England to play Japan as they kick off CP World Championship campaign

England’s Cerebral Palsy team are at the IFCPF World Championships in Argentina. The Three Lions open their Group C campaign against Japan today.


  • Mon 11 Sep: England v Japan
  • Wed 13 Sep: England v Venezuela
  • Fri 15 Sep: England v Netherlands

England’s second group match is against Venezuela on Wednesday, followed by Netherlands on Friday.

Matches can be streamed via the official tournament website: http://www.cp2017.com.ar/

The England squad are; Giles Moore, Liam Irons, Harry Baker, James Blackwell, Emyle Rudder, Matthew Crossen, Michael Barker, Jack Rutter, David Porcher, George Fletcher, Oliver Nugent, Dale Smith, Ryan Kay, Lewis Tribe.

Saints Foundation to launch Regional Talent Hub for young footballers

Saints Foundation has announced it has been awarded a license by the Football Association to become a Regional Talent Hub for the 2017/18 season, becoming one of only 13 across the country.


The Foundation, the official charity of Southampton FC, is giving young footballers who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted the opportunity to progress from grassroots club and league football to a talent development centre, and on to the elite England set-up.

Harnessing the success of the Saints Academy, the Regional Talent Hub will aim to recreate the successful career paths of players such as James Ward-Prowse, by providing equal opportunities to its participants.

The Hub will be split into two age groups, with players from 7-11 years old and 12-16 able to participate.

Saints Foundation will be holding an open trial for the Regional Talent Hub in September 2017.

To register your interest in the open trial, please complete the form below (must be completed by a parent or guardian): https://southamptonfc.com/news/2017-08-16/video-saints-foundation-regional-talent-hub

View the Talent Hub video here:  https://youtu.be/-IjMhFGRX-Y

RaceRunner Classification offered at CP Sport Training Day

RaceRunner classification will be offered for the first time in England at the Cerebral Palsy Training Camp on Sunday 8th October in Nottingham.


The term “classification”, refers to the process by which Athletes are assessed by reference to the impact of impairment on performance. It is intended to provide a framework for fair Competition and to ensure that competitive success is determined by the strategies, skills and talent of Athletes.

The purpose of classification is to ensure that sporting success is a result of Athlete’s training, skill level, talent and competitive experience rather than solely their degree of neurological function. Classification is undertaken to both ensure that a relevant level of neurological impairment is present in an Athlete, and that that impairment has a demonstrable impact upon sport performance.

Once classified athlete can compete with the appropriate categories and have their results officially recorded against all others who are classified within the sport.

National Classifications

All Athletes eligible to participate in CPISRA governed sports should receive an initial classification from their own National Federation. This opportunity at the training day will be the first time it will be provided in England.

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Details and registration forms for the Cerebral Palsy Training Camp can be found here





Excitement for the CPISRA World Games 2018 builds

In April this year, CPISRA’s announced that CPISRA Federació Esportiva Catalana de Paralítics Cerebrals (FECPC) had been selected to host the 2018 CPISRA World Games. Cerebral Palsy Sport are extremely pleased to convey that the contract to hold the Games has been signed with FECPC.

Cerebral Palsy Sport proudly hosted the 2015 event, and the first CPISRA World Games for ten years, in Nottingham between 6-16 August 2015.

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The 2018 CPISRA World Games will be held in Sant Cugat, Spain in August, 2018. The Games will include competitions in Athletics, Swimming, RaceRunning, Football and Para-Taekwondo. There will also be develop camps and competitions for Boccia, Table Tennis, female football and Wheelchair Slalom. To download a DRAFT timetable please click here Draft_Schedule_World_Games_2018

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CP Sport are pleased to announce that we will be coordinating Team England to attend the games to emulate the success of the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Further information will be announced in due course.

Please visit our 2018 World Games page here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=8311  where we will publish up to date information as timelines progress.



CP Teens sets up new base at Chesterfield FC

CP Teens UK was founded in 2013 by Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.

Ellie, 22, has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. She is a regular competitor at Cerebral Palsy Sport events and has represented England internationally.


Initially setting up the charity from home, CP Teens is now located at the Community Hub at Chesterfield Football Club.

Ellie said:“As I went through secondary school, I became increasingly socially isolated by able-bodied ‘peers’ as I struggled to physically keep up and physically fend for myself. Even though I left school with good GCSEs and A Levels, I could not find any opportunities anywhere, either paid or unpaid, to take up as a young person with a physical disability.”

Ellie posted about CP Teens on Twitter and was contacted by hundreds of young people with cerebral palsy who also said they felt ‘alone’. She continued to develop the charity during her gap year between 2013 and 2014, and while studying for her sport development with coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sport has become an important part of Ellie’s life – she first watched disability sport in 2012 when she saw the London Paralympics on TV, and gave it a go in 2013 at the Paralympics GB Sport Fest in Sheffield – that one day changing her life and future. Ellie joined an athletics club and then went on to study sport.


Inspirational Ellie organised a number of high-profile events which led to CP Teens UK gaining full charitable status and receiving a special award from the Prime Minister Theresa May. Ellie is now aiming to offer work experience to local physically disabled young people. “Not only will the new base provide a new workspace for the charity to run from, it will also offer a safe ‘hub’ for CP Teens to meet and socialise,” Ellie added.

Ellie is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Find out more here

CP Teens website

Tennis Foundation launch Push2Podium talent ID programme

This August the Tennis Foundation have launched their Wheelchair Tennis Talent ID Programme, Push2Podium. The programme aims to get new players trying wheelchair tennis and to grow the talent pool of the sport.

2015 Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Nationals and Development Series Finals

The Tennis Foundation are encouraging people with a physical disability to attend one of ten free wheelchair tennis festivals hosted across the country. The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and will take place in the autumn. Equipment will be provided and a Tennis Foundation Talent ID coach will be in attendance. Any players that show potential and catch the eye of the Talent ID coaches may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player.

The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and they are absolutely FREE.  All equipment will be provided and a Talent ID coach will be at each festival. If you are new to the sport you will be signposted to your nearest sessions if you want to continue playing. If you catch the eye of one of the Talent ID coaches you may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player. To start your wheelchair tennis journey visit the Tennis Foundation website and book a onto free festival near you.

Festival venues, dates and times: 

  • South Wales, Newport Tennis Centre 16-Sep 14:00-18:00
  • Taunton,  Taunton Tennis Club 17-Sep 11:00-16:00
  • Portsmouth,  Portsmouth Tennis Centre 30-Sep 12:00-16:00
  • Ipswich,  Ipswich Sports Club 01-Oct 12:30-15:30
  • Preston,  South Ribble 01-Oct 13:00-17:00
  • Sunderland,  Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre 14-Oct 10:00-12:00
  • Oxford,  White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre 04-Nov 12:00-16:00
  • Loughborough,  Loughborough University 04-Nov 14:00-17:00
  • London, Lee Valley,  12-Nov 12:00-16:00
  • Glasgow,  Scotstoun Leisure Centre 25-Nov 10:00-14:00

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For more details visit The Tennis Foundation website: Tennisfoundation.org.uk/push2podium

Finals for Brits at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships

It was another fantastic week of tennis in Nottingham. The British Open featured the world’s best wheelchair tennis players, and the British athletes didn’t disappoint.

Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker partnered Stephane Houdet of France to claim the Mixed Doubles title in a hard fought match.  There was another British player on the opposite side of the court, Paralympic silver medallist Alfie Hewett, with his partner Dana Mathewson of the USA. The quartet played out a competitive encounter that enthralled the crowd in Nottingham. After Shuker and Houdet claimed the first set, Hewett and Mathewson hit back in the second and led 5-4.  However, Shuker and Houdet held their serve and then broke to take the 2017 title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

There were high hopes for other British players going into the final day, Sunday 6th August, of the ITF Super Series tournament at Nottingham Tennis Centre, with Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne both having reached singles finals.

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19 year old Hewett, current Wimbledon Mens doubles Champion, was up against the 23 year old world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. Despite having lost the first four games Hewett came back to level 4-4, but Fernandez took the next five games to take the first set and lead 3-0 in the second.  Hewett again turned the momentum round to level at 3-3 but the power of the big-hitting Fernandez saw him complete a 6-4, 6-3 win to claim his first British Open title.

Hewett was followed on Centre Court by Andy Lapthorne in the Quad Doubles final against world No.1 David Wagner from the USA. Cerebral Palsy Sport ambassador James Shaw had been defeated by Wagner in the quarter finals. Lapthorpe, Paralympic silver medallist who has cerebral palsy, started off well as he matched Wagner to reach 3-3 in the first set, before the impressive American, fresh from having won the quad doubles on Saturday, won eight games in a row to seal a 6-3, 6-1 win and regain a title he last won in 2009.

Alongside the event, the Tennis Foundation hosted a ‘Come and Try Tennis’ day on Saturday 5th August, giving the opportunity for anyone to have a go at the sport and enjoy the event. For more information about the Tennis Foundation click here.


British success at the World Para Athletics Championships

The best of the best Para Athletes were back in London for the World Para Athletics Championships, a week full of exciting action and records came to an end last night.

There was much success from the British Team. 39 medals, including 18 golds were collected. Eight more than they did in Doha in 2015. They finished third overall in the medal table.

Sophie Hahn won the T38 100m, emulating her achievement in the 200m, with team-mate Kadeena Cox second. Paralympic champion Hahn, 20, triumphed in a star-studded final containing three British gold medallists in this event, along with 400m winner Cox. Cox, 26, completed a trio of gold, silver and bronze medals in London and said she would now focus on repeating her feat of claiming gold in two separate sports at Rio 2016 by returning to cycling before Tokyo 2020. Georgie Hermitage added T37 100m gold to her 400m title. Olivia Breen won gold for Great Britain in T38 long jump.

Sprinter and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Graeme Ballard missed out on medal in the 200m final, finishing sixth in the T36 final on Monday night, clocking 25.51secs as Australian James Turner won in a world record time of 24.09secs. Graeme returned to the track on Saturday for the 100m, taking fourth place with a time of 12.55secs.

There was 7th place for Sam Ruddock in the F35 Shot Put final and 8th place for Abbie Hunnisett in the F32 Club Throw.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE added Bronze to GB’s tally of medals in the F32 club throw, with a 29.32 throw. 19 years after his first World Championship success in 1998.

The full results can be found here


Heage Primary School gets active for Cerebral Palsy Sport awareness

Pupils from Heage Primary School in Derbyshire have been getting active in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our Get Set Raise cerebral palsy awareness campaign.

At the start of the year Heage Primary School parliament decided to focus on raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport as the school has a Year 4 pupil with cerebral palsy.  During Cerebral Palsy awareness month in March, the school focused their assemblies and lessons on cerebral palsy awareness and used the charity’s Get, Set, Raise campaign to launch the whole focus.  The Amber Valley School Sports Partnership loaned the school a class set of wheelchairs and all children had the opportunity to try different sports over the month.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador and former football Paralympian, Leon Taylor visited for an assembly and joined the school for their sponsored run on Friday 3rd March.  Children also dressed up as their favourite sporting heroes and complete a mile run around the school grounds. Later in the month, the charity’s RaceRunning World champion and record holder Muninder Singh Hayer visited the school to share his successes and future challenges through an assembly.

At the assembly, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive Ali Talbot and RaceRunning athlete Thomas were delighted to receive a cheque for over £1,000 presented by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the School Parliament.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Heage Primary School’s Parliament to benefit from all their fantastic fundraising efforts. It was lovely to be able to share many of our athlete’s different stories of how such fundraising can make such a difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

James Yellop, Head Teacher of Heage Primary School highlighted that “We have been overwhelmed with the response from our children and the local community in raising such a large amount to support children with Cerebral Palsy.  Everyone has gained a greater awareness of Cerebral Palsy through the ambassadors that have visited the school and have all really enjoyed taking part in the different activities to support this fantastic charity “.


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Multiple medals for England team at Racerunning World Championships

94 para-athletes (disabled athletes)  from 13 nations participated in this year’s CPISRA RaceRunning World Championships at Frederiksberg Stadium, Denmark from 13th-15th July.


The level of competition was higher than ever. It’s the third time that Denmark has hosted the World Championships, which was run in three different classes: RR1, RR2 and RR3.

For the England team,  Muninder Singh Hayer won two golds at the World Championships for the 200m and 60m. Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew Humphries took the 200m gold medal. There was also a 60m bronze for Beth Moulam in her first international.

The sport of RaceRunning is not yet included in the Paralympic Games, however it is hoped that this will change in the future.

A RaceRunner is a custom-built bike made for running, which has three wheels and no pedals. It gives the athlete the opportunity to move freely and run using own force – something that the athletes are not able to do under normal circumstances.  Find out more about RaceRunning here