New funding will broaden Get Out Get Active impact

  • Thousands more inactive people are set to benefit from £4 million new funding for Get Out Get Active.
  • Spirit of 2012 has awarded a further £3 million to Get Out Get Active across the UK, with Sport England investing an additional £1 million into England.

The ground-breaking Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme began in 2016, created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It engages the least active communities in fun, inclusive ways.

The funding comes following the significant impact in phase one, which ends in 2020. It has transformed the lives of many who have never considered regular activity before.

The shocking reality is that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be physically inactive. Over 8,000 disabled people are already taking part thanks to Get Out Get Active’s inclusive and accessible approach. In total over 20,000 people have been involved across 18 locations. At the Wales Sport Awards 2018, the programme was the first recipient of the Getting Wales Active Award.

Participants and volunteers have told us about their life changing GOGA experiences. Bill went from taking part in Nottingham’s Golden Gloves boxing sessions to training fellow pensioners. Peer mentor Morris and mentee Stephen have been on an incredible journey, supporting each other to overcome personal challenges and become more active. Activities through Disability Sport Fife influenced three generations of the same family to get active. Fun fit programmes in Northern Ireland have better connected families into their community.

Get Out Get Active is more than being active. It strengthens community spirit, increases confidence and improves mental health. The new funding will enable partners to build on phase one’s success and share learning. 14 new locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be part of phase two.

Spirit of 2012 is a charity set up with money from the National Lottery Community Fund. It carries forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their significant investment enables us to gain further learning on how to get those who are least active into activity.

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.

Ruth Hollis, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 said:

“I am delighted that the Spirit of 2012 Board has awarded Activity Alliance a further £3m to extend Get Out Get Active for a further 3 years and into new communities across the UK. Get Out Get Active is successfully tackling inactivity, one of the greatest health inequalities of our time, supporting the least active disabled and non-disabled people to become and stay active together. It is breaking down the unnecessary barriers that stop people taking part and changing people’s attitudes about what they and others can achieve. I am delighted Sport England has confirmed their support for GOGA to extend the impact even further in England. 

“One of the most powerful outcomes is the way it has provided the social space for people like Morris and Stephen to overcome loneliness and find friendships as well as up their fitness. We are really looking forward to working with Activity Alliance, and the national network of partners, to see the transformational difference Get Out Get Active can make over the next three years.”

Mike Diaper, Director of Children, Young People and Tackling Inactivity for Sport England said:

“Too many disabled people are missing out on the benefits of an active lifestyle. We know disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive compared to non-disabled people – many of whom would like to be more physically active and to take part in activities in an inclusive way alongside their friends and family. 

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Spirit of 2012 and the Activity Alliance to invest £1 million into the Get Out Get Active programme to increase delivery in England. Get Out Get Active has taken a place-based approach to developing a truly inclusive programme so that people can become and stay, physically active.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, representing the home nations steering group, said:

“I am delighted that Spirit of 2012 has chosen to continue this life-changing programme. In the last three years, we’ve seen the impact an inclusive approach can have on so many people’s lives. All partners have learnt so much that we can now share across more locations over the next three years. Sport England’s additional investment will make sure we can reach many new individuals and communities across England. By targeting the least active people, we are reaching those who have so often missed out on the benefits of an active life.”

Get Out Get Active phase two will be launched in April 2020. For more information on Get Out Get Active, visit

Disabled Children’s Partnership calls for three ‘Pilllars’ to support disabled children

“To make a real difference to lives of disabled children, the Government must make them a priority, including by appointing a Minister for Disabled Children; by clarifying and reviewing the rights and responsibilities within the system; and by ensuring there is sufficient funding for services for disabled children and their families.

These are the demands of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) of which Cerebral Palsy Sport are members. The DCP have identified three pillars to underpin and ensure improved support for disabled children and their families.  Stephen Kingdom, DCP Campaign Manager has written a blog setting out the way to build better support for children and families, and you can read it below.

To make a real difference to lives of disabled children, the Government must make them a priority, including by appointing a Minister for Disabled Children; clarifying and reviewing the rights and responsibilities within the system; and ensuring there is sufficient funding for services for disabled children and their families.

It’s been a turbulent few months in the country, with the Brexit deadline approaching and a possible election looming into view.  It is easy to forget that, therefore, that there are other things going on.  For the DCP, that means continuing to campaign for better support for disabled children and their families.  In this blog, DCP campaign manager Stephen Kingdom, sets out three pillars on which to build better support for children and families.

In the midst of the recent political drama, there have also been some important developments and announcements for disabled children and their families over the summer.  In June, the DCP launched our new Give It Back campaign with The Sun, calling on the government to put back the £434 million missing from budgets for social care for disabled children.  In July, the Commons Education Committee published a report on school funding which described the funding for special educational needs and disability as ‘completely inadequate’; and this was followed this month by a damning National Audit Office report which concluded that ‘The system for supporting pupils with SEND is not, on current trends, financially sustainable’.  At the same time, the Local Government Association reported a £1.4 billion – and growing – funding gap for children’s services.

The Government has responded with additional funding for schools and for social care; and with the announcement of a review of the SEND system.  These are, of course to be welcomed.  But that welcome needs to be heavily caveated.  The additional funding for schools includes £700 million for ‘high needs’, but this is less that the projected shortfall and only guaranteed for one year.  As for the social care, the increased funding needs to meet the well-documented pressures on adult social care; as well as child protection and children in care.  It is doubtful that much, if any, of the increased funding will reach disabled children and their families.  And whilst we are pleased to see the government has recognised the need to review how the system is working, it is action we need to address the crisis in support for disabled children and their families.

To this end, we have identified three pillars to underpin and ensure improved support for disabled children and their families.  These will form our main campaigning calls for the next year:

Pillar one

Make disabled children a priority

Disabled children to be made a priority across government, at both national and local level and the Government to appoint a Minister for Disabled Children

At both national and local level, responsibility for the support that disabled children and their families need sits with a range of organisations.  All too often, the needs of disabled children and their families are not the priority within those services; and no-one sees it as their responsibility to ensure that services join-up and meet the needs of families.  This needs to change: the government should appoint a Minister for Disabled Children with clear responsibility, accountability and power across departments to make sure that the right support from health, social care, education and other services is in place for families.  This arrangement should also be mirrored in local areas.

Pillar two

Clarify rights and review the law

The government to work with parents to clarify the existing rights and entitlements; and to undertake a review of the legal framework to strengthen and simplify it.

The existing law related to disabled children and their families stems from over 10 different Acts of Parliament, regulations and guidance which have developed over the past 50 years.  It is difficult for parents to navigate; and it leads to different services and agencies shifting responsibility between themselves, and with families falling between the gaps.  The government must work with parents to improve guidance on the current system – so that it is easier for them to know their rights – and introduce reforms to make the system simpler, and rights and responsibilities clearer.

Pillar three

Address funding shortfalls and create a dedicated fund 

The government to increase funding for health and social care for disabled children to meet the current funding gap; and to introduce a new innovation fund to support joined-up working and early intervention.

There is currently a £1.5 billion funding gap across health and social care support for disabled children and their families.  The government must fill this funding gap as a matter of urgency.

To support longer term sustainability, we are also calling on the government to set up an Early Intervention and Family Resilience Innovation Fund. This would support projects that transform disabled children’s health and social care by fixing problems at the earliest point of identified need and by focusing on the family as a whole. The Fund would initially support a vanguard of innovative service providers but with the infrastructure to upscale successful projects, leading to cashable savings, as well as long-term economic and social return. Projects would be robustly evaluated and learning would be shared to ensure that what works is promoted and has a sustained impact on the lives of disabled children and their families.

Get involved

You can help support our campaign now by signing our open letter to the Chancellor asking him to give back the £434 million missing from social care budgets for disabled children

Cerebral Palsy Sport and World Disability Billiards and Snooker are working together.

Cerebral Palsy Sport and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association are joining forces and working together to raise the profile of snooker and billiards and the opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments to participants.
World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is a body that was created in 2015 to give more people with a disability the opportunity to play cue sports. Since then WDBS have ran a number of events including tournaments and open days.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is supporting WDBS with their January 2020 event in Stockport and we are pleased to announce that Cerebral Palsy Sport members will receive a discounted entry of just £5.00. For further information on this event and the WDBS visit their website
Daniel Blunn has cerebral palsy and is the most successful player on the 360Fizz WDBS circuit having claimed a record nine main event titles since its inception in November 2015. We will soon be release a blog written by Daniel describing his journey with WDBS and why he would encourage others to take up the sport.
For more information about WDBS visit the website:

Activity Alliance releases updated profile toolkit

Activity Alliance adds to its resource bank with the release of an updated profile toolkit. The refreshed toolkit provides clear and simple guidance on how to identify and group disabled people fairly for sports and activities.

Activity Alliance works to increase opportunities for disabled people to be active at every level. They recognise that not all disabled people can or want to compete at an elite level. Some simply want to enjoy taking part in sports and activities regularly and fairly at their school or local sports club.

This is where Activity Alliance’s profile toolkit comes in. Supported by the Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE programme, the toolkit introduces coaches, teachers and physiotherapists to different methods of identifying and grouping disabled people for sports and activities. This includes people with physical, sensory and intellectual impairments.

The newly updated toolkit is a combination of the Profile System of sports classification (originally designed by Dr Christine Meaden in 1985) and the Activity Inclusion Model. Designed for use at a participation or development level, the toolkit enables individuals to improve their skills through positive competitive experiences.

Jannine Walker, Activity Alliance’s National Events Manager, has worked closely with partners to produce the updated profile toolkit.

Jannine said: 

“Increasing participation opportunities in more places is crucial for developing talent. We believe profiling children and adults promotes participation. Our updated profile toolkit guides teachers, coaches and physiotherapists through categories of sport and impairments to identify and group disabled people. Not only does this enable fair competition at a beginner level, it supports disabled people to take their first steps onto a competitive pathway in sport. It also supports teachers with the knowledge to be able to progress pupils of all abilities within PE sessions.”

Check out Activity Alliance’s updated profile toolkit.

For further information on Activity Alliance, please contact: Laila Issa, Communications Advisor, email or mobile 07794 525034.

RaceRunning in Bath goes from strength to strength

Cerebral Palsy Sport has supported Nova Sports and Coaching in delivering RaceRunning Start sessions alongside Quest 88, and is now working with the club to promote the regular sessions the club is delivering. 

The club was created when a children’s physio team at a local hospital in Bath were really keen to offer RaceRunning in their area. They contacted the sports inclusion project lead in the council who put them in touch with Nova Sports and Coaching – a new company just starting in the area who were developing inclusive sports opportunities for children and young people locally. With some funding  from the council, and help and advice from Quest 88 providing runners , a series of taster sessions were set up. 

From one family attending the first session, the numbers grew to a total of 16 coming along over 6 sessions. Nova were able to use that interest to apply for grants with the support of the fundraising lead at a local special school. With a combination of donations from two local rotary clubs, a successful community vote award from Aviva and a generous donation from Bath Disability Trust they bought 6 new and one second hand RaceRunner. 

It has taken about 18 months to get to the point of now starting a regular club – but that time has allowed  for more and more children to come and get involved from Somerset, Wiltshire and east Bristol. It’s latest development is to have successfully trialled a new RaceRunner for the smallest of their children for Quest 88. 

Children’s Physio Emily Graham helps at the club and said;

“Nova, with the local children’s physios, are incredibly excited to be able to offer this club with minimal cost for participants. Race running enables children and young people with a wide range of physical ability to participate in something active together. One mum whose daughter attends says that it is the only exercise that her daughter can participate in that raised her heart rate and gets her out of breath. From a physio perspective race running helps on so many levels- strength, flexibility, stamina, motivation and aerobic exercise but, most of all, it’s really good fun!”

“Bringing siblings or a friend to join in too is encouraged, with other fun activities available for everyone in between getting your breath back from RaceRunning.”

Nova Sports and Coaching will also be part of the Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning Operational Group which will hold its first meeting later this month. This group will be developing a support network for current clubs and new clubs and will feed into the RR Development Group, which includes British Athletics and CPISRA.

Find out more about the Bath RaceRunning Club and their sessions this autumn by contacting:

If you would like more information about developing RaceRunning at your club please contact the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Officer Adi Fawcett: 0115 925 7027,

For more information about RaceRunning click here

Who says? The new campaign calling time on negative perceptions

  • Who says it’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it?
  • Who says disabled people aren’t competitive?
Photo credit: Activity Alliance

A new exciting campaign from Activity Alliance is calling time on negative perceptions about disability, inclusion and sport and asks – who says?

For far too long disabled people have faced misconceptions and presumptions on what is and isn’t possible, including in sport. Leading national charity, Activity Alliance, wants to move the conversations on, open people’s minds and shift out-dated views on disability. Who says? gives positive evidence that replaces these negative ideas.

Launched on 15 July, who says? was created in response to the charity’s recent research, which explored non-disabled people’s attitudes on inclusive activity. The findings show a lack of understanding could be causing long-lasting barriers for disabled people, leading to inactivity. For the least active audience in our country, people’s attitudes can make or break activity experiences.

Who says we can’t break down barriers?

In reality, disabled people have countless personal experiences that lead to marginalisation, low confidence and inactivity.

Who says? empowers people, on and off the field of play, to challenge their own and others’ perceptions. But, here are some facts that need serious consideration:

  • Disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive as non-disabled people. Although we saw an increase recently, the number of active disabled people remains resistant to growth. [i]
  • The main barriers to being active are psychological, logistical and physical, with psychological the most influential. This is, disabled people’s personal impression of sport and non-disabled people’s attitudes about disabled people playing sport.[ii]
  • Two thirds (64 per cent) of disabled people would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people, currently only half (51 per cent) are doing so. [iii]
  • Research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active.[iv] 
  • Only 14 per cent of non-disabled people are aware of having previously taken part in sport with disabled people. But three quarters (73%) of non-disabled people were open to the idea. [v]

To kick it off, the campaign films challenge six findings from the research. The films provide upbeat insight with a mixture of disabled and non-disabled people. They share their own experiences and feelings on these six statements:

  1. It’s not a real sport if you have to adapt it
  2. Disabled people aren’t competitive
  3. Watch what you say around disabled people
  4. Disabled people don’t want to join in
  5. Disabled people might get hurt
  6. Everyone can’t take part together

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“Negative experiences should not be allowed to continually shape disabled people’s lives. This campaign aims to replace misconceptions with reality. If we truly want everybody to benefit from being active, then we need to call time on negative perceptions. The positive messages in our campaign provide a fresh and authentic view of the sports world. We are asking you to join us in creating a movement built solidly on equality, freedom and choice.” 

Adam Blaze, Sport England’s Strategic Lead for Disability, said:

“We are delighted to see the launch of the Who Says campaign which will challenge negative-perceptions disabled people face when getting active while encouraging people of all abilities to get active together. Views that disabled people don’t want to join in, might get hurt or that everyone can’t take part together are just some of the perceptions that prevent disabled people from being active. The campaign tackles these myths head on showing that we can all do more to break down the barriers and challenge negative perceptions facing disabled people wanting to get involved in sport and physical activity.”

Who says you can’t be part of the movement?

The first campaign phase will run for six weeks over summer. Whilst the who says? movement begins, we are calling for you to get involved in the campaign by posting your own experiences using #WhoSays. Share our films and make your own to add your voice to the campaign.  

Tell us your who says? You could be a disabled person who has challenged someone’s attitude whilst being active. Your organisation wants to share positive stories. Or your company plans to use the campaign to release new funding focused on inclusion.

Beyond the hashtag

Taking the conversation beyond the #WhoSays hashtag is important to us. It’s crucial we talk honestly and openly about matters that affect disabled people’s activity, like policy, funding and promotion. We hope the campaign leads to bigger conversations, greater collaboration and wider systemic responses.

If your organisation would like to get involved and you have a great idea for the campaign, please contact or call 0161 228 2868.

We can’t challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. Who says?!

Watch the perception collection here [Live on 15 July].

Find out more [Live on 15 July]

[i] Sport England Active Lives Survey

[ii] Activity Alliance Lifestyle Report

[iii] Activity Alliance Lifestyle Report

[iv] Activity Alliance The Activity Trap

[v] Activity Alliance Taking Part with Disabled People

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce new swimming partnership

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce a new partnership with the The Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA).

The STA is an international award-winning charity working towards the objective of preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques. Cerebral Palsy Sport will be working with the STA on projects to raise the profile on the importance of learning to swim and disability swimming.

2019 Learn to Swim week took place from 13th – 19th May 2019. This initiative is designed by the STA to promote the importance of learning to swim which is a life-saving skill. Cerebral Palsy Sport were proud to support the campaign this year by helping promote their message and share important content and information.

Jen Basford, National Sports Development Officer at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said,

“I have seen first-hand the brilliant work the STA do and how much of a positive impact they have in swimming. Their message for saving lives through learning to swim is extremely important and they offer support for any ability.”


Leanne Dougliss, Head of Sales at the STA, said,

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with CP Sport. We look forward to working with them over the coming months to share expertise and knowledge, as part of our aim of giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn how to swim.”

The STA offer swimming awards, qualifications and CPDs in the following areas:

  • Safety Training Awards
  • Swimming Teaching
  • Lifesaving
  • First Aid
  • Pool Plant
  • Health and Safety
  • Tutor Status
  • Education

Find out more about the STA on their website here:

Find out more information about our partnership work here:

The STA are supporting promotion of the Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming programme such as Development Galas, National Championships and SwimStarts. You can find out more about our swimming opportunities here:

Cerebral Palsy Sport Announce Partnership with GreaterSport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sport organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments to reach their sporting potential, and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation.

Our mission is to improve quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport, physical activity and active recreation.
Our aim is to raise aspirations, promote inclusion and support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to play, participate, and enjoy sport and active recreation.
The range of our work cover children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and all related neurological conditions.

GreaterSport are the County Sports Partnership based in Greater Manchester. GreaterSport is a high performing charity passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport

Their vision is to change lives through physical activity and sport and help to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.


Working in partnership Cerebral Palsy Sport wants to support making Greater Manchester the most active region in England by;
• Promoting opportunities for people with Cerebral Palsy and associated physical disabilities to assess sport, physical activity and active recreation across the regions.
• Research and Insight to identify current opportunities, barriers and areas for development.

• Supporting national campaigns such as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, International CP Awareness day, International day of disabilities, Sport England Local Pilot and GM Moving

• Training will be provided by Cerebral Palsy Sport providing anyone who wants to support people with a physical disability access sport and activity.

The training will be the first time that Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop will be delivered in partnership and outside of Nottingham. The workshop allows participants to gain an understanding of what cerebral palsy is, how the condition affects the body, how to adapt sport and activity to be inclusive, and how to effectively promote opportunities. To book a place on the workshop contact or download a registration form Registration Form

To find out more about GreaterSport visit


England Athletics launch new project to attract new officials

Interested in Athletics officiating? England Athletics are launching a new scheme aimed at giving people the chance to shadow an experienced and qualified official at a 2019 England Championship event and start measuring success.
The project also gives people first-hand experience officiating at one of England Athletics’ National Championship events throughout the year.

This project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing one of their  experienced officials at an EA championships in a variety of disciplines and events.
the events where this can take place is:
23–24 February 2019 –  England U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships, Sheffield.
9–10 March 2019 – England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Sheffield
25–26 May 2019 –  England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships, Bedford
22–23 June 2019 – England Athletics U23 & U20 Championships, Bedford
27–28 July 2019 – England Senior & UKCAU Championships, Manchester
3–4 August 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships, Manchester
14 Augusr 2019 –  Manchester International, Manchester
31 August –1 September 2019 –  England U17 & U15 Championships, Bedford

To register your interest, please visit their website here

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Tennis Foundation activities to be integrated into the LTA as part of an exciting future for Tennis in Britain

Cerebral Palsy Sport partner, The Tennis Foundation, has announced that it’s activities will be integrated into the Lawn Tennis Association.

National Learning Disability Tennis Championships - Wrexham - Oct '16. Celebration. High Fives. Joy.

The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity and the Lawn Tennis Association is the national governing body for tennis in the country. The move will unify tennis in Britain, providing a unique opportunity to open up the sport to a more diverse team of people, players and leaders.

The decision was unanimously agreed by the Boards of both organisations and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, with a view to being fully operational from the start of 2019. The Tennis Foundation’s current activities sees it work to open up tennis and its benefits to anyone and everyone, with a focus on its three primary beneficiary groups of disabled people, young people in education and young people in urban and disadvantaged communities.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, the LTA has developed a new vision to open up tennis and grow the sport through making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable to anyone who has an interest, from players of all abilities and backgrounds, to its many millions of fans. Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said:

“We are tremendously proud of the achievements of the Tennis Foundation and the impact we have had on the lives of our beneficiaries. The new exciting vision for tennis in Britain now presents a fantastic opportunity for our sport as a whole to make it one that is truly for anyone.

“We are only in a position to be able to take advantage of the opportunity integration presents because of the ground-breaking work that has been done over the past 30 years. Among the many highlights are the outstanding success of Great Britain’s disability tennis players on the international stage, supporting over 20,000 schools to deliver tennis to young people and establishing the SERVES programme to take the sport to new people and new places.

“I’d like to thank the many partner organisations and individuals who have helped the Tennis Foundation achieve what we have done, creating a legacy that the LTA can take forward and build on as part of a bright future for our sport.”

Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA, said,

“Our new vision aligns very closely with the Tennis Foundation’s great work and by integrating we hope we can take it to the next level, with greater scale and greater impact. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for inclusivity across our sport and I want to welcome the Tennis Foundation team to the LTA.”

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Tennis click here and about our Partnership with the Tennis Foundation click here

For more information about the LTA visit, and to read more about the work of the Tennis Foundation see