For years now (generations), rugby clubs and their social clubs have been synonymously linked, but perhaps now would be a good time to question if there are valid, commercial and sustainable logic behind the reasons for the practice.
The argument goes that rugby guys like a beer after the game, so why not have the rugby club run its’ own bar so the money is kept in the rugby club rather to some local hostelry who will keep the profit for itself.
Continue reading Is Selling Beer A Sustainable Way to Fund Rugby Clubs
In todays Irish Independent, author & columnist Billy Keane has a piece (Shame on World Rugby for putting money first) questioning World Rugbys ranking of the recent World Cup bids from South Africa, France and Ireland.
Continue reading Sports Already Taken a Back Seat to the Business
Founded in 2001, Moodle is a leading light in the opensource movement. By relying on partners (there’s currently 84 of them) to pay royalties for using the software, end-users get the software for free (but paying for support and services) whilst funds are generated for the central project.
But now, Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd, has succumbed to an outside investor, with France based Education for the Many, injecting $6m dollars into the company.
Continue reading What Will Leclercq Want from their $6m Investment in Moodle
3rd round draw for Scottish Schools Cup has been made.
Fixtures for Under 16s and Under 18s will be played on or around 27th September, though there are still a few Round 2 fixtures still to be completed.
In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Part 1 Caledonia – Midlands
In a bid to assess the health of Club rugby in Scotland, I’ve started to review where Club youth sections are at. This is building on the work last season to monitor match fulfillment rates in youth & schools and senior 1st xvs.
Continue reading Health of Youth Rugby in Scotland
Motion 1 at the SRU AGM failed to meet the 2/3rds majority required for it to be implemented, but it’s a bit disingenious to say the only reason it fell was due to the word “determination” in respect of the Boards powers to change the leagues and, international tickets.
Continue reading Simplifying and Streamlining the Bye-laws
Whilst we’ve been holding our breath this week waiting for the official announcement that two South African teams are joining the Pro 12/13/14 competition, we’ve had plenty to keep us occupied with stories coming out of Murrayfield (whether from official or unofficial sources).
Continue reading A Funding Conundrum for Scottish Semi-pro Rugby
It’s make or break time for pro rugby across the world, with the first battlelines being drawn around the Pro 12 playing field. Continue reading Make or Break Time for Pro Rugby
LTG have today issued a trading update up to the end of June, where they say first half revenue is up 62.5%. Their plan to build an international business with revenues in excess of £50 million appears to be on track. Continue reading Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018