Landmark Strategic Plan for International Wheelchair Rugby Federation
Following from their independence from IWAS in January 2010, it is exciting to hear that the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) have underscored their commitment to collaboration.
Following from their independence from IWAS in January 2010, it is exciting to hear that the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) have underscored their commitment to collaboration with the delivery of a new road map for the development and growth of Wheelchair Rugby worldwide.
As reported by the IWRF the strong working relationship had been forged with the IRB and during a landmark meeting in Richmond, Canada the next phase of collaboration and four year strategic plan agreed.
The process was facilitated by the IRB which has also committed to supporting the development and implementation of a new IWRF website that will reach out to the global Wheelchair Rugby community and feature news, event information and training and education programmes.
The IRB has also committed to assisting with the development of new education and training programs with IRB Regional Training Coordinator Mike Luke advising the IWRF as it creates a new suite of materials for a sport which continues to grow in popularity and support worldwide.
"After four days of meetings with the IWRF Board in Richmond, I am delighted with the tremendous amount of work that was done on behalf of our membership," said John Bishop, President of the IWRF.
"A solid draft of the IWRF’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan was completed, which will be distributed in the coming weeks for review and feedback. I also want to express my appreciation to the International Rugby Board (IRB) for their efforts in making our strategic planning sessions so successful."
The IWRF achieved sport independence in 2010 and has been working since then to become a world leader in wheelchair sports. Wheelchair rugby is actively played in 27 countries and is developing in 10 others. The IWRF hopes that its closer relationship with the IRB will allow it to bring this unique sport to even more athletes with a disability.
With a new strategic plan in place, the IWRF will now proceed with member consultation and implementing an action plan to achieve its strategic goals.