Mansfield Building Society supports Cerebral Palsy Sport with donation

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Mansfield Building Society has supported us with a donation of £500 from their Community Support Scheme to assist with the purchase of a new gazebo to support our promotional, sporting and fundraising events.

The donation was presented by Mansfield Building Society’s Nicola Caulton to Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chair Aideen Blackborough who said “we are delighted to have been awarded a Community Support scheme donation from the Mansfield Building society. Their support is very much appreciated and enables us to promote our charity to so many more people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

Mansfield Building Society’s Branch and Community Manager, Nicola Caulton, said “We’re very proud to be helping Cerebral Palsy Sport with this donation. The gazebo will help protect people from the elements and hopefully draw more people to them. We’d like to wish Aideen and all the team the very best with their future plans to raise aspirations and improve the quality of life for those affected by cerebral palsy.”

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Picture shows Aideen Blackborough receiving the presentation cheque from Nicola Caulton of Mansfield Building Society

Cerebral Palsy Sport launches new a Swim Series for 2018

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the launch of a new CP Swim Series for 2018.

Children and adults with cerebral palsy or a physical disability. All ability of swimmers welcome. Floatation aids or a helper in the water are allowed. Registration is required to take part in these events.

The Dates are: 

  • Sheffield -Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP
  • Liverpool-Sun 24th June 2018 at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG
  • Worcester – Saturday 20th October 2018 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX
  • Durham – Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman’s Place, Durham DH1 1SW

Cerebral Palsy Sport members: £10 per event or £35 for the whole series
Non Members: £15 per event or £50 for the whole series

To enter: please download the Series Registration form here: CP Sport Swim Series 2018 Registration Form 2018

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please contact 0115 925 7027.]

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New RaceRunning sessions to launch in Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with the University of Nottingham are launching three RaceRunning sessions.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.

To attend the session you must book a place by downloading and completing the registration form Registration Form taster sessions and returning to

the registration form can be downloaded here: Registration Form taster sessions

Please Note places are limited to 10 per session

The sessions are £5 per session

For more information please call 0115 925 7027


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MBE awarded to Craig Carscadden for services to disability sport

Former Paralympian athlete Craig Carscadden  has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2018 for his service to disability sport.


Craig started his involvement with disability sport as a CP athlete. He was a middle distance competitive athlete competing in the 1996 Paralympic Games. He then continued his involvement in sport by being a Middle Distance Coach for the Great Britain Team in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Craig is still involved in coaching today as a senior Endurance Coach for  Thornbury Running Club in England.

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During the ten-year period of 1998 – 2008, Craig was  our Athletics Co-ordinator here at Cerebral Palsy Sport. His roles included organising coaching for athletes of all levels of ability and planning competitions at national level including the successful Grand Prix series.

Additionally, Craig held volunteer roles fro 6 years on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) athletics committee from 2005. As an active member of this committee, he provided constructive input to determine the competition programme and qualifying standards for both 2006 World Championships and 2008 Paralympics.

Craig is a former Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport and is currently head of Development of CPISRA and Chair of the CPISRA International RaceRunning Executive Committee.

Craig has led CPISRA development of adaptive sports for a number of years and through his leadership, guidance and often significant direct contribution has evolved structured and real opportunities for different types of disability impairment, thereby creating competitive sports participation including pathway to elite international competition for groups of people that would otherwise not have had such opportunity.


Craig has also been responsible for developing classification systems for RaceRunning and Table Cricket for CPISRA. He has also developed rules and regulations for RaceRunning and Slalom and carried out numerous coaching clinics.

Craig has supported Cerebral Palsy Sport’s RaceRunning developments and sits on our National RaceRunning Strategic Development Group representing CPISRA and he has also supported our training days and classification programme for RaceRunning.

He said the award came as “a complete surprise”.

Our sincere congratulations Craig on such a well deserved honour from all of the team and Trustees at Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Christmas Message from our Chair – Aideen Blackborough

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This has been my first year as Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport and I am incredibly proud of the work the charity is doing and the opportunities that we are providing to so many people with Cerebral Palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport.
Christmas is often a time for reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for the year to come and I am acutely aware that our plans for the future would be fruitless without the amazing support of all our participants that take part in our programmes and their incredible families that support them.
Thank you!
I would also like to extend our gratitude to all our funders, supporters and also the hard work and dedication of all those individuals who fundraise for us.  We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank-you for your time and effort in supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport. Without you, the work we do would be impossible.
Thank you to our amazing Sporting Ambassadors and Young Sporting Ambassadors who have given their time to share their incredible stories with us and to inspire more people to take up sport. 
Thank You!
We also could do not deliver what we do without the incredible support and dedication of all our loyal volunteers. You help us achieve all we do for people with cerebral palsy. 
Thank you for giving your time!
In the day to day of managing a charity, it can be easy to forget what all the hard work is for.  Attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport event though soon reminds me that we’re providing amazing opportunities for people with disabilities who might not otherwise have the chance to enjoy sport. My sincere thanks goes to our Trustees and team members for all their hard work through the year.
Next year, we will be taking Team CP England to Spain to compete in 2018 CPISRA World Games. This is an amazing opportunity for our athletes to compete internationally and we are extremely honoured and proud to be leading the team.
We really wouldn’t be able to do this without your continued support. I hope you all realise how incredibly valued you are and how much I and the Cerebral Palsy Sport team appreciate what you do. 
Thank you.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and fulfilling New Year!
Aideen Blackborough, Cerebral Palsy Sport Chair

CP Sport’s Athletics Series dates for 2018 announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 Athletics Series for track, field and RaceRunning athletes.

The series will take across the spring and summer of 2018 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 at the Weir Archer Athletics Leisure and Fitness Centre 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB. Please note Saturday is Track and Ambulant Throws and Jumps. Sunday is for the seated throws. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 12th May 2018 at the City of York Athletic Club, University of York Sports Centre, Heslington, York, YO10 5NA. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Poplar Close, Gloucester GL1 5TX.  For more details, please click here
  • July event – to be confirmed
  • Saturday 1st September 2018 – The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships will take place at the Doncaster Athletics Stadium, 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB. For more details, please click here

Entry information, competition rules and more details will follow shortly.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport wins £1,000 funding from Housebuilder

Cerebral Palsy Sport wins £1,000 funding from Housebuilder

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been awarded a  £1,000 cash donation by Persimmon Homes Nottingham as part of the company’s national campaign Community Champions.

The Community Champions programme offers charities and groups a chance to apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Since its launch in 2015 Persimmon has donated more than £1 million to causes around the UK.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said: “We have the passion and the expertise to help young people overcome the challenges of their impairments which gives them the positive life-changing benefits that being able participate in sport can offer.

“At the heart of our charity is the our inspiring and inclusive Adapted Sports Programme where we first introduce children and young people with cerebral palsy to the fun and enjoyment of taking part in different adapted sports including frame football, RaceRunning, Table cricket and polybat.

“We’re thrilled with the donation from Persimmon Homes Nottingham which will be used to buy new equipment and allow more young people to be included.”

Neil Follows, managing director for Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “The programme Cerebral Palsy Sport provides helps more children to discover the joys of adapted sports.

“The work they do is exemplary and we hope this donation will further assist them in their mission to bring sports to anyone with a disability.”

For those who wish to know more about Community Champions and how they can enter, they can visit

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Picture shows presentation photos with Persimmon Homes Community Champions donations recipients.

Thank you to Persimmon Homes for their support!

Make volunteering in sport more appealing for disabled people – new research finds

New research released today on International Volunteer Day (5 December) will enable providers to improve their volunteering opportunities, especially for disabled people. The report, ‘Encouraging disabled people to volunteer in sport’, explores the barriers to volunteering and the drivers that could improve its appeal.

Cerebral Palsy Sport alongside the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and the other seven National Disability Sports Organisations and Sport England commissioned the project. It aims to understand more on volunteering in sport, as well as to improve the quality and number of opportunities for disabled people. The researchers involved almost 1,500 disabled and non-disabled people in the report and compared the differences in perception and experience of volunteering between the two audiences.

The findings guide providers on how and when disabled people volunteer generally and the extent to which they volunteer in sport. They highlight the different ways in which disabled people commonly volunteer and their interest in sports volunteering. These can help providers to encourage and support more disabled people to volunteer in sport.

One key finding explores the reason disabled people may not volunteer in sport. It shows the impact disabled people’s low participation in sport has on volunteering. Disabled people who volunteer in sport are twice as likely as non-disabled people to have taken part before. This suggests that the sport sector is not something that appeals to disabled people who have not been part of it previously. Concern about the need for volunteers to be frequently involved (at least once a week) arose in responses. Disabled people can be fearful of regular commitment due to fluctuating health problems.

Other key findings included:

  • There is a desire from disabled people to volunteer, but they are more likely to have negative experiences. Almost half (47 per cent) of disabled people currently volunteer generally compared to just over a third (34 per cent) of non-disabled people. Almost half of disabled people have had a negative experience when volunteering (48 per cent) compared to a third of non-disabled people (33 per cent).
  • Despite disabled people’s higher level of interest in volunteering in society generally, this is not reflected in their level of interest in volunteering in sport. Levels of volunteering in sport for disabled and non-disabled people are the same (21 per cent).
  • Disabled people are much more likely to recognise and experience barriers to volunteering. Their concern is in relation to the impact their impairment will have on their ability to volunteer. In addition, providers of volunteering opportunities feel that they lack the skills and ability to support disabled people fully in their volunteering roles.
  • There is often a mismatch between the expectations of providers and volunteers about what the roles entail and too often organisations give insufficient thought to the distinctive needs of volunteers as opposed to participants. This plays a significant part in creating a negative experience for disabled volunteers.
  • Providers do not routinely ask or capture whether volunteers have impairments or long-term health conditions. This means providers’ awareness of disabled volunteers and their needs is low, and they are less confident in how to support disabled people.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, said:

“We know that volunteers are vital in sport and active recreation. Not only do they help to boost the number of activities available, but develop leaders and role models in sport. Disabled people offer useful skills that can be extremely valuable and it is a missed opportunity not to draw from their lived experiences.

“It is clear in these findings that the knock-on effect of the low numbers of disabled people taking part in sport, is that there is less appeal in sports volunteering. We hope more providers improve their opportunities to all volunteers, but crucially work towards engaging and retaining more disabled volunteers.”

Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England, said:

“The contribution of 6.7 million volunteers in sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, it benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. However, as this new report identifies, there’s a lot to do to make the experience more attractive to disabled people. We need to work on attracting more disabled people to volunteering in sport and activity and ensure they have a great experience when they do get involved. We hope that the whole sport and physical activity sector embraces this challenge.”

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work.

The report is available to download here: 

Read the executive summary here 

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Celebrating our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day 2017

Today, 5th December marks International Volunteer Day (IVD).

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Volunteers for Cerebral Palsy Sport contribute a huge amount of time and energy to support the charity and help achieve our vision. We simply could not do it without our volunteers!

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 volunteers.

Today is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of volunteering and celebrate the contribution they make. Find out more about volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport here.

We’ll be sharing some of our Volunteering stories today on our social media platforms.

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IVD, held on 5th December every year was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Find out more here






Cerebral Palsy Sport Table Cricket Nationals 2017

This year’s Sport England funded Table Cricket National Finals Day took place at Egbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Over 40 players took part, as 6 Teams from Birmingham, Gloucester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Yorkshire battled it out for this years title. Teams were split into two pools where each team played each other to progress through to the Semi Finals and Play Offs.

Wilson Stuart returned as reigning champions and finished top of their pool and were drawn against new side Brimsham Green School making their first entry into the National Finals. It was a very close game in which Wilson Stuart won by just 14 runs to set up a final with Portland College. Foresight, Kings Mill and Linkage all fared well in their pool games. The 3rd place playoff match was between Brimsham and Kings Mill, in which Kings Mill managed to win.

Portland College and Wilson Stuart set the stage for a great final, with some quality in batting for both sides, but it was Wilson Stuart’s fielding where they were able to frustrate Portland College and hold on for a win to retain their title.

Along with the medals awarded, Brimsham Green picked up the fair play award and Harrison Andrews (Portland College) picked up the player of the tournament for his efforts, and positive and encouraging manor with his team and other players.

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers, umpires and Worcester University for providing a number of volunteers to help on the day and to Egbaston for hosting us again.

Our thank also goes to Sport England for continuing to invest in the development of Table Cricket and to the Paul Bush Foundation for their generous support of this event.

Feedback has been really positive from plays and coaches and we look forward to growing the game.

For more information on Table Cricket, please contact Rich Kerr

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