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

 

CP United victorious again!

On Saturday 20th May, the Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

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The finals came just two weeks after the FA Disability Cup finals which saw CP League Northern Conference winners CP United defeat Southern Conference winners Chelsea Whites. Both teams were in action again in Nottingham on Saturday along with the rest of the very best cerebral palsy football teams in the country to battle for the top spot.

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The level of professionalism and quality of football was excellent and the many spectators who braved the showers were treated to a day packed with exciting matches the top class brand new sports venue.

The event started with two group rounds, Group A featuring Chelsea Whites, Copmanthorpe, Albion in the community, Riverside CP FC, and Group B featuring CP United Seniors, Chelsea Blues, Disability4Sport and South West CP.

In the semi-finals, Group A winner Copmanthorpe defeated Group B runner up Disability4Sport. Group B winner CP United beat Group A runner up Riverside.

The final saw Yorkshire team Copmanthorpe play Manchester based CP United, in which CP United were victorious with a 4-0 scoreline. Its been a fantastic year for the team once again which includes Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ben Meadows as goalkeeper.

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A huge thank you to the University of Nottingham Sport for all their support as well as all of our officials and volunteers on the day. The University also hosted a free Fustsal event for juniors whilst the finals were taking place encouraging even more youngsters into sport.

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For more information on the CP Sport National CP Football league click here

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

CP Sport gears up for the FA Disability Football Cup

The FA Disability Cup takes place this weekend at St. Georges’ Park with five national finals in five different impairment groups – deaf, blind, cerebral palsy, powerchair and amputee – commencing at the National Football Centre on Saturday 6 May.

To mark it, a special film has been made featuring a cast list of rising stars from the disability football world. Sam Bull, powerchair footballer, Brandon Coleman, blind footballer, cerebral palsy footballer Jordan Twiss and Danielle Evans, a deaf footballer all feature and explain how their involvement in their chosen discipline has helped them in other areas of their life.

“The power of football is unstoppable” said Bull. “When I started playing powerchair football, the boost I had to my mental state and my confidence was massive, and my competitive side, which was probably always there, really came out.”

“There’s a lot of people out there that don’t know the pathway for disability football and its just case of getting that awareness out there,” said Evans, who plays for Everton FC deaf team and twice voted Disability Player of the Year.

In addition, The FA has released its first ever a British Sign Language (BSL) film in association with the English Federation of Disability in Sport (EFDS) ahead of the finals.

To watch both films please click here:

Follow @FA on Twitter to receive regular updates of the different games. A full schedule can be found on  www.thefa.com/disability

For more information about The FA Disability Cup and the wider opportunities available within cerebral palsy, Blind, Powerchair or wider disability football in general please visit www.thefa.com/disability

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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/

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.

The FA Disability Cup kicked off in Keele with CP fixtures

The FA Disability Cup began last weekend with the three hotly-contested cerebral palsy National League Northern fixtures.

CP United Seniors clinched the Northern League title with victory over Riverside at Keele University on Sunday 26th March.

CP United started brightly and peppered the Riverside goal, but found goalkeeper Leon Taylor was equal to their efforts. But as soon as Edward Flinn broke the deadlock, there was only going to be one winner. Jordan Twiss and Reiss Blackwell got themselves on the scoresheet before James Farmer rounded off a comfortable 4-0 win.

United then celebrated their title win with victory over rivals Copmanthorpe. They raced into a 3-0 lead courtesy of a goal from Aaron Kinnear and a brace by Flinn. Jack Fox pulled a goal back but United debutant Ben Murphy completed another big win.

The final match of the weekend pitched Riverside against Copmanthorpe. Riverside took the lead through Matt Tyne only for Fox to rattle home the equaliser.

Jack Foster finished off a neat one-two with Andy Riddle to edge Riverside ahead once more but Brian Johnson smashed home a leveller with the last kick of the game.

CP United will now play Chelsea in the CP final of The FA Disability Cup on 6 May at St. Georges Park.

To find out more about The FA’s provision for disability football log onto www.thefa.com/disability

To find out more about Cerebral Palsy football opportunities click here

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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

 

Opportunities at Cerebral Palsy Sport

Do you have what it takes to make a difference to Cerebral Palsy Sport, the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy?

We have several vacancies currently with Cerebral Palsy Sport:

Non Executive Trustee/Directoe Opportunities

We want to recruit non-executive Directors / Trustees, for an initial three-year term, to our Board of Directors. We are seeking individuals who can help develop, drive and maintain the charity’s strategic focus and lead the changing organisation towards its future. Closing date for applications is: 10.00am on Friday 10th March 2017. Find out more here

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National Disability Football Coach

We are seeking a National Disability Football Coach to support our Football programme. This role is focused supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport’s growth within the development and delivery of CP Football, including ambulant and frame versions of the game through our Kick-Start and Kick-Off football programmes. The primary role of this post is to deliver football sessions in partnership with a range of football partners including professional clubs, English Football League clubs, and Charter Standard community football clubs that will provide people with cerebral palsy with the opportunity to access football. As the lead coach your role will be to upskill other coaches and leaders at the club with good practices for coaching those with CP ensuring all sessions are inclusive and high quality. Closing date for applications is: Friday 10th March 2017. Find out more here