First Programme of IPC Academy Concluded in Manchester

After the launch of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Academy on 21 May, the first IPC Academy programme took place at the University of Manchester, Great Britain, from 26-28 May. 29 May 2009 By IPC

With a combination of presentations and interactive modules, the programme provided representatives of 14 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) a learning option in Paralympic Sport management and the chance to network with their fellow participants.

The presentations covered the following topics:

Leading through Change

Tipping Point Leadership



Small Business Finance

Governance and Effective Business Risk Management

Human Resource Management

Presenters included Chris Solly, Director of the World Academy of Sport Executive Centre, Gordon Mandry, lecturer at the Manchester Business School, Steve Griffiths, Head of Technical Services of the International Rugby Board (IRB), Steve Loader, Managing Director Sponsorship DNA, Mike Strivens, Senior Fellow of the Accounting and Finance Division of Manchester Business School, and Stephen Inglis from Halliwells Ltd.

The IPC Academy is the trusted education partner of the IPC working together to improve educational standards within sport throughout the Paralympic Movement and ensuring that executives, administrators and officials have an educational centre that is sensitive to their needs and in touch with trends and developments, providing world class programmes. It will further be the continued aim of the IPC to provide the best support possible for all of its constituents with the ultimate aim of helping all Paralympic athletes to perform at their personal best and inspire and excite the world.

For more information about the IPC Academy, please visit the official website at