Trustees’ Week 2017

Trustees’ Week is celebrated this year from 13th – 17th November.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are approximately 196,000 charities in the UK, and just over 1 million trustees.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport out Trustees play a vital role in governing the charity:

Meet our Trustees:

Chair: Mrs Aideen Blackborough – Company Secretary and Chair of the Governance, Compliance & Human Resources Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Paul Bowman – Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Fundraising and Marketing Sub Committee.

Trustee: Mrs Ilana Freestone – Chair of the Sport Development Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Richard Oliver

Trustee: Mr  Gavin White

Trustee: Paul Marriner

Trustee: Paul Schorb

Trustee: Leon Taylor

For more information about our team click here

 

Entries open for Rushcliffe 10k 2018

Entries for Rushcliffe 10k, Fun Run and new 5K race now open!

Entries for Rushcliffe 10k, Fun Run and its new 5k are now open and help support Cerebral Palsy Sport who are the benefiting charity.

Keen runners can register for the annual event at Rushcliffe Country Park on Sunday March 4, 2018 delivered by Perfect Motion Sports Marketing.

Simply visit the event’s new website at www.rushcliffe10k.co.uk to book your place that will support Cerebral Palsy Sport as the official race charity.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure and Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason welcomed the new organisers who are co-ordinating the event for the first time.

She said: “The Rushcliffe 10k returns for 2018 and we can’t wait for hundreds of runners to visit Rushcliffe Country Park again in March with a wider programme of events.

“Great sport is part and parcel of Rushcliffe’s reputation and this event showcases it brilliantly in the backdrop of one of our great Green Flag awarded open spaces.

“Entries for last year’s race were quickly snapped up so we would recommend runners register their place as soon as possible.”

The 10k is regularly fully booked with 850 runners and an additional 180 places are up for grabs for the fun run.

The new 5k race opens up further opportunities for new and existing runners to tackle part of the course at a shorter distance.

For over 15 years the 10k and Fun Run had been organised annually by the Council.

Perfect Motion Sports Marketing were identified as the ideal partners to earn the five year contract to deliver the event however, with experience of coordinating the Sunrise 5k Series across the region, the Mansfield 10k and the Bandana Run in Bramcote Park.

 

 

Lace Up Your Boots and Vote for Us!

Cerebral Palsy Sport is through to the national vote for our Lace Up Your Boots Frame Football project.

Vote for our Frame Football project in the Aviva Community Fund!

Help us provide more opportunities by casting all of your 10 votes by voting here

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement. Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.
The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

Thank you for helping to make a difference!

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Female only CP Football development days announced!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce two new dates in the events calendar -female only cp football development days.

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Supported by the International Federation of CP Football, the events will be held in Manchester on the 25th November and Brighton on the 26th November.

There has been increasing interest in more cp football opportunities and pathways for female players and this is highlighted in our most recent ‘My Story’ case study from Megan, who is a cp football player who is profoundly deaf.

Megan has recently been selected to attend the next stage of the England Talent Pathway process, but as there are only provisions for hearing impaired females to progress any further, Megan can attend because of her disability and football ability, but is not there as a cp female player as there are no means to progress. Something that Megan hopes will change in the future. Read her story here

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The development days on the 25th and 26th November will provide an opportunity for females from 12-16 and 16+ to take part in small-sided games. They will also be signposted to suitable club opportunities following the session.

Find out more details on our events calendar here

 

New research into the importance of adapted sports released by CP Sport

New research released by Cerebral Palsy Sport highlights the importance of their adapted sports programme in supporting people with cerebral palsy to be more active. The results confirm that adapting sports by modifying rules and equipment can enable and encourage more people to take part and enjoy sport and physical activity.

Cerebral Palsy Sport commissioned Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre to evaluate the delivery and impact of the charity’s three adapted sports: RaceRunning, Frame Football and Touch Golf. The study examined each sport to establish if it was fit for purpose and understand the impact that taking part has on participants.

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The new report, titled CP Sport: showing the benefits of adapted sports, highlights key findings about current participation levels in these adapted sports, people’s motivations and barriers to taking part. In addition, how being active makes participants feel physically and mentally. The findings include:

  • Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of survey respondents did not take part in any form of physical activity before taking part in one or more adapted sports.
  • Nine in ten (90 per cent) people who have taken part in CP Sport’s adapted sports said it was fun and enjoyable.
  • Eight in ten (83 per cent) participants said the activities help them to keep physically active.
  • Since taking part in an adapted sport, participants reported that they are now physically active more often – average increase of 45 minutes per day.
  • Seven in ten (77 per cent) participants feel that their self-esteem and confidence has improved as a result of taking part in an adapted sport.
  • There was a significant increase in people’s feelings of overall life satisfaction after taking part in CP Sport’s adapted sport activities. Life satisfaction scores increased from ‘good’ (3.13 mean score) to ‘very good’ (4.46 mean score) based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being ‘poor’ and 5 being ‘excellent’.

Talking about the importance of this research for people with cerebral palsy, Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“Adapted sports is at the heart of our charity’s sports development programme and we are delighted to have worked with Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre on such an important piece of research into adapted sports for people with cerebral palsy.

 “The findings from this study highlight the impact and need to develop adapted sports, to meet the needs of people with cerebral palsy and other impairments, who want to be more physically active and take part in sport. We are indebted to the many individuals and families that have supported this research project and contributed to its unique findings. We look forward to working with our partners to develop the adapted sports of RaceRunning, Frame football and Touch Golf so many more people can access these sporting opportunities.”

 These results follow the recent announcement from World Para Athletics that RaceRunning will be included in competitions from 2018. This news and the latest research provides further confirmation that Cerebral Palsy Sport’s work to develop and deliver adapted sports has been successful.

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Ali Talbot, continued:

“We will continue to put people with cerebral palsy and other associated conditions at the heart of what we do. This research provides us with a great platform to improve our adapted sport opportunities so that more people can enjoy being active and reach their full potential in sport.” 

Cerebral Palsy Sport will use this insight to help grow the profile of adapted sports. They will also continue to educate partners and other sports organisations on how they can adapt sports to make them more accessible and appealing to people with cerebral palsy. In the future, they also plan to expand on this research to review their other activities and sports programmes. Plus, develop more opportunities with National Governing Bodies of sport.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to thank Sheffield Hallam University, Quest 88, the FA, England Golf and The Golf Foundation, the English Federation of Disability Sport, coaches, parents and participants for their support and contribution to this project.

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 CP Sport: benefits of adapted sports report is available in PDF format here: CP Sport showing the benefits of adapted sports

For further information, please contact:

Name: Lisa Morton-Smith, Cerebral Palsy Sport National Sports Development Manager

Email: lisa.morton-smith@cpsport.org          Telephone: 07496 333096

Aviva Community Fund voting is open for Frame Football project!

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s project ‘Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots’ has been included in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Voting from the public is required so that the project can be considered for the finals where a judging panel will award the funds. Vote here.

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement.

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Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.

The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

Log in and vote here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5072

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RaceRunning becomes World Para Athletics event

The International Paralympic Committee have announced that RaceRunning is to be introduced as a World Para Athletics event. This is a huge step in both the development of RaceRunning and in the opportunity for high support needs athletes.


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The inclusion of RaceRunning as a World Para Athletics event is another significant achievement by CPISRA, following the development of Boccia and CP Football.

It is one more step in the journey for the sport in terms of advancing to the Paralympics and to delivering increased opportunity and participation for all.


 

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Please see the full  announcement below released by IPC and CPISRA last night. This provides both background, next steps and describes World Para Athletics and CPISRA working in consultation.

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RaceRunning is a form of assisted running. The RaceRunning frame is on wheels, which supports the athletes and allows them to successfully ambulate.  For further information about the sport of RaceRunning please click here

Cerebral Palsy Young Ambassadors Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys are both RaceRunners, find out more about them here

New Membership for Professionals and Organisations launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport have launched two new membership categories to meet the needs of its widening audience.

The development of opportunities offered by the charity has seen a growth in the contact we have with professionals, practitioners, physios, schools, parents and families, who help support more people with cerebral palsy into sport.

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Our services include; the Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness course,  training camps for coaches, and resources for adapted sports including RaceRunning and Frame Football. Read about our most recent training camp in Nottingham on 8th October 2017 here.

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The new membership categories are for Professionals and Organisations and include discount to our services as well as other benefits.

The addition of the new categories follows the launch for the Cerebral Palsy Sport family membership category in June 2017.

For full details and membership forms please click here.

 

 

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.

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 Ambassador talk

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.

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Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”


Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2017 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden

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Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne

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Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney

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Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers

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Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club

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Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa

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Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder

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Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty

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Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here

CP Sport deliver Table Cricket at Junior Games

WheelPower’s National Junior Games is an annual event held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Games are open to children and young people (aged between 11 and 18) with a physical or mild sensory impairment and combine have-a-go sessions with coaching and competitions in a range of different sports and activities.

Paralympic stars Ade Adepitan, David Weir and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson took part in the National Junior Games on their road to success,  and thousands of children had achieved their dreams and led a healthy active life after taking part in this extraordinary event.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered Table Cricket activity at this year’s Junior Games on 2nd and 3rd October. The activity was led by Cerebral Palsy Sport National Sport Development Officer Richard Kerr,  and inventor of Table Cricket Doug Williamson. Over 30 young people played Table Cricket at the event with a number of schools expressing interest to continue.

For more information on how to get involved in Table Cricket please contact Rich Kerr: Richard.Kerr@cpsport.org  0115 9257027.