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

 

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.

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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

Broxbourne Borough Cerebral Palsy FC granted charity status

Broxbourne Borough Cerebral Football Club in Hertfordshire has now been in existence for over 2 years and have just been granted charity status. Following on from the KickStart event with Cerebral Palsy Sport in April 2015, the club have gone from strength to strength.

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They now have 25 children,  both ambulant and frame football,  and train on a weekly basis.

Last year the team received a visit from football royalty when Romeo and Cruz Beckham, the youngest sons of former England captain David came along to play and support the work of the club.

The club’s mission is to purchase land and build their own indoor 3G pitch, along with a hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy room and they are now starting to fundraise.

For more information about the club visit their Facebook page here

Find out more about Frame Football here

A change to CP Football classification

The International Federation of CP football is developing its evidence-based classification system, and currently in consultation with its CP Football family.

Samantha April Cammidge has just completed her PhD titled “Consulting the Sport Community for the Development of an Evidence-Based Classification System in Cerebral Palsy Football” at the Miguel Hernández University in Elche, Spain.

The research was designed and conducted as part of IFCPF being proactive to the changes necessary of an evolving classification system, and IFCPF hope that this research will help move the classification system in a positive direction.

Her research consisted of interviewing 53 people within the sport; this included two players from each team, Head Coaches, IFCPF classifiers and IFCPF stakeholders. Alongside this, 165 surveys were completed by players that participated at the 2015 IFCPF CP Football World Championships, which were hosted at St. George’s Park, England.

The interviews completed were unique based on which role the interviewee has in the sport. Overall, the questions were focused on what changes those within CP Football would like to see. Similarly, the questionnaire was a slightly more basic form of this, but the aim was still to find out what changes players, head coaches, classifiers and stakeholders would like to see.

For Para-sports, such as CP Football, the classification rules are crucial in making sure there is a correct system in which fair play is ensured at major sporting events, such as the Paralympics. This study is part of a series of action in order to compliance with the 2015 Athletes Classification Code of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

This study found that there is a need for change within the classification system in CP Football, including: a reduction in the number of classes, a new Minimal Impairment Criteria to be increasingly more rigorous, additional observation during training sessions by classifiers when having to give a class to a player, among others.

For the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) there are 3 steps of classification:

  1. Does the athlete have an eligible impairment for this sport?
  2. Does the athlete’s eligible impairment meet the minimum impairment criteria of the sport?
  3. Which sport class describes the athlete’s activity limitation most accurately?

If an athlete’s impairment and activity liitation answers these questions to satisfy the classification system of the sport, then the athlete becomes eligible to play.

Within CP Football, there are three types of impairments a player may have:

  • Ataxia – a neurological sign and symptom that consists of a lack of co-ordination of muscle movements.
  • Hypertonia – a condition marked by an abnormal increase in muscle tension and reduced ability of a muscle to stretch.
  • Athetosis – is generally characterised by unbalanced, involuntary movements due to constant changes in muscle tone and a difficulty maintaining a symmetrical posture.

Through the classification system, it helps minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and ensures the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

Actually, within competitions, this includes 4 classes, FT5, FT6, FT7 and FT8. For each team, made up of 7 players, there has to be at least 2 FT5 and FT6 players on the field at all times and there cannot be more than one FT8 player on the field at any given time.

With Samantha’s findings, could this classification system change, and if so, in what way? So, IFCPF is conducting a consultation with its members to provide feedback on the new CP Football Classification Rules, being effective on 1st January 2018.

 

Source: https://www.ifcpf.com/news/a-change-to-cp-football-classification

 

CP United victorious again!

On Saturday 20th May, the Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

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The finals came just two weeks after the FA Disability Cup finals which saw CP League Northern Conference winners CP United defeat Southern Conference winners Chelsea Whites. Both teams were in action again in Nottingham on Saturday along with the rest of the very best cerebral palsy football teams in the country to battle for the top spot.

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The level of professionalism and quality of football was excellent and the many spectators who braved the showers were treated to a day packed with exciting matches the top class brand new sports venue.

The event started with two group rounds, Group A featuring Chelsea Whites, Copmanthorpe, Albion in the community, Riverside CP FC, and Group B featuring CP United Seniors, Chelsea Blues, Disability4Sport and South West CP.

In the semi-finals, Group A winner Copmanthorpe defeated Group B runner up Disability4Sport. Group B winner CP United beat Group A runner up Riverside.

The final saw Yorkshire team Copmanthorpe play Manchester based CP United, in which CP United were victorious with a 4-0 scoreline. Its been a fantastic year for the team once again which includes Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ben Meadows as goalkeeper.

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A huge thank you to the University of Nottingham Sport for all their support as well as all of our officials and volunteers on the day. The University also hosted a free Fustsal event for juniors whilst the finals were taking place encouraging even more youngsters into sport.

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For more information on the CP Sport National CP Football league click here

Five winners crowned at the FA Disability Cup Finals Day

The FA Disability Cup Finals day has taken place at St. George’s Park for a second successive year, providing a platform for the very best in impairment specific football in the country.

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On Saturday 6th May 2017 five finals – powerchair, cerebral palsy, blind, deaf and amputee – were showcased at the national football centre with hundreds watching on.

First up was the Powerchair category in which reigning champions Aspire PFC defended their title with a 2-1 win over Birmingham side Villa Rockets PFC, who featured 13-year-old Bradley Addison.

The Cerebral Palsy final swiftly followed with CP United Seniors 9-1 victors over Chelsea Whites.

Following this, arguably one of the most intense games of the day was the Blind Football Final. Merseyside Blind FC were narrowly beaten 2-3 by RNC Shrews in which hat-trick hero and England player Robin Williams helped lead his team to victory.

The penultimate match of the day profiled some of the younger participants with U16 Derby County Community Trust Girls Deaf side beating Braidwood School’s U16 Girls Deaf Team 6-4.

Peterborough United Amputee FC, the reigning champions, beat Everton Amputee FC 3-2 to conclude a fine day’s action.

For more information about The FA Disability Cup and to view a video of the day click here

For more information about disability football and how to get involved please visit www.thefa.com/disabiilty

FA Disability Cup returns for 2017

The second annual FA Disability Cup Finals Day intensifies this month with a series of events looking ahead to the showpiece day at St George’s Park on Saturday 6th May.

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With a world-class backdrop, the country’s largest football event of its kind will feature domestic disability finals in Powerchair, Blind and Cerebral Palsy football. Additionally for this year, finals will be contested in Amputee and Deaf football.

The FA Disability Cup ensures that players within impairment-specific football have a national FA competition which they can take part in with dreams of reaching St. George’s Park for finals day.

It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the players, coaches and volunteers involved in partner competitions, and provides a platform for raising awareness of the opportunities that exist for everyone within disability football.

Director of National Game and Participation, Kelly Simmons, said: “Following the success of last year’s inaugural FA Disability Cup, we are all looking forward to another successful event.

“We remain committed to ensuring this is a landmark day to look forward to on the football calendar each year.”

 National league fixtures will help showcase the Cerebral Palsy Final – won last year by Manchester-based CP United. The winners of The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League northern and southern conferences will meet at SGP.
The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League league was established in its current guise prior to the 2015-16 season through a partnership between The FA and CP Sport. Prior to this, FA regional CP centres of excellence were a key part of the FA talent pathway and they participated in monthly fixtures. However, with the continued evolution of the talent pathway, it became clear that a national league for grassroots footballers was required. The FA commissioned CP Sport to establish a league format and together with the County FA network to establish a network of CP football teams across the country, many of whom are now embedded within pre-existing Charter Standard clubs.
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The CP Sport National Cerebral Palsy Football League consists of a north conference and a south conference, with a total of nine adult teams for the 2016-17 season. The teams take part in regional central-venue fixtures throughout the year and then teams from both conferences come together for the national cup competition in April. The winners of the north and south conferences qualify to play at St. George’s Park as part of The FA Disability Cup finals day. Find out more about the league here.

For further information about the FA Disability Cup contact Danny.Lynch@thefa.com or visit www.thefa.com/disability

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport 2016 Award Winners Announced

To mark  our 15th Year Anniversary of our inception as an independent charity, we are hosting our Charity Awards as part of our Annual General Meeting.

The awards take place today – October 30th 2016 at 4.00pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards are:

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Joe Yates

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Fundraiser of the Year  – Andrea Burnand

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Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Ian Clegg

Sports Volunteer of the Year –  Stella Lockwood

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Richard Mee

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Young Achiever of the Year – Athletics – Clare Hands

Young Achiever of the Year – Football – Ned Tranmer

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Young Achiever of the Year – Swimming – Ella Greatorex

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Contribution to Sport – Dave Winter

Partner of the Year – Quest 88

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Williamson

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All our award winners will receive their awards from our Chairman Mr Paul Goodman.