- Sevens development team to play under IPF banner
- IPF side to play in domestic sevens tournaments this summer
The Rugby Football Union for Women’s Sevens Development team will this season support the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF).
The RFUW Sevens Development side will play as the Injured Players Foundation team and wear the IPF logos on their playing shirts in domestic tournaments throughout the summer.
The RFUW Sevens Development squad has been selected from players who have participated in the RFUW Divisional Programme, the RFUW Sevens Open Trials and through the UK Sport talent transfer programme Power to Podium.
These players will play in a variety of domestic tournaments over the summer to help them develop through a competition programme that supports their skills and game understanding. The Sevens pathway is key to identifying and supporting talented players who can progress to the international sevens stage.
“The RFUW Development squad is a new entity this year as we develop the sevens pathway so it’s great to be able to start the programme teaming up with such a worthwhile cause and one that is so close to home,” said Nicola Ponsford, the RFUW’s Head of Performance and acting Managing Director. “We hope that by playing in domestic tournaments under the IPF banner we will be able to develop the players that are involved but also promote the charity.”
Karen Hood, the IPF’s Business Manager, added: “The RFU Injured Players Foundation would like to thank the RFUW for helping us to spread the name of the IPF far and wide. We wish the team luck in all their tournaments this summer and hope that friends, families and other spectators enjoy watching their games as much as the players enjoy participating.
“Although serious injuries amongst rugby players are rare, when they do happen, they can have catastrophic effects on a player's life. The IPF is there to help RFU registered players, and their families, at every stage of their journey, supporting every member who sustains a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, whatever level they play at.”
The work of the IPF is far-reaching, from funding research into the causes and outcomes of serious injuries, to assisting IPF members with costs for travel, accommodation, communication equipment as well as the adaptation of homes to ensure players can leave hospital as soon as they are ready, and make sure they have the right equipment to get them out and about as much as they wish.
To support the work of the IPF and spread the word of the Foundation, visit www.rfuipf.org.uk or call 020 8831 7660.