NE & Yorkshire Disability FC triumph at FA Disability Cup

The FA Disability Cup was held at St George’s Park on 16th and 17th June 2018 and hosted five finals across disability football including Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind, Deaf and Powerchair football.  Within CP football the final was between the winners of the Northern Conference, NE & Yorkshire Disability FC and Chelsea Blues, the winners of the Southern Conference. The game was fast paced and NE & Yorkshire came out on top with a 2-0 victory.

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This was the first time that North East and Yorkshire Disability have qualified for the FA Disability Cup. Over the past three years they have worked tirelessly to attract new players, and develop the ability and skill of the players. The club is now in a strong position with junior teams in place to continue to bring through more talented CP footballers.

Chelsea Blues fought hard in the final, having qualified for the FA Disability Cup for the previous three years. The club offer a well-established and flourishing CP programme for players of all abilities, providing a challenging and rewarding environment in which players have the opportunity to take part in competitive CP football.

To find out more about CP football click here

View the photos from the FA Disability Cup click here

You can also view a recording of the whole match recorded by North East and Yorkshire CP Football team here

Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raises over £2,600 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 on 7th June 2018 has raised over £2,600 for the charity.

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

“I am delighted that the tenth 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 CP 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 20th 2019.  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 October 20th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2019.

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

To read more about this great day of fundraising, please click here for the event report

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CP Sport pays tribute to our Trustee Paul Schorb

Cerebral Palsy Sport is very sad to have to announce the death of our Trustee, Paul Schorb.

Paul had served as a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Cerebral Palsy Sport for a relatively short period after joining the Board in May 2017 but his impact was immediate.

Paul served on our Board of Trustees and also as a member of the charity’s Finance, Fundraising and Marketing Sub Committee member. He was also a committed Athletics Official especially in Leicestershire and for our events. He had volunteered at a number of our sports and fundraising events.

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Before joining the Board at Cerebral Palsy Sport, Paul retired as the Financial Director and Company Secretary of Glenstone Property Plc in September 2016, following 40 years in both the professional and corporate sector. He was a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with experience in financial management and reporting, corporate governance and auditing.

Paul enjoyed hill walking, water colour painting, gardening and a variety of sports and also volunteered as a chorister with the Old Dalby Singers and his local Church Group. Paul leaves two adult children.

Aideen Blackborough, Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “We are all devastated by the sad news of Paul’s death. His contribution to the charity with his financial guidance at Board level, committed volunteering at events and his enthusiasm to support people with cerebral palsy will be so sorely missed. We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport wins National Charity Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as one of the Weston Charity Awards winners for 2018. Our Chair Aideen Blackborough and our CEO Ali Talbot collected the award at an Awards Ceremony at the ThinkTank in Birmingham hosted by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of only 20 small charities that have been selected to receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support from Pilotlight as 2018 Weston Charity Awards winners. As the winners are announced, the Garfield Weston Foundation says small charities need support to focus on long-term planning to meet the challenge of rising demand against a backdrop of limited extra resources.

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Image: Aideen Blackborough and Ali Talbot receiving the Weston Charity Award from Phillippa Charles, Director, Garfield Weston Foundation Director.

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Image: Group photos of the 2018 Weston Charity Award winners at the ThinkTank, Birmingham


Nearly 200 applicants applied to the Awards, highlighting the demand for skills and leadership development from small charities on the frontline of delivering welfare, youth and community services to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Well over a third of applications came from charities focused on children and young people – an increase from just under a third in 2017. This increase indicates charity leaders from the youth sector, in particular, are seeking strategic support.

Aideen Blackborough, Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted that our charity’s work to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport has been recognised with a Weston Charity Award. We look forward to working with Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation to grow our services for the future.”

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities have stepped up to deliver essential services in their communities and are extremely adept at being highly creative with limited resources. Their directors wear many hats as they juggle multiple roles.”

Initially set up in 2014 to celebrate and support great frontline charities in the North East of England, the Weston Charity Awards quickly expanded to the North West, the Midlands and, in 2018, Wales – areas identified by the Foundation as having the greatest need.

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said:

“Large charities have been in the spotlight in recent months for the right and for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, up and down the country small charities are quietly facing rising demands for their services. Our programme is an opportunity for the award winners to develop the skills they need to make the maximum impact, even as they are being stretched to capacity.”

The directors of the 20 winning charities will be matched with teams of senior business leaders for a programme of mentoring and coaching, to strengthen their organisations and increase impact.

The charity also receive £6,500 of unrestricted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to take part in the programme, as well as access to the advice and support of Pilotlight.

 

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CP Sport and the Giving Machine Team up for Father’s Day

It’s nearly Father’s Day and we all know that Dad’s are heroes so let’s celebrate them on Sunday 17th June 2018.

To help you say “Thank You”, our online fundraising partner the Giving Machine and Decathlon are kindly offering a prize worth £50 for one special Dad! To be in with a chance of winning this for your Dad, simply let us know why your Dad is a hero.

To enter leave a comment on their Facebook  page here or Twitter pages  here

To find out more on how to sign up to support Cerebral Palsy Sport through the giving Machine, please click here

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Volunteers’ Week

During volunteers’ week which takes place between 1- 8 June, we will be highlighting some of the great things our volunteers do to support people with cerebral palsy taking part in sport. See some of the stories here to find out the reasons why our wonderful volunteers get involved.

Volunteers Week

Each year we have over 300 people volunteer at our events, roles they volunteer in vary, but a few are;

  • Officials
  • Trustees on our board
  • Fundraising
  • Event Staff
  • Office Support

There are so many reasons why our volunteers take part and these vary by the individual, but some have told us they volunteer because:

  • It’s fun
  • They develop or learn new skills
  • They receive training opportunities
  • In order to give something back
  • In order to meet and communicate with others
  • It looks good on their CV

If you are passionate, creative and want to support us, then please contact us on 0115 925 7027 or email info@cpsport.org and get involved in volunteering!!

Our Commitment to GDPR

We are sure that you are aware that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force today. We have over the last couple of weeks sent everyone who was on our mailing lists an updated subscription form, to allow re-subscription. But we understand with the amount of GDPR emails people have received these are likely to have been missed. So, if you haven’t yet given us permission to contact you and would like to, please click here to subscribe to our newsletters and continue hearing from us. See below more information about what GDPR is and how it affects you.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, Europe’s new framework for data protection laws – it replaces the previous 1995 data protection directive, upon which current UK law is based.

It includes new rights for people to access the information companies hold about them, obligations for better data management for businesses, and a new regime of fines.

Take a look at our new privacy policy to understand how your information will be stored and processed at CP Sport – http://www.cpsport.org/about-us/privacy-policy/

 

English Federation of Disability Sport changes name to Activity Alliance

English Federation of Disability Sport changes name to Activity Alliance

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has announced that they are changing their name.

A first of many milestones in the charity’s 20th anniversary year, from Thursday 26 April 2018 EFDS will be operating as Activity Alliance.

Commenting on the new name, Barry Horne Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said:

“We are the same team with the same passionate focus on disability, inclusion and sport, but with an exciting new name and image. Through our work with amazing people and influential world-renowned activity programmes for disabled people, we know the time is right for us to embrace this change.

“Activity Alliance brings our members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. Collectively, we continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.”

A brand identity has been developed to support the organisation’s new name and wider remit, which is being introduced a few months ahead of the charity’s 20th anniversary in September.

The change follows a thorough strategic review that included research about the charity’s purpose and its impact. As part of the review, the charity carried out stakeholder consultations with staff, member organisations, disabled people and partners.

The feedback consensus was that the original name, ‘English Federation of Disability Sport’ limited the organisation’s potential.

The review concluded that a new direction and wider remit were needed around well-being, activity and health, creating the opportunity for the charity to deliver greater impact for disabled people.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on their refreshed website www.activityalliance.org.uk and www.activityalliance.org.uk/brand

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CP Athletics Series Kicks Off in Kingston

The 2018 Cerebral Palsy Athletic Series kicked off on Saturday 7th April with our first event of the series at Kingston Athletics Club. For this event Cerebral Palsy Sport partnered with Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers as well as Surrey County Athletic Association.

26 of the 96 of the athletes that took part in the event were members of CP Sport, which was really pleasing.

Athletes competed in various field and track events over the weekend, which included seated throws taking place on Sunday 8th April.

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For the first time in the events history, RaceRunning was included in the programme and it drew a lot of interest from the spectators who were fantastic at cheering on the athletes.

We also delivered a RaceRunning taster session on the track to provide people the opportunity to have a taster of  RaceRunning.

For full results, please see below results sheets:

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CP Sport release What is a RaceRunner? film today

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to launch the second of our new films about the adapted sport of RaceRunning during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and part of our #CPCan 2018 campaign.

This film has been developed through a unique partnership between Cerebral Palsy Sport and Nottingham Trent University with TAD Productions.

This film focuses on what a RaceRunner is and how it can be used by people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to become more active and take part in adapted sport.

We are proud to share our second RaceRunning film  – What is a RaceRunner?

For more information on this adapted sport of RaceRunning, please click here:

Our sincere thanks goes to Nottingham Trent University and TAD Productions for supporting this unique project; to the University of Nottingham for hosting us and to Quest 88 for all their support through filming

Our biggest thanks goes to the all the RaceRunners and their families who gave up their time to help to make this film. We could do have done this without you!