Rugby is growing at an unprecedented rate around the world and the financial success of Rugby World Cup enables World Rugby to fund the development and growth of the Game worldwide. However, as the Game grows so does the demand for financial resources.
95% of World Rugby’s revenue, is reinvested directly back into the Game via the Member Unions and World Rugby’s targeted funding programmes.
Commercial and Sponsorship
A new support service was trialled in Oceania in 2013 to provide information and expertise to Unions in the area of commercial, marketing and sponsorship support. This will be expanded in 2014 to the other Regions.
Targeted Union Audit Process and New Online Reporting System Implemented
In 2012 we moved all our development grant applications onto a new online system. This now gives us the ability to track and manage investment, global player and game data, revenue, expenditure and improve our risk analysis of our Member Unions and compare them across standard criteria. The Regional Associations are briefed on the findings of these reviews and consulted on the proposed findings and recommendations. We are now implementing a new banding process to reflect the reality of how our Unions are progressing and to provide a more robust process of categorising our Unions for investment purposes. The revised classifications are:
High Performance High Performance Tier 1 (T1) &
|Performance||Performance 1 (P1) & Performance (P2)|
|Development|| Development 1 (D1), Development 2 (D2) &
Development 3 (D3)
This approach applies recognised terminology, clear definitions and broadens the scope of how we work with and support Unions. Development Grant funding will be allocated for both Core and Programme funding. Minimum and maximum amounts of funding will be available at each of the Banding levels.
World Rugby Development Investment Programmes
The investment programmes available from World Rugby are:
|1. Core Funding||Investment to support effective operation of the Union in the following areas.|
|1.1 Governance||Governance, leadership and strategy|
|1.2 Administration||Salaries and overheads|
|2. Programme Funding||Investment to develop the game in the following key strategic areas|
|2.1 Participation||Implementing programmes to grow the game|
|2.2 Training & Education||Training coaches, match officials and key personnel|
|2.3 Competitions||Running national competitions|
|2.4 Performance||Technical support to improve performance|
|2.5 Women’s Rugby||Initiatives to develop women’s rugby|
|3. Regional Investment||Provision of core and programme funding to the six Regional Associations of World Rugby|
|High Performance Funding|| Available to T1, T2 and P1 Unions to improve competitiveness in the Rugby World Cup
and major events
|Major Markets Fund||Investment for development of the game in major economic markets|
The summary details of the investments in 2013 is:
Development Grant Investment to Member Unions & Regional Associations in 2013 – £7.25million
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