More recent news in the Rugby Premiership is that Worcester are going through a financial crisis. Is this the start of a trend destined to hit more rugby clubs in Union and indeed League.
Due to the tough struggle of everyone in the last two years from the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise in the “cost of living” they have stated they had a large sum of tax liability to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
It is believed that Worcester’s tax bill now stands at around £6 Million.
However, Colin Goldring, Co-Chairman of the Club, has stated to an email to his employers “Any articles that we are in administration, or going into administration tonight, tomorrow, next week etc are all untrue”.
There is a takeover offer to rescue the Club’s future with American partners, but they ‘must be placed into immediate administration’ and this would leave the Club to be set back a 35-point penalty.
Wasps are also struggling with debt. They were expected to start the Season in arrears as they failed to pay a £35 Million retail bond. Due to this crisis we have been informed 11 players are leaving the Club and £1 Million worth of talent has been lost.
Also, it’s been said that Wasps could risk being sued by Coventry City Football Club after they were forced to postpone two matches due to pitch being unplayable.
A few days after a new sponsorship agreement at Barnsley Football Club was realized, HEX.com, a crypto currency company, was allegedly found to have posted homophobic social media comments. Not something applauded or tolerated in this day and age.
We are advised that “Brent Morrisey, the owner of HEX.com made a statement saying he did not condone the actions of the 2 members of the company and said the members where not associated with the sponsorship deal however he also stated “charitable donations in the thousands of pounds have already been made to the Barnsley food bank by members of the HEX community in the past few days and continue to be made in solidarity between the communities”. So that’s the corporate take but the Club weighed up the implications and decided to cut ties.
Within 7 days after the post the Club decided to cancel the sponsorship with immediate effect. In a statement they said they “valued their fans and core beliefs above everything else”. Well done Barnsley.
The Barnsley LGBTQ+ group were happy with the decision and the Club’s stance.
It reads like a story not real life, but this Weekend’s Events show the stuff that dreams are made off. 16 year old, Kaya Stores from Cheadle Hulme High School and playing his rugby for Manchester and Cheshire was instrumental in the historic performance of the Turkish Team in the Rugby Europe Tournament in Latvia. Despite being the youngest in this u18s Team, he progressed through two 10 day camps and physical assessments to be selected in the final 12 to travel. He then featured in every match.
The fact the first three teams all came from the same Group Stage shows how tough it was to progress. In Group stages, Turkey overwhelmed Austria, were narrowly defeated by Luxembourg and lost to Switzerland. But they did enough to secure a Quarter Final place on Day 2.
They started as they meant to go on by defeating Hungary with its 6 foot 4 Captain. They then reversed the score from the previous Day and easily had victory over an ambitious Luxembourg side. They then improved also against Switzerland, but they were just two strong again.
The result means that as a Finalist, Turkey now qualifies to join the Championship next year for the first time in its history. It will now face the might of such as: France, Ireland, Romania and Spain.
Two of the Turkish Team will still be eligible, Kaya and Serkan Ates. Of the performances by Kaya, the Turkish Rugby Federation said that “Turkey was proud of him” as did the new Turkish Consulate in Manchester. He qualifies for the Country through his Turkish Mother, Bilge, yet his Father Stockport-businessman, Adrian Stores accompanied the Team throughout helping with translations, analysis, filming and coaching.
His Teammates at Manchester Rugby Club were ever so supportive sending regular messages. What an experience. Kaya now dreams of playing more for Turkiye and may be a contender for Captain one day.
Adrian Stores is Managing Director at leading sports consultancy, ACROBAT Consulting & Marketing LTD:|www.acrobatonline.com|and Director, FC Sports Marketing LTD:|www.fcsportsmarketing.com|.
The football industry has appreciated his advice and consultancy work. He has offered guidance to 15 percent of clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues in the United Kingdom – and increasingly his expertise is sought overseas. He remains the only Ambassador in the United Kingdom appointed by Football Partnerships worldwide forum.