International Learn to Swim Week 2020

18th -24th May 2020

STA’s (Swimming Teachers’ Association) International Learn to Swim Week is back with the aim to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

With over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers internationally, they want everyone to get involved to teach the enjoyable and important skill of learning to swim.

Help STA preserve human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving, and survival techniques by participating in their biggest learn to swim campaign yet.

Participation has always been a key element of the STA’s #LoveWaterSafely campaign, but with swimming pools closed this naturally makes it very difficult to physically engage with swimmers. Instead, this year’s campaign, which is underpinned with the #BreakingBarriersInSwimming message, will be carried out virtually on the STA website and across social media channels.

Activity includes free and discounted webinars:

Find the full programme of activity here

Cerebral Palsy and Swimming CPD

Cerebral Palsy Sport have created a CPD in partnership with STA. It is designed for anyone wanting to further their knowledge about swimming with cerebral palsy. During Learn to Swim Week the CPD will will be available for £10. Find out more here

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:

Erodex crowned 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day Champions

Over 40 golfers took part in Kevin O’Connor’s charity golf day at South Staffordshire Golf Club on a sunny 20th June 2019 in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Kevin has supported the charity over the past three years and the funds raised from his unique charity golf days has enabled children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy to discover the joys of swimming for the first time.

Kevin O’Connor

Following an enjoyable day of golfing fun for all the teams, the golfers enjoyed a two course dinner and then geared up for the charity auction and presentation of prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated auction items for this year’s charity auction.

Golf Day Results

Our 2019 charity golf day Longest Drive Award went to Trevor Hatt.

Kevin and Trevor receiving his Longest Drive Award.

The Nearest the Pin Award was won by Ryan Glenister. Collected by Trevor Hat

There was plenty of competition for our Pro in the Beat the Pro Competition and only three players managed to Beat our Pro – Matt:

  • Kevin O’Connor
  • Ryan Glenister
  • Mark Searl

When it came to the presentations of prizes, Erodex were crowned champions of the day and took home the trophy.

Kevin and Team Erodex with their trophy and prizes.

Team Erodex

They were closely followed by De Beers – Graham’s Oldies who took second place.

The 2019 Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raised over £2,300 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Kevin spoke of his gratitude of everyone who played in the golf day and said: 

“I am delighted that the eleventh annual Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day has managed to raise such a fabulous amount of money for this very deserving charity.  The entire event would not be possible without the participation of the players, the support from Liz and Alison as well as that of Ali Talbot and Jen Basford from Cerebral Palsy Sport and of course, Sue LeBeau and her wonderful staff at South Staffs Golf Club.  I am looking forward to next year’s event already.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming. “

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on October 19th 2019 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2020.

Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.

Thank you!

CP Sport partner with STA for Learn to Swim Week 2019

The Swimming Teacher’s Association’s (STA) International Learn to Swim Week is this week 13th – 19th May.

The aim is to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are working closely with the STA to promote disability swimming and get more people active.

The STA are calling on everyone to help with their campaign this week by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get in the pool and learn a wealth of water skills. The aim is to teach swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques to as many people as possible.The STA have over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers on hand to help achieve this.

As part of an STA report, is shows that 70% of parents think swimming is the most important sports for children to learn and 62% say it is an invaluable life skill. Despite these figures, only a third of parents say they take their child swimming at least once a week.

During this week, the STA will be promoting the importance of children attending regular, structured swimming lessons and why it is important to get children both swimming in school and out.

The STA are providing a free, downloadable swimming pack which shows parents how the can best help their child in learning to swim and how to get the whole family involved. (Available here.)

CP Sport will be following the STA this week and helping to promote the message of Learn to Swim Week. Swimming is a life-saving skill and it is important that everyone has the opportunity to swim, no matter their ability.

CP Sport offer a range of services in swimming including SwimStarts, Development Galas and resources. If you would like to find out more about our exciting opportunities, please visit:

Find out more about the STA’s Learn to Swim week here

London will host the 2019 world para swimming championships

The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships will now take place in at London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 9th – 15th September, World Para Swimming has announced. The 2019 event was originally to be held in Malaysia.

The Aquatics Centre was the host to the swimming events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be an opportunity for swimmers and fans to enjoy the venue once again.

The event will be a key qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said:

“We are delighted to announce London as the host city of the World Para Swimming Championships. I cannot thank the Mayor of London, UK Sport and British Swimming enough for their outstanding efforts stepping in to stage and support this Championships, a key Tokyo 2020 qualifier, at such short notice.

“I have no doubt the whole of the Para swimming community will be appreciative of the efforts they have made to organise this competition. The London Aquatics Centre brings back many fantastic memories of the 2012 Paralympic Games and I am sure athletes will be greatly excited to return to such an iconic venue.

“We appreciate that the dates are not identical to the ones we had originally planned in Malaysia and these new dates will have an impact on the performance programmes of Para swimmers. However, following the cancellation of Malaysia and the opening of a new bidding process it simply was not feasible to organise a new event for the end of July and early August.”

Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to compete in the Championships which is a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Channel 4, the UK’s Paralympic broadcaster, intend to show the World Para Swimming Championships live this September.

45 Swimmers compete at the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport National Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport held its National Swimming Championships 2019 at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham on Sunday 7th April.

45 swimmers competed in the annual event. All participants had the opportunity to swim five events over different strokes and distances.

There was a wide variety of abilities and ages at the event from 10 years old up to 54 years old. A total of 90 medals were given out on the day.

The Interim Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Sport Board, Peter Savage, attended the event and gave a very special award to Catriona Chung for becoming a new Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Lynne Wardle, also a member of the board for the charity, attended the event to present awards during the afternoon session.

The event was made possible with the expertise and support of our officials and volunteers.

The results and report can be found here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here

New free online resources launched by the Institute of Swimming and Swim England

Two new free online swimming resources for coaches and teachers have been launched by the IOS and Swim England Learn to Swim team.

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The first resource is ‘Mobile Devices in Swimming Lessons’. The free resource includes guidance on how to use mobile devices safely and effectively to take registers and mark swimmer progress. Available to download here from their website:

The second resource is around ‘School Swimming and Water Safety’. This provides information on the National Curriculum standards around water safety and safe practice. This resource can be downloaded here: . Once you are booked on, the resource is accessible to use multiple times.

Free Swim School Roadshows are also available to book. These are regional events where swim schools, teachers and operators can learn more on best practice. In Poole on 7th May 2019, 10am-1pm is a free workshop on ‘Inclusivity and SEND’. More information can be found here:


For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Swimming please click here

Young Sporting Ambassador announced on International Women’s Day

The 8th March 2019 marks International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of our female participants as well as the impact they have as role models for the next generation. Cerebral palsy is the single largest cause of childhood physical disability in the developed world and it is more common in girls than boys. In 2018, 526 of our sport participants were female.

We are delighted to announce that Catriona Chung has accepted the honour of becoming a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Catriona was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects her balance and peripheral vision. At aged 6, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She has learnt to accept and live with these difficulties. When she was young, her physiotherapist advised her parents try swimming to improve mobility. It was a hobby initially and then progressed to competing. She trained with Jill Stidever at Leicester Penguins and subsequently also with Loughborough Town Swimming Club. Catriona has regularly competed at county, regional, national levels since aged 12, and more recently at international events including the CP World Games in Barcelona in 2018 where she won 2 gold and 1 silver medals.

A seizure in the water affected Catriona’s confidence leaving her feeling very shaken. After a long time of trying she slowly rebuilt confidence in the water and has grown stronger mentally and psychologically.

Over the years, Catriona says she has received a lot of help and support from others, and now wants as many people as possible to understand that people with disabilities like herself are capable of helping others too. Catriona feels honoured to be a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and is glad that it provides her a platform for sharing her experiences and helping others.


She said;

I will continue to train hard and want to encourage those with special needs to take up a sport, as I have learnt that through commitment, hard work and resilience that I am able to achieve more than I ever imagined. Swimming was once my hobby, but now it has turned into my passion.”

“Disabilities do not define who you are or what you can do. It is what comes within that makes all things possible.”

Young Sporting Ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

Young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Find out more about our Young Sporting Ambassadors here

GO TRI Come & Give It A Go

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with Limbpower, British Triathlon and McA Fitness and Event to run a series of ‘Go Tri’ events throughout 2019. The triathlons are specifically for anyone who has cerebral palsy or a limb impairment.

The first will be held on 17th March 2019 at Total Fitness Wilmslow.

There are two levels – A Challenger event (Swim 200m, Cycle 10km, Run 2.5km) and a Starter event (Swimming 200m, Cycling 6.5km and running 1.5km)

Limb Power was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

McA Fitness & Events are really proud to be working alongside Limb Power and CP Sport to showcase this opportunity for everyone to race together. If you are a first timer, para athlete, improving novice or seasoned vet, this race will give you the opportunity to pit yourself against yourself.

To register for the first event on 17th March click here

For the full list of Cerebral Palsy Sport events in 2019 click here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming events announced for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport offer a range of opportunities for swimmers with cerebral palsy from introductory sessions for new swimmers through to specialist coaching and competitive galas, tailored awareness and education courses.

Our Development Galas are for swimmers who have some experience of the aquatic environment. We operate a programme of  Galas that offer an excellent introduction to competitive swimming. They are friendly, supportive and realistic with a starter, timekeepers, heats and staggered timed finals. If necessary a swimmer can be accompanied by a parent or enabler – and swimming aids are permitted.


The National Championships are a friendly and competitive event. They take place annually in Nottingham and caters for the needs of all active cerebral palsy swimmers from club through to elite levels of ability. The Championships are held using British Swimming classification – but cerebral palsy swimmers without classification may take part as guests if space allows. Capture swim

We are delighted to announce our 2019 dates:

Winchester Development Gala – King’s School – Saturday 23rd February 2019

CP Sport National Swimming Championships – Harvey Hadden Sports Village Nottingham – Sunday 7th April 2019

Swim Series 2019

Liverpool Development Gala– Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park- Sunday 5th May 2019.

Sheffield Development Gala- Ponds Forge ISC- Sunday 14th July 2019.

Worcester Development Gala- Perdiswell Leisure Centre- Saturday 19th October 2019.

North East- To be confirmed soon!

To enter the 2019 swim series, please use the booking form here: Registration Form 2019

For further information about our swimming programme click here or contact 0115 925 7027