Inspiring Participation

Inspire, Awareness & Possibilities – Videos.

CPISRA plans to utilise short videos to bring to life recreation participation possibilities. To start 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. Also her hope to demonstrate what is possible.

Introducing CPISRA Recreation

CPISRA is increasing its promotion of the value of recreation for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions. With emphasis being given to recreation related to sports encouraged by CPISRA.

What is Recreation

Recreation can have a very wide meaning, the Oxford dictionary defines as “activity done for enjoyment when one is not working”. Recreation is an activity that people engage in during their free time, that people enjoy. Examples of recreational activities are endless and include sport, music, games, travel, reading, arts and crafts, and dance.

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.

CPISRA Objective

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. To achieve this through 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.


To inspire children and adults with Cerebral Palsy to try different recreational activities and find one they enjoy. For them to see on our website insightful case studies and examples from people with Cerebral Palsy undertaking recreation they both love and benefit from. To be able to associate with the examples and be encouraged to try for themselves


To raise awareness:

  • of the health, social and wellbeing benefits in participating in recreational activity that improves physical fitness.
  • on type of recreation that people with Cerebral Palsy are participating in and enabling factors for such participation.
  • on where you can find more information and contact details for the recreation activity profiled on our website.
  • of what is possible.


To demonstrate through the personal case studies what is possible and encourage thinking to what could be possible.

Develop Adaptive Recreation

To help enable and increase participation in Recreation by promoting, encouraging and developing adaptive recreation. Similar to CPISRA approach to Sport with the development of Boccia, CP Football and RaceRunning. 

Recreation News

Insight to the Possibilities

participation opportunity for people with cerebral palsy


Profiles of Recreational activity will be added to this section as the Recreation initiative evolves. If you are interested in providing us with information for this section, we would welcome you contacting us at info@cpisra.org.