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CP Sport is the national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to be able to access and enjoy being physically active throughout their lives​.

We collaborate with local, regional and national partners to provide physical activity that is accessible and enjoyable for people with cerebral palsy – children, young people and adults, all across the UK. We support everyone with cerebral palsy to have the opportunities, capability and motivation to participate in a wide range of physical activities and which suit a variety of interests. 

We work hard to make physical activities accessible for everyone with cerebral palsy. Our expert specialist support for parents, support workers, teachers, coaches, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sport providers and other professionals enable sport and sessions to be adapted to suit individual needs.

Our friendly and welcoming community brings together people with cerebral palsy, their families and friends, volunteers and those working in the disability sport sector who provide local and national opportunities. We are part of a vibrant network, we collaborate with partner organisations, working together to break down barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying active lives.

We are here to enhance the lives of people with cerebral palsy and the wider disability sport community. Signposting to local, accessible activities and campaigning with our members, fundraisers and partners, we raise awareness of cerebral palsy, as well as the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of being active.

Becoming physically active is life enhancing – increased confidence, increased motivation, reducing social isolation, not to mention the range of mental and physical wellbeing benefits which can improve daily life in the long term.

Our vision

Everyone with Cerebral Palsy able to access and enjoy being physically active throughout their lives.

Boy in swimming pool
Boy in swimming pool

Our vision

Everyone with Cerebral Palsy able to access and enjoy being physically active throughout their lives.

Boy in swimming pool

Our mission

To influence the sector, wider society and collaborate with partners so that every person with cerebral palsy has the opportunity and choice to enjoy being physically active.

Our values

Listen to our community and work together to find solutions to achieve our vision.

Collaborate with others from within the sector and from outside of the sector – we can’t achieve our vision on our own.

Learn from our successes, our mistakes and from others, enabling Cerebral Palsy Sport to be an agile, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Support people with cerebral palsy to lead an independent and active life.

Bring enjoyment and fun to our work, to our programmes, our events and ultimately to our community.

Advocate for and refer to “The Social Model of Disability” in our work to raise the level of equality within the sport and leisure sector; also to remove systemic barriers and social exclusion for people with cerebral palsy.

Our values

Listen to our community and work together to find solutions to achieve our vision.

Collaborate with others from within the sector and from outside of the sector – we can’t achieve our vision on our own.

Learn from our successes, our mistakes and from others, enabling Cerebral Palsy Sport to be an agile, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Support people with cerebral palsy to lead an independent and active life.

Bring enjoyment and fun to our work, to our programmes, our events and ultimately to our community.

Advocate for and refer to “The Social Model of Disability” in our work to raise the level of equality within the sport and leisure sector; also to remove systemic barriers and social exclusion for people with cerebral palsy.

Our history

2001

Host of the CPISRA World Games Nottingham

First CP Sport Boccia competition

2004

2005

CPISRA World Games Conneticut

RaceRunning introduced as a development sport

2009

2012

Paralympic Games in London takes place with numerous CP Sport athletes participating

National Trade Cricket finals held at Trent Bridge

Frame football is launched and endorsed by the FA

2014

2015

Host of the CPISRA World Games Nottingham

CP Sport launch awareness training 

First CP Sport swimming and athletics training camp takes place

2016

2017

First CP Sport Female Football event

A partnership with the Frame Football Foundation is established

CPISRA World Games Barcelona

2018

2019

CP Sport ambassador Ellie Simpson wins silver in RaceRunning for GB at the World Para Athletics Chamiponships Dubai

Matthew Humphreys becomes first ever RaceRunner to take part in the London Marathon

2020

2021

CP Sport celebrates 20 years

Our history

2001

Host of the CPISRA World Games Nottingham

2004

First CP Sport Boccia competition

2005

CPISRA World Games Conneticut

2009

RaceRunning introduced as a development sport

2012

Paralympic Games in London takes place with numerous CP Sport athletes participating

2014

National Trade Cricket finals held at Trent Bridge

Frame football is launched and endorsed by the FA

2015

Host of the CPISRA World Games Nottingham

2016

CP Sport launch awareness training 

First CP Sport swimming and athletics training camp takes place

2017

First CP Sport Female Football event

A partnership with the Frame Football Foundation is established

2018

CPISRA World Games Barcelona

2019

CP Sport ambassador Ellie Simpson wins silver in RaceRunning for GB at the World Para Athletics Chamiponships Dubai

2020

Matthew Humphreys becomes first ever RaceRunner to take part in the London Marathon

2021

CP Sport celebrates 20 years

How we achieve our vision

We aim to encourage people with cerebral palsy to live more active lives by promoting the opportunity, capability and motivation involved in taking part in sport and active recreation. We will achieve this through providing opportunities to access sports and physical activity such as swimming, athletics, football, riding, dance and adapted sports such as frame running, boccia, table cricket, etc. We will offer expert specialist support to parents, support workers, teachers, coaches, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sport providers and other professionals on how to adapt sports and sessions for people with cerebral palsy.

Building Community

We recognise the benefits of social connection and building communities of people with cerebral palsy, volunteers and those working in the disability sport sector. Together, as a community our voices are stronger and we have more influence on breaking down the barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying active lives. We will look to build our community locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Enhancing the Sector​

We are committed to contributing to a vibrant and impactful disability sport sector. We will do this by collaborating with others, using our voice to influence change for the benefit of disabled people and developing professionalism of the sector and ourselves as an organisation. We will campaign to raise the profile and awareness of cerebral palsy and position Cerebral Palsy Sport as a credible advocate for the community in order to achieve our vision. We also believe the sector will be enhanced through increased representation of people with cerebral palsy as professionals, volunteers, leaders and ambassadors in disability sport and we will work with the community and our partners to make this happen.

The scope of our work covers people with:

Hypertonia

Spasticity

Dystonia

Rigidity

Ataxia

Athetosis/Chorea

These impairment types are associated with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Spino-cerebellar Ataxia, Hereditary Spastic Diplegia/Paraplegia, and Dystonia.

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