NEW WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CHAIR DEVELOPED TO DRIVE JUNIOR & GRASSROOTS PARTICIPATION

A partnership between the Tennis Foundation and ROMA Sport will tackle one of the key barriers to junior and grassroots participation in wheelchair tennis with the launch of a new specially designed, affordable chair.

The chair has been developed to help deliver on the Tennis Foundation’s vision of making tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to people from every community.

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Great Britain is one of the leading wheelchair tennis nations in the world, and the Foundation’s performance coaches have worked with ROMA to use their expertise and technical knowledge from the elite level of the game to develop a chair that will help more people play the sport at a grassroots level.

The launch sees tennis-specific chairs being made available for £645 for adults and £620 for youths, with a further discount for any chairs ordered through the Tennis Foundation – making the cost over 60% less than a typical entry level tennis specific chair.

The new chair is designed to ensure that a player’s first experience of the game is as good as possible and encourage them to continue playing tennis.  It is available in both youth and adult sizes, and has a lightweight steel frame construction to make it easier and faster for players to move around the court.  The chair also has adjustable settings so it can be adapted as a player develops from a beginner to a regular player.

Joanna Farquharson, Deputy Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said ”Wheelchair tennis in Great Britain has never been as strong – we saw record numbers of players picking up a racket at venues supported by the Tennis Foundation last year, while our elite players achieved unprecedented success at the Paralympic Games in Rio in winning more medals than any other nation.

 “The development of this chair in partnership with ROMA will enable the Tennis Foundation to capitalise further on this success and help achieve our wider aim of supporting over 10,000 disabled people to play tennis regularly at venues we support by the end of 2020.  I’d encourage anyone, of any age, considering giving wheelchair tennis a go to get in touch with us“.

Manufactured in Britain at ROMA’s Bridgend base, the chair is the result of a year-long process of development, testing and refinement involving players, the Tennis Foundation’s disability development team and performance coaches.  The specification is such that not only will the chair make a difference to disabled people in Britain but potentially around the world too, with it already having generated international interest.

John Pitt, Director of Roma Sport, said “We are immensely proud to manufacture this chair in Britain and be able to add a tennis-specific chair to our ROMA Sport portfolio of chairs – especially one which has been the result of such a collaborative process with the Tennis Foundation.  A focus for us was on having a quick manufacture turnaround – not only have we achieved that but we will also be keeping a stock of chairs in the different sizes to enable us to get them to players as quickly as possible“.

Martyn Whait, Elite Analyst Coach at the Tennis Foundation who helped develop the chair with ROMA, said “We knew the need was there for a cost-effective chair for beginners that was safe, mobile and would give players the best possible experience of playing tennis – and this chair delivers that.  ROMA have been a fantastic partner to work with.  It’s great to see the development process come to fruition and players using and enjoying the new chair.  It will without doubt make a real difference“.

Any individuals or tennis venues interested in receiving a referral discount for the chair through the Tennis Foundation should visit http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/physically-impaired-tennis.

The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, and works to open up tennis to priority audiences of young people in education, disabled people and people in lower socio-economic communities, making it possible for them to enjoy the many health and social benefits of the sport whilst maximising their potential.

To get in touch with the Tennis Foundation or to find your nearest tennis session that caters for people who have a disability visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.

To find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sport partnerships please click here

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport are recruiting!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are looking for a dynamic full time National Sport Development Officer to support its Sport Development programme.

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The role will provide insight, support and participation pathway opportunities to people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. It will also provide information to sports governing bodies, 3rd sector partners and County Sports Partnerships on the needs of people with cerebral palsy. The role will also have responsibility for coordinating a number of sport specific events across swimming, athletics and adapted sports.

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As National Sport Development Officer, you will need some demonstrable experience and track record of working in a sports development delivery environment, leading projects and programmes and event coordination. Candidates will require excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to successfully build and manage productive partnerships and demonstrable insight and administration skills.

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This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to join a team where you can have a positive impact in supporting people with cerebral palsy achieve their sporting potential.

For application details please click here 

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

 

Vacancy with Great Britain Disability Football Association Ltd

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The Great Britain Disability Football Association (GBDFA) have announced a voluntary vacancy:

Position:                                  GBDFA Independent Non-Executive Directors

Closing date:                         Friday 31st March 2017

Interview dates:                  Week commencing 8th May 2017

This is a voluntary position, however, all reasonable expenses will be met. Generally, no more than four Board meetings per annum are held, with additional opportunities to represent the Association leading to a maximum 12 days’ commitment per annum.

The Great Britain Disability Football Association (GBDFA) was established in 2007 to be responsible for the selection, preparation and performance of Blind and Cerebral Palsy athletes and teams to represent Great Britain in international competitions including the Paralympic Games. Its founder members were the associations with responsibility for the development of the sport of disability football at grassroots and / or performance levels within the home nations – The Football Association, British Blind Sport, CP Sport, the English Federation of Disability Sport, Scottish Disability Sport and Disability Sport Wales.

Following the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, GBDFA has taken steps to improve its governance structures through incorporation as a private company limited by guarantee. It has also renewed its agreement with The Football Association through which GBDFA receives financial, technical and administrative support for the development and management of the GBR programme – including through use of the facilities and services at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park.

Following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both EFDS and SDS withdrew from membership of the GBDFA. The Board of Directors now comprises representatives of each of the four remaining member organisations, and an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED). GBDFA now wishes to augment its Board through the addition of a further INED to support the next phase of its operations over the period to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Together, the INEDs are required to contribute to the development of GBDFA’s business through demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) high performance football; (ii) commercial fund-raising; (iii) public relations and / or politics. Candidates with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply.

The appointment is for a fixed term, until the GBDFA Board meeting in the spring immediately following the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The successful applicant may, however, seek reappointment for a further four years thereafter.

For further information on the job specifications and how to apply, contact:

Neil Tunnicliffe, Company Secretary               email: neil.tunnicliffe@btconnect.com

tel:       01423 876342 / 07712 178275

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by Friday 28th April 2017

ASA offer free disability swimming taster sessions

The ASA have a number of disability swimming taster sessions coming up this month, they are FREE to attend, all ages welcome.

14th Feb: Ferndown, Dorset

15th Feb: Weymouth, Dorset

15th Feb: Dorchester, Dorset

16th Feb: Barnstable, Devon

18th Feb: Ludlow, Shropshire

19th Feb: Leominster, Shropshire

 

Following the event, the ASA will then be able to sign post participants to further learn to swim/clubs or other swimming opportunities in the area.

Parents and carers are welcome to swim alongside swimmers should they need it, and swimming aids can be used.

All of the venues have deep water.

Booking can be made by contacting Dave White on email or phone:

Dave.white@swimming.org  or 07584025154

Participants needed for new activity research project

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Can you help the University of Birmingham? They’re looking for disabled people who are interested in becoming more physically active to take part in a new research project about sport and exercise.Led by the University of Birmingham, this project is supported by the National Disability Sports Organisations and English Federation of Disability Sport.

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Who are they looking for to take part in this research project?

  • People over 18 years of age
  • People who are currently not doing any physical activity but would like to become active

People within the following impairment groups:

  • People who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • People who have cerebral palsy
  • Amputees and people with a limb impairment
  • People with restricted growth or dwarfism

 

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What would be involved?

To start with  – to help understand how you can be supported to get active and have fun!

Stage One
Supporting you to be more active. Meet to discuss what physical activity you would like to do and invite you to two workshops which will give you ideas on how to get started and stay active. Support you to complete a 30 week activity programme.

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Meet with you again and find how you are getting on with the activity programme and if you are still active. Talk about how you could have been helped and supported better during the activity.

The University of Birmingham will reimburse you for all transport costs throughout the project, and as thank you for taking part in the research you’ll receive £30 on completion of the project.

How can I join the project?

There are a few places remaining at upcoming workshop session in:

London – Saturday 4 February

Birmingham – Tuesday 7 February

Manchester – Saturday 11 February

If you are interested in taking part in the project and would like more details please contact Eva Jaarsma at the University of Birmingham. You can email Eva or call 0121 414 8258.

Paralympic athletes receive New Year’s Honours

2016 was a fantastic year for British athletes, particularly with so much success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. Great Britain closed the Rio Paralympics in September with 64 gold medals, the most by a British team since 1988. They surpassed their London 2012 medal tally of 120 in Rio and finished with 147, second in the medal table behind China.

A number of Great Britain’s gold medallists from the Paralympic Games last year have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, as well as several of the supporting team.

We are extremely proud to see Cerebral Palsy Sport supporters and former event participants recognised with an Honour, including, Sascha Kindred (CBE), Matt Wylie (MBE), Sophie Hahn (MBE) and Kadeena Cox (MBE).

 

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Swimmer Sascha Kindred CBE, visiting a CP Sport event before winning his seventh gold medal at his final Paralympics games. 

 

ParalympicsGB’s Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe, who led the ParalympicsGB team in Rio, receives an OBE, while Tim Reddish, BPA Chairman, receives a CBE and Tim Hollingsworth, BPA Chief Executive, an OBE.

Congratulations to all of those who have received an Honour.

Full list of ParalympicsGB team members recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours:

Lee Pearson – Knighthood

Sophie Christiansen – CBE
Sasha Kindred – CBE
Tim Reddish – CBE

Penny Briscoe – OBE
Jody Cundy – OBE
Anne Dunham – OBE
Tim Hollingsworth – OBE

The following have all been awarded MBEs:

Hollie Arnold
Stephen Bate
Will Bayley
Paul Blake
Daniel Brown
Joanna Butterfield
Jon-Allan Butterworth
Claire Cashmore
Jeanette Chippington
Libby Clegg and guide Chris Clarke
Grace Clough
Kadeena Cox
Karen Darke
Robert Davies
Anne Dickins
Adam Duggleby
Lora Fachie
Bethany Firth
James Fox
Joanna Frith
Megan Giglia
Sophie Hahn
Corrine Hall
Georgina Hermitage
Oliver James
Michael Jones
Andrew Lewis
Stephanie Millward
Aaron Moores
Rachel Morris
Gordon Reid
Pam Relph
Eleanor Robinson
Susannah Rodgers
Louis Rolfe
Lauren Rowles
Hannah Russell
Helen Scott
Stephanie Slater
David Smith
Jessica Stretton
Alice Tai
Sophie Thornhill
John Walker
Laurence Whitely
Matt Wylie
Emma Wiggs
Jonathan Norfolk (Head Coach British Para-Cycling)

 

Its a #BigThankYou to the UK’s sporting volunteers

BBC Sports Personality of the Year takes place this Sunday 18th December in Birmingham.

The event will once again be celebrating the fantastic sporting success of our nation, and amongst the 16 nominees this year is Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Kadeena represented England at the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham in 2015 winning the T37 100m and 200m sprint in athletics. At the Paralympics she became the first Briton since 1988 to win a medal in two sports (athletics and cycling).

On the night there will be a special focus on saying thank you to the UK’s sporting volunteers as part of the #BigThankYou campaign. Live on the red carpet, sporting superstars will surprise volunteers with a phone call to publicly thank them for the contribution they make in sport.

The #BigThankYou is Britain’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities. It will be recognised over the weekend of the 17th and 18th December.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be celebrating our outstanding volunteers, posting pictures on social media and thanking them through #BigThankYou.

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Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Cerebral Palsy Sport.

If your club or school have volunteers to thank then get involved! Further information here.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be on BBC One on 18th December 2016 18:40-21:00

 

 

 

CP Sport 15 year anniversary text donation campaign launches

Cerebral Palsy Sport have been celebrating 15 years of becoming an independent charity this year.

As  charity, we rely on the kindness of people to help fund our programme of sporting events.

Around 2-2.5 in every 1000 children in the UK are born with cerebral palsy. With financial support, we can help to change the lives of more people with cerebral palsy helping them to reach their potential through sporting opportunities.

In our 15th anniversary year we have put on swimming, football and athletics events for beginner to advanced, children to adults, introducing so many more people to the benefits of sport.

We’ve partnered with new organisations and introduced new membership categories. And we’ve celebrated through your stories and sharing what sport means to you and your families.

 

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With a simple text this December, a £10 donation can make a big difference. Why not support CP Sport this Christmas and help us create more opportunities in 2017?

To donate a £10 gift to CP Sport text CPSP15 10 to 70070​.

CP Sport will receive the total amount of your donation. There are no added fees or charges to you or Cerebral Palsy Sport as all the mobile phone operators have signed up to this service and have agreed to cover any costs.

For more fundraising ideas please click here

Introducing Life membership on International day of people with disabilities

Its International Day of People with Disabilities, tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December.  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.

This year the theme of the day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”.  The day will focus on the 17 sustainable development goals, and how they can help create a world that is more inclusive and equitable for persons with disabilities. Find out more

The Paralympics earlier this year were a great example of how disabled people can show off their talents to the rest of the world, though sport.

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 We’ll be picking one of these out of a hat and sending a special CP Sport goodie bag.

This day also marks the start of a brand new membership category for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Life membership.

CP Sport have long recognised support for the charity through Honorary membership and Awards. The new Life membership will be available to anyone who has had 15 consecutive years of full membership (starting from December 2016) who want to take the opportunity to convert to becoming a Life member.

For further detail about membership please click here