We support rugby players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, and help prevent future injuries through research and education.

 

Mike England

Director

Karen Hood

Business Manager

Caroline Searight

Client Services Manager

Dean Holder

Injured Player Welfare Officer

Phil Catt

Events and Fundraising Manager

Emily Dawe-Lane

Fundraising Coordinator

Erica Preuth

Team Administrator

Trustees

 

Paul Murphy - Chair of Trustees

Paul joined the IPF Board in November 2007 and is now our Chairman. He has been heavily involved within the RFU for many years including being the RFU President during the 2012/13 season and previously, chaired the RFU Board, Governance, Finance and Player Safety Committees during his time on the RFU Council. 

Nigel Tarrant

Nigel joined the IPF Board in November 2007 and was previously a trustee of SPIRE. Nigel is Partner and Head of Conveyance Teams for Simpson Millar LLP and is a big London Irish supporter. 

Nigel Henderson

Nigel joined the IPF Board in January 2008 and is a qualified consultant in spinal and orthopaedic surgery. He also holds numerous qualifications including MA, BM, Bch and FRCS. Nigel was previously a spinal surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Fred Middleton

Fred joined the IPF Board in July 2008 and is a neurological specialist who has recently retired. He is the Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Foundation, a Trustee of ASPIRE and patron of Regain. Fred enjoys golf in his free time. 

Rob Udwin

Rob joined the IPF Board in January 2008 and is currently serving as RFU Council member for Middlesex. He previously held a position on the Board of the Rugby Football Foundation. He is also life vice-president of Chiswick RFC and is Director of Metafour International.

Stephen Pearson

Stephen joined the IPF Board in August 2013 and is RFU Council member for Oxford University and current chair of the RFU Player Safety and Welfare Board. He is also a member of London Scottish and an honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford. Stephen is head of investments at Jupiter Asset management.

Judy Metcalfe

Judy joined the IPF Board in August 2013. Graduating from Cambridge University, Judy has been a full time and supply teacher and has worked in PR and Media and managed Corporate Events for Acorns Children's Hospice Trust.

Stephen Duckworth

Stephen joined the IPF Board in July 2015 and is an IPF client with extensive charity experience. This includes acting as a trustee for Inspire - supporting spinal cord injured people and being a friend of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. Stephen is also Special Adviser to the Shaw Trust.

Emer McGilloway

Emer joined the IPF Board in January 2016 and is currently the clinical lead for rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital, specialising in traumatic brain injury and vocational rehabilitation. Emer is also an alumna of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio and was a professional opera singer for several years.

 

 

1993

The first charity for injured rugby players began as SPIRE (Support Paraplegics in Rugby Enterprise). SPIRE was created by Ian Beer who at the time was President of the RFU. The aim was to support catastrophically injured players in any way possible. Ian and the board of Trustees set about contacting every player who had suffered a rugby injury which had resulted in some form of paralysis to offer them support.

 

2008

Brought a review of how the RFU and SPIRE could work together to better support catastrophically injured players, and this year saw the formation of a new charity called the RFU Injured Players Foundation. A board of Trustees was put in place made-up of former SPIRE Trustees and new individuals appointed by the RFU who had expertise in many sectors including spinal rehabilitation. This new approach enabled the charity to respond much more quickly to reports of serious injuries and provide assistance from the moment the RFU was notified of an injury. The RFU committed to supporting the charity with the use of its offices, and a substantial donation each year.

 

Today

We still continue to support our catastrophically injured players as well as investing in valuable research to expand our knowledge on how injuries occur, how they can be prevented and how we can help rehabilitate injured players. Today, we offer immediate and lifelong support to players who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury at all levels of the game, and donate approximately £1,000,000 per year to improving their independence. The IPF still receives the RFU’s support but now reaches out to the whole rugby family to increase the funds and help available to the rugby community. 

 

 

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We provide support and information to rugby players in England who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury playing the game, and help prevent future injuries through research and education.

Our assistance is available to any player, from grassroots up to professional level, to empower them to lead their lives as fully and independently as they are able to. We are there for the player, family, friends and club immediately after injury and for the rest of their lives.

We are continually funding research to make breakthroughs to understand how we can improve the care of the injured player and make the game of rugby safer with the vision to allow everyone to play the game without catastrophic injuries occurring.

We also offer help to individuals who sustain injuries while playing rugby that are not classed as a catastrophic spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury, by providing information and where possible by relieving financial hardship.

We want everyone who loves the game to get involved. 100% of your financial support goes directly to supporting injured players and towards funding injury prevention research as the RFU covers all of our overheads and administration costs.

 

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