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.

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


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




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: neil.tunnicliffe@btconnect.com

tel:       01423 876342 / 07712 178275

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by Friday 28th April 2017

CP Sport KickStarts Frame Football in Jersey


JTC Jersey Wanderers coach, Paul Greenwood, organised the launch event on Saturday 29th October 2016 at Springfield Stadium alongside Sam Turner, National Football Development Officer for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Paul Greenwood first spotted Frame Football via twitter which led to a discussion with Cerebral Palsy National Development Officer Sam Turner.

“I spoke to Sam via email and he helped me establish this initiative. I’ve seen the benefits of these kind of initiatives, not only does it give children with mobility needs a chance to play, it also has huge social benefits in meeting and playing with like minded children in a truly inclusive environment. I am delighted that Sam is now travelling to Jersey for the launch event and also the support I have received from local parent Claire Steel in bringing it all together.”

The benefits of Frame Football are that it’s specific to the needs of those individuals and allows them to play the game of football properly, to make tackles, score goals, do all the things that we love about the game of football in an environment that’s positive and specific for them.

Richard Collinson of BBC Jersey Sport scene said:

“I must say, I was so impressed with what I was hearing up there at Springfield today. They’ve already fallen in love with it, because I was speaking to one of the young men who would be participating in this and he couldn’t stop talking to Brian and myself about Chelsea, he had his Chelsea shirt on and never stopped for a minute.”

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 Young Chelsea fan Louis spoke to ITV’s Hannah Bechelet about his first experience of Frame Football:

“It’s been really, really, really, really exciting.”

What was the most exciting bit? “The match. And when Sam said that we’re going to do a penalty shootout”

Claire Steel shared the perspective of a parent, speaking about the event and the importance of Frame Football to her daughter:

“She had such a good time and she was competing with children on a level playing field, and she was just one of the players. She wasn’t somebody who was invited out of sympathy or out of duty from the other players, she was really taking part.”

“Frame Football coming to Jersey is just really providing that opportunity for them to be part of a team and to be valued, to be independent and to just have fun, learning what it’s like to be part of team. It’s an important learning opportunity for them really.”


Paul Greenwood said,  “There is a need for myself and perhaps somebody else to go and learn a little bit more about the qualification we need to run these sessions, and it’s really important that if we’re going to do this, we do it right, that we have all the protocols in place.

Our aim is to run fortnightly sessions in Springfield Sports Hall. The staff at Springfield have been very generous and offered me the hall for free for this initial taster session but looking ahead I will need to explore funding opportunities to develop the Initiative and purchase more specialist sports frames for the children.”

Anyone wishing to attend the follow-on sessions should call Paul Greenwood on: pnjg.greenwood@gmail.com or 07797932449

Twitter: @JsyFrameFball

The event coverage in the media:

Jersey FA website

ITV News

Channel 103

BBC Radio Jersey – Sportscene (from 18:10)

CP Sport brings Football KickStart to Jersey


Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce a Football KickStart event in the Channel Islands.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be delivering the session at Springfield Sports Centre, St Helier, Jersey on Saturday 29th October, in partnership with Jersey Wanders FC and Jersey FA.

It will be the first session for Cerebral Palsy Sport in the Channel Islands and we hope the start of many more events to come.

The session is for ages 5-16 years, all abilities and will cover ambulant CP Football and Frame Football. It is free of charge (booking required).

Further details of the event can be found on our events page

To book on this KickStart event please contact: Paul Greenwood at pnjg.greenwood@gmail.com or 07797932449

or contact Cerebral Palsy Sport:

Sam Turner, telephone: 0115 925 7027, email: sam.turner@cpsport.org

The long term aim of the Cerebral Palsy Sport KickStart programme is to provide CP specific football opportunities at the local level, in partnership with local clubs and organisations.

To find out more about Football opportunities please click here.

CP Sport announce new combined sports event

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Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announced a brand new adapted sports taster session.

RaceRunning and Frame Football will be the sports on offer at this unique event. Cerebral Palsy Sport have been working with CP Teens and the Sheffield FA to host this taster session on the 28th January 2017 at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity is for current and new participants to come and have a go at either or both adapted sports.

Rachel Ward, National Athletics Officer from CP Sport said,

Its great to be joining forces with CP Teens UK to provide more people with the opportunity to try RaceRunning and increase numbers at their regular session. To be able to combine this with another of our increasingly popular adapted sports, Frame Football, will hopefully attract more people to come along to the day’. 

Participants will be able to try both sports or focus on one.

RaceRunning is a new sport, developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. RaceRunning 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. For further information please click here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have designed, developed and trialled Frame Football with lots of feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves to create a truly player centred football opportunity. Supported by the Football Association’s Disability Committee as a grassroots development programme, Frame Football is already gaining recognition as an inclusive adapted sport. Sam Turner, our National Football Officer is working closely with Sheffield and Hallamshire FA with the aim to create a regular session following the event. For further information on Frame Football please click here.

The Cost of the event is £5 for CP Sport full -members or £7.50 affiliate members or non-members. The entry fee covers either or both sports. For age 5 and upwards. Time: 1-4pm.

Participants can sign up for the event here.


Young Sporting Ambassador announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our 4th Young Ambassador Ben Meadows.

Ben from Liverpool is 16 and has right sided hemiplegia. He is a very happy and easy going person, who works hard to keep himself physically fit to help with his disability.

Ben loves all sports but his passion is football and is the goalkeeper for the U16’s North West Regional Talent Centre hosted by CP United FC, where he has been in the programme since he was 11.  He has also had trials for England U19’s and also plays within LFC’s Ability Counts programme, EFC Pan Disability and more recently Walton FC (ran by Liverpool County FA).

At School Ben completed a BTEC Level 2 in Sport Development and has just started Sixth Form to do BTEC Level 3 again in Sport Development.

He 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 of helping with the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club.

During the summer last year he was part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Liverpool County FA.

Ben has also just completed his Level One Football Coaching qualification and is looking forward to moving on to his level 2.

Ben’s commitment to sport as a player, young leader and coach is clear to see. He is an inspiration to all that he works with as a result of his positive attitude and have a go ethos.

Ben wants to use his role as CP Sport Young Ambassador to continue to raise the profile of sport and activity opportunities for people of all ages with CP. He is keen to work alongside the other Young Ambassadors to showcase their individual stories and demonstrate what can be achieved.

CP Sport are extremely excited to have Ben on board and look forward to working with him and all our Young Ambassadors. Read about our other Young Sporting Ambassadors here.


Photo courtesy of  Alice Ferrebe

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce third Young Sporting Ambassador

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce our third Young Sporting Ambassador Jamie Westerman.

Jamie has always played football and joined Manchester City disability team 4 years ago. He was invited to a Frame Football event at St Georges Park ran by CP sport where he tried and fell in love with Frame Football.

On playing Frame Football Jamie says, “It made a big difference because it gave me a level playing field so to speak, it was good to play with other people using frames, I was more aware of my own skills within football.”


Jamie was delighted at being chosen as one of CP Sports Young Ambassador’s, alongside RaceRunners Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys. When asked how he would like to use his role his said,

“I’d use my role to encourage more children and young adults to have a go and enjoy the game of football the way I do, it is such a good feeling to be playing along with people of the same ability. I would also like to use my role to look at what other countries offer in the field of Frame Football. Football for blind people has come such a long way, now being in the Paralympics that I would like to imagine that one day Frame Football will have the same worldwide recognition”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is excited to have Jamie on board and is looking forward to working with him to raise the profile of Frame Football.

For more information on how you can play Frame Football click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new Frame Football resource



Front CoverCerebral Palsy Sport officially launch their Frame Football resource ‘A new way to play the beautiful game’ today.

The launch is at the training base for the England football team and the GB Paralympic football team, St Georges Park in Burton on Trent.

Today marks the official release of the resource, created by Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Football Association, to support clubs and coaches to understand Frame Football and the basics of getting started.

The resource, which is available from Cerebral Palsy Sport,  includes an understanding the different types of cerebral palsy, the equipment, guidelines for coaches and example activities. It has been supported by Sport England, the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP), DM Orthotics and Quest 88.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have developed and trialled Frame Football with lots of feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves to create a truly player centred football opportunity. Supported by the Football Association’s Disability Committee as a grassroots development programme, Frame Football is already gaining recognition as an inclusive Adapted Sport.

It is ideal for those using walking/gait training equipment such as a Frame or Walker. To find your local club please click here

The resource ‘Frame Football  – A new way to play the Beautiful Game’ costs £6 (including VAT) plus postage and packaging.

Order through our shop here


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Football mad Jude selected as ambassador for new national campaign


Tony and Jude Liversage 3Jude Liversage, who has cerebral palsy (CP) is an eight year-old boy from Staffordshire whose motivation and enthusiasm to be active has led him to live a healthy and happy life.

The young sports fan has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Even at a young age, Jude’s passion to get active and play sport, football in particular, is clear to see. From endless hours kicking around a football in the garden, to travelling the country to watch his beloved team, Chelsea Football Club. Jude’s appetite for activity and his boundless energy makes him a great advocate for many.

Maintaining an active lifestyle has had its challenges for Jude and his family. The Liversages have faced a number of barriers along the way.

When Jude was four his dad Tony, was eager to find a football club which would be suitable for his football mad son. With no suitable facilities in their local area, Tony sought the advice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, the country’s leading sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy. They helped Jude and the whole family start getting more active.

Cerebral Palsy Sport directed the family to a dedicated CP football league, which has had a big impact and has since inspired Tony to set up their own CP football team in Staffordshire.

Together as a family, the Liversages have now been selected to share their experiences. They want to share the benefits they have found from staying active. Together the family wants to encourage other disabled people to take part in sport and exercise.

Jude’s Story

Jude Liversage has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Jude, who has cerebral palsy is a football mad eight year old. Since he was born his dad, Tony Liversage has always tried to ensure that Jude has the same opportunities to have fun and be active as other children his age, including his twin sister Marcie.

Jude has faced a number of obstacles from a young age in order to live an active lifestyle, particularly when playing his favourite sport, football.

Jude has limited mobility in his lower legs and the lack of suitable opportunities nearby sometimes prevented him from taking part in local community sports activities. Other children’s levels of ability and stamina, often left Jude feeling excluded and demotivated.

Tony is determined for both Jude and Marcie to have happy, healthy and active childhoods. So they attended an event organised by Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2011 to see what opportunities were available for Jude and Marcie to enjoy together. The advice from the National Disability Sports Organisation was invaluable.

With limited access to facilities locally, doting dad Tony committed to driving Jude 150 miles every fortnight to Oldham to attend a specialist cerebral palsy football session. Witnessing the set up first hand inspired Tony to set up a CP football group in Staffordshire, Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC so people in their local community could have access to the same opportunities. Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC now has 18 players from age four to 18 years old. The team is a fully inclusive club who trains at Weston Road Academy and is always actively seeking new players.

Taking part in regular physical activity as a family has been instrumental to Jude’s rehabilitation. Jude recently underwent life-changing surgery (selective Dorsal Rhizotomy at Portland Hospital) in which some of the nerves running between his muscles and spine were cut to allow his legs more movement.

Throughout Jude’s rehabilitation his family and supporters focused physiotherapy exercises around fun football techniques and terminology. From his dad setting up cones in the living room, to using goal posts to motivate Jude to walk again after his surgery. Football gets Jude excited about being active.

A year on from his operation, together with his family, friends and support network, Jude regularly exercises.. This includes Jude’s Godfather, Tim Thwaites a local coach at Silverdale Boxing Club, who coaches Jude every weekend in circuit training to help him build up his core strength.

Being active and taking part in lots of activity with family and friends has been instrumental to Jude’s physical, mental and social well-being. Cerebral Palsy Sport has and will continue to provide advice, support and opportunities for Jude and his family to have fun and be active together.

Jude’s dad, Tony Liversage commented:

“It’s fantastic to be asked to be part of the Together We Will campaign. Sport plays a huge part in our family life, so it’s great to be able to share our story and help others get active too.

“From day one Jude has been running around with a football at his feet, but growing up it was tough finding access to take part in with children of a similar ability and age.

“There are many organisations out there to help give disabled people and their families support in finding activities which are suited for them – Cerebral Palsy Sport was great at introducing us to dedicated CP football leagues which have been life changing to keep Jude healthy and happy.”

Lisa Morton-Smith, National Sports Development Manager from Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“CP Sport’s aim is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their potential through sport, and lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Jude and his family are a fantastic example of the opportunities available and how sport and active recreation can have a positive impact on the whole family.

CP Sport is excited to be involved in the Together We Will campaign to support others like Jude and Tony access sport and activity.”

This summer, Jude is now gearing up along with his team mates for another busy football season.

Throughout the Together We Will campaign, there will be many more ambassador stories Together Jude and his family are active. Together we will.

For more information about Together We Will and support on how to become more active, visit our campaign page here

For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or visit http://www.cpsport.org/


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