Event Reports

Manchester Multi-Sport Start Camp 2019

The Manchester Multi-Sport Start 2019 took place at Parrs Wood High School. The venue was very accessible and the staff were very accommodating with anything we needed.

15 people signed up to the day and they got to experience 5 different sports.

The day started off with RaceRunning, led by Adi Fawcett (CP Sport’s National Sports Development Officer). All participants had a go and all thoroughly enjoyed taking part. RaceRunning was a new experience for most of the participants and some were surprised at how much freedom of movement they were given whilst on a RaceRunner.

The second sport was football and this was led by Peter from Why Can’t We (Twitter: @whycantwe_1, Facebook: @whycantwe1, Instagram: @whycantwe_1). Peter ensured the session was fully inclusive and all of the participants had a great time learning new skills.

After lunch, Lancashire Cricket came and delivered their taster session allowing the participants to have a go at all disciplines of cricket. Adaptations were made if necessary meaning all participants could join in. Amlyn led on the cricket and was fun and friendly throughout (lancashirecricket.co.uk/foundation)

This was followed by Tennis, led by Shikira who is an LTA accredited and very experienced tennis coach. The participants had different equipment offered, depending what suited them. Shikira brought 2 giant tennis nets so they could have a go at getting the ball over with nets and Velcro pads. www.gameforlife.org.­uk or https://clubspark.lt­a.org.uk/mcrparksten­nis

Finally, we saw Carla Woods, a qualified Boccia coach deliver a taster session of Boccia to the participants. The session was adapted to allow for the short time period and number of players. The taster was fun and every participant had a go.

Thank you to all of the clubs that came and delivered at the Manchester Multi-Sport Start. The day was a success with a lot of positive comments from the participants, their families, carers and supporters.

Thank you to the participants for coming to the event and giving everything a go. Everyone made such a fantastic effort and really tried their best. We could definitely see some rising stars!

Thank you for the very kind donation from Proveca pharmaceutical company for their very kind donation which enables Multi-Sport Start days such as these to happen.

If you are interested in any of the sports at the Multi-Sport Start, please do get in touch with Jen Basford on jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or 0115 925 7027.

Images by Andy Thompson, Sport England here 


Wolverhampton SportStart Camp 2019

At the Wolverhampton SportStart event, we saw 5 participants enjoy 5 different sports. It was held at the Community Sports and Leisure Centre, Our Lady and St Chad Academy. The centre was very helpful throughout and provided us with everything we needed.

The sports that we had available on the day were Football, RaceRunning, Swimming (Land Training), Taekwondo and Boccia. All of the coaches did an amazing job and they were all very inclusive. The positive feedback reflects that.

The details of the clubs are below:

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club- www.wolves.co.uk

RaceRunning- www.cpsport.org

Orion Swimming Club- www.orionswimmingclub.co.uk/orange-squad

Tipton Taekwondo- http://westmidstkd.co.uk/tipton/

If anyone would like any more information about the clubs that delivered on the day, we would be happy to pass on more information and contact details.

It was lovely to see the whole family involved at our SportStart Camp including siblings and parents. Everyone had a go and thoroughly enjoyed it!

A huge thank you to all the coaches and clubs that came and delivered and a big thank you to the participants and their families for being such fantastic participants. We look forward to working with you again soon.

Photos of the event can be found here- Facebook


Ipswich SportStart Camp 2019

The Ipswich SportStart Camp 2019 took place at Gainsborough Sports and Community Centre on Friday 2nd August. There were 19 participants altogether ranging from the age of 5 up to 24. Thank you to Ipswich Borough Council for helping promote the event. Mike Diaper and Chris Whitaker from Sport England were also in attendance and we cannot thank you enough for their valuable support to the charity.

All of the participants had a fantastic time and they put in 100% effort into all sports that were there. Well done to everyone for giving everything a go.

Local media including ITV came and supported the event with photos and filming. Thank you to the Ipswich Star, East Anglian Daily Times and ITV for giving us some brilliant coverage of the day.

We had some wonderful volunteers at the event who were vital to making the day a success. They were from Ashtons legal (www.ashtonslegal.co.uk). They had a stand on the day to promote what they do and how they can help. Their support throughout the event was very much appreciated and the participants benefitted a great deal from them being there. The Suffolk Parent Carer Network also had a stand to promote their services.

We also had the support of the physiotherapy team from Suffolk Community Healthcare. Not only did they help promote the event, but they were fantastic on the day in helping all participants join in and ensure everyone had something to do.

A very big thank you to the clubs that delivered on the day. Without you, the event cannot go ahead. The clubs that delivered were:

Quest 88- RaceRunning- https://www.quest88.com/

Britannia Table Tennis Club- http://www.britanniatabletennisclub.co.uk/

Gorilla Kids Fitness- https://www.gorillakidsfitness.com/

ActivLives Boccia- https://activlives.org.uk/

Ipswich Sports Club- http://www.ipswichsportsclub.co.uk/

Ipswich Fit- https://www.ipswichfit.co.uk/gainsborough-sports-centre/

1 parent said the SportStart was a “fantastic day, giving children the chance to try new sports without any barriers.”

Another parent said “my family have really enjoyed the day. My daughter enjoyed trying new sports and I’m sure she is leaving with more self-confidence”.

Thank you to everyone that help make the SportStart Camp such a success. All participants went home with a certificate, a medal and a cuddly toy otter!

Photos can be found here: Facebook


LOIS Sports Festival- Manchester- 25th June 2019

This year’s LOIS festival was held at the Manchester Regional Arena again near the Etihad Stadium.

There was an increase in numbers of students from last year with 91 in attendance! All of the children really enjoyed their day and got to try out a lot of different sports.

26 schools from Greater Manchester attended the event from Key Stage 1 up to Key Stage 4. All children were grouped into similar age groups so everyone was on a level playing field.

The sports they had available were sitting volleyball, tennis, football, cricket, table cricket, rugby and netball. Every child got to have a go at every sport.

CP Sport provided the medals and the water for the event.

Thank you to all the clubs that came and delivered on the day and huge thank you to the volunteers that were supporting.

Also thank you to Julie from Lancasterian School who every year puts the event together with brilliant success.

If you want to find out more about our SportStart events, please click here.

Photos of the event can be found here.


Eastleigh SportStart Camp- 3rd February 2019- Report

Starting our 2019 SportStart Camp events off this year, was our Eastleigh event on 3rd February at Toynbee School. The school were fantastic in providing a lovely facility which is very accessible for all.

We had a total of 11 participants throughout the day with a variety of ages and abilities. Thank you to everyone that came along to the day, your smiles and excitement make the SportStart Camps extremely enjoyable.

We had 4 sports/clubs deliver on the day and these were:

  • Saints Foundation Football
  • Hampshire Cricket Board
  • Quest 88 and CP Sport RaceRunning
  • Hampshire Hornets Wheelchair Basketball Club

The clubs made all of the sessions very enjoyable and inclusive. All participants, no matter what ability, were able to join in with every sport. It was thoroughly enjoyable and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the clubs involved.

You can find photos of the event here: Facebook- Eastleigh photos.

If anyone would like further information on the clubs, please do not hesistate to get in touch at jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or alternatively, you can call the office on 0115 925 7027.


Middlesbrough SportStart Camp- 8th December 2018- Report

Our December SportStart camp took place at The King’s Academy in Middlesbrough. The venue was very accommodating, accessible and friendly staff to welcome us in. The event was held in the sports hall where there was ample space to perform all the sports.

At the event, we had 10 participants altogether all varying in abilities. Some had tried all the sports before and some had never tried any of them. We’re pleased to announce that everyone went home with a certificate and a big smile on their face.

We saw three clubs join us and they all delivered fantastic events. All participants were involved no matter what their ability was. The first club was the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation. Participants had the opportunity to learn how to move the ball around the space provided as well as have a small game at the end. The second sport was Wheelchair Rugby and this was delivered by the Wheelchair Rugby Regional Officer. Sports wheelchairs were provided and all participants had a go at using them whilst passing the ball. A small game was played at the end where participants got to score tries and bump wheelchairs! The third and final club was from The Tennis Foundation. Participants got to try out different skills throughout the session in a carousel of activities. The skills learnt were balancing, striking, catching, hitting and many more!

All clubs that delivered were extremely inclusive and there were smiles all round from the participants.  A big thank you to the coaches for coming and delivering such a successful event.

Well done to all participants who never failed to give their 100% into every skill and activity on the day.

If anyone would like any information on the sports featured in this event, please contact Jen Basford via email or telephone:  jennifer.basford@cpsport.org      0115 925 7027

Photos from the event can be found here.


Huddersfield SportStart- Schools event- 28th September 2018- Report

Friday 28th September saw a successful event at Longley Tennis Club in Huddersfield. Thank you to the venue for letting us host our event there. The event was in partnership with Linda Stacey at Newsome High School who helped the event run successfully and managed to get 59 students to attend. The ages ranged from Year 1 right up to year 13.

The clubs that delivered at the event were fantastic and adapted their sessions accordingly to cater for different ages and abilities. We had 6 different sports available at the SportStart which were Football, Boccia, Multi-Sport, Rugby, Gymnastics and Tennis. With a large range of sports, the students really enjoyed the day and there was something for everyone.

A huge thank you to the following sports clubs for making the day a success and a pleasure to deliver. The SportStart days cannot happen without your support:

Tennis- Nick Smith from the JCCS Tennis Centre

Duncan Bradshaw from Longley Tennis Club

Football- Gary Millar from Shelley Community Football Club

Boccia- Kevin Barraclough and his boccia team from IM Leeds Boccia

Rugby- Becky from Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Multi-Sport- Holly Sheen and her team from Sport Works Yorkshire

Gymnastics- Alma Brambles, Amy and Elenor from North Kirklees Special Gymnastics Club

If anyone would like the contacts for these brilliant, inclusive clubs, please contact Jen Basford at jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027.

2 volunteers supported the SportStart from Irwin Mitchell (Sanna and Michael) who were a fantastic help throughout the day and CP Sport would like to say thank you for showing their support on the day.

Thank you to all the schools that brought their students to the event. They all had a really fun day and the atmosphere was lovely. Please keep up the good work with encouraging these children to be the best they can be. #CPCan. If any students or parents would like to get in touch with the clubs, please see the details above.

If you would be interested in having a SportStart near you, please get in touch with Jen Basford.

Jennifer.basford@cpsport.org                   0115 925 7027

Photos can be found here


Folkestone SportStart- 10th April 2018- Report

This event was our first SportStart of the year. The event was held at Folkestone Sports Centre Trust in Kent. A big thank you to a great venue who are willing to create opportunities and inclusion for all. Also to the Folkestone Sports Centre Staff who helped make the event run smoothly.

There were 15 participants altogether ranging from 9 to 46 years old. There was something for everyone and all activities were easily adaptable for all abilities.

The clubs that we had involved with the event were:

www.FDTTA.org – Table Tennis Club

Canterbury Hellfire Wheelchair Rugby Club

Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

B-Hundu outdoor adventure activities (Archery)

Seapoint Canoe Centre (Canoe/Kayak)

Etchinghill Golf Club

And more! All of the participants had great fun on all of the activities and the coaches were fantastic at making an inclusive environment for everyone. Most participants were from the Kent area meaning they could sign up to the clubs and attend taster sessions that the clubs were offering.

A very big thank you to all of the clubs that gave their time to come and deliver the taster sessions for the participants. A thoroughly enjoyable event.

Feedback from the event was very positive:

“Amazing event giving great opportunities to try sport. It was outstanding.”

“If I could, I would join them all!” (Talking about the sports clubs).

“Very enjoyable event.”

Click here to view photos from the event

2015 Reports:

On Thursday 5th November; Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership hosted a SportStart event at the Lee Westwood Leisure Centre, part of Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus.

36 children, from SEN schools and mainstream schools, arrived in the morning to take part in the SportStart event and give lots of new sports a try.

Rotating through the different activities, participants had the opportunity to take part in Table Cricket, Tennis, Football and bowls. Trying their best at every activity, although some discovered a new favourite sport, they enjoyed every activity they took part in with lots of cheering and smiling all day.

Working with the coaches from CP Sport with other clubs and organisations, staff from the schools and parents found out about different disability sports and adapted sports which would provide fantastic inclusive opportunities for their young participants. Supported to understand how to deliver different sports, staff were given ideas that they could take back to their schools and develop more activity for the young people on a regular basis.

As the activities drew to a close and a fun-filled day enjoyed by all allowing young people to access new and exciting sports came to an end; all of our young sport stars received their certificates for their brilliant efforts throughout the day.

A huge thank you to needs to be given to Chris Ballard from Rushcliffe School Sports Partnership who helped in organising the events, as well as to Sue Moore, the Table cricket Lead Officer for Nottinghamshire, Kath Smith and Margaret Smith from Gedling Indoor Bowls Club and the team from ActiveAce that delivered a wonderful tennis session.

IMG_0850To form a lasting legacy, children were all given information about opportunities through Cerebral Palsy Sport and the local sports clubs to allow them keeping achieving their potential through participation in sport. We hope that students will attend sessions run by these groups in the personal time.

If you would like more information about our SportStart programme or other events and activities delivered by Cerebral Palsy Sport, please visit our website at www.cpsport.org or contact info@cpsport.org

Previous Events

Warrington Junior SportStart Day; 27 Marhc 2015 – please download the event report below:

Warrington SportStart Event Report – 27.03.15

West Ealing Junior SportStart Day; 20 March 2015- please download the event report below:

West Ealing SportStart Event Report – 20.03.15

2014 Reports:

Huntingdon Multi Sports Development Day, 25 April 2014 – please click here for report

Streetly Multi Sports Development Day, 7 April 2014 – please click here for report

Waverley Para Games, 2 & 3 April 2014 – please click here for report

Alec Reed Academy, Northolt Multi Sports Development Day, 1 April 2014 – please click here for report

Loughton Multi Sports Development Day, 25 March 2014 – please click here for report

Wantage Multi Sports Development Day, 18 March 2014 – please click here for report

Ipswich Multi Sports Development Day, 12 March 2014 – please click here for report

Sherbourne Multi Sports Development Day, 10 February 2014 – please click here for report

Hertfordshire Multi Sports Development Day, 21 January 2014 – please click here for report

2013 Reports:

Poole Project Ability Days, 18-19 October 2013 – please click here for report

Durham Project Ability Days, 27-28 September 2013 – please click here for report

Bristol Project Ability Day, 1 July 2013 – please click here for report

Bristol Multi Sports Development Day, 12 June 2013 – please click here for report

Stoke on Trent Multi Sports Development Day, 16 April 2013 – please click here for report

Bromsgrove Project Ability Days, 12-13 March 2013 – please click here for report

Swindon Multi Sports Development Day, 6 March 2014 – please click here for report

Rochdale Multi Sports Development Day, 28 February 2014 – please click here for report

Scarborough Project Ability Days, 29-30 January 2013 – please click here for report