His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex met former rugby players who have suffered life-changing injuries and their families during the charity’s annual forum at Twickenham Stadium.
The RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) provides support and information to rugby players in England who have sustained catastrophic injuries playing the game, and help prevent future injuries through research and education. The charity’s assistance is available to any player and their families, from grassroots up to professional level, to empower them to lead their lives as fully and independently as they are able to.
The Duke met a number of the IPF’s clients as they take part in activities including archery, tennis and boccia, and heard how these former rugby players have been supported by the charity following their life-changing injuries. The Duke also met a number of the charity’s partners, including rehabilitation organisations who work to support the players on their journeys to recovery.
The Client Forum is designed to enable injured players and their families to learn about the IPF’s support programmes, its research and try out some of the activities as part of the IPF Engage programme. It is also an opportunity for IPF clients to let the charity know what their priorities are and what they think of the IPF’s support so they can learn how to further improve their services.