Positive response to the Referee and Volunteer Workshop with the National CP League

A free workshop was held on Saturday 17th August at Tresham College, Kettering for football Referees and Volunteers.

The workshop provided those who attended with an overview of the National CP Football League and the structure of the league for the 2019-2020 season.
Ten participants attended the workshop either in person or via a Webex. There was a mix of current referees within the league and new referees keen to be involved in the league for the upcoming season.  

Comments from those who took part:

“The league rules are clear, it’s important Referees have a good understanding, so the workshop was good. Understanding the classification system was beneficial to me.”

“Course was clear to understand and delivered in a relaxed manner which made it a positive experience.”

“Very interesting and engaging. I have learnt a lot and hopefully will get more involved.”

 
“A Learning day.”

The CP National League fixtures take place from Saturday 28th September.

For more information Rich Kerr 0115 925 7027 or email Richard.kerr@csport.org

CP National League players represent England in IFCPF World Cup

Members of the CP National league are out in force at the IFCPF World Cup in Seville, Spain.

Kicking off their campaign in style, England have defeated Germany today by 5-2 in the first of their group matches.

A number of the England squad play in the National CP League, a league that provides players a national competition structure. On the squad is CP North West player George Fletcher, as well as Martin Sinclair, Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador.

George Fletcher at the FA Disability Cup with Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Paul Hermann

Find all the latest news and results from the IFCPF here. England will play Japan on Wednesday 10th July and Brazil on Friday 12th July.

The CP National league is split into 2 divisions, North and South and fixtures will take place at central venues. The league will start again soon If you would like to find your nearest team or would like more information on the league please contact Rich Kerr Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

CP North West come out top of the CP Football National League

The CP National League last round of national fixtures took place on Saturday 27th April 2019 at the RH Academy in Mansfield.

CP Football teams from the North and South Regions came together, with three teams in contention to join CP North West in this year’s FA Disability Cup. CP North West were looking to win the double this year, having won the CP National Cup in February.

There was some excellent play on show during the day, particularly some really good saves from the goalkeepers and also amazing goals scored.

CP North West were the winners, coming out on top to win the 2018-2019 League. North East and Yorkshire finished runners up in the league. Therefore they will play against each other at the FA Disability Cup on the 15th June at St Georges Park. All the results from the event can be found here

For more details contact Richard.Kerr@cpsport.org

Disappointment for CP Football

Today the IPC have announced that CP Football will not feature in the 2024 Paris Paralympic sports programme. IPC President Andrew Parsons stated;

“Despite a strong bid and excellent progress made in the last four years, we decided not to include CP Football in the Paris 2024 sport programme. I know the CP Football community will be disappointed at our decision, but if the sport continues to make progress and further develops the women’s game, then it will be in a much stronger position for inclusion in future Paralympic Games”.

“We explored every possible option to see how CP Football could fit into the sport programme. Clearly, the sport’s inclusion would have impacted the gender balance of the Games. The only way to compensate this would have been to remove male athlete slots from other sports – a move that would then have resulted in 23 sports and additional costs – or not include another predominantly male sport. This move would have reduced the number of high support needs athletes, a move that would have gone against our guiding principles”.

In response to this disappointing news the International Federation of CP Football (IFCPF) have commented;
“Though we have worked hard to be part of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, we shall continue in our endeavour to bring together all members of the CP Football Family to deliver future success for our sport and achieve the goals set out in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022. Our Strategic Priorities provide us with the key focus area to move forward in the worldwide development of CP Football”.
“As an international Federation, we shall now be looking to the IPC for a detailed explanation and justification of this decision, followed by IFCPF undertaking all necessary actions to ensure inclusion of CP Football”

“At this time, IFCPF requests that no direct communication is made to the IPC by athletes, members and supporters until we have a clear picture of the situation and received the IPC’s feedback”.

To read more about the decision click here https://www.paralympic.org/news/paris-2024-ipc-announces-sports-programme

NE & Yorkshire Disability FC triumph at FA Disability Cup

The FA Disability Cup was held at St George’s Park on 16th and 17th June 2018 and hosted five finals across disability football including Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind, Deaf and Powerchair football.  Within CP football the final was between the winners of the Northern Conference, NE & Yorkshire Disability FC and Chelsea Blues, the winners of the Southern Conference. The game was fast paced and NE & Yorkshire came out on top with a 2-0 victory.

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This was the first time that North East and Yorkshire Disability have qualified for the FA Disability Cup. Over the past three years they have worked tirelessly to attract new players, and develop the ability and skill of the players. The club is now in a strong position with junior teams in place to continue to bring through more talented CP footballers.

Chelsea Blues fought hard in the final, having qualified for the FA Disability Cup for the previous three years. The club offer a well-established and flourishing CP programme for players of all abilities, providing a challenging and rewarding environment in which players have the opportunity to take part in competitive CP football.

To find out more about CP football click here

View the photos from the FA Disability Cup click here

You can also view a recording of the whole match recorded by North East and Yorkshire CP Football team here

Click here to see a round up video of the whole weekend produced by the FA.

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National CP Football Finals come to Nottingham

On Saturday the 2nd June CP Sports National Adults CP Football League came to an end with a 1 day finals tournament held at the University of Nottingham The day saw 9 teams who participate in the league between September and May, come together and battle on the pitch to win the National Cup.

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Team who took part on were CP United Reds, CP United Blues, North East & Yorkshire CP, Derby County Community Trust CP, South West CP, Disability 4 Sport CP, Chelsea Blues, Chelsea Whites, and Brighton and Hove Albion Community Trust CP. It was a fantastic day, with some incredible football on show. The finals also saw the first female CP footballer debut for North East and Yorkshire CP Football Club.

Results were close throughout the day, but ended with a CP United finals with Reds taking on the Blues and claiming the victory.

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Irwin Mitchell were proud sponsors of the event and presented the National Cup to CP united Reds. They also presented the  Northern conference winners North East & Yorkshire CP, and the Southern Conference Winners Chelsea Blues with the league shields.

A huge thank you to the referees that officiated throughout the day, and to the University of Nottingham for supporting with facilities.

If you want to play CP Football have a look at our football page www.cpsport.org/football or if you are a CP football team that would like to join the league next season contact Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org

 

CP Sport announce Irwin Mitchell as sponsor of the CP Football National Finals.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is extremely pleased to announce that Irwin Mitchell are official sponsors of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football Finals .

Irwin Mitchell and Cerebral Palsy Sport have a strong history of working together to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical disabilities access sporting opportunities at a local level, and supporting them to go on and reach their potential.

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track-record of supporting disability sports through its Don’t Quit, Do It campaign. The firm works closely with Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and sponsors the English Amputee Football Association among other sports groups and organisations.

This latest partnership sees Irwin Mitchell support the Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football League Finals to be held on the 2nd June 2018. The finals will bring together 9 teams from across the country, who will have been competing at regional fixtures between October 17 – April 18.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “The support of Irwin Mitchell means we can make the finals a bigger and better event than ever before.  We’re confident that those involved will have a fantastic day.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Irwin Mitchell go a long way in helping us to achieve our aim of raising aspirations, promoting inclusion and supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.”

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.

“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”

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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

 

CP United win the CP Football league National Championships!

There was more success for CP United as they kicked off the football season with the title win in the National CP Adult Footall league National Championships on 30th September 2017. Held at Riverside in Nottingham, 7 teams from the league took part:

Copmanthorpe CP FC

CP United FC

Riverside Inclusive FC

South West CP FC

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Chelsea Foundation – Whites

After the group stages in the morning, where teams played matches of 20 minutes, there was a 3rd and 4th place play off between Chelsea Blues and Copmanthorpe, the latter victorious.

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In the final, CP United displayed their skills and experience, beating South West CP 3-1.

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.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport football programme click 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