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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby
Strategic Plan
Charity number: 1130038 Company number: 6108379
Page 1
Who are we?
Page 2
Our Vision
Page 3
Our Values
Page 4
Our Brand
Page 5
How are we governed?
Page 6
Our Mission
Pages 7-9
Strategic Objectives
Page 10
Contact GBWR
Who are we?
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Limited (GBWR) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for
the game of wheelchair rugby in England, Scotland and Wales. GBWR is funded by a mix of
Sport England, UK Sport, National Lottery, commercial sponsorship and fund raising. It is a
registered charity1 and company limited by guarantee2 and was incorporated in February
2007. GBWR is a full member of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and
of the British Paralympic Association (BPA). In both organisations it has full voting rights. The
charity’s governing documents, the Memorandum and Articles, together comprise the
constitution of the charity whose objects are:
‘the relief of disabled people by the promotion of wheelchair rugby
in Great Britain’
Charity Commission Registration Number: 1130038
Company Number 6108379
Our Vision
An inclusive, accessible, enjoyable, fulfilling wheelchair rugby
experience for all
because we are open to everyone who wants to join us – able bodied or
disabled, male or female, young or old, black and ethnic minorities – there is a welcome
and a role for you in our sport
because we want to improve the opportunities to take part in the sport –
this means reaching out to new areas and establishing the sport throughout GB; it means
providing ‘taster opportunities’, chairs and ensuring that barriers to taking part are
minimised and preferably removed
because we want individuals no matter what role they play in the sport to
have great experiences
because we want individuals to experience the wider benefits of our sport health; community; lifestyle; opportunities for representative honours; career development
Rugby experience
for all because the sport is athlete centred but not exclusive to
athletes; we want our volunteers, spectators, officials, club managers, partners and
employees all to have a great rugby experience
Our Values
All involved in GBWR wheelchair rugby whether as a staff member, player, coach, official or
volunteer is expected to uphold the core values of our sport:
the wheelchair rugby family loves the sport, its excitement, its contact and
the feeling of belonging to a community
the wheelchair rugby family strives to be the best at everything it does
the wheelchair rugby family believe in honesty, integrity and fair play
the wheelchair rugby family has respect for one another, opponents, staff,
officials, volunteers and all who come in contact with the sport
the wheelchair rugby family is open to anyone who shares the values of
the sport. It supports and helps others to participate in the game, treating people fairly and
all in wheelchair rugby are part of a team, part of the wheelchair rugby
Our brand
We will deliver our sport under our protected brand below:
How are we governed?
Board of Trustees
GBWR has an independent Board of Trustees (BOT) comprising
eight non-executive directors, one of whom chairs the BOT. Trustees are elected by the
Membership at its Annual General Meeting with one third of the Trustees being required to
stand down at the Annual General Meeting each year. The BOT is accountable for ensuring
that GBWR meets its charitable objects and for the performance of the company. It has a
particular responsibility for ensuring that the awards granted by UK Sport to deliver the
World Class Performance Programme (WCPP), and Sport England for the achievement of the
Whole Sport Plan (WSP), are managed and controlled effectively in meeting the objectives
of the awards. The BOT is responsible for the appointment and performance management
of a Chief Executive to lead the organisation, deliver the strategy and to manage operational
delivery, financial performance and risk. Formal Board meetings are held quarterly, the
minutes of which are posted on the GBWR website.
Governance and Finance Sub Committee
The BOT has established a
Governance and Finance Sub-Committee (GFSC) to challenge and support the Executive in
the areas of governance, finance, audit, accounting, risk and compliance. The GFSC
comprises a minimum of two Trustees and the Chief Executive. As a minimum, the GFSC
meets quarterly.
Board of Management
The Board of Management (BOM) comprises the Chief
Executive and two executive directors – the National Development Director and the
Performance Director. The BOM is accountable for delivering the annual plan to budget.
Formal Board meetings are held monthly and the minutes are made available on the GBWR
Domestic Management Group
The Domestic Management Group (DMG)
comprises the National Development Director, the Regional Development Officers, the
Corporate and Membership Secretary and a representative from each of the Clubs. It has an
important role to play in shaping policy and the domestic programme and for ensuring that
the Executive is made fully aware of the views of the Membership. The DMG meets monthly
and the minutes are made available on the GBWR website.
Performance Management Group
The Performance Management Group
(PMG) comprises the Performance Director, Head Coach, Chief Medical Officer,
Independent Performance Advisor. The UK Sport Relationship Manager and the GBWR Chief
Executive are invited to attend as non voting members. The PMG will schedule its meetings
according to the annual performance plan.
Our Mission
To lead, promote, grow and support wheelchair rugby for the
enjoyment of all in England Scotland and Wales, inspiring and
achieving excellence and in everything we do
Strategic Objectives
Grow the sport by attracting and retaining more people
 The progressive roll out of a national youth programme for those aged 8-19
 The implementation of a rolling ‘rugby taster programme’ which reaches out to a
wide range of disability groups
 The implementation of a rolling ‘rugby taster programme’ at Headley Court
Rehabilitation Centre and support the establishment of the sport as part of the
curriculum in the Military Recovery Centres at Tidworth, Catterick, Colchester and
 The implementation of a rolling ‘rugby taster programme’ in the main national Spinal
Injury Units
 Increase the number of access opportunities and translate these into an increase in
the number of active players , coaches, volunteers
 Increase the number of clubs (used in the broader sense to denote centres of
participation) in GB from 10 to 20 by 2017
Support emerging, new and GBWR recognised clubs and groups to provide high quality
experiences which meet the aspirations of participants
 Support groups and clubs to implement their development plans
 Support provision for women and the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
 Support clubs with governance, education and training
 Support clubs to become financially self-sufficient
 Support access to chairs, equipment and facilities
 Support achievement of Clubmark accreditation for all GBWR registered clubs
 Provide talent identification opportunities
Increase the quality and quantity of domestic and international competition opportunities
 Increase the number, type and frequency of local and regional competition
 Deliver the annual Super Series and National Competitions
 Establish a National Youth Competition by 2015
 Evaluate opportunities for Wheelchair Rugby to participate in the National School
Games programme
 Provide a competition schedule which supports the World Class Performance
Programme performance objectives
 Lead on the delivery of the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup Invitation Tournament
Establish a high performance system which enables consistent achievement of top 3 world
 Develop and embed a sustainable performance pathway with clarity in talent
identification, confirmation and development and elite programmes
 Recruit a world class performance director and head coach and support their
continuing personal development
 Implement the preferred option for Sports Science and Sports Medicine provision,
including Athlete Lifestyle Support
 Evaluate and implement preferred option for a semi centralised or centralised centre
of excellence for wheelchair rugby
 Establish a clear Research and Development Programme of 4-5 key projects aimed at
maximising performance gain
Develop and implement a Workforce Strategy
Develop and implement a coaching system which meets the needs of all levels of the
sport and provides a coaching award system which is accredited by a recognised
coaching body
Develop and implement an officials qualification system which meets the needs of all
levels of the sport and provides an award system which is accredited by an
appropriate body
Establish and implement a national pathway for classifiers
Work in partnership with the GBWR’s wheelchair manufacturer partner to provide
training for wheelchair mechanics
Support club development by providing tailored induction and professional
development programmes for volunteers
Confirm and maintain people development strategies and effective performance
evaluation processes
Provide effective governance and leadership
 Ensure an effective system of governance is in place to deliver the Strategic Plan
 Achieve sound and sustainable financial results
 Review and action changes to Memorandum and Articles of Association by October
 Maintain and implement the NGB Governance Action Plan
 Support and encourage strong, empowered Domestic Management and
Performance Management Groups
 Work with the RFU and partners to continually improve data management
 Develop and implement an international strategy which supports UK and GBWR
broader international objectives
 Support the IWRF to lead the sport and deliver its strategic priorities
Broaden the resource base and reduce the reliance on grant funding
 Identify and confirm new partners and sponsors
 Work with Home nations to achieve equitable financial and value in kind support
 Work with current partners to develop a more sustainable relationship especially:
Matt Hampson Foundation; Saracens; Harlequins; Get Kids Going; Coloplast
 Develop a profitable commercial arm consistent with Charity Commission
Review and refresh the communications and media strategy building on the 2012 success
and positioning wheelchair rugby as the most talked about Paralympic sport in GB
 Review Onshore partnership and either reappoint or negotiate new partner for cycle
 Develop an integrated marketing an communication strategy
 Prioritise the development of on-line and social media as a two way communication
tool with the aim of making a quantum increase in website/social media hits and
source of member satisfaction
 Establish systems for regular Member feedback
Contact GBWR
Central Office
Rugby House
Twickenham Stadium
200 Whitton Road
T: 020 8831 7645
E: [email protected]
F: 020 8892 9816
Twitter: @GBWRNews
Board of Trustees
Kevin Aitchison
Richard Allcroft
Paul Fieldhouse
Andrew Flatt
Simon Le Fevre
James Madden
Tony Manos
Michael Spence
Chair of Board
IWRF Board Member
Finance Lead
Chair Governance & Finance Committee
Performance Management Group
Chief Executive
David Pond
E: [email protected]
Corporate Secretary
Daniel Hook
E: [email protected]
Photography credits: Leon Watkins, Robert Andrlik, Wayne Jordan, Steve Pope and the Peter
Harrison Foundation

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