Tim Hollingsworth appointed new Chief Executive at Sport England

Sport England have announced that Tim Hollingsworth has been appointed as Sport England’s new Chief Executive.

Tim is currently Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Jennie Price, who announced in May that she would be leaving Sport England after 11 years as CEO.

Tim will bring a wealth of senior experience to Sport England.  As Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, he led the organisation through both the historic London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with ParalympicsGB achieving an incredible 147 medals at the latter to finish second in the medal table.

More recently ParalympicsGB achieved its best-ever performance at a Winter Games, winning seven medals including a gold at Pyeongchang 2018.   Alongside this success at Games time Tim has led the increase in profile and interest in the Paralympic movement, driven the commercial and business growth of the BPA as a charity and ensured it is at the forefront of challenging perceptions of disability in society.

Prior to the BPA he was at UK Sport for seven years, first as Director of Policy & Communications and then Chief Operating Officer, following over a decade working in senior roles in corporate communications.  Tim is also currently a Board Director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Bitel, Chairman of Sport England said: “We are thrilled that Tim will be joining us as our new Chief Executive. We were fortunate to have had a number of outstanding candidates for the role. Tim’s passion for sport, wealth of relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm for Sport England’s strategy really shone through and we look forward to welcoming him in the autumn. I would also like to warmly thank Jennie for her tireless service and dedication to Sport England over the past 11 years. She leaves an organisation full of confidence for the future and on course to deliver against its ambitious vision to create a healthier and happier nation through sport and physical activity.”

Tim Hollingsworth said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of Sport England. The organisation is one I know well and its vision and strategy have never been more important as we seek as a nation to maximise the ways in which people from all areas of society are attracted to, access and benefit from sport and physical activity.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the Paralympic movement for the past seven incredible years and am pleased the BPA will remain a key partner in my new role.  It is one that I relish and I can’t wait to get started.”

Commenting on Tim’s departure, British Paralympic Association Chairman Nick Webborn said: “Tim Hollingsworth has been a key figure in the huge growth of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the British Paralympic Association is now widely recognised as a world leading National Paralympic Committee.

“He harnessed the once in a generation opportunity presented by London 2012 which helped transform perceptions of disabled people in this country.  Under Tim’s stewardship the BPA has also been determined to broaden the impact of those performances to deliver on its vision: through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people.

“While I am sad to see Tim leave the BPA I am delighted he is staying in the sporting sector and look forward to continue to work closely with him in his new role at Sport England.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Tim is a fantastic appointment by Sport England and I am sure he will do a great job in leading the organisation and continuing the implementation of the government’s world leading sport strategy – encouraging more people to get involved in sport and physical activity for the positive impact it can have on their lives. Tim has great experience in sports administration and will seamlessly take the baton from Jennie Price, who I thank for her hard work over the past decade.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “We are delighted to hear the news of Tim’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive at Sport England. We are pleased to see such a committed individual with an in-depth knowledge of disability and Paralympic sport joining Sport England and we look forward to working with Tim in the future”.

Tim Hollingsworth will join Sport England in November.

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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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Cerebral Palsy Sport Table Cricket Nationals 2017

This year’s Sport England funded Table Cricket National Finals Day took place at Egbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Over 40 players took part, as 6 Teams from Birmingham, Gloucester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Yorkshire battled it out for this years title. Teams were split into two pools where each team played each other to progress through to the Semi Finals and Play Offs.

Wilson Stuart returned as reigning champions and finished top of their pool and were drawn against new side Brimsham Green School making their first entry into the National Finals. It was a very close game in which Wilson Stuart won by just 14 runs to set up a final with Portland College. Foresight, Kings Mill and Linkage all fared well in their pool games. The 3rd place playoff match was between Brimsham and Kings Mill, in which Kings Mill managed to win.

Portland College and Wilson Stuart set the stage for a great final, with some quality in batting for both sides, but it was Wilson Stuart’s fielding where they were able to frustrate Portland College and hold on for a win to retain their title.

Along with the medals awarded, Brimsham Green picked up the fair play award and Harrison Andrews (Portland College) picked up the player of the tournament for his efforts, and positive and encouraging manor with his team and other players.

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers, umpires and Worcester University for providing a number of volunteers to help on the day and to Egbaston for hosting us again.

Our thank also goes to Sport England for continuing to invest in the development of Table Cricket and to the Paul Bush Foundation for their generous support of this event.

Feedback has been really positive from plays and coaches and we look forward to growing the game.

For more information on Table Cricket, please contact Rich Kerr Richard.kerr@sport.org

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Women’s Sport Week 2016

Women’s Sport Week is 3-9 October 2016 and celebrates women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlights the incredible contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.

The latest Sport England Active People Survey 10, published this spring, shows that more than 76 per cent of disabled women do not participate in sport of any intensity and of any meaningful duration on a month-to-month basis.

Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.

Share your stories and show your support on social media using hashtag #WSW16

In celebration of Women’s Sport Week read about these inspiring Cerebral Palsy athletes:

Ellie Simpson – RaceRunning

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Ellie Simpson is 21 years old and was the only female RaceRunner to represent England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower and being introduced to RaceRunning she is now studying a degree in Sport Development and Coaching and uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning.

Ellie said:

“CP Sport has changed my life and they got me into RaceRunning – a sport that I love and couldn’t imagine my life without. I can’t wait to show other young people with Cerebral Palsy & physical disabilities all about CP Sport & how they can get involved in all of the sports, events and opportunities!”

Katie Toft – Cycling

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Katie is a 23 year old with mild Quadriplegic CP who first experienced cycling 3 years ago.

Whilst at university Katie wanted to do something that would help her de – stress and take her mind of her studies, this is where she found cycling.

Katie began riding at Stockport CP Wheelers where she met Coach Paul Becket who encouraged her to start riding regularly.  Katie fell in love with the sport, and although not the best at the time, Katie continued to work hard and was encouraged by the clubs’ coaches. After a couple of months Katie began to improve and was soon beating the ‘best guy’ at the clubs.

To continue to develop herself Katie then approached local club Mossley CRT who she continues to ride for still.

Katie’s love for cycling as well as her talent continued to grow and she was soon introduced to the velodrome and British Cycling. 3 years later Katie is a Paracycling champion and currently leading this year Paracycling series.

Katie’s dream was to make the Paralympics and be out in Rio this September but Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the team and instead in September she will be starting her Post Grad Certificate in Teaching at Sheffield Hallam.

Katie’s message to anyone with Cerebral Palsy is ‘don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something’ if you want to try cycling do it! Find a club that are open to anything once you start riding you will find it easier than walking!

 

For more information on cycling opportunities please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/disabilityhubs?c=EN

For CP Sport enquiries contact info@CPSport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new Frame Football resource

 

 

Front CoverCerebral Palsy Sport officially launch their Frame Football resource ‘A new way to play the beautiful game’ today.

The launch is at the training base for the England football team and the GB Paralympic football team, St Georges Park in Burton on Trent.

Today marks the official release of the resource, created by Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Football Association, to support clubs and coaches to understand Frame Football and the basics of getting started.

The resource, which is available from Cerebral Palsy Sport,  includes an understanding the different types of cerebral palsy, the equipment, guidelines for coaches and example activities. It has been supported by Sport England, the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP), DM Orthotics and Quest 88.

Cerebral Palsy Sport have developed and trialled Frame Football with lots of feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves to create a truly player centred 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.

It is ideal for those using walking/gait training equipment such as a Frame or Walker. To find your local club please click here

The resource ‘Frame Football  – A new way to play the Beautiful Game’ costs £6 (including VAT) plus postage and packaging.

Order through our shop here

 

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Sport England opens consultation on its new sports strategy

Sport England opens its consultation process on a new sports strategy.

The Government, led by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published ‘Sporting Future: A new strategy for an Active Nation’.

Sporting Future was based on a very recent and wide-ranging consultation carried out by the Government, and set out a clear framework for what needs to be achieved.

The strategy places an emphasis on engaging more people from every background regularly and meaningfully in sport and physical activity, through taking part and also through volunteering in and experiencing live sport.

There is a focus on groups who are currently under-represented in sport and physical activity, including women, disabled people, those in lower socio-economic groups and older people.

Sport England is now working on its own strategy which will help deliver the relevant Key Performance Indicators and in turn contribute to the delivery of the outcomes set by the Government. As part of this, Sport England is now undertaking an online consultation focusing on some of the specific issues that it will need to tackle in its own new strategy.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be contributing to the new consultation process by attending consultation events as well as completing the survey.

To take part in the survey to have your say, please click here: