Landmark report reveals children’s activity levels for the first time

Findings from Sport England’s new research; ‘Active Lives Children and Young People’ highlights that there are 2.3 million children and young people who are doing less than 30 minutes of activity a day. ‘Active Lives Children and Young People’ is the largest ever survey of its kind, and provides comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity both in and out of school.

The research report identifies the collation between being active and positive health and mental wellbeing as well as personal development.  The reports clearly states that more needs to be done to increase activity levels of children and young people, something that Cerebral Palsy Sport fully supports and will help to address.

Finding include:

  • Around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, doing an average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Among active children, only the most active 1.2m (17.5% of total) are meeting the CMO guideline of 60+ minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.
  • Just over 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • A further 1.7m (23.9%) are fairly active, doing 30-59 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth calls for a focus on the health and wellbeing of young people with system-wide change.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s vision is to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments, to reach their potential through active recreation. Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of 40 events and activities that will provide opportunities for children and young people to access sport, often for the first time, and continue to participate on a regular basis.

To find out more about what events we have planned please click here

To download and read the Sport England report please visit






Christmas Message from our Chair – Aideen Blackborough

Capture Xmas message 2017

This has been my first year as Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport and I am incredibly proud of the work the charity is doing and the opportunities that we are providing to so many people with Cerebral Palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport.
Christmas is often a time for reflecting on the year gone by and making plans for the year to come and I am acutely aware that our plans for the future would be fruitless without the amazing support of all our participants that take part in our programmes and their incredible families that support them.
Thank you!
I would also like to extend our gratitude to all our funders, supporters and also the hard work and dedication of all those individuals who fundraise for us.  We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank-you for your time and effort in supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport. Without you, the work we do would be impossible.
Thank you to our amazing Sporting Ambassadors and Young Sporting Ambassadors who have given their time to share their incredible stories with us and to inspire more people to take up sport. 
Thank You!
We also could do not deliver what we do without the incredible support and dedication of all our loyal volunteers. You help us achieve all we do for people with cerebral palsy. 
Thank you for giving your time!
In the day to day of managing a charity, it can be easy to forget what all the hard work is for.  Attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport event though soon reminds me that we’re providing amazing opportunities for people with disabilities who might not otherwise have the chance to enjoy sport. My sincere thanks goes to our Trustees and team members for all their hard work through the year.
Next year, we will be taking Team CP England to Spain to compete in 2018 CPISRA World Games. This is an amazing opportunity for our athletes to compete internationally and we are extremely honoured and proud to be leading the team.
We really wouldn’t be able to do this without your continued support. I hope you all realise how incredibly valued you are and how much I and the Cerebral Palsy Sport team appreciate what you do. 
Thank you.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and fulfilling New Year!
Aideen Blackborough, Cerebral Palsy Sport Chair

CP Sport nominated for Nationwide Community Match programme

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that Nationwide customers have nominated Cerebral Palsy Sport to feature in the Nationwide Community Match programme in branch.

What is Community Match?

Community Match is an  in-branch, local charity voting scheme. Each quarter, branches feature three local charities or causes from customer nominations – but only one can win in that area.

Customers are then invited to vote for a winner with a blue token, issued in branch. Shortlisted causes receive a £100 donation. Winning causes, that receive the most votes at the end of the voting campaign, receive an additional £500.

Community Match for Cerebral Palsy Sport is in the following Nationwide branches:

  • Beeston
  • Long Eaton
  • Nottingham
  • Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Mansfield

Voting will begin on 1 November and end on 30 December 2016.

For further information visit:





Young Sporting Ambassador announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce our 4th Young Ambassador Ben Meadows.

Ben from Liverpool is 16 and has right sided hemiplegia. He is a very happy and easy going person, who works hard to keep himself physically fit to help with his disability.

Ben loves all sports but his passion is football and is the goalkeeper for the U16’s North West Regional Talent Centre hosted by CP United FC, where he has been in the programme since he was 11.  He has also had trials for England U19’s and also plays within LFC’s Ability Counts programme, EFC Pan Disability and more recently Walton FC (ran by Liverpool County FA).

At School Ben completed a BTEC Level 2 in Sport Development and has just started Sixth Form to do BTEC Level 3 again in Sport Development.

He completed his Football Junior Leaders course last year as part of the futures programme that CP United provide and has since been an active member of helping with the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club.

During the summer last year he was part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Liverpool County FA.

Ben has also just completed his Level One Football Coaching qualification and is looking forward to moving on to his level 2.

Ben’s commitment to sport as a player, young leader and coach is clear to see. He is an inspiration to all that he works with as a result of his positive attitude and have a go ethos.

Ben wants to use his role as CP Sport Young Ambassador to continue to raise the profile of sport and activity opportunities for people of all ages with CP. He is keen to work alongside the other Young Ambassadors to showcase their individual stories and demonstrate what can be achieved.

CP Sport are extremely excited to have Ben on board and look forward to working with him and all our Young Ambassadors. Read about our other Young Sporting Ambassadors here.


Photo courtesy of  Alice Ferrebe

Investigating the link between sport and employment for disabled people

Enei and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby have joined forces with the Government’s Disability Confident team to undertake a ground breaking piece of research regarding the relationship between disability, participation in disability sport and employment.   This is an opportunity to contribute to research that could enhance the lives of those with disabilities.   The results of the research will be made public prior to the Paralympic Games 2016.

click here to take part in the survey

This survey should take a maximum of ten minutes and, in order to best contribute to the research, survey takers will need to be as honest as possible. The questionnaire is completely confidential and accessible. The deadline for completion is Friday 22 July 2016. If you would like to complete this over the telephone please contact Becky Brooks as below.

Thank you for supporting this important piece of research.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Luke White of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby ( 07478 730636) or ( 07967 529855).