Lace Up Your Boots and Vote for Us!

Cerebral Palsy Sport is through to the national vote for our Lace Up Your Boots Frame Football project.

Vote for our Frame Football project in the Aviva Community Fund!

Help us provide more opportunities by casting all of your 10 votes by voting here

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement. Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.
The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

Thank you for helping to make a difference!

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Female only CP Football development days announced!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce two new dates in the events calendar -female only cp football development days.

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Supported by the International Federation of CP Football, the events will be held in Manchester on the 25th November and Brighton on the 26th November.

There has been increasing interest in more cp football opportunities and pathways for female players and this is highlighted in our most recent ‘My Story’ case study from Megan, who is a cp football player who is profoundly deaf.

Megan has recently been selected to attend the next stage of the England Talent Pathway process, but as there are only provisions for hearing impaired females to progress any further, Megan can attend because of her disability and football ability, but is not there as a cp female player as there are no means to progress. Something that Megan hopes will change in the future. Read her story here

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The development days on the 25th and 26th November will provide an opportunity for females from 12-16 and 16+ to take part in small-sided games. They will also be signposted to suitable club opportunities following the session.

Find out more details on our events calendar here

 

CP United win the CP Football league National Championships!

There was more success for CP United as they kicked off the football season with the title win in the National CP Adult Footall league National Championships on 30th September 2017. Held at Riverside in Nottingham, 7 teams from the league took part:

Copmanthorpe CP FC

CP United FC

Riverside Inclusive FC

South West CP FC

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Chelsea Foundation – Whites

After the group stages in the morning, where teams played matches of 20 minutes, there was a 3rd and 4th place play off between Chelsea Blues and Copmanthorpe, the latter victorious.

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In the final, CP United displayed their skills and experience, beating South West CP 3-1.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League consists of a North Conference and a South Conference, taking part in regional central venue fixtures throughout the year. They will then come together for the end of year National Cup. The 2016/2017 finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham, in May 2017, where CP United were crowned with the title.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport football programme click here

CP Sport Football league kicks off this Saturday!

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Adult Football League 2017-18 season will kick off with a National Championships held in Nottingham on Saturday 30th September. All 10 teams entered into the league will come together to compete at the Riverside Sports Complex in Nottingham:

Teams involved are;

Copmanthorpe CP FC

CP United FC – Seniors

CP United FC – Development

Riverside Inclusive FC

South West CP FC

West Midlands CP

Albion in the Community

Chelsea Foundation – Blues

Chelsea Foundation – Whites

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Schedule for CP Football National Championships 30th September 2017: NCPFL – 20170930 – National Championships(1) (subject to change)

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League consists of a North Conference and a South Conference, taking part in regional central venue fixtures throughout the year. They will then come together for the end of year National Cup. The 2016/2017 finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham, in May 2017, where CP United were crowned with the title.

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For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport football programme click here

 

England’s CP World Championships come to an end with 4th place

After a clean sheet in the group stages, England’s  CP Football World Championship title dreams were brought to an end last week after they suffered a 3-1 semi-final defeat to Iran.

Following their quarter final win against the USA , Andy Smith’s side had built up their momentum but came unstuck against an impressive Iranian team in San Luis, going two goals behind early in the first half before Dave Porcher reduced the arrears going into the break.

Despite a strong second-half performance in which the Three Lions tested their opponents, it was another early goal which settled the scoreline in Iran’s favour.

England then had a play-off opportunity for third place against Russia on Saturday evening. In another amazing match the English team forced the Russians to work very hard to finally beat them on the extra time.

The first two clear opportunities were for England but Russia kept always the ball control. On the second half the Russians kept pressing on the England goal but were unable to break the good English defense.

At the extra time, the penalty shootout saw two goals from Borkin Aleksei and Tumakov Aleksei to finish 2-0 to Russia.

Full results can be found here: http://www.cp2017.com.ar/

 

England to play Japan as they kick off CP World Championship campaign

England’s Cerebral Palsy team are at the IFCPF World Championships in Argentina. The Three Lions open their Group C campaign against Japan today.

Schedule

  • Mon 11 Sep: England v Japan
  • Wed 13 Sep: England v Venezuela
  • Fri 15 Sep: England v Netherlands

England’s second group match is against Venezuela on Wednesday, followed by Netherlands on Friday.

Matches can be streamed via the official tournament website: http://www.cp2017.com.ar/

The England squad are; Giles Moore, Liam Irons, Harry Baker, James Blackwell, Emyle Rudder, Matthew Crossen, Michael Barker, Jack Rutter, David Porcher, George Fletcher, Oliver Nugent, Dale Smith, Ryan Kay, Lewis Tribe.

Saints Foundation to launch Regional Talent Hub for young footballers

Saints Foundation has announced it has been awarded a license by the Football Association to become a Regional Talent Hub for the 2017/18 season, becoming one of only 13 across the country.

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The Foundation, the official charity of Southampton FC, is giving young footballers who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted the opportunity to progress from grassroots club and league football to a talent development centre, and on to the elite England set-up.

Harnessing the success of the Saints Academy, the Regional Talent Hub will aim to recreate the successful career paths of players such as James Ward-Prowse, by providing equal opportunities to its participants.

The Hub will be split into two age groups, with players from 7-11 years old and 12-16 able to participate.

Saints Foundation will be holding an open trial for the Regional Talent Hub in September 2017.

To register your interest in the open trial, please complete the form below (must be completed by a parent or guardian): https://southamptonfc.com/news/2017-08-16/video-saints-foundation-regional-talent-hub

View the Talent Hub video here:  https://youtu.be/-IjMhFGRX-Y

Broxbourne Borough Cerebral Palsy FC granted charity status

Broxbourne Borough Cerebral Football Club in Hertfordshire has now been in existence for over 2 years and have just been granted charity status. Following on from the KickStart event with Cerebral Palsy Sport in April 2015, the club have gone from strength to strength.

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They now have 25 children,  both ambulant and frame football,  and train on a weekly basis.

Last year the team received a visit from football royalty when Romeo and Cruz Beckham, the youngest sons of former England captain David came along to play and support the work of the club.

The club’s mission is to purchase land and build their own indoor 3G pitch, along with a hydrotherapy pool and physiotherapy room and they are now starting to fundraise.

For more information about the club visit their Facebook page here

Find out more about Frame Football here

Liverpool FC’s Kevin Stewart raises money for CP Sport!

Kevin Stewart, midfielder for Liverpool Football Club set aside some time in the summer off-season to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Sport. A cause close to his heart through a friend’s personal experience.

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Kevin and his friend had previously raised money through taking part in various marathons and football matches but this year Kevin wanted to go even bigger and create their own event.

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With a little help from his Liverpool teammates, including Joe Gomez and Rhian Brewster, Kevin organised a fantastic day packed full of activity at the Lee Valley Stadium in London on 11th June 2017 .

 

This included a 5k run, soccer activity and an auction with some incredible prizes including signed football boots. There was even had a magician on hand to entertain, Zamaan. Kevin didn’t hold back in the 5k, crossing the finishing line first!

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Chief Executive Ali Talbot and son Thomas Talbot, supported the event, and thanked everyone who helped make the event happen and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, including Kevin Stewart, Liverpool Football Club, Puma and BaseKult.

Watch the video of the fundraising day here: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFC/videos/10155689543032573/

 

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For more information about Fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Sport click here

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