Sport for Quality of Life

Introducing CPISRA Recreation

CPISRA is passionate about promoting sport for recreation, well being and enjoyment, as well as sport development and competition. CPISRA’s primary objective for Recreation is to increase the number of people with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions undertaking regular physical recreational activity. We need to achieve this by inspiring people to try a recreational activity, by raising the awareness of the fun, fitness, psychological, well-being and social benefits of participation and to show the range of possible activities.

What Is Recreation?

Recreational sport can take many forms and at its simplest is defined as taking part in an activity that you enjoy in your spare time. Engagement in recreational sport can be participating in a sport itself, volunteering with sport or spectating sport in your community. Participation in recreational sport increases physical fitness, improves psychological wellbeing, provides social benefits for individuals and communities, and is FUN.

For CPISRA, the “R” in CPISRA is for Recreational activities that provide both physical fitness and well-being benefits and meet one the following categories:

  • sport with no competitive performance pathway. e.g. Table Cricket, Frame Football, etc.
  • non competitive physical activity with a connection to a sport. e.g all ability cycling, recreational sailing, etc.
  • leisure time outdoor or related outdoor activity that is physically challenging. e.g. hiking, recreational skiing, etc.

Why Is Recreation Important?

Participation in sport can increase general ‘life satisfaction’, by providing opportunity for enjoyment and happiness and reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress, as well as increasing social interaction, confidence and self-esteem. Participation in recreational sport develops and maintains physical and mental wellbeing, and promotes good health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Recreation News

Recreation Inspiration

Sharing stories of what you’re doing all over the world to stay active and have fun.

Recreation Videos

CPISRA Head of Recreation, Julie McElory, tells us what recreation means for her.

We Want To Hear From You

share your recreation stories!

Do you take part in regular recreational sport? Have you achieved something extraordinary, breaking the barriers of your disability? We’d love to share your story. Please email info@cpisra.org to get involved!