Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation improving the health and emotional wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy through physical activity, and engaging the community in a number of programmes and interventions.
Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.
Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.
Our 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.
The range of disabilities that our services cover are children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and all related neurological conditions.
Cerebral Palsy Sport provides sports opportunities for people with cerebral palsy, individuals with neurological impairment with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature causing a permanent and verifiable Activity Limitation.
The scope of our work covers people with:
- hypertonia (high muscle tone);
- Spasticity (velocity-dependent resistance of a muscle to stretch);
- Dystonia (Dystonia is an involuntary alteration in the pattern of muscle activation during voluntary movement or maintenance of posture Sustained or intermittent Muscle contractions.
- Rigidity: (Rigidity is resistance to Passive movement and is independent of posture and speed of movement. rigidity is not specific to particular tasks or postures.)
- Ataxia ( Control of movement)
- Athetosis/Chorea ( Involuntary contractions of muscles )
These impairment types are associated with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Spino-cerebellar Ataxia, Hereditary Spastic Diplegia/Paraplegia, and Dystonia.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is a successful and respected influencer and change maker. The core of our work is putting people with cerebral palsy at the heart of what we do and creating opportunities through sport for people with cerebral palsy. Every year we help hundreds of children, young people and adults experience the life-changing benefits that participating in sport can provide. Fundraising is a key for us to provide these opportunities. We fundraise through events, in the community, individual activities and grant applications.
We also offer expert, specialist support to parents, support workers, teachers, coaches, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sport providers and other professionals on how to adapt sports for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Collaboration is vital in our work and this includes working with key agencies such as Sport England and Children in Need and a wide range of partners including other National Disability Sports Organisations, Active Partnerships, National Sports Governing Bodies, the Activity Alliance, Disability Rights UK, schools, colleges, parents, families and many more.
- Respectful – To respect yourself and others at all times and treat others with dignity.
- Equality – Treat everyone equally, with fairness, parity and without discrimination, prejudice and bias.
- Understanding – To listen and respond positively to our members, partners and supporters.
- Caring – Showing care and consideration to everyone
- Inspiration – To act as a positive role model for others.
- Integrity – To act at all times with integrity, honesty and sincerity.
Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategic Outcomes
Individual / Families
- Enhanced health and wellbeing for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities
- Improving and enhancing confidence
- Improving Physical and Emotional wellbeing
- Reducing isolation of people with cp and their families
- Building and retaining friendships
- Having fun
- Strengthening family and support systems.
- Clear and effective application of insight, knowledge and research
- Effective and productive engagement
- A clear focus on the quality of what we deliver and reflect on our practises
- Promoting our message effectively to reach more people and celebrate our successes
- Influencing and advocating for the needs of people with cp
- Managing our services and resources effectively
- Effective and productive engagement with communities and partners
- To work towards a more equal society in which people with cerebral palsy can contribute to society.
- Raising a positive profile of people with cerebral palsy
- Contributing to the improved health and well-being of people with cerebral palsy and their families.
Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Strategic aims
- Connecting people with cerebral palsy to opportunities in sport and activity
- Partnerships and Alliances matter
- Supporting Knowledge, Insight and Research
- Promoting our Message
- Opportunities to Play, Participate and Enjoy
- Resources and Quality Effectively Managed
- Training for the Future
Cerebral Palsy Sport is also a national member of the Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association (CPISRA) and was the proud host of the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games.
Cerebral Palsy Sport was also a founding member of the British Paralympic Association and the Activity Alliance (Formerly EFDS).
We are also a member of the Sport & Recreation Alliance, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Institute of Fundraising.