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:

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2018 AGM

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards 2018

On Saturday 6th October we held the 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

The following awards were presented:

2018 CPISRA World Games Volunteering Commitment Awards

This award was presented in recognition of the incredible contribution made by our World Games volunteers who supported Team CP England and made an exceptional contribution to supporting all the team.

Awards presented to.. Elaine Morris, Liz Moulam, Ian Clegg, Ian Morris, Jon Moulam and Simon Smith

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Sadly Liz, John and Simon couldn’t attend the evening


2018 CPISRA World Games Team Commitment Awards

Presented to Richard Kerr, Jen Basford and Lisa Morton-Smith

These awards were presented in recognition of our brilliant sport team managers and an awesome Chef de Mission who steered Team CP England to topping the medal table in Spain.

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Fundraiser of the Year

Awarded to Dean Bugler

This award recognises the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for us in unique and often life changing ways. Both finalists ran the Virgin London marathon for Team CP Sport in 2018 and raised a significant amount of money for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Sarah Harger was also a finalist.

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Young Fundraiser of the Year

Awarded to Zach Nichol

This award recognises the many young fundraisers that take on challenges and special events to raise funds for CP Sport. Our winner is no exception and raised over £1,000 during our Get Set Raise campaign. He has cerebral palsy himself and wanted to inspire others to take up sport.

Unfortunately Zach couldn’t attend the awards, but we will ensure we get his award to him quickly.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Fundraising Supporter of the Year

Awarded to Kevin O’Connor

This award is in recognition of the incredible supporters who fundraises for CP Sport and enable us to make the difference we do. Kevin O’Connor has supported the charity with charity golf days and also coming to swimming events to witness the difference his fundraising makes.

Unfortunately Kevin O’Connor couldn’t attend the awards, but we will be awarding this to him at our Worcester Swimming Gala later this month.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport CEO Recognition Award

Awarded to Nick Lomath

This award is in recognition of an individual who has made a stand out contribution to supporting the charity in our work. Nick Lomath has volunteered his time and tirelessly supported us at many events with his incredible photography and then gifted all the photos to us to help us promote the work we do.

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Partner of the Year 

Awarded to British Athletics

The Partner of the year award was first included in 2017 to highlight the great partnerships that CP Sport has with key organisations. This years finalists were two National Governing Bodies of Sport who worked closely with Cp Sport to ensure that there are high quality opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to access sport and activity at a local level and developing a pathway that is there for those that want to compete at their highest level. Partner of the Year is awarded to those partners that support Cerebral Palsy Sport in having people with CP and their families at the heart of what they do.

British Gymnastics was also a finalist.

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Swimmer of the Year

Awarded to Samm Lewis

The Swimmer of the Year award recognises a swimmer who has shown dedication, commitment and made significant improvements and achievements over the last year. Samm Lewis has excelled and won multiple medals at the 2018 CPISRA World Games following re-classification.

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The Andrew Stubbs Trophy

Awarded to Catriona Chung

The Andrew Stubbs Trophy recognises a swimmer who over the last 12 months has shown dedication and perseverance enabling them to be the best swimmer that they can be.

The trophy is in remembrance of a very special young man – Andrew Stubbs and we are humbled that his family continue to support Cerebral Palsy Sport and were able to present the trophy.

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The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour

Awarded to Thomas Stamp

The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout the 2018 athletics series. Both our finalists, Emily and Thomas have shown all these qualities throughout 2018

Emily Stewart was also a finalist

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Sport Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to Mary Butler

The Sports Volunteer Award is judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering. Our finalists have truly demonstrated all of those attributes over 2018.

Mary devotes all her spare time to disability swimming, it is her lifelong passion. She organises her own inclusive swimming event, to include all disabled swimmers as well as volunteering at all CP Sport galas over the last 5 years. Mary always goes above and beyond what is expected of her, as a gala organiser she always asks coaches and parents about each swimmer before they compete. Any swimmer new to galas she finds somebody experienced to look after them. She even organised her holiday this year to be in Spain during the World Games so she could watch swimmers she had nurtured swim in an international event.

Elaine Morris and Nick Lomath were also finalists

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Coach of the Year

Awarded to Steve McRobie

The Coach of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the young people in their care and demonstrates a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport.

Steve is manager of Bingham Outlaws (Bingham Town Youths FC, Nottinghamshire). He has worked tirelessly and thanklessly for almost 15 years in developing an environment where young people with disabilities (specifically cerebral palsy) can train and play competitive football together. The environment that Steve has created with the Bingham Outlaws is one which the players very rarely leave, players have been with the club for over 10 years and Steve is a big reason for that.

Steve has been instrumental in growing the size of the club over the last 12 months. they now have more players than ever ranging from 8 – 22 years old. Steve puts many hours and days of his own free time into the team. He has always shown the highest level of dedication to helping the players improve and develop not only as footballers, but as people.

Martin Cook and Janet Warrington were also finalists

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Official of the Year

Awarded to Tony Williams

The Official of the Year Award recognises the vitally important role officails play in supporting events and the commitment they bring to volunteers in sport with professionalism, care and inclusion.

Tony has been an official at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events and within athletics for over 40 years. As a starter Tony not only makes sure each race gets off to the right start, he takes time to talk to athletes and provide advice and guidance to those that are new and may be unsure. There is many a nervous athlete who has stood on the start line and been reassured by Tony’s empathy and care. On the odd occasion that Tony has been unavailable for CP Sport events he does all he can to make sure that there is a starter in place. Over the years he has developed some incredible knowledge, something that those around him benefit from a great deal.

Paul Rutter and Wendy Cole were also finalists

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Sports Club of the Year

Awarded to North East and Yorkshire Disability FC

The Sports Club of the Year Award recognises clubs that have a commitment of inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development.

North East and Yorkshire Disability Football Club has 1 adult CP team who are national champions and a great junior section. All coaches are highly qualified and engage all the players with enthusiasm, knowledge and passion. the club strongly believes in making football accessible for all, particularly for those with CP and through its work in the National League is helping to create pathways into the England CP senior team. The adult CP team won the FA Disability Cup at St George’s Park and since then players have been called up for the England squad and junior development squads. The club are extremely welcoming, they develop footballers whilst having fun, allowing players to make new friends.

London Disability Swimming Club and Gateshead Harriers were also finalists.

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Sports Achiever of the Year

Awarded to Thomas Talbot

The Sports Achiever of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements over the last 12 months.

Thomas is an international RaceRunner who trains twice a week at his athletics club Lincoln Wellington as well as every other day on his treadmill. Since April 2018, Thomas has run consistently well improving his race pbs including taking 25 seconds off his 400m pb and making massive progress on his 800m pb by over a minute. Thomas came into the season second in Great Britain for all RaceRunners for 800m. In July 2018 he won four Typhoo National Junior Championships titles for Under 15 as well as running pbs. He also took over 19 seconds off his 3k time in July. Thomas was bronze medallist for RR3 100m at the England Athletics /CAU National Disability Championships in July 2018 where RaceRunning featured for the first time.

Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Spain and was reclassified as a RR2 athlete. He won a world silver medal in 800m and ran pb’s in 100m as well as qualifying for all his finals and placed 4th in the 100m, 200m and 400m. he returned from the Games ad the number 1 ranked RR2 athlete in Great Britain. Thomas also won 4 RR2 golds at CP Sport National Athletics Championships as well as running a pb for his 100m.

Thomas has fought back after major hip reconstruction surgery through rehabilitation, learning to walk again and back to full health to enable him to race in the 2018 season. Thomas is also a real ambassador for RaceRunning and is encouraging to other RaceRunners as well as all his team mates. he always cheers them on. He carries himself with humility and quiet dedication to run the best he can with challenging medical circumstances pending.

Cameron Osbourne and Joshua Monaghan-Coombs were also finalists

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Swimming

Awarded to Jill Stidever MBE

Jill has spent over 60 years supporting thousands of children with special needs to learn to swim. Her dedication to swimming has helped in changing the perception of disabled sport and encouraging people to see disabled swimmers as athletes.

Jill dedicates over 40 hours a week to coaching, raising funds and organising swimming programmes and she has seen some of the young children she has coached go on to compete at Paralympic level.

In 2014 Jill was honoured with the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award and we were delighted to honour her commitment, hard work and dedication to cerebral palsy swimming and disability swimming with this lifetime achievement award.

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Athletics

Awarded to Dr Alan Neuff

Dr Alan Neuff started Neuff Athletic equipment in 1966 by designing the Britain’s fibreglass vaulting poles and it has gradually developed to covering all track and and field events. Dr Alan Neuff has been in athletics as an athlete, coach and official for many years which has included supporting CP Sport events as an official.

Alan is a dedicated official committed to supporting athletes with a disability to achieve their sporting potential. He has complete attention to detail for officiating that many would aspire to and is always alongside his treasured wife Caroline. While serious ill health meant he couldn’t be with us at the awards evening, his wife Caroline and son Ralph collected the award on his behalf.

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Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard were also inducted into the Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame, Click here to read more about their induction into the Hall of Fame.

To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport announces 2018 Sports Awards Finalists

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the finalists for our 2018 Sports Awards that will be hosted on October 6th 2018 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham at 4.00pm to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day.

The awards are being supported by our Sporting Ambassadors Martin Sinclair, Leon Taylor, Matthew Walker MBE, Graeme Ballard and Sam Ruddock and we are delighted to announce the Awards that will be presented and our very special finalists.

  • Fundraiser of the Year
    • Finalists: Sarah Harger and Dean Bugler
  • Young Fundraiser of the Year
    • Finalist: Zach Nichol
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport Fundraising Supporter of the Year
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • CEO Recognition Award
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • Partner of the Year
    • Finalists: British Gymnastics and British Athletics
  • Swimmer of the Year
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • The Andrew Stubbs Trophy
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour
    • Finalists: Emily Stewart and Thomas Stamp
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year 
    • Finalists: Mary Butler, Elaine Morris, Nick Lomath
  • Coach of the Year
    • Finalists: Martin Cook, Janet Warrington, Steve McRobie
  • Official of the Year
    • Finalists: Paul Rutter, Wendy Cole, Tony Williams
  • Sports Club of the Year
    • Finalists: London Disability Swimming Club, Gateshead Harriers, North East and Yorkshire Disability FC
  • Sports Achiever of the Year
    • Finalists: Thomas Talbot, Cameron Osbourne, Joshua Monaghan-Coombs
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame Inductees
    • To be announced on the evening
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Athletics
    • To be announced on the evening
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Swimming
    • To be announced on the evening

The awards are preceded by a training day which is taking place between 10.00am and 3.00pm and will be a chance for CP athletes and swimmers to get together to  receive coaching and take part in a Sports Psychology workshop. It will also be an opportunity for the athletes attending, including a large number who competed at the 2018 CPISRA World Games in Spain in August, to come together to see each other and celebrate the incredible success of Team CP England.

We also have our General Meeting and Annual General meeting taking place at 3.15pm.

Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “staging our 2018 Sports Awards on World Cerebral Palsy Day is very special to us as it enables us to celebrate the achievements of people with Cerebral Palsy and those that support them to take part in sport and physical activity. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a special person and congratulations to everyone who was nominated and are finalists. We look forward to a special evening of celebrating their achievements and what people with cerebral palsy and their families can achieve through sport. ”

We would really appreciate you attending the event to raise the awareness of Cerebral Palsy and give people with Cerebral Palsy and their families the opportunity to find out about opportunities available to them.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport to mark World CP Day

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that we will be marking World CP Day 2018 Saturday 6 October 2018 by holding an athletics and swimming training camp followed by our AGM and Awards evening. For more information on how to book onto the athletics and swimming training day event, please click here.

The General Meeting will be convened to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting. Members will then be invited to share the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards recognising athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, fundraisers and outstanding contributers to sport. our Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors and Young Ambassadors will be attending.

For further information on our AGM and 2018 Awards, please click here:


World Cerebral Palsy Day is more than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them

2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world

3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP

4. Create new solutions to everyday problems

5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges

6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP

7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.

The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

Graeme Ballard wins gold at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard who has won Gold at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Graeme first got involved in the sport when he was 19 while attending Beaumont College in Lancaster. He was then asked to compete at the Cerebral Palsy Sport competition, in Nottingham

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.

Graeme won the European title for the T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field. Graeme also capped off 14 years of international competition with a bronze medal in the men’s T36 200m before announcing that he was retiring from international athletics.

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“I feel absolutely overwhelmed. I thought it was going to be hard after the false start, but experience showed in the end,” he said.

“The closest to me was Roman Pavlyk, and I expected him to be a lot closer to myself.

“Roman’s been around nearly as long as I’ve been around, so I expected a bit more of a challenge, but you can’t beat experience.

“My race went as good as it could’ve gone, to plan and I’m really pleased with the way I went out there and hit it hard.”

Graeme will be competing again on saturday in the T36 200m, the event in which he became a Paralympic medallist for the first time – way back in 2004.

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport and good luck in your next race on Saturday.

Rules update from World Para Athletics

World Para Athletics LogoWorld Para Athletics have updated rules relating to WPA events. The updated rules are in relation to Rule 7: Assistance to Athletes, Rule 14: Wheelchair and RaceRunning Frame Requirements and Rule 14: General Conditions

We advise any athlete taking part in WPA sanctioned events to familiarise yourself with the updated rules.

Click here to see updates

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back!

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back for a 3rd year with the ceremony taking place on the 6th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village 4pm-5pm.

The 2017 awards were a great success with nominations coming in from across the county. The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise those that work hard to ensure that sports and activity for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments is available and high quality.

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The award categories are:

  • Sports Achiever of the Year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Club of the Year
  • Official of the Year

Additional awards that will be presented on the day are; The Andrew Stubbs Trophy,  Swimmer of the Year,  Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour, Fundraiser of the Year, Young Fundraiser of the Year,  and Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you believe that someone you know deserves to be recognised, or you want to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication download the nomination form here CP Sport Awards 2018 – nominations forms

If you would like to make your nominations via our online nomination form please use the following links:

Deadline for nominations is Monday 17th September 12pm.

The top 3 nominations in each category will be invited to attend the ceremony where the winners will be announced.

If you would like any further information please contact info@cpsport.org

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