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. 

 

 

Latest News

  • England v Wales - Get behind the IPF at Twickenham

    The IPF will be match day charity for the England v Wales game on Saturday 4th February and we need your help to raise awareness of the charity with the rugby community and to support catastrophically injured players.

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  • Runners Needed to support IPF

    We urgently need runners to fill empty places in half marathons & 10k’s to raise money in support of injured players this spring. Places are available now in the Brighton Half Marathon, The London Landmarks Half, the Big Half, & the Vitality London 10,000.

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  • Video - KJ's Story

    We recently completed a set of short films with the help of a number of injured rugby players supported by the charity, giving an insight in to the impact of a catastrophic injury and how the IPF can help when this happens.

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Real Stories

  • KJ's Story

    "There wasn’t a single day that the IPF and the club weren’t there for me. It has made me appreciate rugby even more.”

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  • Jamie's Story

    “Life is not the same as it was but a million times better than it could have been."

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  • Jack's Story

    "The most important thing has been the personal approach, the IPF became our extended family.”

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