Industry Shorts: Quins Foundation, SRU

07 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The Harlequins Foundation has launched Sport Value Bank (SportVB), a new online software tool to calculate the social impact of sport.

Developed in conjunction with social value research consultancy Simetrica, Everton FC, and Everton in the Community, the tool enables sport organisations to accurately assess, record, and value the impact of their community activities. 

Organisations record a range of data such as inputs (e.g staff costs), outputs (e.g number of participants) and outcomes (e.g recorded improvements thanks to the community initiative), while the system can calculate the overall net social value to society based on methods for valuing social impact as set up by the UK Treasury.


World Rugby has fined the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) £70,000 for comments made by CEO Mark Dodson ahead of the nation’s pool stage defeat against Japan at the Rugby World Cup 2019.

The governing body’s Independent Disputes Committee found that Dodson’s comments amounted to misconduct and brought the game into disrepute. As well as imposing the fine, the committee has also demanded that the SRU issue a ‘meaningful apology to World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited.’


The IAAF has announced that the 2020 Diamond League will not feature the 200m, 3,000m steeplechase, discus or triple jump events at all of its meetings.

As World Athletics attempts to ensure its core meetings are cut down to facilitate a 90-minute broadcast, some events were cut from the ‘core’ list.


Quiksilver and the World Surf League have announced the return of the Quiksilver Pro G-Land race, 

The event, which was first brought to the tour in 1995, takes participants to remote locations in Grajagan Bay, Indonesia. The inaugural event was won by Kelly Slater but was discontinued after the Asian financial crisis of 1997.