#CPCan First Physical Impairment Gymnastics launches

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with British Gymnastics and Limbpower are running the first physical impairment gymnastics sessions at Nottingham Gymnastics club on the 10th and 17th March 3pm-4.30pm.

The aim of the sessions are to provide people with cerebral palsy or a physical impairment to have a go at gymnastics in a fun, safe and secure environment surround by qualified gymnastics coaches. Gymnastics has the power to develop young peoples balance, coordination and core strength which will have a positive impact on every day life. These sessions provide the opportunity for children aged 3-11 along with their siblings to explore the gymnastics club, try the different disciplines and have fun.

To book a place please complete and return the attached forms to Lisa.morton-Smith@cpsport.org

CP Sport Photo Consent Form 2018 Registration Form British Gymnastics Events 2018


Ian Clegg awarded Torch Trophy Trust Volunteering Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Ian Clegg has been awarded a Torch Trophy Trust Award for his commitment to disability sports volunteering at an awards ceremony in London on March 7th. the awards were presented at the Army and Navy Club by HRH Duke of Gloucester.

The Torch Trophy Trust awards recognises the outstanding contribution to volunteers  and it is a celebration of  of the volunteers in British Sport. The Trust has identified and honoured sporting volunteers who ordinarily would neither gain or seek recognition for their work with sports clubs and individual athletes in their local communities

Ian was nominated by Cerebral Palsy Sport in recongition of his unstinting support through volunteering of the work of the charity.

Ian was inspired to get into volunteering by the positive impact made by the Games Makers at London 2012 and his first volunteering experience was at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. Ian then applied to be a volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham in 2015 and his role developed into volunteer co-ordinator for the Games where he was the main point of communication between the organising committee and the 180 volunteers as well as providing invaluable support to athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff.

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Since the 2015 Nottingham World Games, Ian has continued to volunteer for Cerebral Palsy Sport on a regular basis helping out with sport and fundraising events ass well as some of the general administration behind the scenes. He has also volunteered at other sporting events, particularly at the Nottingham Tennis Centre which hosts tournaments prior to Wimbledon and the British Open Wheelchair Championships, the inaugural Invictus Games, Wheelchair Rugby, Special Olympics and Learning Disability Tennis. Ian epitomises the essence of a disability sports volunteer and is a worthy recipient of the Torch Trophy Trust award for volunteering commitment to disability sports.

In true Ian style, he was not able to collect his award in person as he was just about to start his first volunteering shift at the 2018 Winter Paralympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The award was collected on his behalf by his daughters Laura and Katie Clegg.

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Congratulations Ian – we are very proud of you and thank you for all your time you devote to CErebral Palsy Sport and other disability sports events.

To read more about Ian’s volunteering story – please click here

Tennis Foundation launches new Junior Futures Potential Programme

Seven of the country’s most promising junior wheelchair players have been selected to be part of a world leading new programme designed by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation to help them progress towards future international success.

The launch of the new Wheelchair Tennis Junior Futures Potential (JFP) Programme will play a key role in the development of talented, young wheelchair tennis players in the UK. It aims to help gifted juniors progress to the first level of the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme – which boasts the likes of Wimbledon Doubles Champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett at its pinnacle.

The JFP programme comprises six two-day training camps from February to December 2018, covering everything from coaching and performance to elite sport education. The first of the camps took place in London this weekend, with seven talented juniors making their way to the National Tennis Centre for two days of training and development.

The seven juniors selected for the programme all hail from different areas of the UK, with Ruby Bishop (14) from Norwich, Dahnon Ward (12) from Derbyshire, Abbie Breakwell (14) from Derbyshire, Ben Bartram (12) from Norwich, Alex Chason (15) from London, Ross Gourley (16) from Belfast and Greg Slade (15) from Surrey all selected to take part.

In addition to the performance camps, the seven talented juniors will also receive visits to their local training set-up from a Tennis Foundation coach, have access to supporting resources and educational materials and be nominated to receive a training grant from SportsAid; all designed to help their skills both on and off the court.

The new initiative is considered to be at the cutting edge of junior wheelchair sport development programmes across the world. Speaking about the programme, Tennis Foundation Talent ID Coach Rob Cross commented:

“The JFP Programme is a great opportunity for the Tennis Foundation to support and nurture young talented wheelchair tennis players. With the success of some of our elite players over the last few years, we want to give more players the platform to continue this success in the future. This is in line with the growing numbers of juniors we are seeing taking up the game and gives everyone an opportunity to progress through a clear pathway.”

With an opportunity to seamlessly advance to the first level of the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, the future certainly looks bright for the young GB stars.

For more information or to find out more about the Tennis Foundation’s work with disability tennis, visit the Tennis Foundation’s website.



CP Sport announce new Sporting Ambassador Martin Sinclair

CP Sport are proud to announce our newest sporting ambassador Martin Sinclair.

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Martin plays for England Cerebral Palsy Football Team, and was in the Great Britain squad for the Paralympics in London 2012. Martin and his brother Scott Sinclair made history by becoming the first brothers to represent any nation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same year.

After representing his country and getting 50 England caps, Martin retired from the game in 2015 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the national football museum in 2016.
However Martin recently come out of retirement to play for England Cerebral Palsy again and with his next target set for selection for the European Championships.

Martins says “If I can come back from 18 operations on my hip and two hip replacements anything is possible.” #CPCan

Outside of playing for England Martin is the Saintsability Development Officer at the Saints Foundation focusing on inspiring the next generation and turning their potential into excellence.

Read more about our sporting ambassadors here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=3097

Rushcliffe 10k, 5k and Fun Run postponed until March 25th

The Rushcliffe 10K, 5K and Fun Run scheduled to take place this coming Sunday 4th March has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. Instead, it has been rearranged for Sunday 25thMarch.

Commenting on the decision, Event Director, Chris Simon, from organiser’s Perfect Motion, said:

“Whilst the forecast is set to improve by Sunday morning, we believe the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall won’t enable the course to recover sufficiently for us to stage the run safely. The safety of all participants is of utmost importance to us and takes precedence over our desire to stage any event. We feel that making an early decision will enable runners to make alternative plans for the weekend.”

“Participants will have the choice of taking part on the new date of Sunday 25th March or deferring their entry to next year’s event. Alternatively, we will be offering those that can’t make it, the choice of a full refund of their entry.”

For further details please contact Perfect Motion by emailing to rushcliffe10k@perfectmotion.org. For the latest news on the event, please follow us on Facebook (@Rushcliffe10K) and Twitter (@Rushcliffe10K).

Cerebral Palsy Sport Launch #CPCan Campaign

To coincide with Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, CP Sport will be using the whole of March to promote #CPCan.
The #CPCan Campaign is about raising awareness of cerebral palsy, promoting the range of fantastic opportunities that are available for people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities, and showcase what people with CP can do.

As a charity who has people with cerebral palsy at the heart of everything do, we want to use CP Awareness Month and #CPCan to inspire people with CP and their families to get involved with Sport and active recreation, and we want to engage with our members, users and followers.

To show your support download you #CPCan poster here #CPCan Poster Green, take your picture and send us your story of support to info@cpsport.org

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Support CP Sport by donating or for more information on fundraising visit www.cpsport.org/support-us/or email info@cpsport.org

British Paralympic Association announce UK Athlete Classification Code

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today published a new UK Athlete Classification Code, placing athletes’ rights and responsibilities at the heart of the process and strengthening the approach taken to this fundamental part of Paralympic sport.

The new Code will provide greater clarity over the rights and responsibilities of all those involved in the process and set down clear guidelines within a strong overall ethical framework to ensure the British system remains world leading.

It will also support the implementation of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athlete Classification Code in this country, making the UK one of the first nations formally to adopt the IPC Code at national level.

The BPA consulted with more than 390 stakeholders including sports and athletes throughout the drafting of the code, which has taken more than a year to complete.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The classification of athletes is the bedrock of the Paralympic movement, without it competitive sport is not possible, nor meaningful.

“That is why I am proud of our pioneering work on this new UK Athlete Code, which clearly demonstrates the BPA’s leadership and commitment to enhancing the process to ensure it is better understood and delivered by all involved.

“Education for everyone engaged around the process – athletes, their families, the sports and other agencies in the sporting landscape – is crucial to this. We will do all we can to help those involved fully understand the new Code and system and have access to the necessary support and advice. This will include the option to raise any concerns directly with the British Paralympic Association where an individual feels it necessary to  remain independent of a sport’s National Governing Body.”

The code aims to set out stage by stage how the classification system works and who is responsible for what throughout the process.

The BPA is committed to working in partnership to deliver a range of education programmes including a variety of resources for athletes and sports to ensure they fully understand the evolution of the classification process and ensure best practice is shared throughout the sporting system.

Other changes include a commitment to enable athletes to report genuine concerns over Intentional Misrepresentation (where an athlete attempts to deceive the classification panel as to the extent of their impairment) independently of their National Governing Body if they choose to do so.

““Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”Sophie Christiansen

Sophie Christiansen, eight times Paralympic gold medallist and member of both the BPA’s Athlete Commission and Classification Advisory Group, which played a leading role in devising the code, said: “I believe open and transparent classification is crucial to the integrity of Paralympic Sport. I am delighted such a wide variety of athletes have had the opportunity to help shape this new code as it is vital we all take responsibility for driving up standards and understanding within the classification process.

“Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”

Classification establishes who can and cannot compete in Paralympic Sport and groups athletes into sport classes, depending on how much their impairment impacts functional activities in each specific sport or discipline.

The new UK Athlete Classification Code comes into effect on 1 March 2018.  Following an implementation period its adoption will be a condition of member of the BPA.

The new classification code can be downloaded here: UK Athlete Classification Code – 2018 Final


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Successful RaceRunning taster session

Three RaceRunning sessions have been held in Partnership with the University of Nottingham at the David Ross Sports Village.  The sessions took place on the high performance indoor track area providing participants with the opportunity to experience being on a RaceRunner. A total of 8 people attended throughout the 3 sessions aged between 3 and 21 years old.

IMG_7971We received great feedback from the participants with all the participants rating the session excellent. other comments we received were that the sessions were a “Great Opportunity to try a RaceRunner”, “I found the session fun and the atmosphere friendly” and “It was nice meeting new friends and running fast”.

Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University attended to find out more about RaceRunning. We would like to thank the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as Quest 88 for supporting the sessions and providing assistance by ensuring participants were properly sized up and matched with the appropriate frames.


SportStart is back!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are relaunching the SportStart programme after a short break away. The SportStart days will now be available to everyone in the community and will be delivered in the school holidays and weekends.

A SportStart event is where CP Sport works with a range of local clubs and organisations who in turn then deliver a range of sporting opportunities during events. Often giving participants the first opportunity to try a specific sport and ensuring they leave with information on how to continue participating after the event.

Participants have the opportunity to try a range of adapted sports and activities either as a first step into the sport or to further develop their skills.

CP Sport is pleased to announce that our first community SportStart event is going to be held in Kent  at the Folkestone Sports Centre on 10th April 2018, 9.30am-14.30pm.

For more information on SportStart, please contact our National Sports Development Officer, Jen Basford via the contact details below:


0115 925 7027

You can find the list of our SportStart events as well as more information on our website here