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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New research into the importance of adapted sports released by CP Sport

New research released by Cerebral Palsy Sport highlights the importance of their adapted sports programme in supporting people with cerebral palsy to be more active. The results confirm that adapting sports by modifying rules and equipment can enable and encourage more people to take part and enjoy sport and physical activity.

Cerebral Palsy Sport commissioned Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre to evaluate the delivery and impact of the charity’s three adapted sports: RaceRunning, Frame Football and Touch Golf. The study examined each sport to establish if it was fit for purpose and understand the impact that taking part has on participants.

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The new report, titled CP Sport: showing the benefits of adapted sports, highlights key findings about current participation levels in these adapted sports, people’s motivations and barriers to taking part. In addition, how being active makes participants feel physically and mentally. The findings include:

  • Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of survey respondents did not take part in any form of physical activity before taking part in one or more adapted sports.
  • Nine in ten (90 per cent) people who have taken part in CP Sport’s adapted sports said it was fun and enjoyable.
  • Eight in ten (83 per cent) participants said the activities help them to keep physically active.
  • Since taking part in an adapted sport, participants reported that they are now physically active more often – average increase of 45 minutes per day.
  • Seven in ten (77 per cent) participants feel that their self-esteem and confidence has improved as a result of taking part in an adapted sport.
  • There was a significant increase in people’s feelings of overall life satisfaction after taking part in CP Sport’s adapted sport activities. Life satisfaction scores increased from ‘good’ (3.13 mean score) to ‘very good’ (4.46 mean score) based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being ‘poor’ and 5 being ‘excellent’.

Talking about the importance of this research for people with cerebral palsy, Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“Adapted sports is at the heart of our charity’s sports development programme and we are delighted to have worked with Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre on such an important piece of research into adapted sports for people with cerebral palsy.

 “The findings from this study highlight the impact and need to develop adapted sports, to meet the needs of people with cerebral palsy and other impairments, who want to be more physically active and take part in sport. We are indebted to the many individuals and families that have supported this research project and contributed to its unique findings. We look forward to working with our partners to develop the adapted sports of RaceRunning, Frame football and Touch Golf so many more people can access these sporting opportunities.”

 These results follow the recent announcement from World Para Athletics that RaceRunning will be included in competitions from 2018. This news and the latest research provides further confirmation that Cerebral Palsy Sport’s work to develop and deliver adapted sports has been successful.

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Ali Talbot, continued:

“We will continue to put people with cerebral palsy and other associated conditions at the heart of what we do. This research provides us with a great platform to improve our adapted sport opportunities so that more people can enjoy being active and reach their full potential in sport.” 

Cerebral Palsy Sport will use this insight to help grow the profile of adapted sports. They will also continue to educate partners and other sports organisations on how they can adapt sports to make them more accessible and appealing to people with cerebral palsy. In the future, they also plan to expand on this research to review their other activities and sports programmes. Plus, develop more opportunities with National Governing Bodies of sport.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to thank Sheffield Hallam University, Quest 88, the FA, England Golf and The Golf Foundation, the English Federation of Disability Sport, coaches, parents and participants for their support and contribution to this project.

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 CP Sport: benefits of adapted sports report is available in PDF format here: CP Sport showing the benefits of adapted sports

For further information, please contact:

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

Email: lisa.morton-smith@cpsport.org          Telephone: 07496 333096

Aviva Community Fund voting is open for Frame Football project!

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s project ‘Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots’ has been included in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Voting from the public is required so that the project can be considered for the finals where a judging panel will award the funds. Vote 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.

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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.

We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

Log in and vote here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5072

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CP Sport showcases Frame Football at Parallel London

Cerebral Palsy were proud to showcase Frame Football alongside partner organisation the Frame Football Foundation at Parallel London 2017 on Sunday 3rd September at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Parallel London is the worlds first fully inclusive mass participation event.  10km, 5km, 1km, 100m and the Super Sensory 1km races took pace for all ages and abilities, with everybody running side by side.

Alongside the fun run events, was a free family festival, it was an opportunity for everyone to try different activities and experiences, including the adapted sport of Frame Football.

Frame Football is ideal for those using walking/gait training equipment such as a Frame or Walker. 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 centered 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. Find out more about the sport and where you can play here.

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

Frame Football partnership announced

CP Sport are pleased to announce that the Frame Football Foundation is now an official partner of the National Strategic Frame Football Development Group.

The group also includes the FA, Quest 88 and a physiotherapist representative from APCP.

The strategic groups purpose is to continue to grow frame football developing opportunities to play, laws of the game, equipment and coach education building towards a structured sustainable future for the adapted game.

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We are delighted to be working with the Frame Football Foundation and look forward to our first event together Parallel London on the 3rd September at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On the day we will be joined by players from the Frame Football Foundation to help raise the profile of the beautiful game. If you are already involved in Frame Football and would like to come along to show off your skills, or if you have never played before but would like to come and have ago we will be in the Family Festival area . For further details please click here.

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For more information about Frame Football and where you can play please click here.

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.

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

 

 

 

A bumper sports weekend for CP Sport

This weekend Cerebral Palsy Sport held three sports events across the country bringing new opportunities for young people with cerebral palsy.

On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined forces with CP Teens and Sheffield FA to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This was an opportunity for current and new participants to come and “have a go” at either or both RaceRunning and Frame Football. 15 children and adults came to the day and had a fantastic time trying out the equipment and sports in a top sporting venue. It was great to have the support of Quest 88 getting people fitted with equipment and answering lots of questions.

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Our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson who was there with CP Teens said;

“Saturday was such a great day for lots of young people with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities to have a go at RaceRunning and Frame Football. It had a wonderful turnout and I really enjoyed going with my own RaceRunner and leading some of the activities to the children and young people who were trying RaceRunning for the first time. I also got to have a go at Frame Football myself, which was really funny as I wasn’t really very good at it but I had fun! Overall it was a very successful day for both CP Sport and CP Teens UK!”

On the same day, we held a swimming development gala in Winchester. 28 people took part from ages 5-27, across our 9 events. It was fantastic to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh attend and chat with our swimmers and parents. We had attendees who travelled from as far as Chesterfield and Suffolk. Our development galas are extremely popular because they are an excellent introduction to competitive swimming.

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And finally on Sunday 29th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a Frame Football KickStart session in Carlisle jointly with Cumbria Frame Football Club and Cumberland FA, catering for 6 young people, and helping support the club with their ongoing programme. Find out more about Frame Football here.

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A huge thank you yo all our volunteers who helped over this weekend – a great team effort!

Find out about upcoming Cerebral Palsy events here

CP Sport young ambassador awarded Point of Light Award

Sheffield Hallam student and Cerebral Palsy Sport young sporting ambassador, Ellie Simpson, 22 has been awarded the prestigious Point of Light Award from Prime Minister, Theresa May. In 2013, Ellie set up CP Teens to support young people with cerebral palsy and provide them with advice and opportunities to socialise and be active.

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Having experienced isolation during her time in sixth form, Ellie realised how little social support there was for young people with cerebral palsy. She set up CP Teens, an organisation to connect young disabled people and provide them with support, advice and opportunities.

Through CP Teens, Ellie runs the only website connecting young people with cerebral palsy, which receives around 1000 visitors per day; organises social events, including an annual charity ball; and sports events where disabled young people can try new sports and also signposts volunteering opportunities.

Following the success of CP Teens, Ellie has also set up ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ to support younger people and their families.

In a personal letter to Ellie, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By drawing on your own experiences to set up ‘CP Teens’, you have created a supportive and accepting community for young people with cerebral palsy. Your work is going from strength to strength and I wish you every success as CP Teens grows, alongside ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ for younger people and their families.”

As a young ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Ellie is able to share her story about the positive impact sport has had on her life to many more young people. CP Teens and Cerebral Palsy Sport work in partnership to support and encourage more people to enjoy being active and tackle the issue of social isolation, that can often by experienced by people with cerebral palsy. On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport,  CP Teens and Sheffield FA worked jointly to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity gave 15 young people the chance to “have a go” at both RaceRunning and Frame Football.

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CP Teens founder, Ellie Simpson said:

“I cannot believe I have been awarded an award as prestigious as a Point Of Light Award. It means such a lot to me and CP Teens UK. When I set up CP Teens UK in 2013, I never could have imagined how many young people it has, and continues to, reach out to and work with. I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way and I am so excited about the future of CP Teens UK.”

Find out more about upcoming Cerebral Palsy Sports events here

Find out more about CP Teens here