Supporting people with cp in Lockdown

As we enter another lockdown Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to reaffirm our purpose to support people with cp to enjoy being active and staying active.

From the first lockdown we have learnt how important it is for the community to stay socially connected so we will be bringing back our cafes on a regular basis and looking at other ways to support each other during this difficult time – please keep an eye on our events page and social media for details.

If there is anything else we can do to support you or virtual events you would like to see please get in touch info@cpsport.org


For specific guidance please refer to the Government and Sport England guidance (links below). For sport specific guidance please refer to your sport’s National Governing Body.

Sport England What the new national lockdown means for sport and physical activity in England

National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The winners of the CP Sport Awards 2020

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Annual Awards 2020 took place on the evening of Saturday 12th December, hosted by Adi Fawcett, Chief Operating Officer at CP Sport.  The event this year was proudly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell.  Despite having to celebrate in a very different way, the evening was full of inspiration and stories showing the resilience and determination of our community to keep active and keep moving. 

Adi said, “Tonight has been an opportunity for us to recognise what has been achieved this year and come together as a community to celebrate and enjoy ourselves.  I would like to thank Irwin Mitchell for their support this year and helping us to put this evening together. Their generosity and hard work has been incredible. “

The 2020 winners are as follows:

Sporting Achievement of the Year – presented by Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner and Medical Negligence expert, Irwin Mitchell.

Winner: Jordan Crookes

Jordan has cp and is committed to helping others and raising awareness of cp. This year, he took on the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise money for CP Sport. Alongside working full time, Jordan trained 5 days a week from February to October after the marathon was delayed from the original date in April and became a virtual event in October.  Jordan achieved his target of completing the marathon in under 5 hours.


Jordan Crookes

Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Sarah Griffiths

Sarah set up Summertown Warriors, a football team for children with cp and other disabilities, in Oxford last year. Sarah and her husband have given up many weekends to seek sponsorship, reach out to families and provide access to training and coaching. The ethos behind the club is ‘Come as you are’, and it is a really inclusive, friendly community for children and their families.


Sarah Griffiths

Coach of the Year

Winner: Lorraine Campbell

Lorraine is a level one football coach in Northampton, working with players with cp as well as mainstream teams at FFA Escola Juniors. She has cp herself and is an inspiration to the young players she coaches giving them belief in achieving their goals. She is dedicated and committed to her role.


Lorraine Campbell

Sports Club of the Year

Winner: Bath RaceRunning Club

Around 20 families have been accessing indoor or outdoor RaceRunning sessions at this relatively new club. When lockdown started the club rented out nearly all their frames to families that wanted them to keep participants active, before resuming Covid safe sessions. Many see the club as a lifeline to engage their children with fun and active play.


Bath RaceRunning Club

The Christine Cruice Award for Overcoming Adversity – presented by Lynne Wardle Chair of our Board of Trustees, CP Sport

Winner: Nathan Mulhall

Nathan felt dismissed by his peers at school and in social sports and fell into bad habits. Finding sport initially though Halifax Wheelchair RL club, helped him turn this around and develop personally. Nathan plays and coaches wheelchair rugby league and is currently on the England World Cup 2021 training squad. He is an assistant coach at Halifax and is one of their two community coaches working in schools inspiring others. After receiving his university degree he is now seeking a teaching post. He also plays wheelchair basketball for his local club. 


Nathan Mulhall

The Andrew Stubbs trophy – presented by Catherine Gibson & Jennifer Stubbs

Winner: Tully Kearney

Tully is a member of the British Para Swimming Team. She is a multiple British record and European record holder and has won many medals, including 3 golds at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019. Throughout lockdown she continued to train hard in an adapted setting and still has her sights set on Tokyo. Tully also took part in the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement sewing scrubs and scrub bags for the NHS. She has put together a video for the ‘return to pool’ guidance and has helped other swimmers throughout. She has been raising money for various charities, including CP Sport as part of the CPISRA team during At Home Superheroes in the summer. Tully has been named a finalist in the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards.

Tully Kearney

The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour – presented by Craig Carscadden, CEO and Acting President of the CP International Sports & Recreation Association

Winner: Matthew Humphreys

Matt has achieved a World’s first this year.  He was the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon.  Leading up to this event he was training 3 to 4 times per week and up to 3 hours at a time to make sure he was fully prepared.  Matt completed the virtual London Marathon at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham surrounded by his friends and family, some of whom ran with him part of the way and at the same time raising funds for Scope.  Matt is already looking forward to running the Marathon again in 2021. 


Matthew Humphreys

Fundraiser of the Year

Winner: Graceful Runners

The Graceful Runners are led by UKA Athletics coach Phil Fleetwood and raised money for CP Sport by taking part in the Winter Wonderwheels event from November to December this year.  The team was made up of 3 RaceRunners; Rafi who has run for Great Britain, won a Silver Medal in the World Championships last year and holds two World Records. Matt who has represented England and has become the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Josh who is quite new to RaceRunning but competed in CP Sport events last year.   Roy, is not a RaceRunner, but is not new to raising money for charity. When he was younger he ran 15 Marathons including the London Marathon in ’86 where he managed a time of 2Hrs 57! He has also completed a solo cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O ‘Groats and initiated an event he called 65 at 65 where he swam 2m, cycled 50m and then ran 13m. Having lived with Prostate Cancer for 15 years, during which time he has raised thousands for charity he is battling the disease and has joined us to walk with the aid of a walking frame.  Incredibly this team raised a 4 figure sum before the event even started!

Read more about the team here


Rafi from Graceful Runners

Partner of the Year

Winner: CP Teens

CP Teens and CP Sport have a natural alliance. Many young people with cp are familiar with both charities and COVID provided some new opportunities to work together. Early into  lockdown our organisations came to together to develop a weekly social café online for young people with cp and effectively worked together to organise, promote and develop this brand new event.



Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to: Ann Bell

Ann retired as a member of staff for CP Sport this spring and has given over 16 years’ service to the charity. After joining the team in 2004 Ann soon became well known to many of our beneficiaries, volunteers and fundraisers. Ann was predominantly the administrator for CP Sport but also supported colleagues with sports and fundraising events and could often found in the swimming results room or arranging ‘Beat the Pro’ at fundraising golf days.

Current and former colleagues and volunteers have many fond memories of working alongside Ann and she was a real character in the office. Ann thoroughly deserves to be recognised for all she has given to the charity and the positive impact she has had on people with cp and their families who she has come to know so well during her time with CP Sport.


Ann Bell

Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. Find the full list of finalists here

Be part of our new sport club finder

Calling all sports clubs that support people with cerebral palsy

CP Sport are proud to be launching a new Club Finder service which will be going live in January to members and the wider Cerebral Palsy community and networks.

Club Finder will allow individuals to locate their nearest clubs through a simple postcode search. It is free for clubs to sign up to the CP Sport Club Finder platform, which will be located on the CP Sport website.

To register clubs will need to complete the CP Sport Club Finder Agreement here, and a member of the club will need to sign up to our free Coach and Officials or Volunteers Membership. You can access the membership here.

Donations

CP Sport is a National Charity and providing the Club Finder platform as a free service. If you can, please consider a small donation when you register.  Your support will help us continue to provide opportunities for people with Cerebral Palsy to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing. If you would like to make a donation you can do here

Help CP Sport’s chance to win £1,000 festive boost

CP Sport is calling on supporters to nominate the charity to win a £1,000 festive financial boost as part of Ecclesiastical Insurance’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

£1000 could enable CP Sport to deliver four Start sessions which could be Frame Football/RaceRunning/Multi-sport or Swimming.  It could be used to expand our rental service to help purchase more equipment, it could be used to help develop e-learning tools for us to raise awareness of cp with coaches, volunteers and officials. 

The specialist insurer will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from 7 to 22 December.

It’s quick and easy to nominate CP Sport online. Nominations are open from 9 November to 21 December and you can vote for CP Sport at www.movementforgood.com/12days by using charity number 1088600

Winners will be drawn at random and the more times CP Sport is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.

CP Sport is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote for them to give the charity the best possible chance of winning.

About Ecclesiastical

  1. Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors
  2. Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five company givers to charity according to the 2017-18 UK Guide to Company Giving. After donating £50m to charity in three years, Ecclesiastical launched a bold vision in 2016 to raise £100m for good causes by the end of 2020. In March 2020, the Group announced it had already raised £96million towards its target. Find out more at www.ecclesiastical.com/ourstory

New challenge launched on International Day of Persons Disabilities 2020

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CP Sport and LimbPower are launching part three of the Virtual Challenge Series. An opportunity for disabled children, young people and adults to take part with their families to start or maintain their active levels. This event even offers support and encouragement, as well as goals and rewards.

People with disabilities—one billion people across the globe— are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic. These virtual challenges have been a life-line for community members looking for ways to engage in activity.

Sport England’s most recent Active Lives Adult Survey  has revealed the number of inactive disabled adults with three or more impairments or health conditions increased from 45% to 56% during the initial months of the pandemic. Coronavirus has significantly exacerbated some of the challenges disabled people already faced in their daily lives.  

It is well recognised that physical activity is vital for people with a physical impairment as it improves mobility, supports mental health and reduces the risks of developing other long-term conditions. Being part of a community also has a positive impact on mental health and this is especially important for individuals who are self-isolating and shielding. 

“The community element of the Virtual Challenge Series has been incredibly important during this pandemic with members who are self-isolating or furloughed being able to connect with and support each other while they engage in physical activity. It has been wonderful to see community members coming together and supporting each other, especially on the challenging days or when things aren’t going to plan and participants need a boost.” Kiera Roche, LimbPower CEO.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people and their families, the Virtual Challenge Series was developed by CP Sport and delivered in partnership with LimbPower to provide a virtual but social event to encourage physical activity close to or at home.

It consists of three consecutive participation events in the series each with a different theme, CP Sport and LimbPower are running the challenges in parallel. Challenge one Distance and two, Time are now complete.

Challenge three is Numbers and runs from 15th December 2020 to 15th January 2021. Entries are now open and everyone can get involved. Participants set their own targets based on the theme of Numbers for example: 10 reps of these adapted Christmas themed exercises, Star Jumps, Christmas Tree, Sleigh-Bell Swings, Reindeer Kicks, Overhead Press-ents and Snow Angels.

During the month, the Virtual Challenge Series participants are given access to exclusive interactive workshops with expert coaches and presenters, ongoing support from CP Sport and LimbPower, and can be part of a virtual social community through the dedicated Facebook group. On completion of the challenge participants will receive a certificate, medal and t-shirt.

48 participants have already signed up to take part in all three challenge and entries are now open for challenge three.  Everyone is welcome, all ages and all abilities. The registration fee is £12.50 (£10 for members of CP Sport or LimbPower). Participants can book online via Go Membership for CP Sport and Eventbrite for LimbPower.

To find out more about the Virtual Challenge Series or to get involved contact Jen Basford (CP Sport) at jennifer.basford@cpsport.org or Mob 07955 119 018 or Carly Bauert (LimbPower) at carly@limbpower.com or Telephone 07789 075709.

CP Sport will also be celebrating IDPDW with a special month-long discount with equipment supplier Neuff for CP Sport members. Adi Fawcett, CP Sport COO said;

“This is a great offer for our members to help with their training and competition needs across all disciplines of athletics and triathlon.  It’s great to see more para specific equipment being more widely available”

Neuff discount for CP Sport members


CP Sport are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for its members today on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Equipment supplier Neuff are offering a 10% discount on both www.neuff.co.uk for athletics equipment, and also www.neuff-red.co.uk for triathlon equipment. Both sites have a range of equipment specific to para-athletes.

Adi Fawcett, COO of CP Sport said,

“This is a great offer for our members to help with their training and competition needs across all disciplines of athletics and triathlon.  It’s great to see more para specific equipment being more widely available”

Paid members of CP Sport can take the opportunity to benefit from this offer which runs between 03/12/2020 to 03/01/2021 using the code sent to them by email.

Click here to sign up for membership and take advantage of this offer.

Contact us if you haven’t received your code at: membership@cpsport.org


CP Sport’s Black Friday Boccia Sale

The CP Sport Black Friday Boccia sale is on.

With every order made we’ll be sending a FREE Boccia resource booklet (while stocks last) which contains lots of game ideas. Here are our sale items listed below – when they are gone they are gone so don’t delay.



5 x superior classic medium 12 panel (blue bag)- Was £270 each, now £243 each



1 x superior classic medium 6 panel (blue bag)- Was £270, now £243

1 x mini Boccia set- Was £155, now £139.50



5 x paddles- Was £9.50 each, now £8.55 each

3 x blue bags – Was £70.00 each, now £63 each

1 x red soft 12 panel ball- £271 x red medium 12 panel ball- £27

1 x red hard 12 panel ball- £271 x white medium 12 panel ball- £27

1 x blue hard 12 panel ball- £27


Superior Rio 2016 Boccia Set


Prices exclude postage & packaging. For more details or to order please contact us at info@cpsport.org

Order in time for Christmas (UK delivery) by Wednesday 9th December.

CP Sport announce 2020 Award finalists

The CP Sport Awards are back and CP Sport are delighted to announce the finalists.

The Awards are an opportunity for the public to nominate someone and have their hard work, dedication and achievements recognised and will take place virtually on Saturday 12th December.

CP Sport recognises that despite the unprecedented challenges in 2020 there has been a fantastic effort from the cp community to take part in sport and activity, often closer to home, as clubs and traditional events stopped during lockdowns. There has been great work by NGBs, coaches and volunteers to stay in contact with participants and keep them motivated and there has been incredible fundraising happening during this year too.

The nominations received from the public have been reviewed by the CP Sport Awards panel and the finalists are:

Sporting Achievement of the Year

The Sporting Achievement of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements over the last 12 months. 

Kyran Bishop  

Kyran has always struggled in in life both mentally and physically. He is unable to walk and is partially sighted, but he is incredibly motivated to be the best he can be at wheelchair rugby and his progress has been amazing.  He now plays for Ospreys and the GB Wheelchair Rugby junior talent team. Kyran never ever gives up and is a changed young man since finding sport, it has changed his life, he now has dreams and aspirations.  

Jordan Crookes 

Jordan is committed to helping others and raising awareness of cp. This year, he took on the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise money for CP Sport. Alongside working full time, Jordan trained 5 days a week from February to October after the marathon was delayed from the original date in April and became a virtual event in October.  Jordan achieved his target of completing the marathon in under 5 hours.  


Jordan Crookes

Matthew Humphreys 

Matt is a regular participant at CP Sport athletics events in RaceRunning. In recent years he has developed his long distance RaceRunning by taking part in half marathons and raising money for charities close to his heart. This year Matt decided to take on the London Marathon, training incredibly hard and becoming the first person in history to complete the London Marathon on a RaceRunner. 


Matthew Humphreys

Volunteer of the Year  

The Sports Volunteer Award is judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering.  Volunteering has looked very different in 2020 but the support given by volunteers has been as important as ever.  

Ian Dick 

Ian is the poolside co-ordinator and membership secretary for Bingham Penguins Swimming Club spending hours behind the scenes organising sessions and communicating with families and in particular this year keeping everyone fully informed of the changes due to COVID. He undertakes CPD to develop his coaching and Makaton skills and excels in his role supporting the swimmers, families and other volunteers.  He is incredibly dedicated to the club.  

Sarah Griffiths 

Sarah set up Summertown Warriors, a football team for children with cp and other disabilities, in Oxford last year. Sarah and her husband have given up many weekends to seek sponsorship, reach out to families and provide access to training and coaching. The ethos behind the club is ‘Come as you are’, and it is a really inclusive, friendly community for children and their families.  

Richard Hird 

Richard volunteers as a coach for cp football in Milton Keynes. He is caring, patient, full of fun and treats everyone with respect. He is supporting MK Buzzards to start female cp football and has helped set up frame football days. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. 

Coach of the Year  

The Coach of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the young people in their care and demonstrates a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport. Many coaches have continued successfully to support their athletes remotely in 2020.  

Lorraine Campbell 

Lorraine is a level one football coach in Northampton, working with players with cp as well as mainstream teams at FFA Escola Juniors. Her personal experience of having cp and following the coaching pathway is recognised by the young players she coaches giving them belief in achieving their goals. She is dedicated and committed to her role.  

Rhiannon Owens 

Rhiannon is a senior strength and conditioning coach at SDR Rehab UK. She provides strength and conditioning to hundreds of children with cp. What she does for each family cannot be underestimated. Children make huge improvements with mobility, strength and confidence. Rhiannon continues to develop her skills and the clinic and is now able to offer hydrotherapy and sports massage.  

Jon Thaxton 

Head coach and co-founder at Able2be, providing fitness opportunities to children and adults with a disability. He is a brilliant motivator and has helped improve the lives of many people with cp, developing self-confidence and day to day function. He has developed an inclusive event for Norfolk, pairing up disabled and non-disabled children to improve confidence and change perceptions.

Sports Club of the Year  

The Sports Club of the Year Award recognises clubs that have a commitment to inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development. Clubs have also had to be ready to adapt and change very quickly this year whilst updating and supporting their members.  

Bath RaceRunning Club 

Around 20 families have been accessing indoor or outdoor RaceRunning sessions at this relatively new club. When lockdown started the club rented out nearly all their frames to families that wanted them to keep participants active, before resuming Covid safe sessions. Many see the club as a lifeline to engage their children with fun and active play. 


Bath RaceRunning Club

Bingham Penguins Disability Swimming Club 

Bingham Penguins supports swimmers from beginner to elite level, and anyone with a disability can attend. It is volunteer led with progressive teaching, personalised for each swimmer, who regularly go on to compete. Annual events include a fun gala and awards ceremony. The club is Swim Mark accredited and all teachers have Level 1 and 2 swimming teaching qualifications. Volunteer training is held regularly including teaching people with disabilities, para pathways and Makaton training. 

North East & Yorkshire CP FC 

The club have become very successful in national competitions, and the senior team won the National CP Cup this year, one of the few events possible. The club welcomes junior and senior players at various levels. It has fantastic management and coaching staff with tremendous teamwork and dedication demonstrated by all those involved to maintain its success despite a small budget. The setup is inspiring and friendly. 

Christine Cruice Award for Overcoming Adversity 

This award is for someone who has encountered and overcome personal challenges (outside of having cp) but has been involved in CP Sport and, despite their challenges, have continued to be involved in training and competitions, developed personally and improved their performance in their chosen sport at any level.  

Nathan Mulhall 

Nathan felt dismissed by his peers at school and in social sports and fell into bad habits. Finding sport initially though Halifax Wheelchair RL club, helped him turn this around and develop personally. Nathan plays and coaches wheelchair rugby league and is currently on the England World Cup 2021 training squad. He is an assistant coach at Halifax and is one of their two community coaches working in schools inspiring others. After receiving his university degree he is now seeking a teaching post. He also plays wheelchair basketball for his local club.   

 Zara Noreen 

Zara is very determined, never gives up always finds ways to stay active. She has always loved sport, especially table tennis and running. In the last 12 months she has been re-learning to walk after major surgery on both legs. She can now jump on the trampoline for more than 10 minutes.  

 Lucas Town 

Lucas has continued virtual wheelchair tennis and wheelchair racing meetings during lockdown and shielding. He has used his home-made wheelchair rollers, weights and fitness equipment to stay fit. He has a tennis rebounder net on the drive and basketball net to keep up his skills. Lucas won the only junior tennis competition he could take part in this year and was runner up in the doubles event in Leeds, encouraging his partner in her first doubles match.  Lucas always has a “can do” attitude.   


Lucas Town

Additionally the finalists chosen for the following Awards (these categories were not open to public nomination):

The Andrew Stubbs Trophy 

The Andrew Stubbs trophy is awarded to a swimmer who has shown real commitment to developing themselves. Someone who not only tries hard when in the pool but also leads by example when on poolside and around other swimmers. 

Jasmine Bamber 

Jasmine has been taking part in our Virtual Challenge Series in 2020. She has been focussed and determined to not let lockdown restrictions get in the way of achieving her goals. One of Jasmine’s passions is swimming but due to lockdown, the swimming pools have been closed. Jasmin’s determination has meant she tried Open Water Swimming for the first time to ensure she can keep fit and healthy. Jasmine has also been out on her trike doing amazing distances to achieve her target.  

Tully Kearney 

Tully is a member of the British Para Swimming Team. She is a multiple British record and European record holder and has won many medals, including 3 golds at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019. Throughout lockdown she continued to train hard in an adapted setting and still has her sights set on Tokyo. Tully also took part in the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement sewing scrubs and scrub bags for the NHS. She has put together a video for the ‘return to pool’ guidance and has helped other swimmers throughout. She has been raising money for various charities, including CP Sport as part of the CPISRA team during At Home Superheroes in the summer. Tully has been named a finalist in the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards. 

Samm Lewis 

Samm has overcome a great deal this year which has had an impact on her mental health. To try and overcome this, Samm has thrown herself into the Virtual Challenge Series to ensure she is keeping fit and healthy. As part of the challenge, she has been doing amazing distances on her indoor bike and has smashed her targets. Whilst swimming pools have been open, she has been doing the virtual challenge whilst raising money for MIND and CP Sport. 


Samm Lewis

The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour 

The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout 2020.  

Matthew Humphreys 

Matt has achieved a World’s first this year.  He was the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon.  Leading up to this event he was training 3 to 4 times per week and up to 3 hours at a time to make sure he was fully prepared.  Matt completed the virtual London Marathon at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham surrounded by his friends and family, some of whom ran with him part of the way and at the same time raising funds for Scope.  Matt is already looking forward to running the Marathon again in 2021.   

Rosie Porter 

Rosie has been regularly taking part at our CP Sport events this year. She was involved in fundraising as one of the team members for CP Teens in the At Home Superheroes challenge in the summer, been a regular guest at the CP Cafes and also taken part in the Virtual Challenge Series.  Rosie has managed to also fit in regular training sessions for her athletics when she has been able to do so. 


Rosie Porter

Tyrone Williams  

Tyrone has been a regular athlete at our athletics series and nationals competing in the discus, javelin and shot.  This year he was the first person to sign up for our Virtual Challenge Series and set himself, and successfully reached, an impressive target in the first challenge of completing 30 miles.  For the second challenge he has been doing push ups, planks, sit ups and invisible chair.  Keeping fit has enabled Tyrone to keep up with his personal development through challenging times. 


Tyrone Williams

Fundraiser of the Year 

This award recognises the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for CP Sport to enable us to continue to support people with cp to enjoy being physically active.   

Kirsty Fairclough 

Kirsty raised an incredible amount of money for us by running the virtual London Marathon this year.  It was a particularly tricky year to take part in this event as initially it should have been held in April, then was postponed until October and eventually became a virtual race with everyone running at home.  Despite the multiple changes of plans Kirsty kept on training and had a fantastic time running the event despite the rain and wet conditions on the day.  Kirsty will be running again for us next year and is already looking forward to it. 


Kirsty Fairclough

Graceful Runners 

The Graceful Runners are led by UKA Athletics coach Phil Fleetwood and raised money for CP Sport by taking part in the Winter Wonderwheels event from November to December this year.  The team was made up of 3 RaceRunners; Rafi who has run for Great Britain, won a Silver Medal in the World Championships last year and holds two World Records. Matt who has represented England and has become the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Josh who is quite new to RaceRunning but competed in CP Sport events last year.   Roy, is not a RaceRunner, but is not new to raising money for charity. When he was younger he ran 15 Marathons including the London Marathon in ’86 where he managed a time of 2Hrs 57! He has also completed a solo cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O ‘Groats and initiated an event he called 65 at 65 where he swam 2m, cycled 50m and then ran 13m. Having lived with Prostate Cancer for 15 years, during which time he has raised thousands for charity he is battling the disease and has joined us to walk with the aid of a walking frame.  Incredibly this team raised a 4 figure sum before the event even started! 

JMW 

JMW are one of CP Sport’s organisation members and put together a team for the At Home Superheroes event back in the summer.  The team of Kelly Hindle, Adam Hindle, Kathryn Dyson, Steven Ferrari, Hannah Madkour, Ellen Driscoll and Dee Closs-Parry decided to set themselves a challenge of completing 100k, any way they could, dressed as superheroes.  They raised an incredible amount of money, smashed their target on the way and put together some great photos throughout the entire month of the challenge. 


JMW

Partner of the Year 

The Partner of the Year award recognises organisations that work in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport to ultimately support people with cerebral palsy and associated impairments to enjoy being physically active. 

CP Teens 

CP Teens and CP Sport have a natural alliance. Many young people with cp are familiar with both charities and COVID provided some new opportunities to work together. Early into  lockdown our organisations came to together to develop a weekly social café online for young people with cp and effectively worked together to organise, promote and develop this brand new event.  

Quest 

During this new virtual era, CP Sport have started a new service renting out RaceRunners and football Gameframes so that people can still be physically active from home.  Quest have made our new Rental Service possible delivering frames to people’s homes across the country. Quest has been a fantastic partner, always there to answer questions and queries and support everyone to get started on their journey using the frames and getting active. 

Scope 

Scope have been a brilliant partner throughout the COVID pandemic and have helped us support both CP Sport’s and Scope’s communities in every aspect of their lives. The partnership has developed into a regular virtual café for adults, where we can combine ideas of physical activity alongside challenges and solutions surrounding everyday life.

Lifetime Achievement Award 

This award recognises the commitment, hard work and dedication an individual has contributed to Cerebral Palsy Sport over a period of time that has made a significant difference to the charity. It will be awarded on the evening,


Registration to attend the Awards taking place at 5-7pm on Zoom on Saturday 12th December is open. The event is free and attendees will be sent a goody bag in advance of the event to enjoy on the evening. Participants will be encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

Register here

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For further information about the CP Sport Awards please contact: info@cpsport.org

CP Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller continues on the British Athletics WCP

British Athletics has confirmed the 117 athletes who have been offered membership to the 2020/2021 Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programme (WCP).


Due to the challenging circumstances brought by the Covid-19 pandemic this year, and the impact this has had on its athletes, they have retained all athletes from the 2019/2020 World Class Programme for the year ahead and are fully committed to continuing their support as they target the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021.

CP Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE who is already a 3 x Paralympic Champion in club throw said, “It’s a great honour to be retained on the World Class Programme for the coming year – my 20th year on the programme. I’ll be giving everything to achieve my goals for the year ahead.”

Read more from British Athletics here.

Children in Need 2020

This week CP Sport will be celebrating its relationship with BBC Children in Need and the support they give to CP Sport.

Funding from Children in Need has enabled us to deliver a range of sport sessions and opportunities for children and young people with cerebral palsy (pre Covid 19), focusing on improving physical wellbeing, building skills, increasing confidence and reducing social isolation.

RaceRunning taster event

In 2020, Children in Need awarded CP Sport with an additional grant to provide IT software to support membership and event management for disabled children during Covid 19. This has supported and enhanced the beneficiary experience introducing new members to sports and social events online. We have been able to use this funding for our Go Membership system and provide a programme of virtual events.

On Friday 13th November, the same date as the appeal show, CP Sport are holding a Children in Need CP Cafe for young people between 9 and 25 years old. CP Sport Ambassadors Matthew Humphreys and Thomas Stamp are both former Rickshaw Challenge members and Thomas will be sharing his story of being part of this life changing event at our cafe.

CP Sport Young Ambassador Thomas Stamp

CP Sport COO Adi Fawcett said;

Children in Need funding has provided vital resources enabling us to develop a range of opportunities for young people with cerebral palsy for a number of years.  In the past the grant has enabled us to deliver athletics sessions and competitions, RaceRunning start sessions and Table Cricket start sessions.  With additional support this year, through the Booster grant, we have been able to take all our delivery online and continue to provide opportunities for young people through our CP Café and Virtual Challenge Series.  We have also had the privilege of seeing some of our young people take part in the Rickshaw Challenge which has been a really positive experience for them and we have been extremely proud to be a part of that event.”

Support this years’ BBC Children In Need appeal here.