Who says? The new campaign calling time on negative perceptions

  • Who says it’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it?
  • Who says disabled people aren’t competitive?
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A new exciting campaign from Activity Alliance is calling time on negative perceptions about disability, inclusion and sport and asks – who says?

For far too long disabled people have faced misconceptions and presumptions on what is and isn’t possible, including in sport. Leading national charity, Activity Alliance, wants to move the conversations on, open people’s minds and shift out-dated views on disability. Who says? gives positive evidence that replaces these negative ideas.

Launched on 15 July, who says? was created in response to the charity’s recent research, which explored non-disabled people’s attitudes on inclusive activity. The findings show a lack of understanding could be causing long-lasting barriers for disabled people, leading to inactivity. For the least active audience in our country, people’s attitudes can make or break activity experiences.

Who says we can’t break down barriers?

In reality, disabled people have countless personal experiences that lead to marginalisation, low confidence and inactivity.

Who says? empowers people, on and off the field of play, to challenge their own and others’ perceptions. But, here are some facts that need serious consideration:

  • Disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive as non-disabled people. Although we saw an increase recently, the number of active disabled people remains resistant to growth. [i]
  • The main barriers to being active are psychological, logistical and physical, with psychological the most influential. This is, disabled people’s personal impression of sport and non-disabled people’s attitudes about disabled people playing sport.[ii]
  • Two thirds (64 per cent) of disabled people would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people, currently only half (51 per cent) are doing so. [iii]
  • Research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active.[iv] 
  • Only 14 per cent of non-disabled people are aware of having previously taken part in sport with disabled people. But three quarters (73%) of non-disabled people were open to the idea. [v]

To kick it off, the campaign films challenge six findings from the research. The films provide upbeat insight with a mixture of disabled and non-disabled people. They share their own experiences and feelings on these six statements:

  1. It’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it
  2. Disabled people aren’t competitive
  3. Watch what you say around disabled people
  4. Disabled people don’t want to join in
  5. Disabled people might get hurt
  6. Everyone can’t take part together

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“Negative experiences should not be allowed to continually shape disabled people’s lives. This campaign aims to replace misconceptions with reality. If we truly want everybody to benefit from being active, then we need to call time on negative perceptions. The positive messages in our campaign provide a fresh and authentic view of the sports world. We are asking you to join us in creating a movement built solidly on equality, freedom and choice.” 

Adam Blaze, Sport England’s Strategic Lead for Disability, said:

“We are delighted to see the launch of the Who Says campaign which will challenge negative-perceptions disabled people face when getting active while encouraging people of all abilities to get active together. Views that disabled people don’t want to join in, might get hurt or that everyone can’t take part together are just some of the perceptions that prevent disabled people from being active. The campaign tackles these myths head on showing that we can all do more to break down the barriers and challenge negative perceptions facing disabled people wanting to get involved in sport and physical activity.”

Who says you can’t be part of the movement?

The first campaign phase will run for six weeks over summer. Whilst the who says? movement begins, we are calling for you to get involved in the campaign by posting your own experiences using #WhoSays. Share our films and make your own to add your voice to the campaign.  

Tell us your who says? You could be a disabled person who has challenged someone’s attitude whilst being active. Your organisation wants to share positive stories. Or your company plans to use the campaign to release new funding focused on inclusion.

Beyond the hashtag

Taking the conversation beyond the #WhoSays hashtag is important to us. It’s crucial we talk honestly and openly about matters that affect disabled people’s activity, like policy, funding and promotion. We hope the campaign leads to bigger conversations, greater collaboration and wider systemic responses.

If your organisation would like to get involved and you have a great idea for the campaign, please contact news@activityalliance.org.uk or call 0161 228 2868.

We can’t challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. Who says?!

Watch the perception collection here [Live on 15 July].

Find out more www.activityalliance.org.uk/whosays [Live on 15 July]


[i] Sport England Active Lives Survey

[ii] Activity Alliance Lifestyle Report

[iii] Activity Alliance Lifestyle Report

[iv] Activity Alliance The Activity Trap

[v] Activity Alliance Taking Part with Disabled People

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce new swimming partnership

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce a new partnership with the The Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA).

The STA is an international award-winning charity working towards the objective of preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques. Cerebral Palsy Sport will be working with the STA on projects to raise the profile on the importance of learning to swim and disability swimming.

2019 Learn to Swim week took place from 13th – 19th May 2019. This initiative is designed by the STA to promote the importance of learning to swim which is a life-saving skill. Cerebral Palsy Sport were proud to support the campaign this year by helping promote their message and share important content and information.

Jen Basford, National Sports Development Officer at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said,

“I have seen first-hand the brilliant work the STA do and how much of a positive impact they have in swimming. Their message for saving lives through learning to swim is extremely important and they offer support for any ability.”

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Leanne Dougliss, Head of Sales at the STA, said,

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with CP Sport. We look forward to working with them over the coming months to share expertise and knowledge, as part of our aim of giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn how to swim.”

The STA offer swimming awards, qualifications and CPDs in the following areas:

  • Safety Training Awards
  • Swimming Teaching
  • Lifesaving
  • First Aid
  • Pool Plant
  • Health and Safety
  • Tutor Status
  • Education

Find out more about the STA on their website here: https://www.sta.co.uk/

Find out more information about our partnership work here: http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/corporate-partnerships/

The STA are supporting promotion of the Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming programme such as Development Galas, National Championships and SwimStarts. You can find out more about our swimming opportunities here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/

Cerebral Palsy Sport Announce Partnership with GreaterSport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sport organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments to reach their sporting potential, and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.
Our aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate, and enjoy sport and active recreation.
The range of our work cover children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and all related neurological conditions.

GreaterSport are the County Sports Partnership based in Greater Manchester. GreaterSport is a high performing charity passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport

Their vision is to change lives through physical activity and sport and help to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.

 

Working in partnership Cerebral Palsy Sport wants to support making Greater Manchester the most active region in England by;
• Promoting opportunities for people with Cerebral Palsy and associated physical disabilities to assess sport, physical activity and active recreation across the regions.
• Research and Insight to identify current opportunities, barriers and areas for development.

• Supporting national campaigns such as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, International CP Awareness day, International day of disabilities, Sport England Local Pilot and GM Moving

• Training will be provided by Cerebral Palsy Sport providing anyone who wants to support people with a physical disability access sport and activity.

The training will be the first time that Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop will be delivered in partnership and outside of Nottingham. The workshop allows participants to gain an understanding of what cerebral palsy is, how the condition affects the body, how to adapt sport and activity to be inclusive, and how to effectively promote opportunities. To book a place on the workshop contact info@cpsport.org or download a registration form Registration Form

To find out more about GreaterSport visit www.greatersport.co.uk.

 

England Athletics launch new project to attract new officials

Interested in Athletics officiating? England Athletics are launching a new scheme aimed at giving people the chance to shadow an experienced and qualified official at a 2019 England Championship event and start measuring success.
The project also gives people first-hand experience officiating at one of England Athletics’ National Championship events throughout the year.

This project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing one of their  experienced officials at an EA championships in a variety of disciplines and events.
the events where this can take place is:
23–24 February 2019 –  England U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships, Sheffield.
9–10 March 2019 – England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Sheffield
25–26 May 2019 –  England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships, Bedford
22–23 June 2019 – England Athletics U23 & U20 Championships, Bedford
27–28 July 2019 – England Senior & UKCAU Championships, Manchester
3–4 August 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Manchester
14 Augusr 2019 –  Manchester International, Manchester
31 August –1 September 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Championships, Bedford

To register your interest, please visit their website here

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Tennis Foundation activities to be integrated into the LTA as part of an exciting future for Tennis in Britain

Cerebral Palsy Sport partner, The Tennis Foundation, has announced that it’s activities will be integrated into the Lawn Tennis Association.

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The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity and the Lawn Tennis Association is the national governing body for tennis in the country. The move will unify tennis in Britain, providing a unique opportunity to open up the sport to a more diverse team of people, players and leaders.

The decision was unanimously agreed by the Boards of both organisations and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, with a view to being fully operational from the start of 2019. The Tennis Foundation’s current activities sees it work to open up tennis and its benefits to anyone and everyone, with a focus on its three primary beneficiary groups of disabled people, young people in education and young people in urban and disadvantaged communities.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, the LTA has developed a new vision to open up tennis and grow the sport through making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable to anyone who has an interest, from players of all abilities and backgrounds, to its many millions of fans. Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said:

“We are tremendously proud of the achievements of the Tennis Foundation and the impact we have had on the lives of our beneficiaries. The new exciting vision for tennis in Britain now presents a fantastic opportunity for our sport as a whole to make it one that is truly for anyone.

“We are only in a position to be able to take advantage of the opportunity integration presents because of the ground-breaking work that has been done over the past 30 years. Among the many highlights are the outstanding success of Great Britain’s disability tennis players on the international stage, supporting over 20,000 schools to deliver tennis to young people and establishing the SERVES programme to take the sport to new people and new places.

“I’d like to thank the many partner organisations and individuals who have helped the Tennis Foundation achieve what we have done, creating a legacy that the LTA can take forward and build on as part of a bright future for our sport.”

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA, said,

“Our new vision aligns very closely with the Tennis Foundation’s great work and by integrating we hope we can take it to the next level, with greater scale and greater impact. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for inclusivity across our sport and I want to welcome the Tennis Foundation team to the LTA.”

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Tennis click here and about our Partnership with the Tennis Foundation click here

For more information about the LTA visit www.lta.org.uk, and to read more about the work of the Tennis Foundation see www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.

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..

Enjoyment in Water

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.