Cerebral Palsy Sport Renews Partnership with Floatsation

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our partnership with Floatsation.com

Floatsation has been developed by Martin Mansell, Paralympic Swimmer and winner of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at 2 Paralympic games.

Martin’s mission is to bring the benefits of enjoying the water to disabled youngsters and adults. Working in partnership CP Sports users have the opportunity to see the benefits of Floatsation products and give something back when purchasing.

Enjoying the water with Floatsation has immeasurable benefits. In addition to the physical enjoyment of gaining water skills the increased confidence can lead to improved self-esteem and independence. Then there’s increased spatial awareness, great exercise, team skills and relaxation. That all adds up to quality of life improvements only possible through positive experiences.

Independence for All Abilities in Water

Floatsation® (formerly known as Original Floatsation and New Age Floatsation) is a unique matrix of balls giving total support and independence in water for people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, young and old.

The Floatsation® product range has wide applications both in the leisure market as an inclusive swimming/floatsation aid and as hydrotherapy aid in the pool. The products enable independence in the water acting as an exercise unit and an aid to relaxation at the same time; as well as being a fun toy in the water for all..

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The original product Floatsation® was developed in the mid-1990s and was promoted as a teaching and hydrotherapy aid to physiotherapists and SEN teachers. Re-developed in 2003 by Martin Mansell Floatsation® has gone on to be one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever proving popular with swimming teachers, therapists and parents in all swimming settings, whether school, Leisure centre or at home. Martin believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the freedom that being in water brings.

Incidentally, Martin has spent a lot of time in the water over the years. He won 11 medals in the pool (including 4 gold medals) at two Paralympics (’84 and ’88).

Floatsation® can enable everyone to have fun in the water in a safe and confident way. It enables users to have fun while still allowing them to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Aquatic Skills
  • Water awareness
  • Spatial awareness
  • Team Skills
  • Relaxation in water
  • General relaxation
  • Safe exercise in water for all abilities and ages
Find out more about the partnership and how you can support CP Sport here http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/inclusive-sport-fund/

Activity Alliance Leadership Survey

For too long, disabled people’s representation in senior roles and on boards within the sporting sector has remained low. Activity Alliance wants to understand the professional aspirations of disabled people and what support we could offer to enable more disabled people to pursue senior roles. This includes senior management and board membership, within the sport and active recreation sectors. To do this, Activity Alliance are calling upon disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to share their experiences and views.

We would be extremely grateful if you could fill in the survey, which can be found by following the link: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4274-share-your-experiences-in-our-leadership-survey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. They will not ask for any information that could identify you. Your answers will be used for research purposes, including understanding what might help disabled people to pursue leadership positions, as well as to develop a training opportunity. Activity Allaince may also use answers, including direct responses, to promote any support we develop in this area. Participation is voluntary.

CP Sport announce Irwin Mitchell as sponsor of the CP Football National Finals.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is extremely pleased to announce that Irwin Mitchell are official sponsors of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football Finals .

Irwin Mitchell and Cerebral Palsy Sport have a strong history of working together to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical disabilities access sporting opportunities at a local level, and supporting them to go on and reach their potential.

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track-record of supporting disability sports through its Don’t Quit, Do It campaign. The firm works closely with Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and sponsors the English Amputee Football Association among other sports groups and organisations.

This latest partnership sees Irwin Mitchell support the Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football League Finals to be held on the 2nd June 2018. The finals will bring together 9 teams from across the country, who will have been competing at regional fixtures between October 17 – April 18.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “The support of Irwin Mitchell means we can make the finals a bigger and better event than ever before.  We’re confident that those involved will have a fantastic day.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Irwin Mitchell go a long way in helping us to achieve our aim of raising aspirations, promoting inclusion and supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.”

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.

“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”

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New Membership for Professionals and Organisations launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport have launched two new membership categories to meet the needs of its widening audience.

The development of opportunities offered by the charity has seen a growth in the contact we have with professionals, practitioners, physios, schools, parents and families, who help support more people with cerebral palsy into sport.

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Our services include; the Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness course,  training camps for coaches, and resources for adapted sports including RaceRunning and Frame Football. Read about our most recent training camp in Nottingham on 8th October 2017 here.

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The new membership categories are for Professionals and Organisations and include discount to our services as well as other benefits.

The addition of the new categories follows the launch for the Cerebral Palsy Sport family membership category in June 2017.

For full details and membership forms please click here.

 

 

Free 9 week Wheelchair Dance Development Programme

Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people aged 16 and over, who are interested in competing or performing. This programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Wheelchair dance is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and people compete all around the world. Step Change Studios is providing a free nine week wheelchair dance development programme for people interested in competing or performing. The programme will run every Saturday from 14 October until 16 December, 3.15-4.15pm (no class 18 November) at the Abbey Centre, London SW1 3BW.

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The programme will be led by a world-leading wheelchair dance champion, who will take participants through the different Latin and ballroom dances. To develop techinical and creative skills, build confidence, while ensuring everyone is enjoying their expereicne and able to develop at their own pace in a safe and friendly environment. You don’t need a dance partner. The programme is suitable for manual wheelchair users.

Whether you compete in other wheelchair sports and want a challenge or you just love to dance. We will support you to develop your potential and progress along a pathway to compete at national and international level. Previous dance experience is helpful but not required.

Places are limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration is required via email, phone or via the website registration form.

Register online on the Step Change Studios website.

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If you have any questions please call Step Change Studios on 07976 363861 or email contact@stepchangestudios.com.

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.