Cerebral Palsy Sport and World Disability Billiards and Snooker are working together.

Cerebral Palsy Sport and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association are joining forces and working together to raise the profile of snooker and billiards and the opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments to participants.
World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is a body that was created in 2015 to give more people with a disability the opportunity to play cue sports. Since then WDBS have ran a number of events including tournaments and open days.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is supporting WDBS with their January 2020 event in Stockport and we are pleased to announce that Cerebral Palsy Sport members will receive a discounted entry of just £5.00. For further information on this event and the WDBS visit their website http://www.wdbs.info/events/
Daniel Blunn has cerebral palsy and is the most successful player on the 360Fizz WDBS circuit having claimed a record nine main event titles since its inception in November 2015. We will soon be release a blog written by Daniel describing his journey with WDBS and why he would encourage others to take up the sport.
For more information about WDBS visit the website: www.wdbs.info

Cerebral Palsy Sport receive National Lottery Community Funding.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that we have received National Lottery funding for our ‘Its Okay to Play’ project.
The funding will support the development of two resources created to enable families and professional who support anyone with cerebral palsy and associated conditions, to access sport and activities in a variety of settings.
The need for these resources and the Its Okay to Play project came directly from our CP Engage group. The group identified that parents, carers, and professional need to have something available to them that would encourage them to try different sport and activities in the home, local community and school settings. This will ensure that young people with and CP and associated conditions share the same experiences as their peers, and can enjoy the benefits of being active.
The resources will be launch in March 2020 as part of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. For more information on these and other resources we have visit www.cpsport.org
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to The National Lottery Community Fund for support this project as well as all the National Lottery Players who make this possible.

Survey Results show more disabled people are active.

Sport England latest Active Lives Adults survey results demonstrate that more women, older adults, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are getting active.

The results based on data gathered from November 2017-November 2018 show more people are doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (recommended by the Chief Medical officers guidelines) a week compared to 12 months ago.

In addition to the increase in people classed as active, the number of inactive adults – those doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week has reduced.

This mean that 62.6% of the adult population are now classed as active, with 25.1% now inactive.

The research also shows that enjoyment is the biggest motivator for the active while, for those who are not active, perceived ability has the biggest impact on how much they do.

Figures also show an increase of 133,200 in the number of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions classed as active – the first increase in this category since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – with gym sessions showing the biggest growth.

Cerebral Palsy Sports 2017-2020 project ‘Start and Stay Active’ has contributed to the increase in disabled people becoming more active. The ‘Start’ element of the project ensures that there are appropriate opportunities for people with CP and associated physical impairments to access sport and activity. The ‘Stay’ element is there to support people to continue to participate in sport and activity, developing a resilient habit for life.
To find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports Start and Stay Active project click here
To read the Active Lives Adults report click here

Easter Holiday CP Gymnastics Camp

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been working in Partnership with British Gymnastics to develop more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments.

As a result of this work we are pleased to announced the first holiday camp taking place at Southampton Gymnastics club Cuckmere Lane, Redbridge, Southampton, SO16 9AR on Monday 8th April. The camp will run 10am-11am and 11am – 12pm, participants are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions.

The camp is open to anyone who has cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments as well as siblings and family members. To take part you do not have to have any previous experience in gymnastics just be willing to go along and have fun! The sessions cost £5 per child plus £2 for any sibling.

To book a place or for more information contact Amy Head Coach at the club on amy@sotongym.co.uk or 02380529952.

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Girls Golf Rocks is back for 2019 – with free taster sessions for girls now on offer in 26 counties.

CP Sports partner England Golf have announced their Girl Golf Rocks programme is back in 2019.
Bookings have just opened for the two-hour tasters, which will start in May and are running in a total of 116 clubs across England. Visit www.girlsgolfrocks.org to find a session and book.

Girls Golf Rocks is an inspirational programme which attracts girls to the sport, supported by club and county girl ambassadors who act as mentors as they learn to play.

Five new counties are involved in this year’s recruitment campaign: Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Worcestershire.

They are joining Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.

Girls who enjoy the taster sessions can book on to a six-week coaching course for only £35. The price includes a US Kids 9-iron, and Girls Golf Rocks items including a polo shirt, goodie bag and water bottle.

Last year Girls Golf Rocks attracted 1600 girls to taster sessions, with 1200 going on to take coaching. This year, it’s hoped the numbers will be even higher.

All coaching will be provided by a PGA Professional and on the sixth week of the course the girls will put their skills into action out on the golf course. The newcomers will be supported by girls from their county and club who have been recruited and trained as ambassadors to inspire and encourage the new players.

Clubs and the women’s county associations are also being asked to hold fun beginner events for the girls over the summer. These are intended to keep the girls playing and to get them out on the course, enjoying themselves with friends.

Girls Golf Rocks is a joint programme run by England Golf and junior golf charity the Golf Foundation, with the support of county associations, clubs, coaches and volunteers. It aims to increase the number of girl players from an average of just two per club.

Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, commented: “We’ve had amazing success with Girls Golf Rocks and we’re looking forward to doing even better this year. This is a great way for girls to come along and try golf, make new friends and have fun. It really rocks!”

Martin Crowder, Head of Development for the Golf Foundation, said: “Girls Golf Rocks has become a wonderful model for welcoming young girls to the sport and opening their eyes to their potential as they start to express themselves in the coaching sessions and play. The Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors are crucial as they are able to demonstrate that golf can be a cool, sociable, healthy and athletic sport that new players can enjoy together in a great group atmosphere.”

For more information visit girlsgolfrocks.org or follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or on Facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks. Please note all bookings and payments must be made through the website, not the host clubs.

Find a session within a participating county – https://www.englandgolf.org/girls-golf-rocks/find-a-girls-golf-rocks-session/

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Cerebral Palsy Sport supports British Gymnastics clubs to become more inclusive.

Cerebral Palsy Sport announced its partnership with British Gymnastics in 2018. The purpose of the partnership is to support the National Governing Bodies (NGB) aims and aspirations for inclusive gymnastics clubs and opportunities across the country. As part of the NGB developing their inclusion strategy, they consulted with their clubs and coaches to identify areas of development. 67% of coaches reported that they wanted additional CPD that focused on coaching people with physical disabilities.

Encouraged by this British Gymnastics have partnered with Cerebral Palsy sport to provide 6 Cerebral Palsy and Sport Workshops throughout 2019/20. The workshops will allow local gymnastics coaches to develop their knowledge and understanding and ensure that they are confident in coaching children and young people with a physical disability. To date 26 gymnastics coaches have received the training through workshops in Manchester and Oxfordshire and a third workshop is taking place in Warrington on the 23rd March.


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Cerebral Palsy Sport Announce Partnership with GreaterSport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sport organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments to reach their sporting potential, and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.
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 our work cover children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and all related neurological conditions.

GreaterSport are the County Sports Partnership based in Greater Manchester. GreaterSport is a high performing charity passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport

Their vision is to change lives through physical activity and sport and help to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.


Working in partnership Cerebral Palsy Sport wants to support making Greater Manchester the most active region in England by;
• Promoting opportunities for people with Cerebral Palsy and associated physical disabilities to assess sport, physical activity and active recreation across the regions.
• Research and Insight to identify current opportunities, barriers and areas for development.

• Supporting national campaigns such as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, International CP Awareness day, International day of disabilities, Sport England Local Pilot and GM Moving

• Training will be provided by Cerebral Palsy Sport providing anyone who wants to support people with a physical disability access sport and activity.

The training will be the first time that Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop will be delivered in partnership and outside of Nottingham. The workshop allows participants to gain an understanding of what cerebral palsy is, how the condition affects the body, how to adapt sport and activity to be inclusive, and how to effectively promote opportunities. To book a place on the workshop contact info@cpsport.org or download a registration form Registration Form

To find out more about GreaterSport visit www.greatersport.co.uk.


Disappointment for CP Football

Today the IPC have announced that CP Football will not feature in the 2024 Paris Paralympic sports programme. IPC President Andrew Parsons stated;

“Despite a strong bid and excellent progress made in the last four years, we decided not to include CP Football in the Paris 2024 sport programme. I know the CP Football community will be disappointed at our decision, but if the sport continues to make progress and further develops the women’s game, then it will be in a much stronger position for inclusion in future Paralympic Games”.

“We explored every possible option to see how CP Football could fit into the sport programme. Clearly, the sport’s inclusion would have impacted the gender balance of the Games. The only way to compensate this would have been to remove male athlete slots from other sports – a move that would then have resulted in 23 sports and additional costs – or not include another predominantly male sport. This move would have reduced the number of high support needs athletes, a move that would have gone against our guiding principles”.

In response to this disappointing news the International Federation of CP Football (IFCPF) have commented;
“Though we have worked hard to be part of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, we shall continue in our endeavour to bring together all members of the CP Football Family to deliver future success for our sport and achieve the goals set out in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022. Our Strategic Priorities provide us with the key focus area to move forward in the worldwide development of CP Football”.
“As an international Federation, we shall now be looking to the IPC for a detailed explanation and justification of this decision, followed by IFCPF undertaking all necessary actions to ensure inclusion of CP Football”

“At this time, IFCPF requests that no direct communication is made to the IPC by athletes, members and supporters until we have a clear picture of the situation and received the IPC’s feedback”.

To read more about the decision click here https://www.paralympic.org/news/paris-2024-ipc-announces-sports-programme

The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

New research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing benefits if they take part in exercise.

Almost half of disabled people (47%) fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active, according to new research published by Activity Alliance.


The research is particularly important as disabled people count for one in five of Britain’s population, almost 14 million people. However, they are currently the least active group in society, and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

The study, entitled ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’, shows that four in five disabled people would like to be more active (83%). Respondents’ reasons include that it enables them to manage impairments, pain, and to maintain and improve physical and mental health.

Almost two thirds (65%) of disabled people who participated in the study said they rely on benefits to be active. Without this financial support, they would not be able to afford travel, paid-for exercise and the specialist equipment needed to be active.

However, almost half of those who responded (48%) fear being seen as “too independent” for a disabled person. This could see them lose access to the benefits they need such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Some participants in the study told Activity Alliance that they live in fear of having their benefits taken away and worry about being reassessed, even if their reassessment date is years away.

Alan Ringland, is chairman of the Birmingham Ability Counts League, the largest league of disabled footballers in England.Alan, a qualified coach and referee said the league had 455 players three years ago and now only has only 250, with many people dropping out because they have lost benefits after PIP assessment.

The 62-year-old, whose sons both represented England in disability football teams, said: “I’ve seen players who have lost their PIP and aren’t able to attend anymore. When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate.

“Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that. In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.”

These experiences resonate deeply with former British wheelchair athlete Carly Tait, who has cerebral palsy and took part in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Carly, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, was told she would lose her adapted car four months before she was due to fly to Rio for the Paralympics. This came after being assessed for PIP in February of that year.

The 32-year-old, who had access to a car for 12 years under the Motability charity scheme needs the car for work and when in training used to attend two training sessions a day with local club Stockport Harriers.

Now eight months pregnant with her first child, Carly already lives in fear of having to undertake her next PIP assessment in eight years’ time. Carly said: “When I was assessed for PIP in 2016 and found out that I was going to lose my car, the bottom fell out of my world. I was distraught and couldn’t focus on my training – I couldn’t even get around the track without breaking down in tears.“It was an extremely distressing time in my life, and despite the fact that my next assessment is eight years away, it’s already causing me stress just thinking about what might happen.

“Being active means I can manage my disability better; I have more energy, am more confident and all-round I’m a lot happier in myself. Without the financial support that I received, I would never have been able to get myself to training twice a week.“There are enough financial barriers to sport as it is, especially with the high costs of adapted equipment for some disabled people, without the additional fear of losing benefits.

“We need to give all disabled people the same rights to be active that everyone else enjoys – and end the activity trap now.”

Mik Scarlet, 53, has been a wheelchair user since his childhood, after complications from his cancer treatment resulted in paralysis. A TV broadcaster and journalist from Camden, who hosts a video blog on the benefits of sitting yoga, Mik said: “I had an awful experience with the award of my PIPs, which took a year of fighting to resolve and has taken a huge emotional toll. While my yoga blog has generally been well received, quite a few disabled people have contacted me saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.

“The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.”

Andy Dalby-Welsh, Deputy Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said: “Disabled people deserve the same right to be active as everybody else, no matter whether they want to make use of their local gym or become an elite athlete. But the stark reality is that disabled people are still twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. This needs to change.“That is why this rigorous, evidenced report has such an important role to play in changing the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We need to understand the challenges and barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis.“The numbers within the report, although shocking, give us a starting point for change. We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible. We would urge policy makers within national and local Government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written. Let’s enable more disabled people to lead happier and healthier lives.”

Disabled people can find out more about the benefits of being active, who to contact and ideas on where and how to get started on Activity Alliance website, visit www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active 
To download a copy of the report: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4430-the-activity-trap-benefits-or-being-fit

Cerebral Palsy Sport Renews Partnership with Floatsation

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our partnership with Floatsation.com

Floatsation has been developed by Martin Mansell, Paralympic Swimmer and winner of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at 2 Paralympic games.

Martin’s mission is to bring the benefits of enjoying the water to disabled youngsters and adults. Working in partnership CP Sports users have the opportunity to see the benefits of Floatsation products and give something back when purchasing.

Enjoying the water with Floatsation has immeasurable benefits. In addition to the physical enjoyment of gaining water skills the increased confidence can lead to improved self-esteem and independence. Then there’s increased spatial awareness, great exercise, team skills and relaxation. That all adds up to quality of life improvements only possible through positive experiences.

Independence for All Abilities in Water

Floatsation® (formerly known as Original Floatsation and New Age Floatsation) is a unique matrix of balls giving total support and independence in water for people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, young and old.

The Floatsation® product range has wide applications both in the leisure market as an inclusive swimming/floatsation aid and as hydrotherapy aid in the pool. The products enable independence in the water acting as an exercise unit and an aid to relaxation at the same time; as well as being a fun toy in the water for all..

Enjoyment in Water

The original product Floatsation® was developed in the mid-1990s and was promoted as a teaching and hydrotherapy aid to physiotherapists and SEN teachers. Re-developed in 2003 by Martin Mansell Floatsation® has gone on to be one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever proving popular with swimming teachers, therapists and parents in all swimming settings, whether school, Leisure centre or at home. Martin believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the freedom that being in water brings.

Incidentally, Martin has spent a lot of time in the water over the years. He won 11 medals in the pool (including 4 gold medals) at two Paralympics (’84 and ’88).

Floatsation® can enable everyone to have fun in the water in a safe and confident way. It enables users to have fun while still allowing them to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Aquatic Skills
  • Water awareness
  • Spatial awareness
  • Team Skills
  • Relaxation in water
  • General relaxation
  • Safe exercise in water for all abilities and ages
Find out more about the partnership and how you can support CP Sport here https://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/inclusive-sport-fund/