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

James Shaw and GB quad team become World Champions

Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team won their fifth BNP Paribas World Team Cup title on Sunday in Sardinia after defeating Israel 2-1.

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Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw all played in in the quad final before Cotterill and Lapthorne won the crucial doubles rubber.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw, representing Great Britain for just the second time at what is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup, found London 2012 gold medallist Noam Gershony too strong in the opening singles rubber, Gershony winning 6-2, 6-1 to give Israel the lead.

However, world No. 3 Lapthorne levelled the final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shraga Weinberg and reigning Doubles Masters champions Cotterill and Lapthorne produced a sensational performance to beat London 2012 doubles bronze medallists Gershony and Weinberg 6-3, 6-0.

“It was amazing to get picked for this highly successful GB team but to win the world title and also play in the final was a dream come true,” said Shaw.

For further information about the Tennis Foundation click here

Free CP Futsal taster session at CP Sport National Football Finals

The Cerebral Palsy Sport adult Football league National Finals are taking place on Saturday 20th May at David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham.  All teams who participate in the adult league across the country will be competing in the finals. Its a chance to see some of the best adult CP players in the country.

In partnership with Nottingham University and Nottinghamshire FA we are pleased to announce there will also be an indoor junior Futsal event taking place alongside the finals.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world .  Its a great way to develop skills and understanding of the game. Find out more about the game here.

The sessions are free and will take place as follows:

10am-12pm – 6-11 years CP players

12pm-2pm – 12+ CP Players

2pm – Frame Football (all ages)

Contact Daniel.smith1@nottingham.ac.uk or call 01157487003 for further information.

CP United to take on Chelsea Whites in FA Disability Cup Finals

CP United  from Manchester will play Chelsea Whites in the FA Disability Cup Finals on Saturday 6th May at St Georges Park, Burton on Trent. The CP final is one of five disability football finals taking place on the day. Last year saw the national league’s northern conference champions, CP United win with an impressive 9-0 victory over southern conference champions Chelsea.

 

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The FA Disability Cup was run for the first time in the 2015-16 season. The FA Disability Cup finals day is held annually in May at St. George’s Park, where the finals of a number of impairment-specific partner competitions are hosted under the banner of The FA Disability Cup.

2016-17 will see St. George’s Park host five cup finals on Saturday 6 May:

  • Amputee cup final (adult male) in partnership with England Amputee Football Association
  • Blind cup final (adult male) in partnership with the National Blind Football League
  • Cerebral palsy cup final (adult male) in partnership with CP Sport
  • Deaf cup final (U18 female) in partnership with English Schools Football Association
  • Powerchair cup final (adult mixed-gender) in partnership with the Wheelchair Football Association

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 our partner competitions, and provides a platform for raising awareness of the opportunities that exist for everyone within disability football.

Ticket information can be found here: http://www.cpsport.org/events/national-disability-cup/

CP Sport Ambassador James Shaw selected for World Team Cup

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw has been selected to represent Great Britain in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, from 1 – 7 May 2017.

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James is part of the Quad team alongside Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill. In 2016 James won the quad doubles title at the Austrian Open and also finishing runner-up in the quad singles.

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Great Britain will be competing in three of four events at the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams will be:

Men’s Event – captained by Karen Ross

  • Gordon Reid (Glasgow)
  • Alfie Hewett (Cantley)
  • Dermot Bailey (Kettering)

Quad Event – captained by Stuart Wilkinson

  • Andy Lapthorne (Eastcote)
  • Antony Cotterill (Penistone)
  • James Shaw (Nottingham)

Junior Event – captained by Rob Cross

  • Ruairi Logan (Edinburgh)
  • Alex Chaston (Greenwich, London)
  • George Davies (Coventry)

Good luck to all the team!

Find out more about our partner organisation, the Tennis Foundation and their opportunities here

Find out more about our Ambassadors here

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador receives Torch Trophy Award

On Tuesday 14th March 2017, nineteen volunteers were recognised by HRH The Earl of Wessex for their commitment to community sport at the British Olympic Association.

Each recipient of the Torch Trophy Award was nominated  as outstanding role models within clubs, centres and organisations across the UK. Cerebral Palsy Sport nominated 16 year old Ben Meadows for this award.

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Ben has right sided hemiplegia. He loves all sports but his real passion is football. He is the goalkeeper for the U17’s North West Regional Talent Centre (hosted by CP United FC) and has also had trials for England U19’s.

Ben completed his Football Junior Leaders course last year as part of the “Futures Programme” that CP United provide and has since been an active member, coaching the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club. During 2016 Ben was also part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Mark Horlick (Disability Officer for LCFA) which includes coaching and refereeing pan disability football.

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In February 2016 Ben was selected to be a Young Ambassador for the Step into Sport programme, which involved delivering projects on inclusive sports to Young Leaders from across the North West. Ben is a fantastic asset to all the organisations that he volunteers. He has shown dedication and enthusiasm in supporting grassroots sport across the region.

Ben Meadows is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and has assisted at our football events. Find out more about ben and our Young Ambassadors here.

Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up in 2017 to support disabled athletes

Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again in 2017 to provide disabled athletes with more sporting opportunities to compete across England. It will be the third year that Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and nine regional qualifiers, aiming to increase the number of disabled people in athletics.

Every year 1400 disabled athletes take part in this particular athletics programme across England. In 2017, the tea company is brewing up again with EFDS’s events programme to ensure more disabled athletes have access to local and national competition.

Disabled athletes will be part of the regional qualifiers that lead to the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships climax on 1-2 July. Over 200 12-20 year olds will take part at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where spectators can spot future stars among competitors.

Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:

“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting the EFDS again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“It is fantastic to be working with Typhoo for a third year. This is a much-loved programme and every year we enjoy seeing how many people get involved in this athletics programme, whether taking part or volunteering. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure more disabled people can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

For over 25 years, the national event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which many events do not regularly offer.

Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Hollie Arnold, Shelly Woods and Aled Davies were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.

Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, which drive the athletes’ ambition to qualify at the nationals. This makes it highly competitive for the team trophy at the national event. Also supporting the event is the Lions Club International, a long-term supporter of the junior athletics programme who continually give up their time and energy to raise funds.

Regional events begin in April across the English regions. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships will be available on EFDS’s website. Find the regional events here.

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For further information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics and National Athletics Championships please click here.

 

Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training awareness week: Communities reaping benefits of active lives

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Over three years, more than 7,000 people have benefitted from Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. As a result, tens of thousands of disabled people are leading a more active lifestyle. The programme is reaching its final six months of this funding cycle and the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is using an awareness week to celebrate the successes so far. From 6-13 April, join us in promoting the value of this training in communities across England.

Support more disabled people to lead active lives in your community

From Thursday 6 April, EFDS will be sharing stories, videos and more from Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training on Twitter and Facebook. Each day, the stories will focus on how the training has made a real difference to disabled people, volunteers, support workers, community organisations and healthcare professionals.

How you can get involved

  • Individuals and organisations can show their support by signing up to our Thunderclap. With your help, we can blast the important training message across social media on Thursday 13 April.
  • Share our stories on social media using the programme hashtag #AK4A
  • Perhaps you have taken part in a workshop. Share your stories with us – it would be great to know more!
  • Sign up for a workshop using the contact information below.

 

“A unique opportunity to up-skill those at the heart of our communities”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, said:

“EFDS exists to make active lives possible for disabled people so we’re really keen to get more people in every community feeling confident and skilled at including everyone in activities. The Inclusive Community Training is a unique opportunity to up-skill those who are at the heart of our local communities.

“There are many people working or volunteering in local areas, who would benefit from the additional knowledge that this training provides. They often play a major role in influencing more disabled people to be active, whether in their own groups or by setting up new sessions. This week puts a spotlight on the tremendous opportunities available around the country.”

Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training is delivered by EFDS in partnership with sports coach UK. Mark Gannon, CEO of sports coach UK, added:

“Sports coach UK is delighted to have worked in partnership with EFDS on the Inclusive Community programme since 2013, leading to over 7,000 individuals taking part in the training. This programme will leave a legacy of well-trained confident volunteers and support workers inspiring continued participation within the disabled community who, while having lots of fun and being involved socially, will also benefit from the long-term health benefits being physically active brings.”

Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight at Sport England said:

“The Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training has equipped thousands of people with the knowledge and confidence to help disabled people be more active. This training reaches the people that are likely to have a supporting role in the disabled person’s life, provides them with guidance on options and possibilities for an active life, so they can not only encourage disabled people to be active but also be confident the activity is relevant and suitable.

“This is part of our commitment and ambition for everyone, regardless of their age, background or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.”

More information

The Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Programme is a unique opportunity that improves knowledge, competence and confidence of those that work and support disabled people in delivering sport-based activities. It is aimed at people or organisations that represent the community, have direct access or contact with disabled people or have the opportunity to introduce physical activity and sport to disabled people.

The training consists of a three-hour practical workshop, supported by online materials and costs a maximum of £10 per participant, although subsidies may apply.

To find out about workshops in your area or to arrange one yourself, email AK4A@efds.co.uk or telephone 01509 227751.

Muninder breaks RaceRunning World Record!

On Sunday 2nd April 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport held the first of the 2017 Athletics Series, at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club, as part of the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Athletics Festival.

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The weather was excellent and the events included a variety of track and field disciplines with over 100 people taking part.

It was certainly a day to remember for competitor Muninder Singh Hayer. He broke the world record in the 200m RaceRunning RR1 category.

Muninder said after the event;

It was almost a 6 hour drive down to Yeovil on Saturday but well worth it, I knew I was the only person competing in both my track and field events. I have worked beyond expectations all through my winter training and desperately wanted to see all my hard work pay off and produce something special in my first competition of the season. A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable and took my first step ever, so knew I was going in the right direction. To some people this might not sound like a lot but to me this just felt unreal!

 Some people do ask me why I don’t speak to anyone before a competition and just listen to music. I think many athletes have their own way of preparing for a competition and this is mine. 

I started the day on the field where I threw my second best distance ever in the club throw. This was a huge boost going into my track events. Then came my 100 meters where I ran my best time on UK soil (I’ve only ran quicker at the European Championships last year overseas). 

 I was in high spirit going into my 200 meter race. I knew I could set a World Record and that’s exactly what I did! I ran 55.10 beating the previous record by a substantial distance 2.1 seconds!

 After this I knew I wasn’t finished and set a new personal best in my 400 meters. I hope this can lead me to greater success going into the World Championships later this year!

 A huge thank you to my coach Graham for all his hard work and belief in me. Also big credit to Cerebral Palsy Sport and Oneathlete for all their contribution for making this possible. 

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Read more about Munider in My Story

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics series here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/

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