New study highlights the health benefits of swimming

A major new study on the health benefits of swimming has been released by Swim England. The report shows that the unique benefits of water make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise. It is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.

The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer. Swimming regularly also helps older people to stay fit, physically and mentally.

On the other end of the scale, the report found that children who take part in swimming lessons regularly develop physical, cognitive and social skills quicker than those who do not.

Swim England commissioned the independent report and will use the findings to raise awareness within the health professions that swimming is a safe, viable and potentially cost-effective option to signpost patients.

They are also calling on the wider health and sports sector to come together and invest in further research on the impact of physical activity on mental health and long term conditions.

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Find out more about the survey here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here 

Things Can Only Get Wetter!

Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee to take on Loch Lomond Swim Challenge

One of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Trustees, Richard Oliver and two of his friends are taking on the 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond.

Gail McDade, Jane Heggie & Richard Oliver, all past and present Labour Party Organisers, will be swimming a gruelling, and probably very cold, 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond in order to raise money for three great (and very personal) causes, all of which help people with Cerebral Palsy.

Gail is Mum to Ryan who has quadriplegic CP, Richard is Dad to Alfie who has also has quadriplegic CP and Jane is Mummy to 2 year old Lyra who as a working diagnosis of CP and Global Developmental Delay.

They will be raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, which supports people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation; The Bobath Centre, which is a specialist treatment and training centre, dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy; and ‘Lyra Can’ which aims to provide Lyra with extra treatments to help her to walk, talk and chew.

Gail, Jane and Richard have never attempted open water swimming on this scale but your donations coupled with the very real risk of drowning will hopefully get them through this difficult challenge.

Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give to these important charities and appeals.

You can support here: https://www.gofundme.com/thingscanonlygetwetter

Come what may, things can only get wetter!

Good luck Richard, Gail and Jane!

 

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ASA offer free disability swimming taster sessions

The ASA have a number of disability swimming taster sessions coming up this month, they are FREE to attend, all ages welcome.

14th Feb: Ferndown, Dorset

15th Feb: Weymouth, Dorset

15th Feb: Dorchester, Dorset

16th Feb: Barnstable, Devon

18th Feb: Ludlow, Shropshire

19th Feb: Leominster, Shropshire

 

Following the event, the ASA will then be able to sign post participants to further learn to swim/clubs or other swimming opportunities in the area.

Parents and carers are welcome to swim alongside swimmers should they need it, and swimming aids can be used.

All of the venues have deep water.

Booking can be made by contacting Dave White on email or phone:

Dave.white@swimming.org  or 07584025154

Sasha Kindred CBE retires from swimming

After 20 years at the top of his sport, swimming, Paralympian Sascha Kindred CBE has decided to retire.

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Sasha competed at six Paralympic Game and won a total of 13 Paralympic medals including seven golds. He also has 19 World Championship medals, 26 European medals, four World Championships medals and holds 12 British records.

Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in the National Championships and World Games, saying;

 “ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion.  CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for.  Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming.  CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”

On his decision to retire he said;

“Since swimming in Rio last September I had been very much focused on continuing in the sport that has given me so much, but over the last couple of months I have come to the realisation that the physical and mental demands to be an elite athlete are now becoming too much. I have witnessed ParaSport go from strength to strength and enjoyed being a part of that growth representing GB at six Paralympic Games. Knowing when to stop a career is a very hard decision to make especially when it’s part of your life, but stopping with Paralympic Gold and a world record in the 200IM is very pleasing.”

 

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For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Swimming opportunities click here

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

South Wales Swimming Development Gala announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport, in partnership with Swim Wales are pleased to announce it will be are running a Swimming Development Gala on 15th April 2017.

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The Gala will be held at Merthyr Tdfil Leisure Centre, CF48 IUT from 12.30-4.30pm.

Our Galas’s are aimed at developing swimmers, who have some experience of the aquatic environment, and offer an excellent introduction to competitive swimming. They are friendly, supportive and realistic with a starter, timekeepers, heats and staggered timed finals. If necessary a swimmer can be accompanied by a parent or enabler – and swimming aids are permitted.

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The aim is to provide swimmers the opportunity to socialise with other swimmers with cerebral palsy, experience the excitement of competitive swimming and test their new skills without the formal structure of club events. Races take place over 10, 25, and 50 metres using a variety of strokes, with medals and certificated awarded.

Booking is required, and the Gala’s are popular events so don’t delay – the cost for full Cerebral Palsy Sport members is £7.50, and for non – members £10. Closing date for booking – Friday 31st March 2017 (or earlier if becomes fully booked).

To book onto this event please click here

Swim Wales are a world leading National Governing Body delivering excellence, inspiring a nation to enjoy, participate, learn and compete in Welsh aquatics.with cerebral palsy or a physical disability. For further information click here.

For further information about Cerebral Palsy Sports swimming events contact Sarah Livesey on 0115 925 7027 / 07519 809 024 or email: sarah.livesey@cpsport.org

Sascha Kindred OBE is awarded Freeman of the County of Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council members voted on Friday 16 December to award the greatest honour it has in its power to bestow on any individual resident, namely to admit Sascha Kindred OBE to be honorary Freeman of the County of Herefordshire. This is the first time this award has been made to an individual by the council.

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The special meeting was in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Sascha, who lives and trains in the county, has made to swimming in general, and to the Paralympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. The honour recognises the major successes, medals and world records that he has achieved, particularly during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where Sascha won his seventh Paralympic gold medal and broke the world record for the men’s 200 metre individual medley.

Sascha Kindred OBE said:

“I am very pleased to have been bestowed this high honour by the county of Herefordshire. Competing at six Paralympic Games has been a great achievement and to be recognised by the council and local community is a great honour.”

Councillor Brian Wilcox and Sascha Kindred

Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in Nationals and World Games, saying;

 “ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion.  CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for.  Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming.  CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”

To find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming opportunities, please click here

 

CP Swimmers & RaceRunners gather for Training Camp

For the first time Cerebral Palsy Sport held a joint swimming and RaceRunning training camp, alongside a coach development day. The event took place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham with participants travelling from all over England.

In the pool we had 17 swimmers aged 11-37, and 6 coaches who attended to learn more about cerebral palsy swimming. The swimming sessions were lead by a team of 4 expert coaches, Rebecca Gilbertson, Su Stanbridge, Ryan Crouch and Caroline Warlow. The morning session had a focus on stroke technique and in the afternoon the swimmers got to concentrate on their skills and turns where the coach development participants got to lead some of the activities and work closer with the swimmers.

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The track was filled with 15 RaceRunners over the course of the day aged 6-21, and 3 coaches excited to learn more about RaceRunning.  The morning saw a technical session in the indoor facility before taking to the outdoor track in the afternoon to focus on longer distances. Both sessions were led by Craig Carscadden, representing CPISRA, and Graham Felton. We were also able to give new athletes the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time in both our morning and afternoon sessions.

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Between the practical sessions all participants attended communication and nutrition seminars lead by Fran Wilson (MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition and England Cricketer) where they picked up lots of new tips and ideas to help them train and perform to the best of their potential.

Information on future CP Sport events can be found here 

Cerebral Palsy Sport 2016 Award Winners Announced

To mark  our 15th Year Anniversary of our inception as an independent charity, we are hosting our Charity Awards as part of our Annual General Meeting.

The awards take place today – October 30th 2016 at 4.00pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 Awards are:

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Joe Yates

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Fundraiser of the Year  – Andrea Burnand

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Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Ian Clegg

Sports Volunteer of the Year –  Stella Lockwood

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Richard Mee

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Young Achiever of the Year – Athletics – Clare Hands

Young Achiever of the Year – Football – Ned Tranmer

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Young Achiever of the Year – Swimming – Ella Greatorex

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Contribution to Sport – Dave Winter

Partner of the Year – Quest 88

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Williamson

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All our award winners will receive their awards from our Chairman Mr Paul Goodman.

CP Sport announce partnership with the ASA

Cerebral Palsy Sport have a range of fantastic partners that we work with to ensure that there are positive and good quality sport and activity opportunities for people with CP and other physical disabilities.
Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our latest partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). An MoU has been signed by both organisations committing to work together to increase the number of people with cerebral palsy accessing swimming
CP Sport and the ASA will be working together to
• increase Cerebral Palsy swimming opportunities and the number of people with CP participating
• Support the delivery of CP Sport’s Swim programme, social events and activity days
• To jointly track and share information on new and/or current CP swimmers.
• To share best practise and support each other on feeding CP swimmers into the ASA club and Para pathway
• To share developments in insight across aquatic sports and support each other to develop a better swimming experience for CP swimmers

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:
“Cerebral Palsy Sport is really pleased to be working more closely with the Amateur Swimming Association to develop more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to discover the joys of swimming and to increase the range of activities.”
Lara Lil, Health and Wellbeing Manager said:
‘it is great to see the ASA and CP Sport working closely in partnership, through common aims we can provide some great opportunities for people with cerebral palsy. Swimming or any aquatic activity can contribute to improving the quality of life by increasing mobility, building confidence and ability or for relaxation and enjoyment. ‘

To find our more information about CP Sport Swim programme please visit http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/
To find a local swimming club please visit http://www.swimming.org/justswim/