Industry Shorts: RFU, Women's Tour, ATP Finals

13 Feb 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The RFU has confirmed it will cut funding for clubs in the Championship, English rugby’s second tier competition.

Clubs will receive approximately £288,000 each under the new regulations, which the RFU says represents a return to the levels of funding prior to the 2016-2020 cycle - in which clubs have received an aggregate of £534,000.

The decision, according to the RFU, has been taken partly as a response to targets which were set by the national governing body, but which were not met by clubs. READ MORE.

The Women’s Tour has announced that Bicester, in Oxfordshire, will host the Grand Depart of the 2020 edition.

Created by SweetSpot Group, who also host the Tour of Britain, the event is the UK’s first international stage race for women, and has seen some of the women’s sport’s biggest names - such as Marianne Vos and Lizzie Deignan - win the top prize.

The Women’s Tour has also announced that British squad CAMS-Tifosi - which is beginning its inaugural season at UCI Continental Team level - has been unveiled as first confirmed participant. 

The Nitto ATP Finals, which will take place in London’s O2 Arena for the final time in 2020 before moving to Turin in 2021, has been awarded Carbon Neutral Gold Status.

The award comes as a result of a collaboration between the Nitto ATP Finals and One Carbon World, a global partner of the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative. The partnership has seen the offsetting of all international and domestic travel for players, tournament staff and ATP members, as well as the travel of all tennis fans within the UK to the tournament. 

Samsung has unveiled a special edition Galaxy S20+5G smartphone which will only be available to athletes competing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The special handset will have a Mirror Gold finish and will also include the Olympic rings on the back. It is the latest in a line of smartphones made specially for athletes by the Korean technology giant, which is an official partner of the Olympic Games and a member of the IOC’s The Olympic Partnership (TOP) programme. It made a special edition phone at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 and also gave products to participants at the Sochi 2014 and London 2012 Games.

British Canoeing has announced that Energy Generator Hire has been appointed as an event partner for three of its major events in 2020 and 2021.

The Buckinghamshire-based company will provide high quality event equipment for the ECA 2020 European Canoe Slalom Championships at Lee Valley White Water Centre as well as the 2020 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup and the 2021 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championship, both of which will be held in Nottingham at the National Water Sports Centre.

StreamAMG has announced the release of a new automated transcription tool, StreamTranscribe. 

The tool allows users to generate video captions in multiple languages from a single source video, generating ready-to-use closed captions in over 30 languages.

The Daily Mile, an initiative set up to encourage children to get active, is celebrating its eighth birthday.

In that time, the scheme - which is now supported by INEOS and ambassador Eliud Kipchoge - has helped get more than 2 million children to run for 15 minutes per day, and has signed up almost 11,000 schools from across the world.