Ellie Simpson – Twitter Take Over

We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Simpson for hosting a twitter take over today. As a young ambassador for CP Sport we wanted to give Ellie the opportunity to share her experiences  and give our members the chance to ask to ask her questions.

Ellie was asked all sorts of questions from what inspired her to take part in sport to what her favourite biscuits are. see below the questions that Ellie was asked and the answers she gave.

Q: Can you tell me about RaceRunning and how you first got into it?

A: RaceRunning is a form of sprinting for ‘high dependency’ athletes with CP/brain injuries. Athletes use a 3-wheeled frame for support & balance. I got involved in 2015 after a CP Sport Taster Day

Q: What advice would you give to children wanting to take up sport for the first time?

A: Definitely just go for it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done – I do not know where I’d be today without it. It sounds cliché, but it has changed and transformed my life beyond belief!

Q: What has been your most proud moment and what advice would you give to others?

A: My most proud moment to date is probably winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Games! I became the fastest RR2 female in the world, it was crazy

Q: What do you think are the barriers that stop people with cp taking part in sport and what would your advice be to break down those barriers?

A: I think the biggest barrier is people with CP, and their families, sometimes believe that they cannot do sport because of their physical limitations. But, in reality, this definitely does not need to be a barrier – sport is incredibly inclusive & adaptable

Q: How often do you train and for how long?

A: I currently train 4-5 times a week for between an hour and an hour and a half!

Q: Is it cool being an ambassador for CP Sport?

A: Very! I love showing other people with CP what they can achieve in sport!

Q: What’s the one thing that you would want people to know about Cerebral Palsy?

A: That’s a tough one! Probably that no one is affected by CP in the same way, and there’s always a way around everything!

Q: What is the next competition you’re entering?

A: The first of the 2018 CP Sport Series in just under 2 weeks time in Kingston Upon Thames, I’m nervous but looking forward to competing again!

Q: Do you do any other sports other than RaceRunning?

A: I used to do the Club Throw, which is a seated athletics event, but I gave this up in 2016 to concentrate on my RaceRunning!

Q: How did you become involved in sport?

A: I watched the London 2012 Paralympics & was incredibly inspired by what I was seeing. Shortly after, I attended a Sport Fest & the rest they say is history!

Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

A: My wonderful, wonderful coach, Andrew Longden who sadly passed away recently. He made my sporting journey happen and shared his love & passion for sport with me. His belief in me and my abilities was incredible.

Q: What are your future goals?

A: My ultimate goal is to be selected for GB. My dream is to reach the Paralympics, and after the announcement in Oct 2017 that RaceRunning is now a WPA event, that dream is more alive than ever before!

Q: Have you ever done any other sports other than Athletics?

A: Yes, I did sailing for a short while, but I used to get quite cold & wet! It also didn’t have the same thrill/excitement for me as Athletics!

Q: What advice would you give to someone with CP who is thinking about going to Uni? What did you do/need to know to make that decision?

A: I would say absolutely go for it, it transformed my life! I was terrified, so much so I nearly didn’t turn up on the first day! But, I am so glad I forced myself, because it was the best decision I ever made to do Sport Development with Coaching!

Q: What’s the worse thing about being an Athlete?

A: Haha! Sometimes, on a night out, I do have to remind myself that I am an Athlete! But, it’s a small price to pay for the life and the opportunities sport gives me

Q: What did your degree involve?

A: A bit of everything! Coaching, event management, sport and sociology, writing development plans, strategic planning… A really comprehensive degree if you want to work in sport development!

Q: What’s your favourite biscuit?!

A: Haha! It has to be the Jammy Dodger – yum!

Q: Do you see yourself becoming a coach?

A: Most definitely, even more so now after loosing Andrew. I want to carry on his legacy and his love, passion & dedication for RaceRunning & disability athletics.

Take a look at Ellie’s #MyStory to find out more about Ellie here

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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

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

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

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It is estimated that persons with disabilities around the world make up 10% of the population, and 80% live in developing countries. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated annually on 3rd December around the world.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for the transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 development agenda for Sustainable Development. For further information click here

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Here at Cerebral Palsy Sport we will be showcasing sport at the grassroots level through our social media (Facebook and Twitter), and the impact it can have on a disabled person and their families lives. We’re inviting our participants to share the impact sport can have on their day to day lives on 3rd December using the hashtag #idpwd

Female only CP Football development days announced!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce two new dates in the events calendar -female only cp football development days.

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Supported by the International Federation of CP Football, the events will be held in Manchester on the 25th November and Brighton on the 26th November.

There has been increasing interest in more cp football opportunities and pathways for female players and this is highlighted in our most recent ‘My Story’ case study from Megan, who is a cp football player who is profoundly deaf.

Megan has recently been selected to attend the next stage of the England Talent Pathway process, but as there are only provisions for hearing impaired females to progress any further, Megan can attend because of her disability and football ability, but is not there as a cp female player as there are no means to progress. Something that Megan hopes will change in the future. Read her story here

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The development days on the 25th and 26th November will provide an opportunity for females from 12-16 and 16+ to take part in small-sided games. They will also be signposted to suitable club opportunities following the session.

Find out more details on our events calendar here

 

Aviva Community Fund voting is open for Frame Football project!

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s project ‘Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots’ has been included in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Voting from the public is required so that the project can be considered for the finals where a judging panel will award the funds. Vote here.

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement.

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Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.

The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

Log in and vote here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5072

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RaceRunning becomes World Para Athletics event

The International Paralympic Committee have announced that RaceRunning is to be introduced as a World Para Athletics event. This is a huge step in both the development of RaceRunning and in the opportunity for high support needs athletes.


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The inclusion of RaceRunning as a World Para Athletics event is another significant achievement by CPISRA, following the development of Boccia and CP Football.

It is one more step in the journey for the sport in terms of advancing to the Paralympics and to delivering increased opportunity and participation for all.


 

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Please see the full  announcement below released by IPC and CPISRA last night. This provides both background, next steps and describes World Para Athletics and CPISRA working in consultation.

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RaceRunning is a form of assisted running. The RaceRunning frame is on wheels, which supports the athletes and allows them to successfully ambulate.  For further information about the sport of RaceRunning please click here

Cerebral Palsy Young Ambassadors Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys are both RaceRunners, find out more about them here

It’s World CP Day 2017!

World CP Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 60 countries. This year World CP Day takes place today,  Friday 6th October.

Its vision is to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

Robyn Cummins World CP Day Manager explains: “Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. There are over 17 million people living with CP and 350 million family, friends and supporters who care about them.”

“But In many countries, people with CP are ‘invisible’. They live out of sight, out of mind and out of options.”

“We talk to people with CP, their families and organisations around the world and find incredibly frustrating similarities. The same issues keep coming up again and again.”

“But the good news is we also hear about the success stories – individuals and organisations who are creating positive change in their communities and are willing to share their experiences, tools and tips. Our mission is to highlight the issues, unearth the success stories and encourage people to take action in their communities.”

The World CP Day have published a number of infographs to regognise the day, which we will share through the CP Sport social media platforms.

Please see the full presentation from World CP Day which covers lots of information about cp:  What_is_CP_slide_deck_2017

You can also find out more information on our website here

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be supporting World CP Day by sharing infographs, stories and news throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity for our twitter followers to put their questions to the Cerebral Palsy Chair Aideen Blackborough via @CP_Sport in our #AskTheChair hour between 1-2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long list for Team England announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are proud to be coordinating Team England to attend the 2018 CPISRA World Games Games in August 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will inform the athletes who have been selected on the Team England swimming and athletics long list for the 2018 World Games by email, and the lists can be viewed below.

The long list is the first phase of selection and does not guarantee a place in the final team. Long list selection has been based on the qualification standards issued by CPISRA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), as well as competition results recorded over the last 3 years.

Once those on the long list has accepted/declined their place there will then be a final selection process undertaken. Those that make final selection to represent Team England will be notified by 19th October 2017.

The long list for swimming and athletics can be found here

Keep up to date with World Games news here and Team England news here.

 

 

CP Sport Football league kicks off this Saturday!

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Adult Football League 2017-18 season will kick off with a National Championships held in Nottingham on Saturday 30th September. All 10 teams entered into the league will come together to compete at the Riverside Sports Complex in Nottingham:

Teams involved are;

Copmanthorpe CP FC

CP United FC – Seniors

CP United FC – Development

Riverside Inclusive FC

South West CP FC

West Midlands CP

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Chelsea Foundation – Blues

Chelsea Foundation – Whites

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Schedule for CP Football National Championships 30th September 2017: NCPFL – 20170930 – National Championships(1) (subject to change)

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League consists of a North Conference and a South Conference, taking part in regional central venue fixtures throughout the year. They will then come together for the end of year National Cup. The 2016/2017 finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham, in May 2017, where CP United were crowned with the title.

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For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport football programme click here