We are the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF), an official charity of England Rugby.
The IPF exists to give support and information to rugby players who have sustained a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury which has resulted in permanent disability whilst playing rugby in England at any level and any age. Our support is available to help players through recovery, rehabilitation and for the rest of their lives.
We also provide family members, clubs and team mates with the information and support they need following such incidents, particularly in relation to how they can help the player with their recovery or adjustment to a new life.
In addition we fund research into how such injuries can be prevented.
We are seeking two volunteers to be part of our Board of Trustees. We need to have access to advice and insight on the likely needs of individuals with spinal cord and/or traumatic brain injuries as these form the majority of our charity’s beneficiary group.
Trustees with these areas of knowledge will be asked to provide (or signpost to) clinical insight and expert advice regarding complex rehabilitation pathways and suggested treatment or referral options as well as work with other Trustees to agree grant funding for individual support.
Individuals could come from a variety of disciplines including (but not limited to):
- Neuro physiotherapist
- SCI/TBI Case manager
- Mental health practitioner (e.g. clinical or behavioural psychologist)
- Patient or family support group leader
- Senior rehabilitation medicine practitioner
- Sports medicine clinician
Desired personal skill sets include:
- Experience of management of patients with complex neurological injury
- Spinal cord and/or acquired brain injury case management
- Physical and Vocational rehabilitation expertise
- Healthcare clinical governance and quality assurance
- Working knowledge of Third Sector disability services provision
We are keen to hear from people who may not have held a trustee post previously, or who reflect the average age of our beneficiaries who are typically injured between the ages of 20-40.
Commitment and Support:
These Trustees will be asked to join one of the two grant committees which consider grant applications for funding. This is carried out via email (with 10-20 or 40–50 such applications completed each year depending on the committee).
The Board meet for their regular meetings four times a year for approximately 2 hours. These meetings can be held remotely or face-to-face.
There is an additional away-day once per year to discuss strategic matters; these have been replaced in recent times with shorter, virtual meetings.
Trustees will also be asked on a fairly regular basis if they are willing to represent the charity at fundraising events, international rugby matches, client workshops or other functions. Consideration will always be given to Trustee’s existing commitments and the location of these events, but it is hoped that members of the IPF Board will be keen to engage in the wider work of the organisation and see first-hand some of the projects being undertaken.
Trustees can serve on the Board for a maximum of 9 years. It is hoped that any new Trustee will commit to a term of at least 2-3 years to enable them to fully learn and contribute to the work of the charity.
Whilst Trustees ultimately have a lot of responsibility, they are also supported. You will receive an induction pack, have briefings from the staff and be paired with an existing Board member as a “buddy” to help introduce you to the role and support you through your first few months.
The IPF is committed to operating in an inclusive and equitable manner, representing our diverse group of beneficiaries and the whole of the rugby family in a fair and respectful way. The IPF Trustees, Staff and other Volunteers are expected to understand and adopt the charity’s values and guiding principles to ensure that we can truly support the needs of the game and its participants.
Please apply online by the 4th April 2021 stating why you want to volunteer and what you think you could bring to the role. Online interviews are expected to take place during April. You will be selected for your knowledge and experience as well as your desire to help injured rugby players and your enthusiasm for the role.
This is a valued role, without which the IPF wouldn’t be able to support injured players to live the lives they wish to lead. It is a fantastic opportunity to improve the lives of injured players and develop your personal skills and confidence in a positive and welcoming environment