Young Sporting Ambassador announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our 4th Young Ambassador Ben Meadows.

Ben from Liverpool is 16 and has right sided hemiplegia. He is a very happy and easy going person, who works hard to keep himself physically fit to help with his disability.

Ben loves all sports but his passion is football and is the goalkeeper for the U16’s North West Regional Talent Centre hosted by CP United FC, where he has been in the programme since he was 11.  He has also had trials for England U19’s and also plays within LFC’s Ability Counts programme, EFC Pan Disability and more recently Walton FC (ran by Liverpool County FA).

At School Ben completed a BTEC Level 2 in Sport Development and has just started Sixth Form to do BTEC Level 3 again in Sport Development.

He 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 of helping with the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club.

During the summer last year he was part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Liverpool County FA.

Ben has also just completed his Level One Football Coaching qualification and is looking forward to moving on to his level 2.

Ben’s commitment to sport as a player, young leader and coach is clear to see. He is an inspiration to all that he works with as a result of his positive attitude and have a go ethos.

Ben wants to use his role as CP Sport Young Ambassador to continue to raise the profile of sport and activity opportunities for people of all ages with CP. He is keen to work alongside the other Young Ambassadors to showcase their individual stories and demonstrate what can be achieved.

CP Sport are extremely excited to have Ben on board and look forward to working with him and all our Young Ambassadors. Read about our other Young Sporting Ambassadors here.


Photo courtesy of  Alice Ferrebe

CP Sport celebrates Paralympics GB Carnival

On Saturday 17th September, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined Paralympics GB and a range of other national sports governing bodies including British Rowing and the Tennis Foundation of sport to celebrate the Paralympic Movement at a Paralympics GB Carnival in Nottingham.

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Taking place in Nottingham’s Market Square to coincide with the Paralympics in Rio, the event provided the opportunity to showcase a range of disability sports and Cerebral Palsy Sport provided great demonstrations of RaceRunning to an enthusiastic audience.


The Lord Mayor of Nottingham watched our RaceRunners in action along with Paralympian Natalie Waddon.

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The event was supported by our Sporting Ambassador Leon Taylor, our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson and the England RaceRunning team.

For further information on RaceRunning please visit our website


Cerebral Palsy Sport announce third Young Sporting Ambassador

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce our third Young Sporting Ambassador Jamie Westerman.

Jamie has always played football and joined Manchester City disability team 4 years ago. He was invited to a Frame Football event at St Georges Park ran by CP sport where he tried and fell in love with Frame Football.

On playing Frame Football Jamie says, “It made a big difference because it gave me a level playing field so to speak, it was good to play with other people using frames, I was more aware of my own skills within football.”


Jamie was delighted at being chosen as one of CP Sports Young Ambassador’s, alongside RaceRunners Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys. When asked how he would like to use his role his said,

“I’d use my role to encourage more children and young adults to have a go and enjoy the game of football the way I do, it is such a good feeling to be playing along with people of the same ability. I would also like to use my role to look at what other countries offer in the field of Frame Football. Football for blind people has come such a long way, now being in the Paralympics that I would like to imagine that one day Frame Football will have the same worldwide recognition”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is excited to have Jamie on board and is looking forward to working with him to raise the profile of Frame Football.

For more information on how you can play Frame Football click 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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CP Sport announce first Young Sporting Ambassadors

Cerebral Palsy Sport has a long history of having fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories sporting success to encourage others.

For the first time in our 15 years, we are proud to announce a new cohort of ambassadors, our Young Sporting Ambassadors. These are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Ellie Simpson

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.

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On becoming a CP Sport Ambassador Ellie said:

“I am so honoured that CP Sport have chosen me to be a Young Ambassador, and alongside my best friend Matthew, who I also met through CP Sport. 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 am so excited about being a Young Ambassador for CP Sport and 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!”

Matthew Humphreys

Matthew Humphreys is 18 years old and is one of England’s top RaceRunners. Since becoming involved with Cerebral Palsy Sport,  Matthew’s confidence has grown and he now gives talks and motivational speeches, the first of which was the opening speech at Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National Disability Sports Conference in December 2015.


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On being asked to be a Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew said:

“I’m so proud to be asked to be a young ambassador for CP Sports. I started attending CP sports athletic days 4 years ago when I was participating at seated club throw. I saw another athlete on a Racerunner and I was hooked.

Since then I have made amazing friends; participated in the CPISRA world games; been nominated to represent CP Sport doing the BBC Children n Need rickshaw challenge. Basically my life has changed incredibly for the better. Thank you CP Sport for the opportunities, I now want to help others achieve their best.”
Cerebral Palsy Sport are incredibly proud of our new Young Ambassadors and look forward to working with them to encourage and inspire many others to start their journey to reach their sporting potential.