Its Okay to Play
Cerebral Palsy Sport’s aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation. Through our ‘Its Ok to Play Project’, we want to be able to make it easier for people with Cerebral Palsy and associated physical impairments to access sport and activities, as their siblings and peers do, in school and in the community.
To do this, we have create two new resources. One for families and the second for education sector and health professionals who work with young people and adults with physical disabilities. The resources contain key information, helpful ideas and games that will allow for both audiences to support someone with a physical disability to access sport and activity that will result in them leading a happier, healthier life.
The project aims to ensure that within school people with a physical disability are able to take part in PE and extracurricular activity the same way their peers do. The resources will provide teachers and those that lead PE with the tools to be able to run fully inclusive sessions and activities breaking down barriers and perceptions.
The family resource will provide family members with hints and tips on how to be active at home with their family members who have a physical disability. It will provide the confidence to ‘play’ within the home setting, go into the local community and access green spaces and parks and ultimately encourage the family to be active together.
CP Sport hope that the project will support people with a physical disability to fulfil their potential and enjoy the benefits of being active such as feeling happier, healthier and more confident and feeling a part of their community.
The ‘Its Okay to Play’ project has been funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.
The accessible leaflets are available to download for free here