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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

IPC and UK Sport Partner for Paralympic Development

On the occasion of the Next Step Conference in Windhoek, Namibia, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven and UK Sport Chief Executive Officer John Steele signed a partnership agreement to continue to support the development of the Paralympic Movement through the Organizational Development Initiative (ODI), a long-term strategic investment in those organizations and their key people responsible for the delivery of sustainable and effective Paralympic sport from the grassroots to the elite level worldwide. 02 Oct 2007 By IPC

The agreement will initially focus over a four-year period (2007-2010) to support targeted National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) via the newly launched IPC ‘Organisational Development Initiative’ (ODI). UK Sport brings expertise, financial resources and a global network to the ODI.

Said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President: "This agreement is a major step towards a more strategic approach to developing the Paralympic Movement, at the local, national, regional and International levels through the enhancement of the capability and capacity of IPC member organizations as well as the dissemination of best practice worldwide."

Main partnership objectives will be to strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of selected NPCs, to create a model of best practice including resource materials and to align this partnership with other sustainable grassroots and government level initiatives and partners at the local, regional and international levels to ensure maximized impact and sustainability.

For more information about ODI, please see the Development section on IPC website.