CP Sport and LimbPower launch virtual activity challenge series
Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) and LimbPower have teamed up to launch a new series of virtual activity challenges to encourage community members to keep moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on disabled people, with 22% shielding and 18% self-isolating. Many people are worried about the impact of social easing, with some choosing to continue to shield and self-isolate.
CP Sport approached LimbPower about developing a series of challenges to support the community to keep engaging in activity at home and so the Virtual Challenge Series was born. According to research conducted by LimbPower the second most important activity the charity did to keep community members engaged in activity during Lockdown was the 2.6 challenge back in April, followed by a successful At Home Superhero event from June to July.
The Virtual Challenge Series are three consecutive participation events with a different theme for each event.
- Challenge one: Distance. From 15 August-15 September 2020
- Challenge two: Time. From 15 October-15 November 2020
- Challenge three: Numbers. From 15 December-15 January 2021
Participants choose their own targets and goals to suit their ability, mobility, circumstances and lifestyle. They then have a month to achieve their target. For the first challenge participants receive a bronze medal on completion. For two challenges they receive a silver medal and for taking part in all three challenges they receive a gold medal and a challenge t-shirt.
Adi Fawcett, Chief Operating Officer at CP Sport said:
"We are very excited to be working with LimbPower on the Virtual Challenge Series and providing opportunities for the cerebral palsy community to stay active throughout the summer and into next year. It is important to us to keep the community connected and, through the workshops for each challenge we hope to provide opportunities for socialising, as well as professional support from our coaches. We look forward to seeing everyone in action throughout the summer whether they are new to sport or an aspiring Paralympian, getting out there and getting active."
We have kept the entry fee low to enable more community members to take part and enjoy the challenge, online community and online workshops, exclusive to challenge participants.
The registration fee for one challenge is £12.50 and £25 for all three challenges. Participants can book online via Eventbrite for LimbPower and Go Membership for CP Sport.
Physical activity is vital for people with a physical impairment as it improves mobility, supports mental health and reduces the risks of developing other long term conditions. Being part of a community also has a positive impact on mental health and this is especially important for individuals who are self-isolating and shielding.
To find out more about the Virtual Challenge Series and to get involved please email Carly Bauert at LimbPower or call 07789 075709. Or, email Jen Basford at CP Sport or call 07955 119 018. Alternatively, email Richard Kerr at CP Sport or call 07762 739926.