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”