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

CP Sport KickStarts Frame Football in Jersey

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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