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Project information


Our inclusive SportStart programme has been developed to provide children and young people with cerebral palsy the opportunity to try a range of adapted sports developed specifically to meet their needs which can lead to the child feeling inspired, empowered, happier and healthier.

January 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport logo
  • Need


    Cerebral Palsy affects muscle control, coordination and motor skills and is the most common form of physical disability in the world. In addition to a range of physical difficulties many children also report feelings of isolation and exclusion from mainstream activities which can impact on wellbeing, social skills and self-belief. Children with cerebral palsy are also more likely to encounter barriers that can prevent them from accessing sport which can make them feel excluded


    Our inclusive SportStart programme aims to address these disadvantages through enabling children and young people to engage in a range of adapted sporting opportunities that seek to maximise potential and improve skills and wellbeing. Through adapted sports we also hope to raise the aspirations of the child, their family and professionals by providing opportunities were children can thrive and achieve.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the physical wellbeing of children and young people with cerebral palsy


    » We are aiming to: increase physical activity; increase movement; improve muscle tone; improve core strength and improve cardiovascular health

    What success will look like

    Children continue with sports and physical activity through being included within school sports, joining a local sports club and playing sports with the peers and family

    Aim 2

    To improve the self-belief of children and young people with cerebral palsy


    » We are aiming to improve self-esteem, increase confidence, increase a positive sense of identity, and increase independence

    What success will look like

    Children having improved expectations and aspirations through empowering them to have a sense of who they are and what they want to achieve.

    Aim 3

    To improve the essential skills of children and young people with cerebral palsy.


    » The personal skills that we wish to coach include: communication, social skills, team working skills, problem solving and cooperation skills

    What success will look like

    Through learning the skills to overcome the challenges associated with sport this is then transferred to general life where children feel more engaged in education and life

    Aim 4

    To improve positive relationships with their siblings and family


    » Through the benefits of sports we feel that relationships with families will improve as parents and siblings are inspired by the child's acheivements

    What success will look like

    Through families and siblings enjoying recreational sports together i.e. playing football in the garden and going swimming together as a family.

  • Impact


    The long term changes that our SportStart programme will provide include the child being happier, healthier and engaged in sports within their school and local community. Our SportStart programme has the potential to change children's lives as they are inspired by playing, participating and enjoying sports. For some children who attend they will continue to enjoy recreational sports with their peers and family whilst for others this programme will provide a platform to join a local sports club


    The main risks associated with this programme is children and families not being aware that there is a SportStart in their area which could result in them not accessing this positive event. This will be managed through a structured marketing campaign within area through direct contact with local schools and through social media to promote our event. We are in contact with over 8500 families in England and have in place over 500 partnerships with schools and local sports clubs


    We will report to our Donors through direct regular contact such as email, phone calls, progress reports, monthly e-news letters, social media and by inviting them to come and see / volunteer at our SportStart events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,281

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,921 Staff Costs 17.5 p/w post + Travel
      £3,360 Delivery Costs Venues, Volunteers and external sports coaches
  • Background


    Our SportStart programme will be delivered across 6 areas of England with a priority focus on the areas that have high numbers of children and young people with cerebral palsy and a low range of local sporting opportunities. The main areas that we have identified are: London; East Midlands; West Midlands; South East; South West and the North East. As a national sporting charity we already havve in place partnerships with schools, sports clubs and venues in these areas.


    Our SportStart programme is for children and young people with cerebral palsy and other related physical disabilities. The age range is from 4 - 18 years of age.

    Before the Sports-start event we would have never dreamed that our physically disabled son could play sports. Fantastic!”(Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2013 we have supported approximately 1400 children to access a range of adapted sports and have worked with over 250 local schools, sports clubs and community groups to deliver our SportStart programme.

    Cerebral Palsy Sport is a Charity and is the country’s leading National Disability Sport Organisation (NDSO) who support people with cerebral palsy to play, participate and enjoy sports.

    We currently support 4000 children with cerebral palsy per year to participate and enjoy sports

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Katy Johnson

    National Athletics Development Officer - to co-deliver SportStart

    Sam Turner

    National Football Development Officer - to co-deliver SportStart

    Rachel Ward

    National Table Cricket Development Officer - to co-deliver SportStart