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Injured Players Foundation launch pilot fundraising scheme

10 September 2011

  • Club members urged to donate to rugby charity
  • Prizes for IPF support

The RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) has launched a fundraising pilot scheme in the North Midlands.

The charity, which supports people who suffer a catastrophic injury whilst playing rugby, provides help and support for players and their families, both in the early months after such injuries and in the long term.

Incorporating the SPIRE Rugby Trust, the IPF takes a proactive approach to protecting players from serious injury by providing education to understand and actively prevent injuries, whilst also carrying out research into how injured players can be helped more effectively.

The IPF is now aiming to expand its work but needs to raise more funds in order to sustain its research, coaching and education programmes.

Clubs in the North Midlands are being encouraged to take part in the voluntary donation pilot scheme which, if successful, will become a nationwide initiative.

Members of North Midlands clubs – playing and non-playing – will be asked to make a small donation to the IPF when they pay their annual membership subscription. Adult playing members will be asked to donate £5 and non-playing members £3.

The suggested donations are entirely voluntary but prizes are being offered to individuals and clubs who do make a contribution.

Tickets for England international matches are being offered as prizes to club members who make a donation to the IPF before the end of November.

Clubs who encourage their members to make a donation to the IPF can win free emergency first aid training courses, a training session run by a member of the England Academy coaching team or attendance at the club by one of the IPF ambassadors.

Peter Grace, one of the two North Midlands RFU Council Members, said: “In recent years the IPF has transformed the approach to serious injuries by addressing prevention, immediate treatment and long term support and caring.

“It has done superb, proactive work and, although the RFU provides a great deal of support, more investment is needed to press back the barriers. I am sure the majority of our club members will willingly donate either £5 or £3 to a charity so close to the Rugby Union family.”

For more information about the IPF, visit

Further information about this can be obtained from Ian Jenkinson at or Pip Kennaugh at


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