Ian Clegg awarded Torch Trophy Trust Volunteering Award

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that Ian Clegg has been awarded a Torch Trophy Trust Award for his commitment to disability sports volunteering at an awards ceremony in London on March 7th. the awards were presented at the Army and Navy Club by HRH Duke of Gloucester.

The Torch Trophy Trust awards recognises the outstanding contribution to volunteers  and it is a celebration of  of the volunteers in British Sport. The Trust has identified and honoured sporting volunteers who ordinarily would neither gain or seek recognition for their work with sports clubs and individual athletes in their local communities

Ian was nominated by Cerebral Palsy Sport in recongition of his unstinting support through volunteering of the work of the charity.

Ian was inspired to get into volunteering by the positive impact made by the Games Makers at London 2012 and his first volunteering experience was at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. Ian then applied to be a volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham in 2015 and his role developed into volunteer co-ordinator for the Games where he was the main point of communication between the organising committee and the 180 volunteers as well as providing invaluable support to athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff.

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Since the 2015 Nottingham World Games, Ian has continued to volunteer for Cerebral Palsy Sport on a regular basis helping out with sport and fundraising events ass well as some of the general administration behind the scenes. He has also volunteered at other sporting events, particularly at the Nottingham Tennis Centre which hosts tournaments prior to Wimbledon and the British Open Wheelchair Championships, the inaugural Invictus Games, Wheelchair Rugby, Special Olympics and Learning Disability Tennis. Ian epitomises the essence of a disability sports volunteer and is a worthy recipient of the Torch Trophy Trust award for volunteering commitment to disability sports.

In true Ian style, he was not able to collect his award in person as he was just about to start his first volunteering shift at the 2018 Winter Paralympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The award was collected on his behalf by his daughters Laura and Katie Clegg.

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Congratulations Ian – we are very proud of you and thank you for all your time you devote to CErebral Palsy Sport and other disability sports events.

To read more about Ian’s volunteering story – please click here

MBE awarded to Craig Carscadden for services to disability sport

Former Paralympian athlete Craig Carscadden  has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2018 for his service to disability sport.

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Craig started his involvement with disability sport as a CP athlete. He was a middle distance competitive athlete competing in the 1996 Paralympic Games. He then continued his involvement in sport by being a Middle Distance Coach for the Great Britain Team in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Craig is still involved in coaching today as a senior Endurance Coach for  Thornbury Running Club in England.

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During the ten-year period of 1998 – 2008, Craig was  our Athletics Co-ordinator here at Cerebral Palsy Sport. His roles included organising coaching for athletes of all levels of ability and planning competitions at national level including the successful Grand Prix series.

Additionally, Craig held volunteer roles fro 6 years on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) athletics committee from 2005. As an active member of this committee, he provided constructive input to determine the competition programme and qualifying standards for both 2006 World Championships and 2008 Paralympics.

Craig is a former Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport and is currently head of Development of CPISRA and Chair of the CPISRA International RaceRunning Executive Committee.

Craig has led CPISRA development of adaptive sports for a number of years and through his leadership, guidance and often significant direct contribution has evolved structured and real opportunities for different types of disability impairment, thereby creating competitive sports participation including pathway to elite international competition for groups of people that would otherwise not have had such opportunity.


Craig has also been responsible for developing classification systems for RaceRunning and Table Cricket for CPISRA. He has also developed rules and regulations for RaceRunning and Slalom and carried out numerous coaching clinics.

Craig has supported Cerebral Palsy Sport’s RaceRunning developments and sits on our National RaceRunning Strategic Development Group representing CPISRA and he has also supported our training days and classification programme for RaceRunning.

He said the award came as “a complete surprise”.

Our sincere congratulations Craig on such a well deserved honour from all of the team and Trustees at Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Make volunteering in sport more appealing for disabled people – new research finds

New research released today on International Volunteer Day (5 December) will enable providers to improve their volunteering opportunities, especially for disabled people. The report, ‘Encouraging disabled people to volunteer in sport’, explores the barriers to volunteering and the drivers that could improve its appeal.

Cerebral Palsy Sport alongside the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and the other seven National Disability Sports Organisations and Sport England commissioned the project. It aims to understand more on volunteering in sport, as well as to improve the quality and number of opportunities for disabled people. The researchers involved almost 1,500 disabled and non-disabled people in the report and compared the differences in perception and experience of volunteering between the two audiences.

The findings guide providers on how and when disabled people volunteer generally and the extent to which they volunteer in sport. They highlight the different ways in which disabled people commonly volunteer and their interest in sports volunteering. These can help providers to encourage and support more disabled people to volunteer in sport.

One key finding explores the reason disabled people may not volunteer in sport. It shows the impact disabled people’s low participation in sport has on volunteering. Disabled people who volunteer in sport are twice as likely as non-disabled people to have taken part before. This suggests that the sport sector is not something that appeals to disabled people who have not been part of it previously. Concern about the need for volunteers to be frequently involved (at least once a week) arose in responses. Disabled people can be fearful of regular commitment due to fluctuating health problems.

Other key findings included:

  • There is a desire from disabled people to volunteer, but they are more likely to have negative experiences. Almost half (47 per cent) of disabled people currently volunteer generally compared to just over a third (34 per cent) of non-disabled people. Almost half of disabled people have had a negative experience when volunteering (48 per cent) compared to a third of non-disabled people (33 per cent).
  • Despite disabled people’s higher level of interest in volunteering in society generally, this is not reflected in their level of interest in volunteering in sport. Levels of volunteering in sport for disabled and non-disabled people are the same (21 per cent).
  • Disabled people are much more likely to recognise and experience barriers to volunteering. Their concern is in relation to the impact their impairment will have on their ability to volunteer. In addition, providers of volunteering opportunities feel that they lack the skills and ability to support disabled people fully in their volunteering roles.
  • There is often a mismatch between the expectations of providers and volunteers about what the roles entail and too often organisations give insufficient thought to the distinctive needs of volunteers as opposed to participants. This plays a significant part in creating a negative experience for disabled volunteers.
  • Providers do not routinely ask or capture whether volunteers have impairments or long-term health conditions. This means providers’ awareness of disabled volunteers and their needs is low, and they are less confident in how to support disabled people.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, said:

“We know that volunteers are vital in sport and active recreation. Not only do they help to boost the number of activities available, but develop leaders and role models in sport. Disabled people offer useful skills that can be extremely valuable and it is a missed opportunity not to draw from their lived experiences.

“It is clear in these findings that the knock-on effect of the low numbers of disabled people taking part in sport, is that there is less appeal in sports volunteering. We hope more providers improve their opportunities to all volunteers, but crucially work towards engaging and retaining more disabled volunteers.”

Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England, said:

“The contribution of 6.7 million volunteers in sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, it benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. However, as this new report identifies, there’s a lot to do to make the experience more attractive to disabled people. We need to work on attracting more disabled people to volunteering in sport and activity and ensure they have a great experience when they do get involved. We hope that the whole sport and physical activity sector embraces this challenge.”

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work.

The report is available to download here: 

Read the executive summary here 

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Celebrating our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day 2017

Today, 5th December marks International Volunteer Day (IVD).

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Volunteers for Cerebral Palsy Sport contribute a huge amount of time and energy to support the charity and help achieve our vision. We simply could not do it without our volunteers!

Volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Sport can cover many different activities from being a sporting official to a trustee on the board, from educating to fundraising and we want volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience and we are committed to supporting volunteers.

Today is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of volunteering and celebrate the contribution they make. Find out more about volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport here.

We’ll be sharing some of our Volunteering stories today on our social media platforms.

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IVD, held on 5th December every year was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Find out more here






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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Trustees’ Week 2017

Trustees’ Week is celebrated this year from 13th – 17th November.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are approximately 196,000 charities in the UK, and just over 1 million trustees.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport out Trustees play a vital role in governing the charity:

Meet our Trustees:

Chair: Mrs Aideen Blackborough – Company Secretary and Chair of the Governance, Compliance & Human Resources Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Paul Bowman – Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Fundraising and Marketing Sub Committee.

Trustee: Mrs Ilana Freestone – Chair of the Sport Development Sub Committee

Trustee: Mr Richard Oliver

Trustee: Mr  Gavin White

Trustee: Paul Marriner

Trustee: Paul Schorb

Trustee: Leon Taylor

For more information about our team click here


Sport England releases fresh insight into volunteering habits

Sport England has published the latest data from the Active Lives Survey, providing a comprehensive picture of volunteering in sport and activity for the first time. One of the most striking features of the research is a stark gender gap.

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  • 6.7 million people (14.9% of the population) in England have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity
  • Contrary to trends in the rest of the volunteering sector, men are much more likely than women to volunteer in sport
  • Male volunteers in sport are more likely to hold influential roles.

Active Lives shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity, in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said:

“This fresh insight into volunteering in sport shows that millions of people are playing vital roles up and down the country supporting the grassroots.

“But it also highlights a gender gap that we want to close. I know first-hand the positive impact volunteering can have on a person’s life and I want sports to look at what more they can do to encourage women to volunteer.”

Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, says:

“The contribution of the 6.7 million volunteers to sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. They are often the inspiration behind the activity. However, this research also tells us that there’s a lot to do to make the experience of volunteering in sport more attractive to women, as there’s a big gender gap.

“We launched our campaign This Girl Can after research showed that a fear of judgement can hold many women back from getting involved in sport and activity, and 2.8 million women have told us they have been inspired to get active as a result. Now we need to work on attracting more women to volunteering in sport and activity, and we hope that the whole sports sector embraces that challenge.”

Some of the key volunteering statistics include:

  • 4.0 million (60%) of adult (16+) volunteers are male, and 2.7 million (40%) are female – a gender gap of 1.3 million (20%)
  • 1.2 million (74%) of volunteer referees or umpires and 1.7 million (67%) of volunteer coaches or instructors are male
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds (NS-SEC 6-8) make up 31% of the population, but only 10% of the volunteers. Disabled people make up 21% of the population but only 11% of volunteers.

The Active Lives survey, which runs 365 days a year, also asks people over 16 across England about their sport and physical activity habits. The figures published today represent the first 18 months of data collected by the new survey, so year on year comparisons are not yet available. The first set of comparable data will be available in March 2018.

The figures show a consistent picture, with 27.1 million (60.6%) people being active, meaning they do 150 minutes or more activity per week and meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines. 11.5 million (25.6%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of activity a week. The Active Lives survey also shows that people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active, which is why Sport England will be targeting investment on those groups under its new strategy, Towards an Active Nation.

To find out more about Active Lives and see the full results in full, go to https://www.sportengland.org/activelivesadult/

For information on Cerebral Palsy Sport Volunteering opportunities click here

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.


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The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.


Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2017 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden


Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne


Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney


Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers



Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club




Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa



Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder




Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty



Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here

Working towards better support for volunteers with a disability

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and the other National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) to understand how to better support people with a range of disabilities to volunteer.

Revealing Reality is a research company undertaking the research and they are looking for some people speak to about their experiences or interest in volunteering.

Revealing Reality are happy to offer £25 cash / donation (to Cerebral Palsy Sport) to say thank you for your time.

If you volunteer now, either with Cerebral Palsy Sport and/or another organisation; or used to / want to volunteer and would be happy to speak to a researcher about your experiences and thoughts please get in touch!

Please email info@cpsport.org and we can send you the links to take part in the research.


Thank you!


Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

Volunteering at Cerebral Palsy Sport covers many different activities and formats from being a sporting official to a trustee on the board, from educating to fundraising. we strive to make volunteering for Cerebral Palsy Sport a rewarding and worthwhile experience.


This week we are celebrating our Volunteers by sharing some of those stories across our social media. If you have a Cerebral Palsy Sport volunteering experience you would like to share do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact: info@cpsport.org