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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​.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Board

Cerebral Palsy Sport is governed by a Board of Trustees that bring a range of skills in supporting the organisation with governance decisions. The Board of Trustees consists of up to ten independent individuals with a range of skills and competencies across key sectors that enables Cerebral Palsy Sport to operate as an effective strategic national disability sports organisation (NDSO), charity and a Limited company.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity and ensuring it performs well. Because of the charity’s significant role in the development of the sport, being a Trustee is a position of influence and great responsibility, now and for future generations.

Trustees are people who care passionately about Cerebral Palsy Sport and who recognise the vital contribution the organisation makes to the lives of people with disabilities.

To find out more about the members of our Board of Trustees, please click here

An annual review of Board members is undertaken to ensure that the Board is made up of individuals with the right balance of skills and experience to meet the needs of the organisation. There is an independent level of expertise on the Board, and currently there is a good mix of skills, gender and disability. The Board skills currently includes marketing, finance, business and legal services, human resources, information technology, user and cerebral palsy involvement and sport specialisms.

Boy in swimming pool
Boy in swimming pool

Cerebral Palsy Sport Board

Cerebral Palsy Sport is governed by a Board of Trustees that bring a range of skills in supporting the organisation with governance decisions. The Board of Trustees consists of up to ten independent individuals with a range of skills and competencies across key sectors that enables Cerebral Palsy Sport to operate as an effective strategic national disability sports organisation (NDSO), charity and a Limited company.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity and ensuring it performs well. Because of the charity’s significant role in the development of the sport, being a Trustee is a position of influence and great responsibility, now and for future generations.

Trustees are people who care passionately about Cerebral Palsy Sport and who recognise the vital contribution the organisation makes to the lives of people with disabilities.

To find out more about the members of our Board of Trustees, please click here

An annual review of Board members is undertaken to ensure that the Board is made up of individuals with the right balance of skills and experience to meet the needs of the organisation. There is an independent level of expertise on the Board, and currently there is a good mix of skills, gender and disability. The Board skills currently includes marketing, finance, business and legal services, human resources, information technology, user and cerebral palsy involvement and sport specialisms.

Boy in swimming pool

Articles of Association

Cerebral Palsy Sport undertook a review of our Articles of Association in 2017 /2018 to ensure the organisation complies to the new Governance Code for Sport and to take account of the new membership categories that have been introduced in 2016 and 2017.

A Special General meeting was convened on October 6th 2018 for the Articles to be considered and approved by the membership and the new Articles were duly approved.

The 2018 Articles of Association can be viewed here:

Appointment of Trustees

The Directors of the charitable company are the trustees for the purpose of charity law. The Board control and manage the affairs of the organisation with the support of the Senior Management team. The members elect annually the officers of the Board and the Board appoint the Chair. One third of the Board retired at the Annual General Meeting and may be eligible for re-election. A Board rotation plan is in place for the organisation.
Induction and Training for new Trustees

New trustees receive a Trustees handbook and undergo a formal induction process. The handbook contains information about the charity and its work, previous Board meeting minutes, policies and codes of conduct. They are also required to attend a formal induction session delivered by the Chief Executive and Chair.

Trustees are encouraged to meet with team members, volunteers and service users at sports events. Trustees have the option to co-opt further members to fill specialist roles. A skills analysis is undertaken to map the identified skills and experience of current board members. When considering the co-option and recruitment of trustees, the Board has regard to the requirement for ensuring that there is a balance of knowledge and expertise to govern the organisation effectively. Board training is provided on key specialist areas including safeguarding.

Boy in swimming pool
Boy in swimming pool

Appointment of Trustees

The Directors of the charitable company are the trustees for the purpose of charity law. The Board control and manage the affairs of the organisation with the support of the Senior Management team. The members elect annually the officers of the Board and the Board appoint the Chair. One third of the Board retired at the Annual General Meeting and may be eligible for re-election. A Board rotation plan is in place for the organisation.
Induction and Training for new Trustees

New trustees receive a Trustees handbook and undergo a formal induction process. The handbook contains information about the charity and its work, previous Board meeting minutes, policies and codes of conduct. They are also required to attend a formal induction session delivered by the Chief Executive and Chair.

Trustees are encouraged to meet with team members, volunteers and service users at sports events. Trustees have the option to co-opt further members to fill specialist roles. A skills analysis is undertaken to map the identified skills and experience of current board members. When considering the co-option and recruitment of trustees, the Board has regard to the requirement for ensuring that there is a balance of knowledge and expertise to govern the organisation effectively. Board training is provided on key specialist areas including safeguarding.

Governance – Board and Sub Committee Operations

Board meetings are held every quarter with the Committees operating in between the main Board meetings.

CP Sport has four committees supporting the charity in the following areas;

  • Finance and Planning
  • Insight and Engagement
  • Sport Development
  • Financial Resilience

Policies and Procedures

Complaints and Resolution Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Data Protection, Code of Practice and Data Breach Policy

Equality & Diversity Policy

Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

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