A hole in one for CP Golf

Stockport CP Society with the support of England Golf have recently organised a CP Golf day. The day gave people with Cerebral Palsy the opportunity to give golf a go. The event took place on Friday 14th September at Heaton Moor Golf Club.

CP Sport have been working with England Golf to raise the awareness of golfing opportunities for people with CP and associated physical impairments. Despite your disability there is a golf opportunity for you, if you would like to get involved visit

https://www.englandgolf.org/page.aspx?sitesectionid=1284&sitesectiontitle=Disability+Golf

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Cerebral Palsy Sport to mark World CP Day

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that we will be marking World CP Day 2018 Saturday 6 October 2018 by holding an athletics and swimming training camp followed by our AGM and Awards evening. For more information on how to book onto the athletics and swimming training day event, please click here.

The General Meeting will be convened to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting. Members will then be invited to share the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards recognising athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, fundraisers and outstanding contributers to sport. our Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors and Young Ambassadors will be attending.

For further information on our AGM and 2018 Awards, please click here:


World Cerebral Palsy Day is more than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them

2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world

3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP

4. Create new solutions to everyday problems

5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges

6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP

7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.

The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

Cerebral Palsy Sport awarded Disability Confident Committed status

Cerebral Palsy Sport has committed to supporting people with a disability within the workplace and we have committed and achieved Stage 1 Disability Confident Committed status to support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in our workplace.

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. For more information on the Disability Confident Scheme, please click here.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
• ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
• communicating and promoting vacancies
• offering an interview to disabled people
• anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
• supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
• at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

As a key strand of our Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategy to support people with disabilities into employment, we are now working on the next stage of our commitment to Disability Confident and supporting more disabled people into work.

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Activity Alliance Leadership Survey

For too long, disabled people’s representation in senior roles and on boards within the sporting sector has remained low. Activity Alliance wants to understand the professional aspirations of disabled people and what support we could offer to enable more disabled people to pursue senior roles. This includes senior management and board membership, within the sport and active recreation sectors. To do this, Activity Alliance are calling upon disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to share their experiences and views.

We would be extremely grateful if you could fill in the survey, which can be found by following the link: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4274-share-your-experiences-in-our-leadership-survey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. They will not ask for any information that could identify you. Your answers will be used for research purposes, including understanding what might help disabled people to pursue leadership positions, as well as to develop a training opportunity. Activity Allaince may also use answers, including direct responses, to promote any support we develop in this area. Participation is voluntary.

Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships 2018

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletic Championships took place on Saturday 1st September 2018. This year’s WPA sanctioned Nationals was held at Doncaster Athletics track having moved from Nottingham in previous years.

IMG_7997Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomed a range of Athletes to Doncaster from guest Athletes competing in their first Nationals, to Team England Members and Paralympians, which created a real excitement at the event.

The event consisted of a full programme of Track and Field events including Ambulant and RaceRunning on the track and Ambulant and Seated field events.  A total of 43 Athletes registered for the event.

The first of the medals ceremonies took place during the lunch break. Medals were presented by Sporting Ambassador Steve Judge, who kindly agreed to come along and present medals and talk with athletes and their families. Series Award winners we also presented by Steve Judge.

Senior Athletics Series 2018 Winners                 

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Beth Moulam
  • Male Field: Tyrone Williams
  • Female Field: Leanna Horne

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2018 Winners

  • Male Track: Thomas Talbot
  • Female Track: Natasha Settlelen
  • Male Field: Thomas Conroy

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2018

  • Field: Abigail Birch

IMG_8035Following the afternoon events Cerebral Palsy Sport Board member, Safia Iman presented the afternoon medals. Over the course of the day a total of 65 medals were presented to the athletes (G 47, S 16, B 2)

A big thank must go to all the officials and volunteers supporting the event and also to Doncaster Athletics Club who welcomed us their facility and were fantastic at ensuring we had everything we needed set up for when we arrived.

See the full results here

Click here to see all the pictures from the event. Photos courtesy of Nick Stevens

Tim Hollingsworth appointed new Chief Executive at Sport England

Sport England have announced that Tim Hollingsworth has been appointed as Sport England’s new Chief Executive.

Tim is currently Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Jennie Price, who announced in May that she would be leaving Sport England after 11 years as CEO.

Tim will bring a wealth of senior experience to Sport England.  As Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, he led the organisation through both the historic London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with ParalympicsGB achieving an incredible 147 medals at the latter to finish second in the medal table.

More recently ParalympicsGB achieved its best-ever performance at a Winter Games, winning seven medals including a gold at Pyeongchang 2018.   Alongside this success at Games time Tim has led the increase in profile and interest in the Paralympic movement, driven the commercial and business growth of the BPA as a charity and ensured it is at the forefront of challenging perceptions of disability in society.

Prior to the BPA he was at UK Sport for seven years, first as Director of Policy & Communications and then Chief Operating Officer, following over a decade working in senior roles in corporate communications.  Tim is also currently a Board Director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Bitel, Chairman of Sport England said: “We are thrilled that Tim will be joining us as our new Chief Executive. We were fortunate to have had a number of outstanding candidates for the role. Tim’s passion for sport, wealth of relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm for Sport England’s strategy really shone through and we look forward to welcoming him in the autumn. I would also like to warmly thank Jennie for her tireless service and dedication to Sport England over the past 11 years. She leaves an organisation full of confidence for the future and on course to deliver against its ambitious vision to create a healthier and happier nation through sport and physical activity.”

Tim Hollingsworth said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of Sport England. The organisation is one I know well and its vision and strategy have never been more important as we seek as a nation to maximise the ways in which people from all areas of society are attracted to, access and benefit from sport and physical activity.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the Paralympic movement for the past seven incredible years and am pleased the BPA will remain a key partner in my new role.  It is one that I relish and I can’t wait to get started.”

Commenting on Tim’s departure, British Paralympic Association Chairman Nick Webborn said: “Tim Hollingsworth has been a key figure in the huge growth of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the British Paralympic Association is now widely recognised as a world leading National Paralympic Committee.

“He harnessed the once in a generation opportunity presented by London 2012 which helped transform perceptions of disabled people in this country.  Under Tim’s stewardship the BPA has also been determined to broaden the impact of those performances to deliver on its vision: through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people.

“While I am sad to see Tim leave the BPA I am delighted he is staying in the sporting sector and look forward to continue to work closely with him in his new role at Sport England.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Tim is a fantastic appointment by Sport England and I am sure he will do a great job in leading the organisation and continuing the implementation of the government’s world leading sport strategy – encouraging more people to get involved in sport and physical activity for the positive impact it can have on their lives. Tim has great experience in sports administration and will seamlessly take the baton from Jennie Price, who I thank for her hard work over the past decade.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “We are delighted to hear the news of Tim’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive at Sport England. We are pleased to see such a committed individual with an in-depth knowledge of disability and Paralympic sport joining Sport England and we look forward to working with Tim in the future”.

Tim Hollingsworth will join Sport England in November.

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Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back!

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back for a 3rd year with the ceremony taking place on the 6th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village 4pm-5pm.

The 2017 awards were a great success with nominations coming in from across the county. The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise those that work hard to ensure that sports and activity for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments is available and high quality.

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The award categories are:

  • Sports Achiever of the Year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Club of the Year
  • Official of the Year

Additional awards that will be presented on the day are; The Andrew Stubbs Trophy,  Swimmer of the Year,  Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour, Fundraiser of the Year, Young Fundraiser of the Year,  and Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you believe that someone you know deserves to be recognised, or you want to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication download the nomination form here CP Sport Awards 2018 – nominations forms

If you would like to make your nominations via our online nomination form please use the following links:

Deadline for nominations is Monday 17th September 12pm.

The top 3 nominations in each category will be invited to attend the ceremony where the winners will be announced.

If you would like any further information please contact info@cpsport.org

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Cambridgeshire Cricket clubs activated to deliver Table Cricket

Chippenham Cricket Club hosted a Table Cricket Activator training course on Tuesday 26th June. The course was requested by the club, with members from local cricket clubs taking part in the training. Cambridgeshire is a hot sport for cricket and the clubs are keen to engage more with their community through table cricket.

This was the first course delivered solely to cricket club members and there are some great plans to develop this in the area. A total of 12 participants attended the Activator training which included a mix of players, committee members and also volunteer helpers.

Participants from the course said that it was “Fun, informative and enjoyable” & “Excellent and well led” and rated the training an average of 4.8 out of 5.

If you would like to find out more about the Table Cricket Activator Course please contact Richard Kerr richard.kerr@cpsport.org

Parallel Athletics Championships Participants get a RaceRunning Taster

Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a RaceRunning start event during the Leicestershire Primary Parallel Athletics Championships at Saffron Lane Leicester on Friday 22nd June.

Athletes competing in the event were provided the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time and they really enjoyed the session. A total of 7 participants took part in the RaceRunning session, with some of the schools in attendance keen to follow up with RaceRunning in their schools.

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Participants with in the session commented that is was fun, and one said she would ask her physio if she can get a RaceRunning which is really positive.

If you would like more information on RaceRunning please contact Rich Kerr, National Sport Development Officer Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport wins National Charity Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as one of the Weston Charity Awards winners for 2018. Our Chair Aideen Blackborough and our CEO Ali Talbot collected the award at an Awards Ceremony at the ThinkTank in Birmingham hosted by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of only 20 small charities that have been selected to receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support from Pilotlight as 2018 Weston Charity Awards winners. As the winners are announced, the Garfield Weston Foundation says small charities need support to focus on long-term planning to meet the challenge of rising demand against a backdrop of limited extra resources.

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Image: Aideen Blackborough and Ali Talbot receiving the Weston Charity Award from Phillippa Charles, Director, Garfield Weston Foundation Director.

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Image: Group photos of the 2018 Weston Charity Award winners at the ThinkTank, Birmingham


Nearly 200 applicants applied to the Awards, highlighting the demand for skills and leadership development from small charities on the frontline of delivering welfare, youth and community services to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Well over a third of applications came from charities focused on children and young people – an increase from just under a third in 2017. This increase indicates charity leaders from the youth sector, in particular, are seeking strategic support.

Aideen Blackborough, Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted that our charity’s work to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport has been recognised with a Weston Charity Award. We look forward to working with Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation to grow our services for the future.”

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities have stepped up to deliver essential services in their communities and are extremely adept at being highly creative with limited resources. Their directors wear many hats as they juggle multiple roles.”

Initially set up in 2014 to celebrate and support great frontline charities in the North East of England, the Weston Charity Awards quickly expanded to the North West, the Midlands and, in 2018, Wales – areas identified by the Foundation as having the greatest need.

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said:

“Large charities have been in the spotlight in recent months for the right and for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, up and down the country small charities are quietly facing rising demands for their services. Our programme is an opportunity for the award winners to develop the skills they need to make the maximum impact, even as they are being stretched to capacity.”

The directors of the 20 winning charities will be matched with teams of senior business leaders for a programme of mentoring and coaching, to strengthen their organisations and increase impact.

The charity also receive £6,500 of unrestricted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to take part in the programme, as well as access to the advice and support of Pilotlight.

 

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