last year we announced plans to help more children swim confidently and are working with leading sporting bodies, including the Premier League and England Hockey, to increase participation in competitive sports in our schools.

“That all comes ahead of our School Sport Action Plan, which we will publish shortly, to help get more young people active and enjoying the benefits of sport.”

The full report can be downloaded via the Sport England website.

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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