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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Photo credit: EFDS and Simon Coates

 

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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ASA offer free disability swimming taster sessions

The ASA have a number of disability swimming taster sessions coming up this month, they are FREE to attend, all ages welcome.

14th Feb: Ferndown, Dorset

15th Feb: Weymouth, Dorset

15th Feb: Dorchester, Dorset

16th Feb: Barnstable, Devon

18th Feb: Ludlow, Shropshire

19th Feb: Leominster, Shropshire

 

Following the event, the ASA will then be able to sign post participants to further learn to swim/clubs or other swimming opportunities in the area.

Parents and carers are welcome to swim alongside swimmers should they need it, and swimming aids can be used.

All of the venues have deep water.

Booking can be made by contacting Dave White on email or phone:

Dave.white@swimming.org  or 07584025154

The Tennis Foundation offer more opportunities to ‘Come and Try’ Tennis!

In 2017 the Tennis Foundation is running a number of camps and ‘Come and Try’ events in order to encourage more disabled people to try out tennis and reap the numerous benefits that the sport can bring. Specific wheelchair and learning disability tennis camps are running, as well as Visually Impaired and Deaf tennis sessions.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport works in partnership with the Tennis Foundation and our Ambassador,  James Shaw is a GB Wheelchair Tennis player.

 

 

The below outlines some of the upcoming opportunities this year:

 Wheelchair Tennis Camps

If you currently play wheelchair tennis and want to learn new skills and develop your technique under the guidance of a Performance Coach then the Wheelchair Tennis Camps are for you! The four hour camp (£15) will be led by the Tennis Foundation’s Talent ID Coach who will provide useful tips and advice on how to develop your game. The camps are also an opportunity to be talent spotted and if you impress the Talent ID Coach there may be the potential to join the Performance Development Squad! Camps are open to those aged 5 and above, with all equipment provided. For more details and to book on please visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/physically-impaired-tennis.

Learning Disability Tennis Camps:

If you have a learning disability and want to get involved in tennis then a great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of our one-day tennis camps for those new to the game or looking to learn new skills. You can expect a day full of fun and friendship, at the end of which you’ll be able to play tennis. All camps are 11am-5pm, cost £15 and all equipment is provided. They are open to anyone aged 5 years or above. For more information please visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/learning-disability-tennis.

Wheelchair Tennis Come and Try Sessions:

If you have a physical disability and want to get involved in wheelchair tennis then the new Come and Try sessions are perfect for you. A brilliant way for you to get started in the sport these sessions are for new players who have never tried the sport before. With qualified coaches on hand and all equipment provided there’s no reason not to get involved www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/physically-impaired-tennis.

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For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sports partnerships with governing bodies visit http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/sporting-bodies/

 

 

 

 

BWAA offer winter athletics training opportunity

The British Wheelchair Athletic Association are now offering winter training during the off-season to Seated Throwers who are in training.

Cerebral Palsy Sport join forces with the BWAA every year as part of the CP Sport Athletics Series to provide competitive opportunities. We can now offer their training weekends to our network.

The dates below are for Seated Throwers interested in doing more training. The cost is £5. All of the training weekends will be at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP.

BWAA- Seated Thrower training opportunities

November 19th/20th

December 17th/18th  ( Grand prix presentation and Christmas meal)

January 14th/15th

February 11th/12th

March 11th/12th

For more information regarding the BWAA winter training please contact Rachel Ward: Rachel.ward@cpsport.org

Date for the diary: Cerebral Palsy Sport will be putting on a Track and Field Training camp on the 11th February 2017, keep checking our events page for more information.

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport 2016 Award Winners Announced

To mark  our 15th Year Anniversary of our inception as an independent charity, we are hosting our Charity Awards as part of our Annual General Meeting.

The awards take place today – October 30th 2016 at 4.00pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards are:

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Joe Yates

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Fundraiser of the Year  – Andrea Burnand

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Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Ian Clegg

Sports Volunteer of the Year –  Stella Lockwood

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Richard Mee

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Young Achiever of the Year – Athletics – Clare Hands

Young Achiever of the Year – Football – Ned Tranmer

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Young Achiever of the Year – Swimming – Ella Greatorex

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Contribution to Sport – Dave Winter

Partner of the Year – Quest 88

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Williamson

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All our award winners will receive their awards from our Chairman Mr Paul Goodman.

More people to ‘Get Out Get Active’ as programme goes lives across UK

1st October 2016 marked the start of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme. Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 GOGA localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. In the first of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Developed to get some of the UK’s least active people moving more, GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three-years.

Earlier this year, Spirit of 2012 – a funding charity, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, awarded the programme to the UK wide consortium. Spirit fund partners across the UK that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead GOGA partner, teaming up with an extensive range of organisations to help reach more people, who have the greatest need to get out and get active. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise. The other home nation disability sport organisations are backing the programme as well as Volunteering Matters, Disability Rights UK, Women and Sport, Sporting Equals and Age UK. Additional partners include National Governing Bodies of sport and national charities. Recently, one hundred people involved in GOGA met in Manchester for the first group conference to start the programme’s journey.

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive for Spirit of 2012 said:

“Get Out Get Active launches today after months of careful planning.  It’s a very ambitious initiative designed to increase physical and mental wellbeing by supporting physically inactive people around the UK to improve their health.

“We want to make getting active appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities. Spirit of 2012 is funding Get Out Get Active in response to overwhelming evidence that inactive people need encouragement and support to take those first steps into active, healthy lifestyles.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS said:

“It is a powerful proposition- to get so many more people out and active and we are proud to be leading on such a major investment. The programme has the potential to change how we encourage, enable and engage more people through active recreation opportunities.

“For many of those we are trying to attract, these opportunities have been out of reach or unappealing. Changing people’s mindsets is not an overnight solution and that’s why we’ve called upon so many partners to help make it happen. Today marks the start of an exciting journey for all involved.”

Statistics continually show disabled people to be the least active population and two thirds of disabled people stated they wanted to take part with non-disabled people in EFDS’s Lifestyle Report 2013. Inclusion will be at the heart of the programme through activity and volunteering.

Working together, the partners aim to increase the number of people who are able to access and enjoy local opportunities. This could be through local authority or independent provision, sports clubs or perhaps volunteering. Providers want to motivate people by tapping into their values and the things that matter most to them. This includes building friendships, maintaining health, having fun and progressing in life.

Importantly, a large proportion of the investment is for monitoring and evaluation, assessing the impact and allowing for more organisations to learn from the outcomes.

For more information on Get Out Get Active, visit www.efds.co.uk/GOGA