Chief Medical Officer releases new physical activity guidance

New Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidance issued today emphasises the importance of building strength and balance for adults, as well as focusing on cardiovascular exercise. Falls are the number one reason older people are taken to A&E. It could be avoided through daily activities ranging from brisk walking, carrying heavy shopping or climbing stairs, swimming and gardening.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of the national disability sports organisations supporting more people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to become more active through our activity programmes.

The UK’s top doctors are recommending over-65s take up dancing, bowls or even activities like tai chi to help stave off injury and illness in old age.

The guidance advises on safe levels of activity for pregnant women or new mums, and the many benefits that this can bring. As long as they listen to their body and speak to their health professional.

There is strong evidence that physical activity protects against a range of chronic conditions. Meeting the guidelines can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 40 per cent, coronary heart disease by 35 per cent and depression by 30 per cent. 

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

“Physical activity is an under-appreciated asset in our clinical arsenal. It is cheap and brings a long list of health benefits.

“As we age, our muscles weaken and we can become stiff, leading to falls and difficulty preforming everyday activities. Physical activity can prevent fragility and support mobility in old age. By keeping active, both throughout the day and also through hobbies, we can slow muscle and bone decline, ultimately keeping us independent for longer.” 

Under the new guidelines, adults are advised to undertake strength-based exercise at least two days a week – which can help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that starts from around 50 years old. 

Read new CMO physical activity guidelines here

To learn more about our activity programmes, please click here.

Easter Holiday CP Gymnastics Camp

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been working in Partnership with British Gymnastics to develop more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments.

As a result of this work we are pleased to announced the first holiday camp taking place at Southampton Gymnastics club Cuckmere Lane, Redbridge, Southampton, SO16 9AR on Monday 8th April. The camp will run 10am-11am and 11am – 12pm, participants are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions.

The camp is open to anyone who has cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments as well as siblings and family members. To take part you do not have to have any previous experience in gymnastics just be willing to go along and have fun! The sessions cost £5 per child plus £2 for any sibling.

To book a place or for more information contact Amy Head Coach at the club on amy@sotongym.co.uk or 02380529952.

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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

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport launch the Around Britain #CPCan Challenge!

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. It’s a time for celebrating and educating, and Cerebral Palsy Sport are recognising the month by sharing the impact of its work and setting a new exciting fundraising challenge.

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Around 2-2.5 in every 1000 children in the UK are born with cerebral palsy, and there are an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the UK.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have today officially launched the #CPCan Challenge, a challenge open to everyone to walk, cycle, swim, throw, kick or jump as far as possible during the month of March, with the target of a combined distance of the British Coastline – 17,819.88km.

Stories of the challenge will be shared through the Cerebral Palsy Sport website and social media platforms, and donations can be made through the dedicated Just Giving page.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are also encouraging people to use the hashtag #CPCan throughout March – a positive message to everyone that those with Cerebral Palsy can achieve amazing things and reach their own goals. There is even a special #CPCan photo frame for anyone to use during the month which can be activated here. Further fundraising ideas for March can also be found here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do. Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of many events and activities that will provide opportunities for children, young people and adults to access sport, often for the first time who can then continue to participate on a regular basis. To find the full list of events we have planned please click here

Sign up to the #CPCan Challenge today here.

 

NICE consults on support and service guidance for children and young people with disabilities

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are seeking views in their consultation on the NICE guideline on children and young people with disabilities & severe complex needs: integrated health & social care support & service guidance.

The consultation on the draft scope for this NICE guideline closes at 5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019. The consultation page contains the documents, background documents and instructions on how to comment.

NICE would particularly welcome comments on how to focus the scope further. NICE is aware that the population for the guideline is large and diverse, and the list of questions to be addressed currently quite long. Suggestions as to issues or groups where NICE guidance can add value would be useful.

Committee recruitment will end at the same time the draft scope consultation closes. NICE are recruiting people with a practitioner, care provider or commissioner background and lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) to join the Committee for this guideline. More information on the committee recruitment page on the NICE website.

If you have any further queries on this draft scope consultation, NICE request contact be made to CYPseverecomplexneeds@nice.org.uk

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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.

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport partners with England Netball

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with England Netball to create a version of Netball that is inclusive for ambulant CP players.

To do this we are running a discovery day on Wednesday 16th January from 10am-2pm at Holywell Fitness Centre, Loughborough LE11 3QF.

The Discovery day will consist of a number of small netball styles games and practices with England Netball coaching staff and the Cerebral Palsy Sport   team to look at how the current game of Netball can be changed/adapted to be inclusive for CP players.

If you are male or female with CP and would like to play Netball and be a part of the development of the ambulant game then please come along on the day. We are looking for people with cp who are 16 years + to take part in this fantastic new opportunity. If you would like to attend please register with Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

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Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd December 2018 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This year, Cerebral Palsy Sport are recognising the day by sharing the voices of Cerebral Palsy Sport event participants. We will be posting feedback from our participants and their families throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #CPVoices

If you have any feedback from our events you would like to share please us the hashtag #CPVoices

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Thank you to Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Leon Taylor who has written a blog about the day which we have shared here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce Athletics Series dates for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce the Athletics Series dates for 2019. Events include a variety of track and field disciplines including RaceRunning, with age appropriate throwing equipment and weights being used in the field events.

We encourage new and beginner athletes to take part as well as regular competitors in these prestigious events on the disability sport calendar.

Three new venues have been booked for 2019 – St Albans, Winchester and Derby.

Photo finish has been confirmed at 4 events so far.

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Series Events 2019

St Albans

Date: Saturday 13th April 2019

Venue: Abbey View Golf and Track Facility, St Albans, AL1 2DL

Closing Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

Winchester

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Venue: The Winchester Sports Stadium, Milland Road, Winchester,SO23 0QA

Closing Date: Friday 19th April 2019

York

Date: Saturday 15th June 2019

Venue: University of York, James Way, Heslington, York YO10 5NA

Closing Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Derby

Date: Saturday 10th August 2019

Venue: Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton Derby, DE24 9HY

Closing Date: Friday 19th July 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletic Nationals Doncaster 

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Venue: Doncaster 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB

Closing Date: Friday 23rd August 2019

Athletes must be aged 8 or above to enter the Athletic Series events * (excluding Nationals). For Nationals in September Athletes must be 11yrs and above by 31st December 2019.

*Athletes aged 8-11 yrs. can only enter the following events during the series:
Track – 60m, 100m and 200m – ambulant, wheelchair and RaceRunning
Field – howler and golf ball throws.

For full details and the registration form click here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Membership approve new Articles of Association

At a specially convened General Meeting of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s membership on 6th October 2018, the membership voted by special resolution to approve the organisation’s new Articles of Association.

The specially convened General Meeting took place to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting.

The 2018 review of the Articles of Association enabled the organisation to strengthen its governance processes and comply to the Governance Code for Sport. the main changes in the Articles were:

  • Charity objects (Part 2.3) aligned to the charities Strategic Objectives
  • Board size reduced to 10 in line with best practise guidance from the code and no less than 3.
  • Defining the role of the Chair more clearly in terms of Board leadership.
  • Independent Board member level strengthened to 20%.
  • Proportion of Board representation of disabled people increased to 10%
  • Proportion of gender balance on the Board increased – 30%
  • Board member length of service changed to three year periods of service before standing down and can seek re-election. Cannot serve more than four years without seeking re-election.
  • Quorum status for Members meetings has been reduced.
  • New voting rights of honorary members and honorary life members.
  • Voting rights to reflect new charity membership categories – families, professional members, organisational members, Sporting Ambassador members,
  • Removing gender reference of Chairman and replacing it with Chair.

The membership voted by 15 voted in favour of adopting the new Articles of Association.

A copy of our new signed Articles of Association can be downloaded below:

CPS Signed Articles of Association 2018

2018 AGM