RaceRunning features at insport series in Pembroke

Cerebral Palsy Sport were invited to run a RaceRunning start session as part of the insport Inclusive Sports series held in Pembroke on Friday 29th June.

Image with CP LogoThe event was support by Disability Sport Wales and featured a number of different activities including cricket, wheelchair basketball and inclusive rugby and many more for people to try. The event was promoted to both schools and community groups across Pembrokeshire.

A total of 6 young people had a go at RaceRunning, with all saying that they really enjoyed taking part. A support assistant of one of the participants commented “Brilliant, it would definitely help get her mobile and increase confidence and can do attitude”.

If you would like to find out more about RaceRunning click here or contact Richard Kerr richard.kerr@cpsport.org

Parallel Athletics Championships Participants get a RaceRunning Taster

Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a RaceRunning start event during the Leicestershire Primary Parallel Athletics Championships at Saffron Lane Leicester on Friday 22nd June.

Athletes competing in the event were provided the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time and they really enjoyed the session. A total of 7 participants took part in the RaceRunning session, with some of the schools in attendance keen to follow up with RaceRunning in their schools.

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Participants with in the session commented that is was fun, and one said she would ask her physio if she can get a RaceRunning which is really positive.

If you would like more information on RaceRunning please contact Rich Kerr, National Sport Development Officer Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

Paralympics GB chief hails UKAD education of Cerebral Palsy World Games athletes

During our recent Team CP England training day, that took place at Moulton College on 30th May, we held a Anti doping workshop for the 43 members of the team, their families and coaches that are attending the world games in August. The workshop, delivered by UKAD National trainers gave the majority of the attendees their first Anti-doping information.

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As a result the Paralympics GB chief executive has recognised this within the following news article on the UKAD website:

British Paralympic Association (BPA) Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth OBE, has lauded the work of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in educating England’s top Cerebral Palsy athletes, ahead of the 2018 World Games.

The athletes received anti-doping education last month in preparation for August’s Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Alliance (CPISRA) World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain.

The workshop, which was run by UKAD National Trainers at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, was delivered to nearly 90 competitors and support staff, including 17 swimmers, 20 athletes, 40 parents and carers, six coaches, three World Games volunteers and three Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) staff members.

A small amount of the team had previously received anti-doping education but for the majority this was the first time they had taken part in such a workshop.

Tim Hollingsworth OBE, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The World Games provide a good learning opportunity for Para athletes and the chance to experience competing at a multi-sport event. The provision of anti-doping education sessions from UKAD is a really valuable contribution to their learning and will help to support the athletes in their development.”

UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson, said: “We are really pleased to have partnered with CP Sport ahead of their athletes heading to the World Games later this summer.

“For many of the athletes, it was the first time they had received clean sport education, so it was great to be able to inform and educate them and in many cases, put their minds at ease around the anti-doping rules and regulations.”

CP Sport’s National Sport Development Manager and Team CP England Chef de Mission, Lisa Morton-Smith, said: “The session was fantastic for all athletes and those that will be supporting them, prior to and during the 2018 World Games.

“The workshop was interactive and provided a platform for athletes, parents and carers to have any queries answered. Everyone left feeling much more confident and less worried about the anti-doping process.”

To view the article click here

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Team CP England set for World Games

The Team CP England training day took place on the 30th May at Moulton College in Northampton. The purpose of the day was to get the team together before heading out to Spain in the summer. 43 members of Team CP England supported by their families and supporters attended the training day where they received information on international classification and Anti-doping. The day was supported by fantastic volunteers and coaches who will also be heading Spain.

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We had 24 RaceRunning, Throwing and Track athletes attend the day, who made use of the new track facilities and club house at Moulten College. The Training day was well supported with experienced coaches and parents who supported the athletes through the training sessions.

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We had 16 swimmers attend, who completed two pool sessions. One in the morning for an hour and a shorter 30 minute session in the afternoon.

We welcomed Richard Heselton from Harrogate Swimming Club who led the training sessions. His ideas were creative and enjoyable for all involved. A big thank you to Richard for delivering the swimming.

It was a great atmosphere throughout and we are delighted we got a chance to meet and engage with the amazing athletes that will be taking to San Cugat in August.

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Well done to all the athletes and thank you to everyone involved!

See the pictures taken at the event here. All images by Nick Lomath

CP Athletics Series Kicks Off in Kingston

The 2018 Cerebral Palsy Athletic Series kicked off on Saturday 7th April with our first event of the series at Kingston Athletics Club. For this event Cerebral Palsy Sport partnered with Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers as well as Surrey County Athletic Association.

26 of the 96 of the athletes that took part in the event were members of CP Sport, which was really pleasing.

Athletes competed in various field and track events over the weekend, which included seated throws taking place on Sunday 8th April.

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For the first time in the events history, RaceRunning was included in the programme and it drew a lot of interest from the spectators who were fantastic at cheering on the athletes.

We also delivered a RaceRunning taster session on the track to provide people the opportunity to have a taster of  RaceRunning.

For full results, please see below results sheets:

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new RaceRunning film

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to launch our new film about the adapted sport of RaceRunning during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and part of our #CPCan 2018 campaign. This film has been developed through a unique partnership between Cerebral Palsy Sport and Nottingham Trent University with TAD Productions.

We are proud to share our film with you. Please click below:

RaceRunning is an adapted sport being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport in England. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. Speaking on the launch of the film, Ali Talbot Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“We are very proud to be able to introduce our RaceRunning film as part of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and are very grateful to the Media students of TAD Productions from Nottingham Trent University that worked so hard to bring this film to fruition. It has been a unique partnership and one we seek to grow for the future with the University.”

Ali also added: “We are also very grateful to the stars of the film – our RaceRunners. Some of them have been taking part for a numbers of years and some have only recently taken up the sport. They show how beautiful this sport can be and the difference it can make to the lives of people with cerebral palsy”.

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

There is also competitions available with athletics events in distances from 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m depending on the athlete’s experience and level of fitness.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport run a series of RaceRunning Start days to introduce people with cerebral palsy into this wonderful adapted sport and to enable them to try the activity for the first time. For more information on our RaceRunning Start days, please visit:

Cerebral Palsy Sport wishes to grow the awareness and participation of this unique adapted sport  of RaceRunning and we are indebted to everyone who has supported this film.

Our sincere thanks goes to Nottingham Trent University and TAD Productions for supporting this unique project; to the University of Nottingham for hosting us and to Quest 88 for all their support through filming

Our biggest thanks goes to the all the RaceRunners and their families who gave up their time to help to make this film. We could do have done this without you!

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Ellie Simpson – Twitter Take Over

We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Simpson for hosting a twitter take over today. As a young ambassador for CP Sport we wanted to give Ellie the opportunity to share her experiences  and give our members the chance to ask to ask her questions.

Ellie was asked all sorts of questions from what inspired her to take part in sport to what her favourite biscuits are. see below the questions that Ellie was asked and the answers she gave.

Q: Can you tell me about RaceRunning and how you first got into it?

A: RaceRunning is a form of sprinting for ‘high dependency’ athletes with CP/brain injuries. Athletes use a 3-wheeled frame for support & balance. I got involved in 2015 after a CP Sport Taster Day

Q: What advice would you give to children wanting to take up sport for the first time?

A: Definitely just go for it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done – I do not know where I’d be today without it. It sounds cliché, but it has changed and transformed my life beyond belief!

Q: What has been your most proud moment and what advice would you give to others?

A: My most proud moment to date is probably winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Games! I became the fastest RR2 female in the world, it was crazy

Q: What do you think are the barriers that stop people with cp taking part in sport and what would your advice be to break down those barriers?

A: I think the biggest barrier is people with CP, and their families, sometimes believe that they cannot do sport because of their physical limitations. But, in reality, this definitely does not need to be a barrier – sport is incredibly inclusive & adaptable

Q: How often do you train and for how long?

A: I currently train 4-5 times a week for between an hour and an hour and a half!

Q: Is it cool being an ambassador for CP Sport?

A: Very! I love showing other people with CP what they can achieve in sport!

Q: What’s the one thing that you would want people to know about Cerebral Palsy?

A: That’s a tough one! Probably that no one is affected by CP in the same way, and there’s always a way around everything!

Q: What is the next competition you’re entering?

A: The first of the 2018 CP Sport Series in just under 2 weeks time in Kingston Upon Thames, I’m nervous but looking forward to competing again!

Q: Do you do any other sports other than RaceRunning?

A: I used to do the Club Throw, which is a seated athletics event, but I gave this up in 2016 to concentrate on my RaceRunning!

Q: How did you become involved in sport?

A: I watched the London 2012 Paralympics & was incredibly inspired by what I was seeing. Shortly after, I attended a Sport Fest & the rest they say is history!

Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

A: My wonderful, wonderful coach, Andrew Longden who sadly passed away recently. He made my sporting journey happen and shared his love & passion for sport with me. His belief in me and my abilities was incredible.

Q: What are your future goals?

A: My ultimate goal is to be selected for GB. My dream is to reach the Paralympics, and after the announcement in Oct 2017 that RaceRunning is now a WPA event, that dream is more alive than ever before!

Q: Have you ever done any other sports other than Athletics?

A: Yes, I did sailing for a short while, but I used to get quite cold & wet! It also didn’t have the same thrill/excitement for me as Athletics!

Q: What advice would you give to someone with CP who is thinking about going to Uni? What did you do/need to know to make that decision?

A: I would say absolutely go for it, it transformed my life! I was terrified, so much so I nearly didn’t turn up on the first day! But, I am so glad I forced myself, because it was the best decision I ever made to do Sport Development with Coaching!

Q: What’s the worse thing about being an Athlete?

A: Haha! Sometimes, on a night out, I do have to remind myself that I am an Athlete! But, it’s a small price to pay for the life and the opportunities sport gives me

Q: What did your degree involve?

A: A bit of everything! Coaching, event management, sport and sociology, writing development plans, strategic planning… A really comprehensive degree if you want to work in sport development!

Q: What’s your favourite biscuit?!

A: Haha! It has to be the Jammy Dodger – yum!

Q: Do you see yourself becoming a coach?

A: Most definitely, even more so now after loosing Andrew. I want to carry on his legacy and his love, passion & dedication for RaceRunning & disability athletics.

Take a look at Ellie’s #MyStory to find out more about Ellie here

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CP Sport launches partnership with Boccia England

CP Sport is excited to announce that we will be working in partnership with Boccia England.

The partnership has been established to promote Boccia opportunities as well as the range of sports programmes and offers from CP Sport to both organsiations members and users.

Boccia England are the National Governing Body (NGB) for Boccia in England. They are responsible for all aspects of the sport in this country, from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation.

Boccia England’s five key priorities are:

  • Promote participation in the sport;
  • Empower our athletes to achieve their full potential;
  • Provide a sustainable future for the sport;
  • Support and develop our staff and volunteers;
  • Develop and govern the sport

Working in partnership with CP Sport will support the NGB to achieve these priorities. To do this Boccia England will be supporting CP Sport SportStart programme.

Many of the athletes who take part in Boccia also take part in CP Sport activities with the benefits of taking part in duel sports highlighted in our latest ‘My Story’.

Beth is both a Boccia player and a Racerunner. when asked about how the to sports work together she said

“I feel my Boccia is going from strength to strength. I still do 2 PT sessions a week, Boccia training and hydrotherapy but I have added in RaceRunning and the benefits are clear; I am stronger, fitter and healthier, I get cardio-vascular exercise so my stamina has improved, my core and range of movement means I am both more still on court but I can also reach awkward shots, and then my concentration, focus and mood has improved, so has my attitude on court”.

Beth

To read the full story click http://www.cpsport.org/?p=10071

Successful RaceRunning taster session

Three RaceRunning sessions have been held in Partnership with the University of Nottingham at the David Ross Sports Village.  The sessions took place on the high performance indoor track area providing participants with the opportunity to experience being on a RaceRunner. A total of 8 people attended throughout the 3 sessions aged between 3 and 21 years old.

IMG_7971We received great feedback from the participants with all the participants rating the session excellent. other comments we received were that the sessions were a “Great Opportunity to try a RaceRunner”, “I found the session fun and the atmosphere friendly” and “It was nice meeting new friends and running fast”.

Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University attended to find out more about RaceRunning. We would like to thank the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as Quest 88 for supporting the sessions and providing assistance by ensuring participants were properly sized up and matched with the appropriate frames.

 

RaceRunning Taster Sessions at University of Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working in Partnership with the University of Nottingham to run 3 RaceRunning sessions in Nottingham on Saturday mornings throughout February.

The sessions aim to give people of all ages the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time, progress through some basic skills and develop confidence using the RaceRunning frames.

We have had 8 participants attend so far, and with 2 sessions down the last session will take place on Saturday 17th February. There has been a real mix of participants from as young as 3 to 20 year olds trying RaceRunning for the first time, including an established swimmer giving RaceRunning a go!

The University of Nottingham have been a real support providing use of their High Performance Zone indoor athletics track to host these sessions. Quest88 have also been a huge support providing RaceRunning frames and knowledge to ensure everyone who attends are catered for. We would also like to thank Nottingham Trent University Students Union for supporting these sessions.

Physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have attended the events to learn more about cerebral palsy and develop their learning.

If you would like more information visit the RaceRunning pages on the website here