Female Cerebral Palsy Football Development Day held at St Georges Park

Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered their second female specific football event on Sunday 24th November.

Following on from the success of Augusts event, there was a real interest to see how the players had been getting on and to discuss future opportunities. The design of the day included two practical sessions with a real focus on fun games, and a workshop for the players and their parents. There were some really good discussions around the current opportunities and the plans for development.

Feedback from players and parents about the day has been really powerful, with parents commenting that this is the only time where their daughters feel confident enough to play, and how great it is to meet with other families.

Find out more about our Football programme here or contact Rich.Kerr@cpsport.org

North East & Yorkshire CP National Cerebral Palsy Cup Winners 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 National CP Cup took place on Saturday 23rd November at the University of Northampton.

Five of the National CP League teams entered into the competition all competing for a place at the 2020 FA Disability Cup. The teams did not disappoint in terms of entertainment, starting with the first match between Brighton and Derby which ended 0-0 due the great heroic display of both goals keepers preventing either opposition from scoring.

There were some real close results in other matches through out the competition, including Derby grabbing a 2-1 result over CP North West. Cambridge Community Trust, new to the league this season took part in their first Cup competition. They had recruited a couple of new players through the season so far and were keen to be involved in the event and enjoyed the experience.

In the final round of matches, it was a repeat of the FA Disability final from June, between CP North West and North East & Yorkshire. CP North West needed a win to retain the CP Cup, however it was North East & Yorkshires day, as they managed to maintain a 100% win record throughout the day to claim the 2019-20 National CP Cup and confirm their place at the FA Disability Cup in 2020.

2019-2020 National CP Cup winners North East & Yorkshire CP
Full results and table from the National CP Cup

Focus now returns to the next fixture date for the National CP League on Saturday 15th February

National CP Football League October Fixtures

Action from Derby County Community Trust CP vs North East & Yorkshire CP FC, Saturday 26th October 2019

The second fixture date for the National CP Football league took place on Saturday 26th October at SGP Graves in Sheffield.

CP North West, Derby County Community Trust CP, Brighton Albion in the Community , Cambridge United Trust, and North East & Yorkshire CP FC took part in fixtures. Despite cold conditions, all the teams were keen to get playing, and there was plenty of great football on display. There were a couple of real close matches involving Derby against Brighton and last years runners up North East & Yorkshire.

CP North West have moved top of the table following their two wins, while Derby managed to hold North East and Yorkshire CP FC to a draw. Derby picked up their first points of the season as well.

To view the full league table and result go to: fulltime-league.thefa.com/Index.do?divisionseason=16473516&league=901109293

Attention for all teams now turns to the CP Sport National Cup which takes place on Saturday 23rd November at the University of Northampton.
For more information go to: www.cpsport.org/events/cp-sport-national-cp-cup/

Positive response to the Referee and Volunteer Workshop with the National CP League

A free workshop was held on Saturday 17th August at Tresham College, Kettering for football Referees and Volunteers.

The workshop provided those who attended with an overview of the National CP Football League and the structure of the league for the 2019-2020 season.
Ten participants attended the workshop either in person or via a Webex. There was a mix of current referees within the league and new referees keen to be involved in the league for the upcoming season.  

Comments from those who took part:

“The league rules are clear, it’s important Referees have a good understanding, so the workshop was good. Understanding the classification system was beneficial to me.”

“Course was clear to understand and delivered in a relaxed manner which made it a positive experience.”

“Very interesting and engaging. I have learnt a lot and hopefully will get more involved.”

“A Learning day.”

The CP National League fixtures take place from Saturday 28th September.

For more information Rich Kerr 0115 925 7027 or email Richard.kerr@csport.org

CP National League players represent England in IFCPF World Cup

Members of the CP National league are out in force at the IFCPF World Cup in Seville, Spain.

Kicking off their campaign in style, England have defeated Germany today by 5-2 in the first of their group matches.

A number of the England squad play in the National CP League, a league that provides players a national competition structure. On the squad is CP North West player George Fletcher, as well as Martin Sinclair, Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador.

George Fletcher at the FA Disability Cup with Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee Paul Hermann

Find all the latest news and results from the IFCPF here. England will play Japan on Wednesday 10th July and Brazil on Friday 12th July.

The CP National league is split into 2 divisions, North and South and fixtures will take place at central venues. The league will start again soon If you would like to find your nearest team or would like more information on the league please contact Rich Kerr Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

CP North West come out top of the CP Football National League

The CP National League last round of national fixtures took place on Saturday 27th April 2019 at the RH Academy in Mansfield.

CP Football teams from the North and South Regions came together, with three teams in contention to join CP North West in this year’s FA Disability Cup. CP North West were looking to win the double this year, having won the CP National Cup in February.

There was some excellent play on show during the day, particularly some really good saves from the goalkeepers and also amazing goals scored.

CP North West were the winners, coming out on top to win the 2018-2019 League. North East and Yorkshire finished runners up in the league. Therefore they will play against each other at the FA Disability Cup on the 15th June at St Georges Park. All the results from the event can be found here

For more details contact Richard.Kerr@cpsport.org

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

NE & Yorkshire Disability FC triumph at FA Disability Cup

The FA Disability Cup was held at St George’s Park on 16th and 17th June 2018 and hosted five finals across disability football including Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind, Deaf and Powerchair football.  Within CP football the final was between the winners of the Northern Conference, NE & Yorkshire Disability FC and Chelsea Blues, the winners of the Southern Conference. The game was fast paced and NE & Yorkshire came out on top with a 2-0 victory.


This was the first time that North East and Yorkshire Disability have qualified for the FA Disability Cup. Over the past three years they have worked tirelessly to attract new players, and develop the ability and skill of the players. The club is now in a strong position with junior teams in place to continue to bring through more talented CP footballers.

Chelsea Blues fought hard in the final, having qualified for the FA Disability Cup for the previous three years. The club offer a well-established and flourishing CP programme for players of all abilities, providing a challenging and rewarding environment in which players have the opportunity to take part in competitive CP football.

To find out more about CP football click here

View the photos from the FA Disability Cup click here

You can also view a recording of the whole match recorded by North East and Yorkshire CP Football team here

Click here to see a round up video of the whole weekend produced by the FA.

FA Disabilities Cup Round Up Video

National CP Football Finals come to Nottingham

On Saturday the 2nd June CP Sports National Adults CP Football League came to an end with a 1 day finals tournament held at the University of Nottingham The day saw 9 teams who participate in the league between September and May, come together and battle on the pitch to win the National Cup.

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Team who took part on were CP United Reds, CP United Blues, North East & Yorkshire CP, Derby County Community Trust CP, South West CP, Disability 4 Sport CP, Chelsea Blues, Chelsea Whites, and Brighton and Hove Albion Community Trust CP. It was a fantastic day, with some incredible football on show. The finals also saw the first female CP footballer debut for North East and Yorkshire CP Football Club.

Results were close throughout the day, but ended with a CP United finals with Reds taking on the Blues and claiming the victory.



Irwin Mitchell were proud sponsors of the event and presented the National Cup to CP united Reds. They also presented the  Northern conference winners North East & Yorkshire CP, and the Southern Conference Winners Chelsea Blues with the league shields.

A huge thank you to the referees that officiated throughout the day, and to the University of Nottingham for supporting with facilities.

If you want to play CP Football have a look at our football page www.cpsport.org/football or if you are a CP football team that would like to join the league next season contact Lisa.Morton-Smith@cpsport.org


CP Sport announce Irwin Mitchell as sponsor of the CP Football National Finals.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is extremely pleased to announce that Irwin Mitchell are official sponsors of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football Finals .

Irwin Mitchell and Cerebral Palsy Sport have a strong history of working together to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical disabilities access sporting opportunities at a local level, and supporting them to go on and reach their potential.

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track-record of supporting disability sports through its Don’t Quit, Do It campaign. The firm works closely with Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and sponsors the English Amputee Football Association among other sports groups and organisations.

This latest partnership sees Irwin Mitchell support the Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National CP Adult Football League Finals to be held on the 2nd June 2018. The finals will bring together 9 teams from across the country, who will have been competing at regional fixtures between October 17 – April 18.

Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “The support of Irwin Mitchell means we can make the finals a bigger and better event than ever before.  We’re confident that those involved will have a fantastic day.

“Sponsorship from organisations such as Irwin Mitchell go a long way in helping us to achieve our aim of raising aspirations, promoting inclusion and supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate and enjoy sport and active recreation.”

Jennifer Cawthorne, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.

“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”

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