Cerebral Palsy Sport calls for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s Community Fund

Cerebral Palsy Sport are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of the charities on the shortlist.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s On Your Marks Cerebral Palsy RaceRunning Project is for children and young people with cerebral palsy to try inclusive RaceRunning to help them discover the joys of sport.

Ali Talbot, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted that our On Your Marks RaceRunning Project has been chosen for the public vote at part of Tesco’s Centenary Bags for Help Centenary Grant scheme. RaceRunning is an adapted and inclusive athletics activity where people with cerebral palsy are able to run and be active using a RaceRunner. A RaceRunner is a three wheeled frame with no pedals where the individual is supported by a saddle and body plate. RaceRunning enables people with physical disabilities to change from passive spectators to active participants and we want to reach so many more people through this project. Please support us with your token in store to help change lives”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in October, November and December across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Please vote for Cerebral Palsy Sport!

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

British Athletics squad announced for World Para Athletics Championships

British Athletics has confirmed the 43 athletes selected to compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai (7-15 November 2019).

RaceRunning makes its debut at the World Para Athletics Championships after starring at the Europeans last year. The British team is made up of; Rafi Solaiman, Kayleigh Haggo, Gavin Drysdale and Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.

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Squad members include 11 world champions from London 2017, and 2019 World Champions Olivia Breen, Kadeena Cox , Sophie Kamlish, Sammi Kinghorn and Stef Reid.

Ellie Simpson and Rafi Solaiman will be competiting at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships in Doncaster this Saturday.

The British Athletics team for the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai to be held between 7-15 November 2019:

Women:

Kare Adenegan (Job King; Coventry) – T34 100m & 800m

Hollie Arnold (David Turner; Blackheath & Bromley) – F46 Javelin

Martina Barber (Paddy O’Shea; Stevenage & North Herts) – T20 Long Jump

Olivia Breen (Aston Moore; City of Portsmouth) – T38 Long Jump & 100m

Jo Butterfield (Phil Peat / Shona Malcolm; Forth Flyers) – F51 Club Throw

Lydia Church (Jim Edwards; Nene Valley) – F12 Shot Put

Libby Clegg (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) [Guide Runner: Thomas Somers (Benke Blomkvist; Newham & Essex Beagles)] – T11 200m & Universal 4x100m relay

Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks; Leeds) – T34 100m & 800m

Kadeena Cox (Matt Cullen; Sale Harriers Manchester) – T38 200m & 400m

Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson; Deeside AAC) – F20 Shot Put

Kayleigh Haggo (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – RR3 100m

Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste; Charnwood) – T38 100m, 200m & Universal 4x100m relay

Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk; Team Bath) – T64 100m

Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – T53 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie; Team East Lothian) – T35 100m & 200m

Anna Nicholson (Richard Kaufman; Gateshead) – F35 Shot Put

Stef Reid (Aston Moore; Charnwood) – T64 Long Jump

Ellie Simpson (Jessica Davidson; Sheffield & Dearne) – RR3 100m

Ali Smith (Chris Zah; Guildford & Godalming) – T38 100m, 400m & Universal 4x100m relay

Hannah Taunton (Charlotte Fisher; Taunton) – T20 1500m

Vanessa Wallace (Alison O’Riordan; Enfield & Haringey) – F34 Shot Put

Men:

Ola Abidogun (Grant Barker; Horwich) – T47 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Paul Blake (Rob Ellchuk; Dorchester) – T36 400m & 800m

Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Graham Ravenscroft; Newham & Essex Beagles) – T64 High Jump

Mickey Bushell (Rick Hoskins; Birchfield) – T53 100m

Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks; Harlow) – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & 1500m

Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones; Cardiff) – F63 Shot Put

Gavin Drysdale (Ian Mirfin; Red Star) – RR3 100m

Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) – F41 Shot Put

Jordan Howe (Kevin Williams; DSW Para Academy) – T35 100m

Harri Jenkins (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) – T33 100m

Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins; Kirkby AC) – T54 100m, 400m, 800m & Universal 4x100m relay

Owen Miller (Steven Doig; Fife) – T20 1500m

Jonnie Peacock (Michael Khmel / Dan Pfaff; Charnwood) – T64 100m & Universal 4x100m relay

Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin; Coventry) – T34 100m, 400m & 800m

Luke Sinnott (Roger Keller; Bournemouth) – T63 Long Jump & T61 200m

Zak Skinner (Aston Moore; Loughborough Students) – T13 Long Jump & Universal 4x100m relay

Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins; Stockport) – T33 100m

Rafi Solaiman (Philip Fleetwood; Sheffield & Dearne) – RR3 100m

Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman; Kirkby AC) – T34 400m & 800m

Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine; Southwell) – T61 200m

Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) – T38 100m

British athlete breaks RaceRunning World Record

RaceRunning is a fast growing discipline in the world of Athletics and more and more British athletes are striving to become world beaters.

At the British Wheelchair Grand Prix at Stoke Mandeville on 8th September 2019, RR2 athlete Thomas Talbot broke the male u16 100m World Record with a time of 23.17 seconds, beating his own previous record of 23.35. (Subject to CPISRA ratification)

Thomas is 15 years old, from Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club. He first took up RaceRunning in late 2014 after trying it at at Cerebral Palsy Sport taster day and has since gone from strength to strength, representing England in the CPISRA World Games in 2018, winning silver in the 800m. Thomas won the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships titles for Male RR2 in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in September 2018 at Doncaster and is part of the British Athletics Paralympic Development Academy.

Thomas acknowledged the late Janice Eaglesham MBE after his race, who had supported Thomas’s RaceRunning development.

“Thank you to everyone @Quest_88 @AdamGibbonsSF; @LincW_AC @ActiveLincs@CP_Sport @BritAthletics Thank you so much to @AliTalbot @AndyTalbot14 & Mattie . I had promised a special lady that I would better my WR- this one is for Janice! “

People with cerebral palsy can take part in RaceRunning as a recreational activity and RaceRunning is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.

Through Cerebral Palsy RaceRunning sessions, Cerebral Palsy Sport also aim to provide a pathway for children and young people with cerebral palsy to compete in regional, national and international events so that they can fulfil their individual goals and aspirations around being an athlete.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson was recently confirmed as the womens 200m RR3 World Record Holder, at the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series event in Derby.

For more information about RaceRunning contact adi.fawcett@cpsport.org

A list of events can be found here

RaceRunning in Bath goes from strength to strength

Cerebral Palsy Sport has supported Nova Sports and Coaching in delivering RaceRunning Start sessions alongside Quest 88, and is now working with the club to promote the regular sessions the club is delivering. 

The club was created when a children’s physio team at a local hospital in Bath were really keen to offer RaceRunning in their area. They contacted the sports inclusion project lead in the council who put them in touch with Nova Sports and Coaching – a new company just starting in the area who were developing inclusive sports opportunities for children and young people locally. With some funding  from the council, and help and advice from Quest 88 providing runners , a series of taster sessions were set up. 

From one family attending the first session, the numbers grew to a total of 16 coming along over 6 sessions. Nova were able to use that interest to apply for grants with the support of the fundraising lead at a local special school. With a combination of donations from two local rotary clubs, a successful community vote award from Aviva and a generous donation from Bath Disability Trust they bought 6 new and one second hand RaceRunner. 

It has taken about 18 months to get to the point of now starting a regular club – but that time has allowed  for more and more children to come and get involved from Somerset, Wiltshire and east Bristol. It’s latest development is to have successfully trialled a new RaceRunner for the smallest of their children for Quest 88. 

Children’s Physio Emily Graham helps at the club and said;

“Nova, with the local children’s physios, are incredibly excited to be able to offer this club with minimal cost for participants. Race running enables children and young people with a wide range of physical ability to participate in something active together. One mum whose daughter attends says that it is the only exercise that her daughter can participate in that raised her heart rate and gets her out of breath. From a physio perspective race running helps on so many levels- strength, flexibility, stamina, motivation and aerobic exercise but, most of all, it’s really good fun!”

“Bringing siblings or a friend to join in too is encouraged, with other fun activities available for everyone in between getting your breath back from RaceRunning.”

Nova Sports and Coaching will also be part of the Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning Operational Group which will hold its first meeting later this month. This group will be developing a support network for current clubs and new clubs and will feed into the RR Development Group, which includes British Athletics and CPISRA.

Find out more about the Bath RaceRunning Club and their sessions this autumn by contacting: bathracerunning@gmail.com

If you would like more information about developing RaceRunning at your club please contact the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Officer Adi Fawcett: adi.fawcett@cpsport.org 0115 925 7027,

For more information about RaceRunning click here

World Record for CP Sport Young Ambassador Ellie

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson set a new RaceRunning world record at the England Athletics Senior Championships in Manchester on the 28th July 2019.

In the 200m, Ellie’s time of 39.62s beat the previous record held by Kayleigh Haggo.

It was the second time RaceRunning was included at the England Athletics Senior Championships following its debut in 2018.

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Ellie first tried athletics after watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games and later discovered RaceRunning at at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics event. She now trains in Sheffield and has gone on to compete for Team CP England at two World Games and works hard to help raise the profile of the sport.

After breaking the World Record Ellie said to Cerebral Palsy Sport,

“I can’t believe I’ve broken a world record! Over the past year, I’ve changed my training and I’ve upped it by quite a lot – I was starting to see the improvements and rewards, but I thought a world record was still a way off, if at all. So it was incredible to break the world record, especially in the weather conditions in Manchester this past weekend. All the hard work truly paid off!”

Find out more about Ellie’s story here

RaceRunning has officially been recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and will feature for the first time in the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai this November.

Find out more about RaceRunning here

CP Sport pays tribute to Janice Eaglesham MBE

Cerebral Palsy Sport were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Janice Eaglesham MBE on Sunday.

One of the most influential individuals involved in disability sport in Scotland, Janice has been Chair of Scottish Disability Sport since 2014. She was also an active tutor delivering education and training courses across Scotland alongside her many other roles in disability sport.

As a member of the CPISRA RaceRunning committee Janice revolutionised the coaching methods of this athletics event and has been a huge support to Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning events and athletes over many years, including at the CPISRA World Games in San Cugat in August 2018.

A pioneer in the coaching of RaceRunning. Janice along with her husband Ian Mirfin founded Red Star Athletics Club and under their coaching, numerous athletes have gone on to represent their country and win medals at World Championship and Paralympics. The club has also received many honours over the years, including Glasgow Club of the Year, and Janice and Ian jointly won Scotland’s Unsung Heroes. 

In 2016 Janice and Ian were both awarded MBEs in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in recognition of their services to disability sport.

 Janice’s contribution to disability sport has had a positive effect on many individuals and organisations and her passing will impact many. At this time our thoughts are with her husband Ian, her family and her many friends.

World Records for RaceRunners at CP Sport event

At the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series in York on Saturday 15th June World Records were achieved by Rafeek Solaiman, for the Senior RR3 Male 200m and Thomas Talbot, for the Under 16 Male RR2 1500m.

Rafi, 19 from City of Sheffield and Dearn AC coached by Phil Fleetwood, broke the previous record of 38.15 seconds held by Gavin Drysdale, setting of new time of 35.99 seconds. Thomas, 15, from Lincoln Wellington AC coached by Lee Troop, established a new World Record of 7.15.35 minutes , the first RR2 U16 to set this record .

Rafi Solaiman
Thomas Talbot

It was the third event in the Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics Series this season and a full programme with many races on the track, both in Ambulant and RaceRunning events. The field programme saw the largest range of events this season. There was tremendous support from family and friends for all the competitors and provided a great atmosphere for the event.

RaceRunning is a fast growing sport, and is being included at the highest levels of competition globally and is now part of the Paralympic pathway. Cerebral Palsy Sport provide opportunities in the sport from grassroots to competitive level.

Both Rafi and Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA World Games in Barcelona in 2018 and regularly compete in Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics events and the British Athletics Parallel Success events.

After establishing the World Record Thomas said;

“I’m really pleased to have created a new World Record for the Under 16 Male RR2 RaceRunning 1500m event.  RaceRunning has given me so much and it was a hard race but I’m so happy. I have not done this alone so a big thank you to my all family, my club Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club, my coach Lee Troop, to CP Sport for providing such great events and to the many supporters who have helped me so much since I took up RaceRunning. Congratulations also to Rafi who also broke the Senior RR3 Male 200m world record. What a day for our RaceRunners! ”

Rafi added;

“Racerunning has filled in the empty space in my life. It has made me new friends and got me to places and milestones that were once unthinkable”

The last event of the Athletics series this season is in Derby at Moorways Stadium on Saturday 10th August and we will be finishing off the season with our National Championships in Doncaster on Saturday 21 September. Spectators are welcome.

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics programme here or contact Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics officer: Adi.fawcett@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce Athletics Series dates for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce the Athletics Series dates for 2019. Events include a variety of track and field disciplines including RaceRunning, with age appropriate throwing equipment and weights being used in the field events.

We encourage new and beginner athletes to take part as well as regular competitors in these prestigious events on the disability sport calendar.

Three new venues have been booked for 2019 – St Albans, Winchester and Derby.

Photo finish has been confirmed at 4 events so far.

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Series Events 2019

St Albans

Date: Saturday 13th April 2019

Venue: Abbey View Golf and Track Facility, St Albans, AL1 2DL

Closing Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

Winchester

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Venue: The Winchester Sports Stadium, Milland Road, Winchester,SO23 0QA

Closing Date: Friday 19th April 2019

York

Date: Saturday 15th June 2019

Venue: University of York, James Way, Heslington, York YO10 5NA

Closing Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Derby

Date: Saturday 10th August 2019

Venue: Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton Derby, DE24 9HY

Closing Date: Friday 19th July 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletic Nationals Doncaster 

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Venue: Doncaster 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB

Closing Date: Friday 23rd August 2019

Athletes must be aged 8 or above to enter the Athletic Series events * (excluding Nationals). For Nationals in September Athletes must be 11yrs and above by 31st December 2019.

*Athletes aged 8-11 yrs. can only enter the following events during the series:
Track – 60m, 100m and 200m – ambulant, wheelchair and RaceRunning
Field – howler and golf ball throws.

For full details and the registration form click here

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RaceRunning Start Session Cambridge

A RaceRunning start session was held in Cambridge on Wednesday 10th October. The session was organised between CP Sport, Living Sport and Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club. A total of 10 participants attended the session, with people from the local area and also some people who traveled up from Essex.

GroupExperienced coach Phil Fleetwood was on hand to support the Athletics Development Officer with getting people set up and going on the RaceRunners. For the majority of those who took part, this was their first experience of RaceRunning and they really enjoyed taking part.

 

 

 

Feedback from the session has been really positive

“ It was fun to try something new and the coaches were really friendly and encouraging”

“Good first session”

“Thank you so much I never experienced running before and it was special to be able to do it for the first time ever”

The Athletics Club are interested in working with Cerebral Palsy Sport to develop local opportunities moving forward and it was good having some of their coaches present to see RaceRunning and encouraging that they are keen to support us.

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Athletics and Swimming Training Day

This year’s training day was held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on World CP Day. To mark the occasion, participants, staff and volunteers were asked to wear something green.

The day was successful with 15 athletes and their parents/carers enjoying the day. We had a seminar at the start by a sports psychologist from Sheffield Hallam University and More Rehab. A really big thank you to Zeynep Atha who delivered a really inspiring talk about positivity and a healthy mind-set during training and competitions. If anyone would like more details of Zeynep’s work and/or sport psychology, please contact CP Sport.

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CP Sport would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers that tirelessly give up their time at our events to make these days happen. Without their support, it simply wouldn’t be possible.

Finally, thank you to the athletes and swimmers that came along to the day and make the events a joy to deliver.

Athletics

9 Athletes attended the training session which included a mix of RaceRunners, sprinters and also a throws athlete. Athletes had access to the indoor track for the training session as well as being able to use gym equipment for strength and conditioning work.CPT-061018-C1-049

Our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard, was on hand to offer advice and support to the athletes during the session which everyone found very motivational. Thank you for coming to take part in the training day and it was good to see everyone.

Feedback:

“Always enjoy Cerebral palsy sport Events”

“Great to get some of the 2018 Team England Atheltes back together”

“Nice to see everyone”

“Graeme was really helpful and friendly”

Swimming

We had 6 swimmers that came along to the training session in the pool. The session was delivered by Matt Walker MBE, Jill Stidever and Richard Heselton who are 3 very experienced teachers/coaches who have worked with children and adults with CP and physical disabilities for a long time. Thank you all for coming down to the training day and coaching such a brilliant session.

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“It was good to be with friends.”

“It was a great day to reconnect with friends.”

“Well organised, brilliant staff and friendly volunteers, Well done!!”

To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here