Return of the CP Sport National Athletics Championships

The CP Sport National Athletics Championships return this September after a missed year in 2020 due to Covid-19.

CP Sport look forward to welcoming athletes with cerebral palsy to the event once again and will be holding it at the University of Warwick Athletics Track, Coventry, on Saturday 18th September 2021.

Target HR are the event sponsor for 2021.

Entries are now open. Participants can enter a maximum of 3 events and must be 11 years old or over on the 31st December 2021. The closing date for this event is 1st September at 11.59pm.

There are a wide range of events available: 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Discus, Shot, Javelin, Club, Long Jump, Howler, Golf Ball, Javball.

Athletes can compete from a wheelchair, frame runner, throwing frame, or compete standing.

Prices:

CP Sport paid member- £5 per event (maximum 3 events- £15)

Non member- £10 per event (maximum 3 events- £30)

Participants don’t have to be classified and can enter as a guest but won’t be eligible for medals.

More information and how to enter visit the CP Sport events page: https://www.cpsport.org/events/

The last CP Sport National Athletics Championships took place in Doncaster in September 2019 and a reminder of results can be found here

Please contact Jen Basford for more information- 07955119018, Jennifer.basford@cpsport.org

Victory for North East and Yorkshire at the FA Disability Cup final 2021

Congratulations to North East and Yorkshire who have won the Cerebral Palsy FA Disability cup final 2021.

The FA Disability Cup took place over two days at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

FA Disability Cup action 2021

In the CP finals, Jack Fox-Hockney from North East & Yorkshire secured victory over the reigning champions, North West with two goals in a matter of minutes. There were also goals from Cameron Osburn and along with a Josh Power own goal.

Sam Dewhirst and Lewis Tupman netted the goals for CP North West.

The final score was 5-2 .

Winners of the CP final 2021 North East and Yorkshire

The final was broadcast on BT sport. It’s the first time in the tournament’s 5 year history that it has been broadcast on live TV. 

Find out more about CP Football and how to get involved here: https://www.cpsport.org/sports/football/

Chair of Boost Charitable Trust takes on a CP Sport Frame Running race

We were delighted to be able to host Boost Charitable Trust for a Frame Running activity afternoon at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham on Thursday 8th July.

Throughout July the Chair of Boost Charitable Trust Robert Houston has been taking on a series of challenges – hosted by charities who are supported by Boost’s projects.

We challenged Robert to have a go at Frame Running and take on two CP Sport members in a race. After 30 minutes of tuition and warm-up, the series of races began against A-level student, Orla Conneely, who is shortly off to university to read Architecture, and Rafi Solaiman who is the current GB and European 100m champion.

A great effort from Robert, although our seasoned Frame Runners were able to get over the finish line first!

Robert is also walking Hadrian’s Wall and his ‘Grand Finale’ will be running the London Landmarks Half-Marathon on Sunday, 1 August in what he describes as ‘a rather uncomfortable costume of St Bride’s Church!’ Find out more about Roberts activity here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobertHouston7

Boost charitable Trust champion disables people and inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.

Thank you to Boost Charitable Trust for supporting CP Sport.

Image credit: John Rowley

The FA Disability Cup returns with accessible live coverage on BT Sport

The FA Disability Cup will return to St George’s Park on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July, with BT Sport providing coverage over the weekend, the first time the Cup has been broadcast live.

The 2021 FA Disability Cup, the fifth edition of the competition, will see five cup finals scheduled across the weekend, delivered by The FA in partnership with a range of impairment-specific organisations. The Cup is the largest competition of its kind in this country, giving players within impairment-specific football a national competition of their own, complete with dreams of reaching St. George’s Park for finals weekend. BT Sport’s coverage will be presented by Alex Brooker, presenter of Channel 4’s The Last Leg, five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft and, BT Sport presenter Jules Breach.

Supporting BT’s lead partnership with the four Home Nation Football Associations, which aims to boost support for disability football, BT Sport’s coverage will be available for anyone to watch without a subscription via BT Sport’s website (btsport.com), its App for mobiles, tablets, smart TVs, media adapters and games consoles, plus, its Facebook channel (facebook.com/btsport). Highlights coverage will also be available on Channel 4, on 25 July, with details announced soon.

The competition will be the most accessible live broadcast of a football match taking place in the UK to date. On each day, live coverage of all the finals will feature on three BT Sport channels with each offering different accessibility features. BT Sport 3 will feature enhanced Audio Description delivered by an expert based at St George’s Park. In addition, BT Sport Extra 1 will carry British Sign Language, with sub-titles available on BT Sport 1*. A fourth channel, BT Sport Ultimate, will provide coverage in up to 4K HDR picture quality.

Next season, BT Sport will trial the inclusion of these accessibility features around several sports. BT is committed to making these features available as standard for all of its live coverage in the future. More details on how to watch, including channel information and how to access all the accessibility features are available at btsport.com/fadisabilitycup.

HOW TO WATCH

  • BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media customers: BT Sport Extra 1 (British Sign Language), BT Sport 3 (Enhanced Audio Description), BT Sport 1 (standard feed with sub-titles), BT Sport Ultimate (standard feed, no sub-titles. Channel not available on Sky)**.
  • BTSport.com + BT Sport App***: following channels available to subscribers and non-subscribers – BT Sport Extra 1 (British Sign Language), BT Sport 3 (Enhanced Audio Description), BT Sport 1 (standard feed, no sub-titles). BT Sport Ultimate (standard feed, no sub-titles, available to subscribers only)***.
  • Facebook (facebook.com/btsport) – BT Sport 1 (standard feed, no sub-titles) available to all.

LIVE SCHEDULE ON BT SPORT

Saturday 17 July

10.30am to 12.30pm: POWERCHAIR FINAL – Aspire PFC v West Bromwich Albion PFC  

12.30pm to 3pm: CEREBRAL PALSY FINAL – North East & Yorkshire v CP North West

3pm to 5.15pm: PARTIALLY SIGHTED FINAL – Scorpions Futsal Club v Birmingham Futsal

Sunday 18 July

10.30am to 12.30pm: AMPUTEE FINAL – Peterborough United Amputees v Portsmouth Amputees

12.30pm to 2.45pm: BLIND FINAL – RNC Hereford v Merseyside Blind & VI FC

In addition, BT is using its FA partnerships to provide fans with new disability football content leading up to the competition, through a new mini-series Para Football Adventures, presented by Brooker alongside influencer and Merseyrail FC striker Chelcee Grimes. All five episodes debut on Saturday July 10 at 6.30pm on BT Sport 1, and will individually air as short minute episodes in the week prior to the Cup taking place. The series sees Grimes and Brooker explore:

  • England: CP Football – the story of the successful CP England Football team through players Giles Moore and Harry Baker.
  • Northern Ireland: Powerchair football – the country is a relative newcomer to Powerchair football and in just five years has qualified for the 2022 Powerchair World Cup in Australia.
  • Wales: Deaf Futsal – Alex and Chelcee learn the rules of Futsal and discover the issues around communication within this form of the game.
  • Scotland: Amputee Football – how amputee football has taken off in Scotland in recent years through the Amputee Football Association Scotland.

Baroness Sue Campbell,TheFA’s Director of Women’s Football and the organisation’s strategic lead for disability football, said: “This year’s FA Disability Cup promises to be the most exciting yet, with some of the nation’s most successful grassroots teams set to compete to be crowned national champions in their respective disciplines. Disability football is a fast growing and important format of the game so to have all of the action broadcast live on BT Sport is fantastic news and will showcase the talent of all those involved, as well as inspiring newcomers to the sport.”

Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, said: “BT is proud of its rich heritage in supporting disability sport, having been a founding partner of the British Paralympic Association, sponsor of the 2012 Paralympics and backing dozens of disability sports projects through the BT and Premier League Disability Programme. We are looking forward to bringing fans highly accessible coverage of the 2021 FA Disability Cup, which is set to advance BT’s vision with the four Home Nation Football Associations to provide new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the benefits of football.”

David Clarke, Director of Services at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and England’s record goal scorer in blind football, said: “At RNIB, we are delighted that audio description is coming home for blind and partially sighted football fans. Previously, the best way to feel part of the action was to be in the stadium, but with BT Sport providing live audio description for all five finals of the FA Disability Cup, fans with sight loss can enjoy an enhanced listening experience. We hope this will demonstrate what is possible and inspire other broadcasters to consider offering live audio description for more of their sports output so blind or partially sighted fans never miss that crucial moment, whether it’s a vital goal, winning shot or game-changing action.”

In the 2019 edition of the competition, North West Scorpions won the Partially Sighted Final, while another North West team – CP North West FC – were winners in the Cerebral Palsy Final. In the Powerchair Final, Aspire FC were victorious, while Everton Amputees FC lifted the Amputees Cup and Merseyside Blind & VI FC clinched the Blind Cup.

The FA will be hosting the Amputee cup final in partnership with England Amputee Football Association, the Blind cup final in partnership with the National Blind Football League, the Cerebral Palsy cup final in partnership with CP Sport, the Partially Sighted cup final in partnership with the National Partially Sighted Football League and finally, the Powerchair cup final in partnership with the Wheelchair Football Association.

Notes:

*Sub-titles available to BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media viewers. See these links for more info:

**BT Sport Ultimate is available as an additional subscription service to BT Sport customers via BT TV, Virgin Media and via the app for small and large screens. It is not available on the Sky satellite platform or btsport.com. For more information visit: https://www.bt.com/sport/bt-sport-ultimate#:~:text=BT%20Sport%20Ultimate%20is%20on,have%20the%20app%20add%2Don.

***for a full list of the large screen platforms that the BT Sport App is available on, visit: https://www.bt.com/sport/features/watch-bt-sport-on-xbox-playstation-4-samsung-tv-and-apple-tv-with-new-large-screen-app

LTA launches campaign to inspire more people to play wheelchair tennis – and find future champions

Budding wheelchair sportspeople across the country will have the chance to show off their tennis skills at a series of try-out days organised by the LTA – starting this month.

The LTA Wheelchair Tennis Initiative aims to attract, inspire and engage people with physical impairments into the sport and the taster days will include activities to cater for every skill level.

Following each event, the LTA will direct each participant towards opportunities to continue playing that are most appropriate for their skill level. These could be local venues offering recreational wheelchair tennis activity through the LTA Open Court programme, or centres delivering elite training as part of the LTA Wheelchair Performance Pathway.

Each of the days will run for approximately three hours and will include fun and engaging content for players of all standards, experience, ages and abilities. All sessions are free to take part in, and will be delivered by experienced LTA Performance Wheelchair Tennis coaches, who will help equip participants with new qualities, skills and attributes required for tennis.

All equipment, including sports wheelchairs to participate, tennis rackets and balls will be provided on the days.

LTA Wheelchair Talent Initiative Taster Days

Saturday 17 July: Dan Maskell Tennis Centre – Loughborough

Sunday 29 August: Scotstoun Leisure & Tennis Centre – Glasgow

Saturday 4 September: Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre – London

Sunday 26 September: Bolton Arena – Bolton

Saturday 9 October: Colwyn Bay Tennis Centre – Wales

Sunday 10 October: Swansea Tennis Centre – Wales

Sunday 17 October: White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre – Abingdon

Helen Reesby, LTA Head of Wheelchair Performance Pathway, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to confirm dates for these events and can’t wait to get out and meet everyone who wants to get involved in our sport. The exciting thing about these events is that there are options for everyone to carry on playing and enjoying tennis once they’ve had a go for the first time – whether they just want to continue playing casually and meet new people through our Open Court programme, or they show potential to develop into elite players. Wheelchair tennis is easily adaptable from the non-wheelchair version of the game, and is great for physical and mental health, so I’d encourage anyone with an interest to come and have a go.”

To sign up to one of the days, simply complete the registration form and select which day you would like to attend.

For all enquiries related to the Wheelchair Tennis Initiative, please email disabilitytennis@lta.org.uk.

The LTA Wheelchair Talent Initiative is made possible thanks to the governing body’s collaboration with The National Lottery, which is the official partner of the LTA Wheelchair Performance Pathway. As part of the partnership, The National Lottery provides crucial support to the current elite level of the sport as they prepare for Tokyo 2020 and also looks to encourage more juniors, men, women and quads to pick up a racket for the first time, feeding into one of the most successful disability sport programmes in the UK.

Keep up to date with all the latest from tennis in Britain by following @the_LTA on Twitter, @LTA on Instagram, LTA – Tennis for Britain on Facebook and @lta on TikTok.

CP Sport partner up with new film starring RJ Mitte

Triumph is an uplifting story about overcoming barriers. Based on a true story, this inspirational drama stars Academy Award™ nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow, Crash), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Colton Haynes (American Horror Story, Arrow).

A bright and determined teen who has cerebral palsy strives to be a wrestler on his high school’s team, and on the way overcoming set backs, making new friends and ultimately winning over the heart of a classmate, the girl of his dreams. Triumph is directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway) and written by Michael D. Coffey, whose personal story inspired the film.

CP Sport are delighted to have supported the promotion of the film in the UK by teaming up with Signature Entertainment. CP Sport have been able to provide athlete interviews and information to media partners so that people with cerebral palsy who want to start their sporting journey will be able to find our where and how they can take part in sport for example using the online Club Finder tool.

Signature Entertainment presents Triumph on Digital Platforms from Monday 28th June. Find out more here: https://www.signature-entertainment.co.uk/film/triumph/

We are hiring!

New job opportunity with CP Sport for the role of Team Co-ordinator.

  • 14 hours (2 days) per week  
  • £9.50 per hour  
  • Home based 

The Team Co-ordinator will provide administrative and technical support to the Head of Marketing and Communications and wider CP Sport team and include responsibilities for the membership programme and digital marketing.  

If you are interested in the role please find out more in the application pack: https://www.cpsport.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CP-Sport-Team-Co-ordinator-Application-Pack-June-2021-1.doc

To apply, please email your CV, equality and diversity monitoring form and a covering letter to sandydrummond@cpsport.org Your covering letter (2 pages maximum) should address how your skills and experience would enable you to be successful in this role.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th July 2021 at 5pm and interviews will take place remotely on Friday 16th July 2021.   

If you have any questions please contact CP Sport Head of Marketing and Communications: sandydrummond@cpsport.org  

Equality and diversity monitoring form: https://www.cpsport.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CP-Sport-Diversity-Monitoring-Form-2021.doc

Para Athletics Championship success for Brits in Poland

Kayleigh Haggo [Women’s RR3 100m] and Rafi Solaiman [Men’s RR3 100m] took gold medals at the European Para Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz Poland (1-5 June). The RaceRunning (Frame Running) athletes were among the 9 British athletes to win gold medals at the championships this year.

British medallists (29):

Gold (9): Fabienne André [Women’s T34 100m], Columba Blango [Men’s T20 400m], Kayleigh Haggo [Women’s RR3 100m], Sophie Hahn [Women’s T38 100m], Maria Lyle [Women’s T35 200m], Daniel Pembroke [Men’s F13 Javelin], Zak Skinner [Men’s T13 100m], Rafi Solaiman [Men’s RR3 100m], Thomas Young [Men’s T38 100m],

Silver (9): John Bridge [Men’s T47 400m], Jonathan Broom-Edwards [Men’s T42/44/62/64 High Jump], Shaun Burrows [Men’s T38 400m], Lydia Church [Women’s F12 Shot Put], Kyron Duke [Men’s F41 Shot Put], Dan Greaves [Men’s F64 Discus], Danny Sidbury [Men’s T54 1500m], Vanessa Wallace [Women’s F34 Shot Put], 4x100m Universal Relay

Bronze (11): Ola Abidogun [Men’s T47 100m], Olivia Breen [Women’s T38 Long Jump], Nathan Maguire [Men’s T54 400m and 800m], Polly Maton [T47 Long Jump], Luke Nuttall [Men’s T46 1500m], Stef Reid [Women’s T64 Long Jump], Luke Sinnott [Men’s T63 Long Jump], Emily Stewart [Women’s F38 Discus], Alexander Thomson [Men’s T38 400m], Harrison Walsh [Men’s F64 Discus]

Full results can be found here: https://www.paralympic.org/bydgoszcz-2021/results

Volunteers’ Week 2021

Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1- 7 June.

It is a time to say thank you and recognise the contribution of volunteers.

This year, the 37th annual #VolunteersWeek, is taking place during the #MonthOfCommunity. Find out more about the Volunteers’ Week campaign here: https://volunteersweek.org/

CP Sport volunteers contribute valuable time and energy supporting the charity and help us to achieve our vision. We simply could not do it without our volunteers.

CP Sport’s COO Adi Fawcett said:

“On behalf of the team at CP Sport I would like to thank all the volunteers who work tirelessly to support the charity, the work we do and our beneficiaries.  Our volunteer board of trustees have been extremely supportive over the past 18 months,  under very challenging circumstances, and supported us at every step when we had to make very difficult decisions to cancel events and in our work now to ensure we can all return to sport confidently and safely.  To all our ambassadors and volunteers who have helped with our virtual cafés and photography we thank you – we can’t run our programmes without you and your positive impact on our community is always fantastic to see, you are a pleasure to work with.  Hopefully we will all see each other in person again in the not too distant future.”

Read some of our volunteering stories here: https://www.cpsport.org/support-us/my-volunteering-story/

If you are interested in volunteering for CP Sport email info@cpsport.org

JMW to transform into CP Sport At Home Superheroes this summer!

As official Charity Friends of the Superhero Series, the UK’s one and only disability sports series, we’re very excited to announce JMW as our official fundraising partner for the event.

A 12 strong team at JMW will be undertaking a 500K challenge from 17 July – 14 August 2021.

The money raised through this challenge will help more people with cerebral palsy return to play safely and confidently. We will create opportunities through our partnership work, which will provide more local support for people with cerebral palsy to take part in sport and physical activity, and break down barriers to taking part.

JMW are specialist clinical negligence solicitors with particular expertise in cerebral palsy and are an organisation member of CP Sport.

Eddie Jones, head of clinical negligence at JMW, said the team were looking forward to the challenge and helping those living with cerebral palsy to reap the benefits of sport.

He said:

“Having worked on behalf of countless people who are living with cerebral palsy, we would like as many people with CP as possible to have the opportunity to take part in sport. CP Sport is a fantastic charity that enables people with varying degrees of the condition, and their families, to get more active in a safe environment and make new friends. That’s never been more important than now and we are delighted to once again become At Home Superheroes and hope we can raise as much money as possible.”

CP Sport COO Adi Fawcett said;

“We are very excited to have JMW support our At Home Superheroes again this year and look forward to supporting them on their challenge of completing 500k over the next month and seeing some great shots of everyone in action.  Teaming up with the Superhero Tri series is a great opportunity for us at CP Sport to talk about the importance for everyone with cp to return to play, to the sport they love, to being active and showcasing the incredible things people can do.”

Support the JMW team as they become superheroes for CP Sport by making a donation here:Kelly Hindle is fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Sport (justgiving.com)

Look out for JMW’s progress later this summer and expect to see lots of photos and videos of them in superhero masks and capes too as they take on this incredible mission!

You can be a superhero too!

If you and your friends, family or colleagues fancy joining in with At Home Superheroes this year we have 2 team places left to represent CP Sport. 

Teams are made up of 3 people, and each person will receive a race pack and special t-shirt from CP Sport & JMW.  Click here to register your interest GoMembership – GoMembership (azolve.com) by Friday 18 June or get in touch with Adi Fawcett for more details: adi.fawcett@cpsport.org