DM Thomas Foundation launches #IamABLE campaign

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and children transform their lives. Their priority is to make a difference through targeted grant support, helping local and regional community groups and charities across the UK and Europe to deliver projects which provide access to opportunities and improve wellbeing.

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As a  beneficiary of the grant fund, Cerebral Palsy Sport are featured in the social media campaign #IamABLE taking place on Tuesday 19th September. Read the full story here.

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#IamABLE celebrates what young people are able to do, DM Thomas’s work and the successes of projects supported by the Foundation, and highlights the wide range of project partners and causes that they support.

Now in its third year, you can discover more about #IamABLE and our previous campaigns on our #IamABLE website.

 

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.

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.

EFDS resources take people on road to an active lifestyle

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have launched a new resource to support those who are new to sport or want to assist disabled people on how to get more active. Produced in partnership with County Sports Partnership Network, Disability Rights UK and Sport England,  the resource is a guideline to where to start, where to find out more and who to contact on the road to being active.

EFDS is aware from previous research that one barrier can be awareness of opportunities or places to go to find out more. Despite the increase in various activities around the country, there continues to be fear factors around whether it would be accessible or suitable for disabled individuals.

With this in mind, EFDS has created two resources. The first is for people supporting disabled people to be active, for example, local charities or healthcare. The second is similar but for those taking part in the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. The roadmap helps people to access some of the right contacts, places and resources.

Ray Ashley, Head of Engagement at EFDS, said:

“When supporting disabled people to be active, we understand there is a lot to learn and find out. Knowing where to start can be tricky because there are many organisations, opportunities and resources out there. These resources can help to direct more people, who may have little knowledge on sport or active recreation, in a quick and easy way. We also hope they also assist more disabled people to reap the huge benefits of being active.”

Chloe Studley, Active Kids for All Programme Manager, said:

“Through the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training, we are privileged to meet so many people who want to make a difference in their own work or their communities. However, we are very aware that some attendees finish the training with lots of enthusiasm but often need to refer to their notes, so this works well as that reference guide.”

Leanne Wightman, Get Yourself Active Project Manager at Disability Rights UK, said:

“At Disability Rights UK we are well aware of the many challenges disabled people face when trying to participate equally in society. Being active is an important part of this but disabled people have told us that it’s hard to know where to start on the journey to being more active and living a good life. It is important that disabled people and their supporters have access to the right information and guidance about local opportunities to be active as well as being able to physically access these opportunities. The roadmap is great for individuals, groups and organisations who are just starting out on their journey into the world of physical activity and sport and who need a nudge in the right direction.”

Mike Diaper, Executive Director at Sport England, said:

“We are pleased to help the English Federation of Disability Sport realise their vision of enabling disabled people to be active for life. Currently a disabled person is only half as likely to play sport as a non-disabled person. We believe these new resources will enable greater numbers of disabled people to become active, and enjoy sport and physical activity as a practical, healthy and fun lifestyle choice.”

Statistics continually show low numbers of active disabled people – still half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. These resources follow a range of guides to engagement released in December 2016, including a short animation film to access top tips.

To access the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training roadmap resource please contact the Active Kids for All team on email AK4A@efds.co.uk or telephone 01509 227751.

Download EFDS roadmap to supporting more disabled people to be active.

 

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.

Ambassador James Shaw talks tennis with Cerebral Palsy Sport

Wimbledon may be over for another year but there is plenty more in the tennis calendar. Cerebral Palsy Sport were thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Wheelchair tennis player and Ambassador James Shaw this week to catch up on his busy year so far and looking ahead to the rest of 2017. Here’s what he had to say!

What have been the highlights of 2017 for you so far?

In May I was chosen to compete out in Sardinia for my second world team cup which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup on the back of having a highly successful year in which I won my first international singles title, and capped off the year by winning my 4th senior national’s title. It was an honour to get picked to represent my country again, but to play the final, win the event and become world champion with my team mates was a highlight of my career so far and has definitely spurred me on to work hard and have more success in the future.

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What are you hopes for the British Open in August?

The British Open is a very tough event where all the top players come from around the world to compete in Nottingham. With my world ranking at 14 and promising performances of late I believe more than ever that I am able to challenge the top players in the world so I’m excited to compete and hope to continue my success on the court by beating some top players.

What’s the best thing about your sport?

I believe the best thing about my sport is getting better whether that be physically, tactically, or mentally at a sport I love. At the end of the day I chose to play tennis from an early age because I love the sport and want to win so by pushing myself to the limits and then being able to see that work paying off is an amazing feeling. Then win or lose I know I’ve done everything I can do and know either way I’ll be back next time stronger.

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 Any advice for young people who want to get into wheelchair tennis?

I’d suggest finding a local tennis club, getting in a chair and having a go whether that be against friends, family, coaches, players, whether they be able bodied or a wheelchair user! Roma Sport with the help of the Tennis Foundation have sent out more cost effective club wheelchairs to tennis clubs around the country so ask around tennis clubs and try them out.

Wheelchair tennis is an amazing sport that has helped many people including myself improve in so many areas on and off the court, and sometimes this is lost or forgotten in the midst of competitiveness, and having to win. I love to win as everyone does and I’ll push myself as hard as I can to achieve my dreams but my main goal is always to go out on court improve myself, and enjoy myself, so it’s always nice see young people getting in a wheelchair enjoying wheelchair tennis.

 

The British Open Wheelchair championships take place at Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6th August, the tournament features men’s, women’s and quads competitions, as well as a junior competition.  Play is scheduled between 9:30am-6pm each day. Tickets are now on sale, priced just £2 for a weekday ground pass and £5 for a Saturday/Sunday (finals weekend) ground pass, while kids go free all week when accompanied by an adult. For further information visit the Tennis Foundation website

On Saturday 5th August – Come & Try Tennis opportunity while the British Open is taking place in Nottingham. Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at our free ‘Come and Try’ session! To reserve places contact Matt Elkington on 07961 267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

 

Come and Try Tennis at the British Open

The British Open is one of six Super Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and one of the most important tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams. As it is following the Wimbledon Championships many of the top elite wheelchair tennis players compete at this tournament, which will mean we have the opportunity to watch these players first hand.

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The 2017 event will take place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August to Sunday 6th August, with the world’s best players competing against each other, including our very own Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis medalists.

As part of this major event the Tennis Foundation always host a Come and Try Tennis activity day on the Saturday, you will be given the opportunity to play the sport in a fun and safe environment for free. All kit, equipment and support will be provided to participants on the day along with their families and carers.

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Location: Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Blvd, Nottingham, NG7 2QH

Date: Saturday 05 August, 10-2pm

How to book: Contact Matt Elkington on 07961267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports partnership work here: http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/

 

 

Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up in 2017 to support disabled athletes

Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again in 2017 to provide disabled athletes with more sporting opportunities to compete across England. It will be the third year that Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and nine regional qualifiers, aiming to increase the number of disabled people in athletics.

Every year 1400 disabled athletes take part in this particular athletics programme across England. In 2017, the tea company is brewing up again with EFDS’s events programme to ensure more disabled athletes have access to local and national competition.

Disabled athletes will be part of the regional qualifiers that lead to the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships climax on 1-2 July. Over 200 12-20 year olds will take part at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where spectators can spot future stars among competitors.

Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:

“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting the EFDS again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“It is fantastic to be working with Typhoo for a third year. This is a much-loved programme and every year we enjoy seeing how many people get involved in this athletics programme, whether taking part or volunteering. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure more disabled people can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

For over 25 years, the national event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which many events do not regularly offer.

Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Hollie Arnold, Shelly Woods and Aled Davies were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.

Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, which drive the athletes’ ambition to qualify at the nationals. This makes it highly competitive for the team trophy at the national event. Also supporting the event is the Lions Club International, a long-term supporter of the junior athletics programme who continually give up their time and energy to raise funds.

Regional events begin in April across the English regions. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships will be available on EFDS’s website. Find the regional events here.

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For further information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics and National Athletics Championships please click here.

 

CP Sport RaceRunning Tasters spark lots of interest this Easter!

Cerebral Palsy Sport have been pleased to deliver two RaceRunning Taster Days this Easter holiday alongside Quest 88. 

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These took place on Monday 10th April at Dartford Harriers in Kent and on Wednesday 12th April at the Lewisham sport and leisure day organised by Lewisham Pediatric Physiotherapy.

We had a fantastic turnout at both days showcasing this adapted sport. On Monday,  10 participants took part, and it was also attended by 10 physios. On Wednesday, 30 children had a go at RaceRunning. We’ve had great feedback from both events, well done to everyone who attended!

Find out more about RaceRunning here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/racerunning/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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