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.

CP Sport brings Football KickStart to Jersey

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Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce a Football KickStart event in the Channel Islands.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be delivering the session at Springfield Sports Centre, St Helier, Jersey on Saturday 29th October, in partnership with Jersey Wanders FC and Jersey FA.

It will be the first session for Cerebral Palsy Sport in the Channel Islands and we hope the start of many more events to come.

The session is for ages 5-16 years, all abilities and will cover ambulant CP Football and Frame Football. It is free of charge (booking required).

Further details of the event can be found on our events page

To book on this KickStart event please contact: Paul Greenwood at pnjg.greenwood@gmail.com or 07797932449

or contact Cerebral Palsy Sport:

Sam Turner, telephone: 0115 925 7027, email: sam.turner@cpsport.org

The long term aim of the Cerebral Palsy Sport KickStart programme is to provide CP specific football opportunities at the local level, in partnership with local clubs and organisations.

To find out more about Football opportunities please click here.

Together We Will ambassador meets Chelsea FC idols

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Together We Will campaign ambassador Jude Liversage, from Staffordshire, was recently invited to meet his idols at Chelsea FC team at their training ground in Cobham.

 

The lifelong football fan, that regularly travels the country to watch his beloved blues, went along with his father Tony to meet the first team, including his favourite player John Terry.

 

The visit recognised Jude’s enthusiasm for football and his role as an ambassador for nationwide campaign, Together We Will. The campaign aims to encourage and motivate disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading disability sports organisation supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or email info@cpsport.org

 

For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page www.efds.co.uk/together.

 

Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new Frame Football resource

 

 

Front CoverCerebral Palsy Sport officially launch their Frame Football resource ‘A new way to play the beautiful game’ today.

The launch is at the training base for the England football team and the GB Paralympic football team, St Georges Park in Burton on Trent.

Today marks the official release of the resource, created by Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Football Association, to support clubs and coaches to understand Frame Football and the basics of getting started.

The resource, which is available from Cerebral Palsy Sport,  includes an understanding the different types of cerebral palsy, the equipment, guidelines for coaches and example activities. It has been supported by Sport England, the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP), DM Orthotics and Quest 88.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have developed and trialled Frame Football with lots of feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves to create a truly player centred football opportunity. Supported by the Football Association’s Disability Committee as a grassroots development programme, Frame Football is already gaining recognition as an inclusive Adapted Sport.

It is ideal for those using walking/gait training equipment such as a Frame or Walker. To find your local club please click here

The resource ‘Frame Football  – A new way to play the Beautiful Game’ costs £6 (including VAT) plus postage and packaging.

Order through our shop here

 

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Cerebral Palsy Sport’s partner DM Orthotics assists future England CP Football Star

Cerebral Palsy Sport are working in partnership with DM Orthotics to increase the support and profile of specialist equipment often worn by people with cerebral palsy.

Bailey Fleming was born with Hemi-plegia on his right side. Like most boys, Bailey enjoyed playing football from a young age and has grown to become a very accomplished player, establishing his place in the England CP Football squad for the past 3 years. This achievement has seen Bailey acquire 4 official England Caps.

Bailey uses a special glove made from dynamic elastomeric fabric designed and created specifically for him by DM Orthotics, to help manage the cerebral palsy in his right arm and hand.

“I’ve been using DMO’s for about 10 years and have had 7 gloves through the years. The use of my DMO Glove has really helped me with my football. It really improves my balance and allows me more movement and to be more mobile. It gives me a lot of support when I’m running. It also gives me a lot of confidence on the pitch. In day to day use, the glove helps by supporting my hand – it makes simple tasks like picking things up a lot easier.

England’s Cerebral Palsy Football captain Jack Rutter as one of Baileys sporting heroes and he is focused on keeping his place in the England Senior Squad with ambitions of making the GB Paralympic Team.

For more information about DM Orthotics and their products email enquiries@dmorthotics.com or visit www.dmorthotics.com

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Nottingham 2015 World Games film launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport hosted the first CPISRA World Games for ten years when we staged the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games between 6-16 August 2015.

We are very proud that we staged a world-class event for all levels of ability and  welcomed the world.

Share our memories with our newly launched World Games film and relive the memories: