Vote for Us!

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been selected to go into a national vote to win £10,000 for our inclusive RaceRunning project with the One Foundation.

Please vote today to make a difference! ow.ly/8aTN30eiYva

Cerebral Palsy Sport wants to enable young children with cerebral palsy to discover the joys of adapted and inclusive sports through a new sport of RaceRunning. RaceRunning is running on an adapted three wheeled trike with no pedals. We want children to have fun, build self-confidence, independence and self esteem by meeting other children with a disability.

Our goals:

  • To increase access to sporting opportunities for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to try sport for the very first time and to enable them to participate in a new fun sport of RaceRunning.
  • To enable young children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to build their confidence, self-esteem, improve their physical and mental health as well as enabling them to make friends and have fun in a safe and accessible environment.
  • To enable families and siblings to also enjoy this wonderful inclusive activity through family focused activity days. These days would enable families to build networks, access advice and support as well as taking part in an inclusive family activity

How we will achieve our goals

The award would enable to us reach more children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. So often a child with a disability is isolated and not have many friends. We want to enable and support children with a disability to feel better about themselves. We want them to discover the joys of sport, having fun and making friends.

Where the money will go

The project would aim to support families, siblings and importantly children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to access inclusive and adapted sport. The event enable families to build networks, seek advice, guidance and shared experiences and thus reducing the isolation felt by these children and their families.

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Multiple medals for England team at Racerunning World Championships

94 para-athletes (disabled athletes)  from 13 nations participated in this year’s CPISRA RaceRunning World Championships at Frederiksberg Stadium, Denmark from 13th-15th July.

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The level of competition was higher than ever. It’s the third time that Denmark has hosted the World Championships, which was run in three different classes: RR1, RR2 and RR3.

For the England team,  Muninder Singh Hayer won two golds at the World Championships for the 200m and 60m. Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew Humphries took the 200m gold medal. There was also a 60m bronze for Beth Moulam in her first international.

The sport of RaceRunning is not yet included in the Paralympic Games, however it is hoped that this will change in the future.

A RaceRunner is a custom-built bike made for running, which has three wheels and no pedals. It gives the athlete the opportunity to move freely and run using own force – something that the athletes are not able to do under normal circumstances.  Find out more about RaceRunning here

 

 

Another World Record at the CP Sport Athletics Series!

The second in the 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series took place at the University of York on Saturday 27th May.

It was another event packed with exciting competition on the track and field and for Muninder Singh Hayer it was his second World Record in the series.

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We caught up with RaceRunner Muninder who told us how his season is going so far and about his most recent World Record performance.

” I couldn’t ask to be in better form going into the World Championships later this year. Training is going better than expected and I feel like I can achieve the impossible at the moment. Only last week I finished my final week at University and last exam.

When I broke the 200 meter World Record early last month it took about a week to sink in but for people who personally know me I almost forgot about what I had achieved and just carried on training. As I’d exceeded expectations at my first competition of the season myself and my coach decided to put my winning formula to the test and make a debut in the 800 meters. With me being so competitive and about 6 weeks before my next competition I drastically forced myself and made training sessions harder. This ranged from doing several 800 meters on the track (sometimes pulling a 10KG weight) to increasing my leg presses from 18KG to 32KG.

Finally the opportunity of my first competitive 800 meters came last weekend at York and I can’t say anything else other than I gave it my best considering the weather conditions and smashed the World Record by just over 19 seconds with 04.35.5. I’m not going to give anything else away heading into the World Championships… “

You can follow Muninders progress via the links below:

Website: www.munindersinghhayer.co.uk

Twitter: @sikh4lfe

Instagram: @sikh4lfe

Facebook: facebook.com/mshf31

Read Muninder’s story here.

Enter the 2017 Athletics Series and National Championships 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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muninder breaks RaceRunning World Record!

On Sunday 2nd April 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport held the first of the 2017 Athletics Series, at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club, as part of the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Athletics Festival.

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The weather was excellent and the events included a variety of track and field disciplines with over 100 people taking part.

It was certainly a day to remember for competitor Muninder Singh Hayer. He broke the world record in the 200m RaceRunning RR1 category.

Muninder said after the event;

It was almost a 6 hour drive down to Yeovil on Saturday but well worth it, I knew I was the only person competing in both my track and field events. I have worked beyond expectations all through my winter training and desperately wanted to see all my hard work pay off and produce something special in my first competition of the season. A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable and took my first step ever, so knew I was going in the right direction. To some people this might not sound like a lot but to me this just felt unreal!

 Some people do ask me why I don’t speak to anyone before a competition and just listen to music. I think many athletes have their own way of preparing for a competition and this is mine. 

I started the day on the field where I threw my second best distance ever in the club throw. This was a huge boost going into my track events. Then came my 100 meters where I ran my best time on UK soil (I’ve only ran quicker at the European Championships last year overseas). 

 I was in high spirit going into my 200 meter race. I knew I could set a World Record and that’s exactly what I did! I ran 55.10 beating the previous record by a substantial distance 2.1 seconds!

 After this I knew I wasn’t finished and set a new personal best in my 400 meters. I hope this can lead me to greater success going into the World Championships later this year!

 A huge thank you to my coach Graham for all his hard work and belief in me. Also big credit to Cerebral Palsy Sport and Oneathlete for all their contribution for making this possible. 

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Read more about Munider in My Story

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics series here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/

CP Sport announce two RaceRunning taster sessions in the South East

We are pleased to announce two RaceRunning taster sessions coming up in April 2017 in the South East of England.

RaceRunning is a still quite a new sport in England and is being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. RaceRunning is on a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport are working with Quest 88 and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to put on a RaceRunning Taster at Dartford Harriers Athletics Track on 10th April, during the Easter Holidays. This opportunity is for current or new participants to “have a go”. We will be at the track from 9am-12noon, so please feel free to stay for the whole session or just drop by, whatever suits you.  The cost is £5 per participant, and registrations is required. Find out more here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport and  Quest 88 are supporting Lewisham Paediatric Physiotherapy team in there ” Local leisure and Sports Taster day”. This event will be promoting participation for children and young people with disabilities in Lewisham including:

>Athletics
>RaceRunning
>Boccia
>Football
>Dance
>Sailing
>Adapted Cycling
> Wheelchair Tennis
>Fun Fizzical
>Trampolining

Find out more details here.

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For more details about RaceRunning in other areas of the country please contact Rachel Ward. Telephone: 0115 925 7027 Email: rachel.ward@cpsport.org

 

 

A bumper sports weekend for CP Sport

This weekend Cerebral Palsy Sport held three sports events across the country bringing new opportunities for young people with cerebral palsy.

On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined forces with CP Teens and Sheffield FA to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This was an opportunity for current and new participants to come and “have a go” at either or both RaceRunning and Frame Football. 15 children and adults came to the day and had a fantastic time trying out the equipment and sports in a top sporting venue. It was great to have the support of Quest 88 getting people fitted with equipment and answering lots of questions.

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Our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson who was there with CP Teens said;

“Saturday was such a great day for lots of young people with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities to have a go at RaceRunning and Frame Football. It had a wonderful turnout and I really enjoyed going with my own RaceRunner and leading some of the activities to the children and young people who were trying RaceRunning for the first time. I also got to have a go at Frame Football myself, which was really funny as I wasn’t really very good at it but I had fun! Overall it was a very successful day for both CP Sport and CP Teens UK!”

On the same day, we held a swimming development gala in Winchester. 28 people took part from ages 5-27, across our 9 events. It was fantastic to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh attend and chat with our swimmers and parents. We had attendees who travelled from as far as Chesterfield and Suffolk. Our development galas are extremely popular because they are an excellent introduction to competitive swimming.

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And finally on Sunday 29th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a Frame Football KickStart session in Carlisle jointly with Cumbria Frame Football Club and Cumberland FA, catering for 6 young people, and helping support the club with their ongoing programme. Find out more about Frame Football here.

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A huge thank you yo all our volunteers who helped over this weekend – a great team effort!

Find out about upcoming Cerebral Palsy events here

CP Sport young ambassador awarded Point of Light Award

Sheffield Hallam student and Cerebral Palsy Sport young sporting ambassador, Ellie Simpson, 22 has been awarded the prestigious Point of Light Award from Prime Minister, Theresa May. In 2013, Ellie set up CP Teens to support young people with cerebral palsy and provide them with advice and opportunities to socialise and be active.

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Having experienced isolation during her time in sixth form, Ellie realised how little social support there was for young people with cerebral palsy. She set up CP Teens, an organisation to connect young disabled people and provide them with support, advice and opportunities.

Through CP Teens, Ellie runs the only website connecting young people with cerebral palsy, which receives around 1000 visitors per day; organises social events, including an annual charity ball; and sports events where disabled young people can try new sports and also signposts volunteering opportunities.

Following the success of CP Teens, Ellie has also set up ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ to support younger people and their families.

In a personal letter to Ellie, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By drawing on your own experiences to set up ‘CP Teens’, you have created a supportive and accepting community for young people with cerebral palsy. Your work is going from strength to strength and I wish you every success as CP Teens grows, alongside ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ for younger people and their families.”

As a young ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Ellie is able to share her story about the positive impact sport has had on her life to many more young people. CP Teens and Cerebral Palsy Sport work in partnership to support and encourage more people to enjoy being active and tackle the issue of social isolation, that can often by experienced by people with cerebral palsy. On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport,  CP Teens and Sheffield FA worked jointly to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity gave 15 young people the chance to “have a go” at both RaceRunning and Frame Football.

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CP Teens founder, Ellie Simpson said:

“I cannot believe I have been awarded an award as prestigious as a Point Of Light Award. It means such a lot to me and CP Teens UK. When I set up CP Teens UK in 2013, I never could have imagined how many young people it has, and continues to, reach out to and work with. I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way and I am so excited about the future of CP Teens UK.”

Find out more about upcoming Cerebral Palsy Sports events here

Find out more about CP Teens here

The impact of RaceRunning

Cerebral Palsy Sport have had the opportunity to introduce many children, adults and coaches to RaceRunning, an increasingly popular sport.

RaceRunning is suitable for those who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. The equipment is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

In 2014, Cerebral Palsy was successful in securing Sport England Get Equipped funding to purchase a number of RaceRunning bikes and to run a series of RaceRunning Taster Days. These taster days have led on to a number of children taking up RaceRunning regularly and taking part in competitions.

One case study we have chosen to highlight is a 6 year old boy called Abraham. RaceRunning has been a life changer for him and his family. His mum told us how Abraham can’t run fifty yards but  in the race runner for the first time he did over 400m! She tells us the benefits have been unbelievable. He has grown in confidence, is less frustrated, works hard on his physio and OT and is making huge progress at school. Read the full story about Abraham here

Our next RaceRunning taster session is on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Sheffield. There is also Frame Football on offer at this is event. Register here

To find out more about RaceRunning please click here or you can contact us at at CP Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email athletics@cpsport.org

Superhero Tri Series launches!

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Today marks the official launch of a brand new and exciting event. The  Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family & friends.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is an official charity partner and so you can take part, have fun and raise funds for us at the same time.

This exciting event will take place on the 19th August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor ( the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing Venue).

The Celebrity Superhero Tri will have 30 well known Paralympians and celebrities as Team Captains.

This is an outline of how it will work:

Team up: Unite with disabled and non friends and family to share the the work (and the fun!)

Grab a Sidekick:  This world first is a unique chance to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push/pull them one in the water and push/pull them around the bike and push/run stages.

Fly solo: For those participants who want to do all 3 stages

There are Three epic distances:

Full Superhero Tri: Solo Team or Sidekick: 150m Swim; 3k cycle and 1km run

Half Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 400m swim; 10k cycle and 2.5km run

Full Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 750m swim; 20k cycle and 5 km run

For further information click here.

If you wish to be part of our team and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, please email fundraising@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027.