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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 Ambassador talk

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.

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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

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Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne

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Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney

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Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers

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Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club

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Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa

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Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder

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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

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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

CP Sport Ambassadors to support Training Day and Awards

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that the charity’s Ambassadors will be attending and supporting the upcoming Athletics, RaceRunning and Swimming Training Camp on Sunday 8th October 2017 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

The Training Camp is for participants, and coaches working with athletes or swimmers in a regular training environment who want to become more inclusive and/or increase knowledge of CP and training techniques. There will also be a RaceRunning taster and RaceRunning classification available on the same day.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors include Paralympics and World Class athletes with a huge amount of experience who can provide an interesting insight into sport at the top level for those with cerebral palsy. Read more about our Ambassadors here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador and Paralympian Matthew Walker will be coaching the swimming session at the Training Camp. Matthew has won multiple medals and has been to four Paralympic Games. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE.

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There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from some of the Ambassadors in the afternoon including Sam Ruddock, Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller MBE who competed at the World Para Athletics Championships this summer and the Rio Paralympics in 2016,  and we’ll even have one or two present our annual awards so don’t forget to nominate for your achiever, volunteer, coach or club of the year here!

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The Cerebral Palsy AGM will be taking place at 4pm followed by the annual Awards at 4.30m. Further details here.

Register for the Training Camp and RaceRunning classification here

Details about the RaceRunning taster session can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

CP Teens sets up new base at Chesterfield FC

CP Teens UK was founded in 2013 by Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.

Ellie, 22, has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. She is a regular competitor at Cerebral Palsy Sport events and has represented England internationally.

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Initially setting up the charity from home, CP Teens is now located at the Community Hub at Chesterfield Football Club.

Ellie said:“As I went through secondary school, I became increasingly socially isolated by able-bodied ‘peers’ as I struggled to physically keep up and physically fend for myself. Even though I left school with good GCSEs and A Levels, I could not find any opportunities anywhere, either paid or unpaid, to take up as a young person with a physical disability.”

Ellie posted about CP Teens on Twitter and was contacted by hundreds of young people with cerebral palsy who also said they felt ‘alone’. She continued to develop the charity during her gap year between 2013 and 2014, and while studying for her sport development with coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sport has become an important part of Ellie’s life – she first watched disability sport in 2012 when she saw the London Paralympics on TV, and gave it a go in 2013 at the Paralympics GB Sport Fest in Sheffield – that one day changing her life and future. Ellie joined an athletics club and then went on to study sport.

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Inspirational Ellie organised a number of high-profile events which led to CP Teens UK gaining full charitable status and receiving a special award from the Prime Minister Theresa May. Ellie is now aiming to offer work experience to local physically disabled young people. “Not only will the new base provide a new workspace for the charity to run from, it will also offer a safe ‘hub’ for CP Teens to meet and socialise,” Ellie added.

Ellie is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Find out more here

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Multiple medals for England team at Racerunning World Championships

94 para-athletes (disabled athletes)  from 13 nations participated in this year’s CPISRA RaceRunning World Championships at Frederiksberg Stadium, Denmark from 13th-15th July.

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The level of competition was higher than ever. It’s the third time that Denmark has hosted the World Championships, which was run in three different classes: RR1, RR2 and RR3.

For the England team,  Muninder Singh Hayer won two golds at the World Championships for the 200m and 60m. Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew Humphries took the 200m gold medal. There was also a 60m bronze for Beth Moulam in her first international.

The sport of RaceRunning is not yet included in the Paralympic Games, however it is hoped that this will change in the future.

A RaceRunner is a custom-built bike made for running, which has three wheels and no pedals. It gives the athlete the opportunity to move freely and run using own force – something that the athletes are not able to do under normal circumstances.  Find out more about RaceRunning here

 

 

Celebrating Womens Sport Week 2017

This week 19th – 25th June, we are celebrating Women’s Sport Week. Its officially the start of the summer this week and what better time to take up a new sport or activity!

We have some great female role models involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport, from volunteers to ambassadors to coaches and participants so we’ll be showcasing some of those stories on social media this week. We hope they will inspire many more girls and women to get into sport.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador and international RaceRunner Ellie Simpson said:

“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport to encourage more girls with CP to get into sport. Why not have a go? It might just change your life like it has done for me! ”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport said:

“We want more women and girls to get involved in sport and enjoy the huge benefits that being active brings to their lives. Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”#

We have also been speaking to more of our participants about their sporting experiences, 18 year old Leaha Dixon said:

“My name is Leaha Dixon and I am 18yrs old. I have Cerebral Palsy, after a difficult start in life (both my mum and I were very poorly) and many hospital and physio visits, my mum and dad were told that if I didn’t walk by the time I was 3 I probably wouldn’t, well I did and I haven’t stopped since!! After doing various things from swimming, horse riding and dancing I started at Doncaster Athletics club , I found that I really liked running, it gives me the exercise and stretching which helps me to keep fit and healthy. I enjoy meeting up with everyone at competitions and I’ve made some great friends up and down the country which is great, also meeting some of the great paralympians which we have. Athletics has helped my confidence a lot and hopefully I’ll be able to continue running and try and break as many PB’s as possible.”

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If you are interested in taking part in Cerebral Palsy Sport activities please find our events list here

Please feel free to contact us with your CP sporting stories at info@cpsport.org

CP United victorious again!

On Saturday 20th May, the Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football League finals took place at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.

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The finals came just two weeks after the FA Disability Cup finals which saw CP League Northern Conference winners CP United defeat Southern Conference winners Chelsea Whites. Both teams were in action again in Nottingham on Saturday along with the rest of the very best cerebral palsy football teams in the country to battle for the top spot.

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The level of professionalism and quality of football was excellent and the many spectators who braved the showers were treated to a day packed with exciting matches the top class brand new sports venue.

The event started with two group rounds, Group A featuring Chelsea Whites, Copmanthorpe, Albion in the community, Riverside CP FC, and Group B featuring CP United Seniors, Chelsea Blues, Disability4Sport and South West CP.

In the semi-finals, Group A winner Copmanthorpe defeated Group B runner up Disability4Sport. Group B winner CP United beat Group A runner up Riverside.

The final saw Yorkshire team Copmanthorpe play Manchester based CP United, in which CP United were victorious with a 4-0 scoreline. Its been a fantastic year for the team once again which includes Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ben Meadows as goalkeeper.

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A huge thank you to the University of Nottingham Sport for all their support as well as all of our officials and volunteers on the day. The University also hosted a free Fustsal event for juniors whilst the finals were taking place encouraging even more youngsters into sport.

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For more information on the CP Sport National CP Football league click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador receives Torch Trophy Award

On Tuesday 14th March 2017, nineteen volunteers were recognised by HRH The Earl of Wessex for their commitment to community sport at the British Olympic Association.

Each recipient of the Torch Trophy Award was nominated  as outstanding role models within clubs, centres and organisations across the UK. Cerebral Palsy Sport nominated 16 year old Ben Meadows for this award.

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Ben has right sided hemiplegia. He loves all sports but his real passion is football. He is the goalkeeper for the U17’s North West Regional Talent Centre (hosted by CP United FC) and has also had trials for England U19’s.

Ben completed his Football Junior Leaders course last year as part of the “Futures Programme” that CP United provide and has since been an active member, coaching the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club. During 2016 Ben was also part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Mark Horlick (Disability Officer for LCFA) which includes coaching and refereeing pan disability football.

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In February 2016 Ben was selected to be a Young Ambassador for the Step into Sport programme, which involved delivering projects on inclusive sports to Young Leaders from across the North West. Ben is a fantastic asset to all the organisations that he volunteers. He has shown dedication and enthusiasm in supporting grassroots sport across the region.

Ben Meadows is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and has assisted at our football events. Find out more about ben and our Young Ambassadors here.

CP Sport young ambassador awarded Point of Light Award

Sheffield Hallam student and Cerebral Palsy Sport young sporting ambassador, Ellie Simpson, 22 has been awarded the prestigious Point of Light Award from Prime Minister, Theresa May. In 2013, Ellie set up CP Teens to support young people with cerebral palsy and provide them with advice and opportunities to socialise and be active.

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Having experienced isolation during her time in sixth form, Ellie realised how little social support there was for young people with cerebral palsy. She set up CP Teens, an organisation to connect young disabled people and provide them with support, advice and opportunities.

Through CP Teens, Ellie runs the only website connecting young people with cerebral palsy, which receives around 1000 visitors per day; organises social events, including an annual charity ball; and sports events where disabled young people can try new sports and also signposts volunteering opportunities.

Following the success of CP Teens, Ellie has also set up ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ to support younger people and their families.

In a personal letter to Ellie, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“By drawing on your own experiences to set up ‘CP Teens’, you have created a supportive and accepting community for young people with cerebral palsy. Your work is going from strength to strength and I wish you every success as CP Teens grows, alongside ‘CP Tweens’ and ‘CP Teenies’ for younger people and their families.”

As a young ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport, Ellie is able to share her story about the positive impact sport has had on her life to many more young people. CP Teens and Cerebral Palsy Sport work in partnership to support and encourage more people to enjoy being active and tackle the issue of social isolation, that can often by experienced by people with cerebral palsy. On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport,  CP Teens and Sheffield FA worked jointly to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This opportunity gave 15 young people the chance to “have a go” at both RaceRunning and Frame Football.

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CP Teens founder, Ellie Simpson said:

“I cannot believe I have been awarded an award as prestigious as a Point Of Light Award. It means such a lot to me and CP Teens UK. When I set up CP Teens UK in 2013, I never could have imagined how many young people it has, and continues to, reach out to and work with. I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way and I am so excited about the future of CP Teens UK.”

Find out more about upcoming Cerebral Palsy Sports events here

Find out more about CP Teens here

Young Ambassadors ready to inspire!

Cerebral Palsy announced four Young Sporting Ambassadors in 2016.

The charity already had a long history of working with fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories of sporting success to encourage others. Many of these are established athletes who have competed on the world stage including at Paralympics Games.

For the first time, a new group of Young Sporting Ambassadors, aged between 16 – 25 were brought together to help create a new voice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, to share the impact Cerebral Palsy Sport has had on their lives so far and be role models to young people who have yet to discover sport.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others and share their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential. They are; Ellie Simpson, Matthew Humphreys, Jamie Westerman and Ben Meadows.

Have a read of Ellie’s story here. She shares her first experience of sport and the major positive impact it has had on her life physically, socially & academically.

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We will be growing our Young Sporting Ambassador programme over the coming months so watch this space!

Women’s Sport Week 2016

Women’s Sport Week is 3-9 October 2016 and celebrates women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlights the incredible contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.

The latest Sport England Active People Survey 10, published this spring, shows that more than 76 per cent of disabled women do not participate in sport of any intensity and of any meaningful duration on a month-to-month basis.

Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.

Share your stories and show your support on social media using hashtag #WSW16

In celebration of Women’s Sport Week read about these inspiring Cerebral Palsy athletes:

Ellie Simpson – RaceRunning

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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.

Ellie said:

“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 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!”

Katie Toft – Cycling

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Katie is a 23 year old with mild Quadriplegic CP who first experienced cycling 3 years ago.

Whilst at university Katie wanted to do something that would help her de – stress and take her mind of her studies, this is where she found cycling.

Katie began riding at Stockport CP Wheelers where she met Coach Paul Becket who encouraged her to start riding regularly.  Katie fell in love with the sport, and although not the best at the time, Katie continued to work hard and was encouraged by the clubs’ coaches. After a couple of months Katie began to improve and was soon beating the ‘best guy’ at the clubs.

To continue to develop herself Katie then approached local club Mossley CRT who she continues to ride for still.

Katie’s love for cycling as well as her talent continued to grow and she was soon introduced to the velodrome and British Cycling. 3 years later Katie is a Paracycling champion and currently leading this year Paracycling series.

Katie’s dream was to make the Paralympics and be out in Rio this September but Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the team and instead in September she will be starting her Post Grad Certificate in Teaching at Sheffield Hallam.

Katie’s message to anyone with Cerebral Palsy is ‘don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something’ if you want to try cycling do it! Find a club that are open to anything once you start riding you will find it easier than walking!

 

For more information on cycling opportunities please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/disabilityhubs?c=EN

For CP Sport enquiries contact info@CPSport.org