The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the creation of the IPC Academy, an initiative in partnership with the World Academy of Sport, Manchester, England. This partnership is based at the Manchester Business School.
The new initiative is designed to improve educational standards for executives, administrators, and officials within the Paralympic movement and, according to the IPC, to provide an educational center that is “sensitive to their needs and in touch with trends and developments, providing world-class programs. It will further 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.”
IPC President Sir Philip Craven said, “The newly created IPC Academy will develop a specific suite of educational programs and delivery mechanisms that will address the development needs of the Paralympic movement in the area of education and certification as well as professional capacities of our human resources around the world.”
Chris Solly, director of the World Academy of Sport, said, “I am delighted that the World Academy of Sport is able to join with the IPC in this important initiative. We all saw the results of the work done by the IPC and the Paralympic movement at the Paralympic Games, but to do this requires years of work, not just for organizing committees but importantly for national Paralympic committees and their international supporters. This initiative ensures the IPC is able to assist its constituents in their work all over the globe.”
The IPC Academy will deliver its first program for administrators from May 26-28 in Manchester, with representatives from 19 different National Paralympic Committees.
For more information, visit www.ipc-academy.org