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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CP Sport deliver Table Cricket at Junior Games

WheelPower’s National Junior Games is an annual event held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The Games are open to children and young people (aged between 11 and 18) with a physical or mild sensory impairment and combine have-a-go sessions with coaching and competitions in a range of different sports and activities.

Paralympic stars Ade Adepitan, David Weir and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson took part in the National Junior Games on their road to success,  and thousands of children had achieved their dreams and led a healthy active life after taking part in this extraordinary event.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered Table Cricket activity at this year’s Junior Games on 2nd and 3rd October. The activity was led by Cerebral Palsy Sport National Sport Development Officer Richard Kerr,  and inventor of Table Cricket Doug Williamson. Over 30 young people played Table Cricket at the event with a number of schools expressing interest to continue.

For more information on how to get involved in Table Cricket please contact Rich Kerr: Richard.Kerr@cpsport.org  0115 9257027.

DM Thomas Foundation launches #IamABLE campaign

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and children transform their lives. Their priority is to make a difference through targeted grant support, helping local and regional community groups and charities across the UK and Europe to deliver projects which provide access to opportunities and improve wellbeing.

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As a  beneficiary of the grant fund, Cerebral Palsy Sport are featured in the social media campaign #IamABLE taking place on Tuesday 19th September. Read the full story here.

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#IamABLE celebrates what young people are able to do, DM Thomas’s work and the successes of projects supported by the Foundation, and highlights the wide range of project partners and causes that they support.

Now in its third year, you can discover more about #IamABLE and our previous campaigns on our #IamABLE website.


The Paul Bush Foundation Trust donate to CP Sport Table Cricket

On Wednesday 21st June 2017, Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Aideen Blackborough was presented with a cheque for £10,000 from The Paul Bush Foundation Trust.

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Aideen Blackborough (CP Sport) left, Helen Jackson (The Paul Bush Foundation) centre, Richard Kerr (CP Sport) right.

This substantial donation is to support the Cerebral Palsy Sport Table Cricket programme for one year.

Table Cricket is a game for everyone to play and enjoy – young or old, disabled and non-disabled – and is a great way to teach the basic rules of cricket, all on a table top. It is played in schools, residential care homes, day centres and more, right across the country.


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Helen Jackson from the Paul Bush Foundation presented the cheque to Aideen Blackborough and Sport Development Office Richard Kerr.

The funds, donated by The Paul Bush Foundation Trust will help to deliver community based programmes, provide Cricket Start programmes for schools, implement four regional Disability Participation Hubs, develop the Table Cricket community league in England and resource the National Table Cricket Finals including volunteer recruitment.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said: “As a charity we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people and families affected by cerebral palsy. Through the power of sport and recreation we raise hopes and aspirations by supporting people to overcome the challenges of their physical disability.

“This substantial donation from The Paul Bush Foundation Trust means that over the next year, we will be able to create wider opportunities for children and young people with cerebral palsy to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, increase workforce skills and expertise to deliver Table Cricket in localities and build on the provision and enjoyment of the sport across England.”

Set up in 2012 by Paul Bush, founder of Daventry-based Bush & Company, The Paul Bush Foundation Trust assists those with an acquired physical disability as a result of an accident or birth injury. Paul himself suffered a serious spinal cord injury in 1975 and sadly passed away earlier this year.

Bush & Company’s Managing Director, Helen Jackson added: “Participation in sport is extremely beneficial to a person’s mental and physical health and it is great to see that our donation to Cerebral Palsy Sport will enable them to provide a variety of opportunities and access for so many people across the UK.”

If you are interested in our Table Cricket programme please click here or contact us: info@cpsport.org

Find out more about supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport here.


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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National Table Cricket Finals Venue Confirmed!

Cerebral Palsy Sport is pleased to announce that the National Table Cricket Finals will be hosted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 4th December 2016.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has organised and delivered the National Finals for the last 3 years and we are excited to be able to continue to host this exciting event. The day follows a round-robin format concluding with semi-finals and a finals match. It has been a well contested competition over the last 3 years and we look forward to welcoming teams to a new venue this year.

The National Table Cricket Finals bring the best teams from all over the country to battle it out to become National Champions.

Entry Forms are now available!

If you have any questions regarding the event please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our National Cricket Development officer: Rachel.ward@cpsport.org EAI_CPSTC_061215_-3

Table Cricket Performance Group is going from strength to strength

Table Cricket Performance Group is going from strength to strength!

The summer of 2015 was a fantastic time for Table Cricket with the sport being given the opportunity to be showcased at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games where England took on Australia in a thrilling Ashes Series.

As part of the legacy of the games Cerebral Palsy Sport has set up a performance group to help support those players that want to develop their Table Cricket skills and abilities. The group meet four times a year and have specialist coaching from Team England’s coach, Dave Winter. It is a great opportunity for players that want to take their Table Cricket to the next level to meet up and train together.

After the first session Rachel Ward, our National Cricket Development Officer said “Its lovely to see players coming from all over the country to train and develop as players, these sessions give players the opportunity to meet other athletes with the same interest and allows them to go back to their local session and really become ambassadors of the sport.”

The Performance Group is not just for players, its also for coaches, both experienced and new. These four sessions a year give coaches an opportunity to swap ideas, learn new activities and keep up to date will any recent changes to the rules.

All sessions are free to attend and take place at Portland College, NG18 4TJ 10am-3pm. Remaining sessions are the 24th April 2016, 24th July 2016, 27th November 2016.

If you are interested in coming along to the group please get in contact with our National Cricket Development Officer Rachel.Ward@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport and Whizz Kidz team up for table cricket!

Cerebral Palsy Sport and Whizz Kidz team up for table cricket!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that we will be working in partnership with Whizz Kidz, a national organisation that provides equipment, support and life skills to disabled young people. Cerebral Palsy Sport will be providing CricketStart taster sessions to all the Midlands Ambassador Clubs throughout May and June 2016.

CricketStart sessions provide young people and adults with their first insight into cricket and especially Table Cricket. The session is filled with skills, fun and lots of games but also gives the coaches, staff or volunteers a good introduction into the game which will ensure cricket is continued to be delivered at the clubs.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are looking forward to be working with Whizz Kidz to provide more opportunities for people with a disability to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Our National Cricket Development Officer will be travelling to the following clubs!

7th May- Shrewsbury, The Priory School.

14th May- Leicester Ambassador Club

21st May- Stoke, Blackfriars School.

11th June- Dudley, Pen Meadow School

15th October- Birmingham, QAC.

If you would like more information on CricketStart Sessions,  please get in touch with our National Cricket Development Officer Rachel.Ward@cpsport.org.

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