The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on persons with a physical disability, with 22% shielding and 18% self-isolating. Our community are worried about the impact of social easing with many choosing to continue to shield and self-isolate. We plan to support these community members to stay active at home.
CP Sport approached LimbPower about developing a series of challenges to support the community to keep engaging in activity at home over the coming months and the Virtual Challenge Series was born.
Some members of the CP Sport and LimbPower communities have been trying and enjoying virtual activities throughout lockdown. According to research conducted by LimbPower the second most important activity the charity did to keep community members engaged in activity during Lockdown was the 2.6 challenge back in April, followed by a successful At Home Superhero event from June to July.
The Virtual Challenge Series is for regular event participants through to complete beginners. Family and friends can take part too. There are three consecutive participation events with a different theme for each event.
Challenge one is Distance and runs from the 15th August to 15th September 2020
Challenge two is Time and runs from the 15th October to 15th November 2020
Challenge three is Numbers and runs from 15th December 2020 to 15th January 2021
Participants choose their own targets and goals to suit their ability, mobility, circumstances and lifestyle. They then have a month to achieve their target. For the first challenge participants receive a bronze medal on completion. For two challenges they receive a silver medal and for taking part in all three challenges they receive a gold medal and a challenge t-shirt.
“We are very excited to be working with Limbpower on the virtual challenge series and providing opportunities for the cp community to stay active throughout the summer and into next year. It is important to us to keep the community connected and, through the workshops for each challenge, we hope to provide opportunities for socialising, as well as professional support from our coaches. We look forward to seeing everyone in action throughout the summer whether they are new to sport or an aspiring Paralympian, getting out there and getting active.” Adi Fawcett, Chief Operating Officer, Cerebral Palsy Sport
The low entry fee will enable more community members to take part and enjoy the challenge, online community and online workshops, exclusive to challenge participants. The registration fee for one challenge is £12.50 and £25 for all three challenges. Participants can book online via Eventbrite for LimbPower and Go Membership for CP Sport.
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.
To learn more about the virtual challenge series visit our dedicated virtual challenge series community Facebook group or contact CP Sport and LimbPower directly.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CP SPORT VIRTUAL CHALLENGE SERIES
Entry Fees for the Virtual Challenge Series through CP Sport:
Each individual Challenge – £10 for CP Sport members, £12.50 for non-members.
The series (all 3 challenges) is £20 for members and £25 for non – members.
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