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?
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?
We introduce Julie McElroy, CPISRA Head of Recreation, who in a series of 3 short videos outlines her recreational pursuits and her passion to lead an active lifestyle as well as her hope to demonstrate what is possible to the CPISRA community.
Sharing stories of what you’re doing all over the world to stay active and have fun
Registrations for the Inaugural International Outdoor Recreation Camp is now open! The camp will be held on Monday 23rd September 2019 - Friday 27th September 2019 at the Calvert Trust Lakes District, in England. The camp will include 4 nights and 3 full days of activities and include a mix of individual, group and social activities. The emphasis will be on team activities, making new friends, building self-confidence, challenging what you think is possible and breaking boundaries through outdoor adventure. This inaugural camp is for adults (18+) with cerebral palsy and related conditions and you will be challenged to activities such as rock climbing, orienteering, canoeing, an assault course and much more. All activities and accommodation are fully accessible. Please contact email@example.com for more information and to register your interest.
View the camp flyer here
CPISRA last year undertook a valuable research study looking at developing recreational opportunities. Findings showed that if there were more opportunities to introduce individuals to sports and recreation, or gave them different sports and recreation experiences, this would increase participation.
Calvert Trust is based in Keswick, England within the National Park of the Lake District has been chosen as the pilot location to host the first recreational camp for CPISRA.
The Lake District Calvert Trust provides residential outdoor activity courses for people of all ages with physical, sensory, learning, behavioural and/or mental disabilities. Its mission is to challenge disability through outdoor adventure. Pioneering equipment adaptations, and intensive, instructor-led activity programmes (that include climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, horse/trap driving, archery, orienteering and paragliding), provide an environment whose aims are to teach, challenge, motivate, engender confidence in ability, promote independence, and foster integration. All instructors are highly trained and specialist qualified, and the facilities are specially adapted and fully accessible to all. The Lake District Calvert Trust provides a unique and life-changing experience for those with disabilities, who are encouraged to believe that it’s what you CAN do that counts.
Julie and Lauren summed up the intensive introduction weekend at Calvert Trust exceeded both, Julie and Lauren’s expectations for the weekend. For someone like Julie who has CP and had enthralled of the adventure began from childhood was utmost impressed with the facilities. The high calibre of staff and expertise of the Calvert Trust has to offer ensures everyone regardless of the complexity of the disability, Calvert Trust is well placed to cater all groups and sizes. Calvert Trust will give individuals to challenge their disability in the outdoor.
We are seeking interested participants to attend the first CPISRA recreational camp in 2019.
If you would like more information about CPISRA recreational camp in 2019, please contact Julie or Lauren on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CPISRA has released a series of short videos introducing Julie McElroy, recently appointed CPISRA Head of Development. Julie has a PhD in assistive technology, is currently a researcher with International Public Policy Institute at University of Strathclyde, has undertaken many adventure challenges and ambassador/advocate roles for inclusion with various organisations. As with the vast majority of roles with CPISRA, Julie's role is voluntary and we are delighted and very appreciative to her for accepting the challenge of leading the new Recreation initiative.
In the videos Julie outlines her recreational pursuits and her passion to lead an active lifestyle. Also her hope to demonstrate what is possible in her role at CPISRA. We plan for these videos to be the start to inspiring and raising awareness of recreation opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions.
Interested in the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Camp?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!