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:

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:  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



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.

Stage Two
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).



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.


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


The impact of RaceRunning

Cerebral Palsy Sport have had the opportunity to introduce many children, adults and coaches to RaceRunning, an increasingly popular sport.

RaceRunning is suitable for those who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. The equipment is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

In 2014, Cerebral Palsy was successful in securing Sport England Get Equipped funding to purchase a number of RaceRunning bikes and to run a series of RaceRunning Taster Days. These taster days have led on to a number of children taking up RaceRunning regularly and taking part in competitions.

One case study we have chosen to highlight is a 6 year old boy called Abraham. RaceRunning has been a life changer for him and his family. His mum told us how Abraham can’t run fifty yards but  in the race runner for the first time he did over 400m! She tells us the benefits have been unbelievable. He has grown in confidence, is less frustrated, works hard on his physio and OT and is making huge progress at school. Read the full story about Abraham here

Our next RaceRunning taster session is on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Sheffield. There is also Frame Football on offer at this is event. Register here

To find out more about RaceRunning please click here or you can contact us at at CP Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email

Superhero Tri Series launches!

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Today marks the official launch of a brand new and exciting event. The  Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family & friends.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is an official charity partner and so you can take part, have fun and raise funds for us at the same time.

This exciting event will take place on the 19th August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor ( the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing Venue).

The Celebrity Superhero Tri will have 30 well known Paralympians and celebrities as Team Captains.

This is an outline of how it will work:

Team up: Unite with disabled and non friends and family to share the the work (and the fun!)

Grab a Sidekick:  This world first is a unique chance to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push/pull them one in the water and push/pull them around the bike and push/run stages.

Fly solo: For those participants who want to do all 3 stages

There are Three epic distances:

Full Superhero Tri: Solo Team or Sidekick: 150m Swim; 3k cycle and 1km run

Half Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 400m swim; 10k cycle and 2.5km run

Full Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 750m swim; 20k cycle and 5 km run

For further information click here.

If you wish to be part of our team and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, please email or call 0115 925 7027.



BWAA offer winter athletics training opportunity

The British Wheelchair Athletic Association are now offering winter training during the off-season to Seated Throwers who are in training.

Cerebral Palsy Sport join forces with the BWAA every year as part of the CP Sport Athletics Series to provide competitive opportunities. We can now offer their training weekends to our network.

The dates below are for Seated Throwers interested in doing more training. The cost is £5. All of the training weekends will be at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP.

BWAA- Seated Thrower training opportunities

November 19th/20th

December 17th/18th  ( Grand prix presentation and Christmas meal)

January 14th/15th

February 11th/12th

March 11th/12th

For more information regarding the BWAA winter training please contact Rachel Ward:

Date for the diary: Cerebral Palsy Sport will be putting on a Track and Field Training camp on the 11th February 2017, keep checking our events page for more information.