3 Paralympians support our SportStart day fun

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delivering a Junior SportStart day at SportCity Regional Athletics Arena in partnership with Lancastrian Outreach and Inclusion Service (LOIS)

We are really privileged to have 3 of our Sporting Ambassadors with us today at our SportStart event in Manchester. Paralympians Matthew Walker MBE, Graeme Ballard and Leon Taylor are joining the event to help to inspire children and young people with a range of disabilities to take part and have fun.

These inspiring inclusive days are for children aged five upwards and allow them to enjoy playing sport with others who have a similar impairment. Our priority is to engage in sport in a fun, relaxed situation. The children have the opportunity to be part of a team and a competitive element is also introduced.

During SportStart Days our experienced coaches introduce children to a variety of adapted sports appropriate to their ability. We also encourage parents, teachers and coaches to join in.

We are also kindly joined by Virgin Media who are supporting the day with their volunteers. Thank you!

Thank you to Leon Taylor, Matthew Walker MBE and Graeme Ballard for helping to inspire our youngsters.‪#‎inspiringothers‬

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CP Sport announce first Young Sporting Ambassadors

Cerebral Palsy Sport has a long history of having fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories sporting success to encourage others.

For the first time in our 15 years, we are proud to announce a new cohort of ambassadors, our Young Sporting Ambassadors. These are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Ellie Simpson

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.

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On becoming a CP Sport Ambassador Ellie said:

“I am so honoured that CP Sport have chosen me to be a Young Ambassador, and alongside my best friend Matthew, who I also met through CP Sport. 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 am so excited about being a Young Ambassador for CP Sport and 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!”

Matthew Humphreys

Matthew Humphreys is 18 years old and is one of England’s top RaceRunners. Since becoming involved with Cerebral Palsy Sport,  Matthew’s confidence has grown and he now gives talks and motivational speeches, the first of which was the opening speech at Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National Disability Sports Conference in December 2015.


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On being asked to be a Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew said:

“I’m so proud to be asked to be a young ambassador for CP Sports. I started attending CP sports athletic days 4 years ago when I was participating at seated club throw. I saw another athlete on a Racerunner and I was hooked.

Since then I have made amazing friends; participated in the CPISRA world games; been nominated to represent CP Sport doing the BBC Children n Need rickshaw challenge. Basically my life has changed incredibly for the better. Thank you CP Sport for the opportunities, I now want to help others achieve their best.”
Cerebral Palsy Sport are incredibly proud of our new Young Ambassadors and look forward to working with them to encourage and inspire many others to start their journey to reach their sporting potential.

Sporting Ambassador Sam Ruddock to captain British team at Europeans

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador Sam Ruddock has been appointed one of the captains for the British Athletics team competing at the IPC European Championships.

Holly Neill (coach: Andrew Roda) and Sam Ruddock (Jim Edwards) will captain the British Athletics team at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy starting tomorrow morning.

After a personal best in the IPC Athletics World Championships F35 shot put final last October led him to fifth position, Sam has gone from strength to strength in the event.  His upbeat attitude and stature within the team has seen him earn the role of men’s team captain. Ruddock competed over the sprints at the Paralympic Games in 2012 but four years on, he has progressed into one of the most competitive shot putters within the F35 event and he is looking for a strong result in Grosseto.

On his captaincy, the Loughborough-based athlete commented: “I am beyond proud – to be told I would captain this squad during this year was such a shock. When Paula (Dunn) pulled me to one side to tell me I genuinely thought I was in trouble. I had to ask her to repeat the question just to make sure I wasn’t hearing things!”

A modest Ruddock added: “There is so much experience and talent on this team – I would put them ahead of me in terms of their nature and the way they act. Of course I’m proud, to even represent Great Britain is an honour but to captain your country is something really special.

“I have to thank my coach Jim Edwards for his continued support and those who are always in my corner. They have helped me to get into this position and I hope I can continue to make them proud.”

Head Coach Paula Dunn spoke about why she chose Neill and Ruddock to lead the 48 strong-team at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Dunn said: “Holly and Sam both bring great qualities to the role of team captain. Both have valuable experience on a number of GB teams and have a strong mind set and attitude which will inspire the rest of the squad.

“The IPC Athletics European Championships will be a key stepping stone for a number of athletes targeting the Rio Paralympics later this year but also acts as an enriching experience for those team members looking ahead to the World ParaAthletics Championships in London during 2017 and Tokyo 2020. It is an exciting team and I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform on the European stage.”

The action gets underway on Saturday 11 June with seven Brits in finals competing for European medals.

Congratulations Sam and best of luck in the competition!

Cerebral Palsy Football makes its mark at St George’s Park

Cerebral Palsy Football thrilled football fans at St George’s Park as part of the 2016 FA Disability Cup

As part of the inaugural 2016 FA Disability Cup Finals Day, this event marks the start of a major period of activity in disability football, culminating with the Great Britain Cerebral Palsy (CP) side participating in the Paralympic Games in Rio this September.

In the Powerchair Cup Final, Watford’s Aspire took on Northern Thunder from the north east while the Blind Cup Final, saw Sporting Club Albion take on RNC Shrews.

The Cerebral Palsy Final featured North West side Cerebral Palsy United and Chelsea Foundation – who qualified as winners of the northern and southern conferences respectively.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Wheelchair Football Association National League, CP Sport National CP Football League and the National Blind Futsal League,” said Colin Chaytors, Chair of The FA Disability Football Committee.

“It is our ambition that The FA Disability Cup Finals Day will become a permanent fixture on the football calendar, so that we can celebrate the achievements of those involved, whilst also raising awareness of the opportunities that exist for everyone within disability football.”


Special guests for the CP Football Match included CP Sport Chairman – Paul Goodman, CP Sport Ambassador and former Paralympic CP Football – Leon Taylor, former head of CP Football for CPISRA – Bob Fisher and 2015 CP World Games Games Starter & former Paralympic referee Pat Smith.

CP United FC’s founder Michelle Willcock spoke of their ambition ahead of the game with Chelsea by proclaiming:

“The club’s ethos is about developing players. It is nice for the team to get to the final, but real success for us is the growth of the club and the more players with CP being able to access football is the ultimate aim for our club.”

“Trophies are great but they are a bi-product of focusing on development and getting the environment right for the players involved.”


A huge thank you to the officials who supported not only this event, but show great support the CP Sport National CP Football League.


“It is always an honour and a pleasure to officiate at CP football matches. This is especially so when making use of the excellent facilities at SGP complete with its beautiful surroundings. It was a special day for me, topped off when my husband and I went to watch the Blind Football – we were awestruck.” – Jayne Hart

“The day was good participation, despite the result, from both teams and club officials and a real good support from on lookers. The whole day was a magical experience and such good quality football played, really enjoyed it.” – Minesh Gupta

“Just want to reiterate my thanks for the appointment to the FA Disability Cup Final, & express what a wonderful experience the day was, look forward to being involved in further CP events.” – Terry Jeyes

“The day went really well, really nice meeting officials, team players and staff as well as all who made the day really successful. I really enjoyed the occasion and seeing the smiles and enjoyment with everyone concerned with the day. Congratulations to all.” – John Taylor

Click here to find out about the CP Sport National CP Football League

Sporting Ambassadors Selected for European Athletics Championships

Three of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassadors have been selected to represent Great Britain at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Graeme Ballard, Stephen Miller and Sam Ruddock join a strong British Athletics team set to compete at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy on 10-16 June 2016.

We wish them and all the athletes competing the best of luck for a great championships.

The British Athletics team for the IPC Athletics European Championships (49) in Grosseto, Italy:

James Arnott (Ryan Freckleton) – T47m 100m

Joshua Bain (Paul Welch) – F37 Discus

Graeme Ballard (Trevor Painter) – T36 100m

Daniel Bramall (Rick Hoskins) – T33 100m

Olivia Breen (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) – T38 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4x100m relay

Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Fuzz Caan) – T44 High Jump

Mickey Bushell (Jenny Archer) – T53 100m and 400m

Jo Butterfield (Philip Peat/Shona Malcolm) – F51 Club Throw and Discus

Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks) – T54 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay

Kadeena Cox (Brian Scobie) – T37 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay

Vanessa Daobry (Alison O’Riordan) – F34 Shot Put

Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) – F42 shot and discus

David Devine (Adrian Webb) – T12 1500m

Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes) – F41 Javelin and Shot Put

Mitchell Dutton (Philip Peat) – F38 Javelin

Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson) – F20 Shot Put

Toby Gold (Jenny Archer) – T33 100m

Dan Greaves (John Godina) – F44 Discus

Kylie Grimes (Philip Peat) – F51 Club Throw

Dylan Harris (Adrian Brown) – T36 100m and 200m

Sophie Hahn (Joseph McDonnell) – T38 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

James Hamilton – (Mark Kirk) T20 1500m

David Henson (Roger Keller) – T42 100 and 200m

Georgie Hermitage (Paul MacGregor) – T37 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay

Josh Howard (Joe Frost) – T38 Long Jump

Jordan Howe (Keith Antoine) – T35 100m and 200m

Abbie Hunnisett (Anthony Hughes) – F32 Club Throw

Mo Jomni (Jenny Archer) – T53 100m, 200, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay

Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) – T54 400m and 800m

Maria Lyle (Tabo Huntley) – T35 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay

Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins) – T54 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay

Erin McBride (Tabo Huntley) – T13 100m and 400m

Stephen Miller (Ros Miller) – F32 Club Throw

Stephen Morris (James Thie) – T20 1500m

Holly Neill (Andrew Roda) – F41 Discus

Stephen Osborne (Jenni Banks) – T51 100m and 400m

Jonnie Peacock (Dan Pfaff) – T44 100m

Gemma Prescott (Mike Wood) – F32 Club Throw

Stef Reid (Aston Moore) – F44 Long Jump

Ben Rowlings (Job King) – T34 100m, 400m and 800m

Sam Ruddock (Jim Edwards) – F35 Shot Put

Zac Shaw (Joe McDonnell) – T13 100m and 200m

Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins) – T33 100m

Laura Sugar (Femi Akinsanya) – T44 100m and 200m

Carly Tait (Rick Hoskins) – T34 100m, 400m and 800m

Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman) – T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m

Amy Wareing (Jim Edwards) – F38 Discus

David Weir (Jenny Archer) – T54 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x400m relay

Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine) – T42 100m and 200m

Paralympic Sporting Ambassador receives MBE

Paralympic Sporting Ambassador receives MBE

Triple Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller has been presented with his MBE by HRH Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. Stephen from Cramlington, Northumberland was selected to receive the MBE award in the New Year Honours for services to sport. Stephen was accompanied on the day by his wife Rachel, mam and coach Ros, and his brother Jonathan.

Stephen, a Cerebral Palsy Sport Sporting Ambassador said “It’s amazing to receive this MBE award, such a huge honour and I’m very humbled. This is as much for all the people who have inspired and supported me throughout my career. I hope to continue to be a role model and inspire other to find their passion in life.”

This summer marks 20 years since Stephen won gold at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta at the age of 16 years and 91 days, becoming the youngest ever track and field gold medallist for Great Britain.

In a career that has included 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships, Stephen has won over 25 International medals, held the F32 Club Throw World Record from 1997-2008 and went undefeated for 9 years from 1996-2005.

Stephen is currently working on securing a place in the Great Britain team for the Rio Paralympic Games being held this September, the team is selected in July.

Congratulations Stephen from all of us at Cerebral Palsy Sport

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Image courtesy of the Miller family