Together We Will ambassador meets Chelsea FC idols

Together We Will Campaign Ambassador Jude Liversage (centre) pictured with father Tony Liversage and  David Luiz

Together We Will campaign ambassador Jude Liversage, from Staffordshire, was recently invited to meet his idols at Chelsea FC team at their training ground in Cobham.

 

The lifelong football fan, that regularly travels the country to watch his beloved blues, went along with his father Tony to meet the first team, including his favourite player John Terry.

 

The visit recognised Jude’s enthusiasm for football and his role as an ambassador for nationwide campaign, Together We Will. The campaign aims to encourage and motivate disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading disability sports organisation supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or email info@cpsport.org

 

For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page www.efds.co.uk/together.

 

Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.

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Together We Will – competition launch!

The Together We Will campaign was launched this summer and supports disabled people and their families to become more active and stay active.

The National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), have come together, supported by Sport England to encourage disabled people become healthier, stronger and have fun being active.

For more information on Together We Will please click here.

For your chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher, post a photo to CP Sport social media channels of you being active with your friends and family and tell us what you enjoy most being active. Use #TogetherWeWillComp. Entries close at 7pm on Sunday 25th September. Good luck!

For full terms and conditions visit : http://www.efds.co.uk/together

Will Mellor motivates disabled people in Birmingham to be more active

 

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Well known actor and campaign ambassador Will Mellor visited Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club in Birmingham on 31st August 2016, to raise awareness of Together We Will – campaign that aims to encourage and motivate disabled people, along with their friends and family to be more active.

The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.

Eight National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are working together with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) to deliver the Together We Will campaign, with backing from Sport England.

In Birmingham, around 200,000 people have an impairment or long-term health condition. The city currently has low numbers of active disabled people, with only 13.5% of disabled people reportedly taking part in sport or physical activity for the recommended 30 minutes per week.

Campaign ambassador, Will Mellor hosted a football game with the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club at the Doug Ellis Sports Centre. Demonstrating how people with a range of impairments and of all abilities can get involved with the beautiful game. The event hopes to engage and motivate disabled people across the Midlands to get moving, whatever the activity.

The event reflects insights showing that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.

Speaking about the campaign, Will Mellor said:

“I’m proud to be part of this campaign which aims to encourage disabled people to be more active. It’s about everyone coming together to have fun and become healthier.

 “My sister had Marfan’s syndrome which affected her physically as well as with her learning. She sadly passed away in 2013, but I recall fondly how much we loved being active as a family together. Therefore, I’m really looking forward to meeting our ambassadors and hearing their stories. We can all make a positive change and support more people to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

Will joins local Midlands campaign ambassadors Amir Ali, coach and captain of the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club, and football fan Jude Liversage at the event.

Amir Ali from Birmingham, who has dystrophic dwarfism and scoliosis, is coach and captain of Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club, established by Aston Villa FC. When he not playing in the Premiership Wheelchair Football League, Amir dedicates his spare time to supporting disabled people of ages to be more active. By providing opportunities for people to play football and enjoy other activities at the club and by running after school initiatives in the local area.

Jude, eight, who has cerebral palsy has always had a passion for sport and has been supported by his family to stay active. When Jude was four, his dad Tony sought the advice of Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) to find a local opportunity for Jude to play football. After joining a dedicated league, they set up their own Frame Football team in Staffordshire.

Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight of Sport England, on behalf of all the campaign partners, said:

“We know that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. The National Disability Sports Organisations work with the sector to provide opportunities for a range of impairment groups to address this issue and encourage inactive people to get in to sport and physical activity.

 “That’s why campaigns, like Together We Will, are so important. We need to put people and what they want and need at the very heart of everything we do. That includes supporting people to get active in places where they want to take part, in activities they want do and with people they want to be active with.

“We’re really excited about this campaign and are looking forward to working with all the National Disability Sports Organisations to help more disabled people to get active this summer.”

Together We Will campaign shares first-hand experiences from people with different impairments or health conditions, about why being active is important to them. It also brings together useful information and support from the NDSOs on how and where you can begin getting active. As research highlighted that often disabled people do not know where to go to find the right information about opportunities available to them.

These stories all share a common theme – how being active has supported them to be healthier and stronger, while having fun along the way. NDSOs and EFDS will share disabled people’s experiences of sport and exercise, so others can learn more from the information and make choices about the activities they want to try.

The campaign will run from July to September, as the nation embraces a summer of sport.

Activity organisers and providers can be involved in Together We Will.  Encourage disabled people to take part in your events and share the local support available to disabled people looking to be more active on social media using #TogetherWeWill.

Next month, Birmingham Disability Sports Forum will also host its annual Birmingham Inclusive Sports Fest (BISF) from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th September.

Coinciding with the Paralympic Games in Rio, the festival will deliver opportunities for disabled people and their family and friends to take part in inclusive sport and physical activity taster sessions. Find out more about the Festival visit Sport Birmingham website www.sportbirmingham.org.

For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page www.efds.co.uk/together.

Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.

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Together We Will… get stronger

Together We Will ….get stronger

Whatever your impairment or health condition, being active is good for you in so many ways. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, stress and depression and boost your self-esteem, energy levels as well as make you feel stronger both physically and mentally. The campaign partners for Together We Will have released five top tips to support and encourage disabled people, their friends and family to be more active and get stronger.

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This summer, Together We Will is encouraging disabled people to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active with friends and family.

As part of the campaign, the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have published five tip tops to support disabled people on their way to be more active and become stronger – whether that’s physically or mentally, or both.

Together We Will…get stronger five top tips are:

  1. Choose an activity that gets you moving. It doesn’t have to be a competitive sport, just something that gets your heart going a little.
  2. Don’t fear taking part and getting involved with other people. Take a friend or family member with you – there’s strength in numbers.
  3. Take it steady, you’ll soon start to feel stronger in lots of ways. It can help with flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance.
  4. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones so that you don’t become overwhelmed and can reach your full potential.
  5. Remember, it’s not all about being physically strong. Being active is great for your mental strength and can boost your confidence too.

The Together We Will campaign is brought to you by the NDSOs and EFDS, with backing from Sport England. It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.

According to Sport England’s Active People Survey (2016) disabled people are currently half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people make up a large proportion of everyone’s community.

Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active – so there’s strength in numbers. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator, and we all know that exercising is more fun when we take part together.

In addition to Together We Will get stronger top tips, we’ve also created a handy frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide to being active. So if you’re not sure how being active can help you, or don’t know where to start, click here to read Together We Will be more active FAQs.

Together We Will runs from July to September, as the nation embraces a summer of sport. Over the summer NDSOs and EFDS will share disabled people’s experiences of sport and exercise, so others can learn more from the information and make choices about the activities they want to try.

For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page

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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CP Sport join together in British Rowing partnership

Cerebral Palsy Sport work with a range on National Governing Bodies of sport to ensure that there is a wide range of opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.

British Rowing are just one of these providing indoor and water rowing this August in Leeds.

To see what other sports and activities Cerebral Palsy Sport offers; visit http://www.cpsport.org/sports/

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UK Sport and EIS launch talent ID campaign #DiscoverYourGold

UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) have launched a new campaign #DiscoverYour Gold. It is the biggest multi-sport talent identification campaign in British history, #DiscoverYour Gold, aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions.

Over 20 sports are involved in #DiscoverYour Gold, a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and a range of National Governing Bodies, targeting 15-24 year olds to be fast-tracked into the exciting world of high performance sport.

There are numerous para sports recruiting for new athletes including Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling, Disability shooting, Para-Rowing, Para-Canoe, Powerlifting, Para-Archery, Visually Impaired Judo, Para-Triathlon, Disability Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Boccia and Para-Taekwondo. #DiscoverYourParaPotential

If you believe you have got what it takes and want to find out more, visit the UK Sport website

CP Sport offers a wide variety of opportunities and pathways for all levels including potential future champions. For a full list of our events and sports opportunities please visit our events page here

 

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Football mad Jude selected as ambassador for new national campaign

 

Tony and Jude Liversage 3Jude Liversage, who has cerebral palsy (CP) is an eight year-old boy from Staffordshire whose motivation and enthusiasm to be active has led him to live a healthy and happy life.

The young sports fan has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Even at a young age, Jude’s passion to get active and play sport, football in particular, is clear to see. From endless hours kicking around a football in the garden, to travelling the country to watch his beloved team, Chelsea Football Club. Jude’s appetite for activity and his boundless energy makes him a great advocate for many.

Maintaining an active lifestyle has had its challenges for Jude and his family. The Liversages have faced a number of barriers along the way.

When Jude was four his dad Tony, was eager to find a football club which would be suitable for his football mad son. With no suitable facilities in their local area, Tony sought the advice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, the country’s leading sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy. They helped Jude and the whole family start getting more active.

Cerebral Palsy Sport directed the family to a dedicated CP football league, which has had a big impact and has since inspired Tony to set up their own CP football team in Staffordshire.

Together as a family, the Liversages have now been selected to share their experiences. They want to share the benefits they have found from staying active. Together the family wants to encourage other disabled people to take part in sport and exercise.

Jude’s Story

Jude Liversage has been selected as an ambassador for a new national campaign, Together We Will. The campaign is encouraging and motivating other disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

Jude, who has cerebral palsy is a football mad eight year old. Since he was born his dad, Tony Liversage has always tried to ensure that Jude has the same opportunities to have fun and be active as other children his age, including his twin sister Marcie.

Jude has faced a number of obstacles from a young age in order to live an active lifestyle, particularly when playing his favourite sport, football.

Jude has limited mobility in his lower legs and the lack of suitable opportunities nearby sometimes prevented him from taking part in local community sports activities. Other children’s levels of ability and stamina, often left Jude feeling excluded and demotivated.

Tony is determined for both Jude and Marcie to have happy, healthy and active childhoods. So they attended an event organised by Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2011 to see what opportunities were available for Jude and Marcie to enjoy together. The advice from the National Disability Sports Organisation was invaluable.

With limited access to facilities locally, doting dad Tony committed to driving Jude 150 miles every fortnight to Oldham to attend a specialist cerebral palsy football session. Witnessing the set up first hand inspired Tony to set up a CP football group in Staffordshire, Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC so people in their local community could have access to the same opportunities. Stafford Town Cerebral Palsy FC now has 18 players from age four to 18 years old. The team is a fully inclusive club who trains at Weston Road Academy and is always actively seeking new players.

Taking part in regular physical activity as a family has been instrumental to Jude’s rehabilitation. Jude recently underwent life-changing surgery (selective Dorsal Rhizotomy at Portland Hospital) in which some of the nerves running between his muscles and spine were cut to allow his legs more movement.

Throughout Jude’s rehabilitation his family and supporters focused physiotherapy exercises around fun football techniques and terminology. From his dad setting up cones in the living room, to using goal posts to motivate Jude to walk again after his surgery. Football gets Jude excited about being active.

A year on from his operation, together with his family, friends and support network, Jude regularly exercises.. This includes Jude’s Godfather, Tim Thwaites a local coach at Silverdale Boxing Club, who coaches Jude every weekend in circuit training to help him build up his core strength.

Being active and taking part in lots of activity with family and friends has been instrumental to Jude’s physical, mental and social well-being. Cerebral Palsy Sport has and will continue to provide advice, support and opportunities for Jude and his family to have fun and be active together.

Jude’s dad, Tony Liversage commented:

“It’s fantastic to be asked to be part of the Together We Will campaign. Sport plays a huge part in our family life, so it’s great to be able to share our story and help others get active too.

“From day one Jude has been running around with a football at his feet, but growing up it was tough finding access to take part in with children of a similar ability and age.

“There are many organisations out there to help give disabled people and their families support in finding activities which are suited for them – Cerebral Palsy Sport was great at introducing us to dedicated CP football leagues which have been life changing to keep Jude healthy and happy.”

Lisa Morton-Smith, National Sports Development Manager from Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“CP Sport’s aim is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their potential through sport, and lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Jude and his family are a fantastic example of the opportunities available and how sport and active recreation can have a positive impact on the whole family.

CP Sport is excited to be involved in the Together We Will campaign to support others like Jude and Tony access sport and activity.”

This summer, Jude is now gearing up along with his team mates for another busy football season.

Throughout the Together We Will campaign, there will be many more ambassador stories Together Jude and his family are active. Together we will.

For more information about Together We Will and support on how to become more active, visit our campaign page here

For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or visit http://www.cpsport.org/

 

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Together We Will – take a look at the healthier lifestyle tips

Together We Will… get healthier

We all know that being active and taking regular exercise is good for our health, both physically and mentally. While many of us want to be more active, sometimes we don’t know where to start or who to speak to. Together We Will has released five top tips to support and empower disabled people to be more active and get healthier.

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This summer, Together We Will is encouraging disabled people to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active with friends and family.

As part of the campaign, the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have published five tip tops to support disabled people on their way to be more active and become healthier.

Together We Will…get healthier five top tips are:

  1. Talk to a healthcare professional to work out which activities best suit you.
  2. Choose an activity you enjoy and invite a friend or family member to join in – so you can motivate each other.
  3. Start slowly and build up. Don’t do more today than you can do tomorrow.
  4. Try to include exercise in your daily routine. It can boost memory, reduce stress and improve sleep.
  5. Set yourself a goal. No matter how small, achieving it will have positive impact on your body and mind.

The Together We Will campaign is brought to you by the NDSOs and EFDS, with backing from Sport England. It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.

Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people make up a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.

Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.

Membership news – Join us today!

In conjunction with the launch of the Together We Will Campaign, announced by the English Federation of Disability Sport today, we are offering automatic affiliate membership to everyone who signs up to our FREE regular emailed newsletter.

You do need an email address to take up this offer – sign up here.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport we are supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. We want to get more people active, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation. We aim to achieve this through providing innovative and meaningful projects that enable choice, reduce barriers and promote partnership working with local communities.

For exclusive benefits including discount for our events you can become a full member of CP Sport. For details of our membership packages please click here.

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