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SPORT Gloucester Rugby in profit again

Aviva Premiership side Gloucester Rugby has cont inued its st rong performances off the field by reporting pre-tax profits of £512,000 – up nearly 68 per cent on the previous year. It is the fourth year run-

ning that the club has reported profits, a rare occurrence among elite English rugby clubs. Sale Sharks, Saracens, Bath Rugby, London Wasps and Worcester Rugby are among teams to have posted heavy losses during the last year. Gloucester’s set of accounts reveal a turnover

of £12m, up 3.7 per cent on the previous finan- cial year. According to CEO Steve Vaughan, the club has managed to deliver a profit at a time it is making record investments in coaching, playing and support staff, as well as develop- ing the rugby environment at its Hartpury Training Centre. It has also invested in rede- veloping its home stadium Kingsholm, which will host four games at Rugby World Cup 2015.

Gloucester CEO Steve Vaughan previously worked on the 2012 Games “It has, of course, been a challenging 12

months,” Vaughan said. “Tese results have been achieved despite what was a tough sea- son on the field of play. “For the club to increase turnover and profit

reflects the hard work of everyone at the club, and is also thanks to the continued magnifi- cent support of our sponsors and supporters who have been first class in every respect.” Details:

Racial discrimination still “rife” in football

English football still suffers from “institutional discrimi- nation”, according to a report commissioned by equality pressure group, the Sports Person’s Tink Tank (SPTT). Te report – Ethnic minor-

ities and coaching in elite level football in England: A call to action – shows that there are only 19 black and ethnic minority (BME) coaches in the 552 top coaching positions at professional English clubs. Only two of the 92 profes-

Chris Powell is one of only two black managers in England’s Football League

sional football clubs in England currently have managers from a BME background – Chris Powell at Huddersfield Town and Keith Curle at Carlisle United. Tis means BME coaches occupy just 3.4 per cent of top coaching roles in English football – despite more than 25 per cent of players coming from BME backgrounds. Te research pinpoints four inter-related

themes for the under-representation – one which was a “conscious and unconscious racial bias and stereotypes in the coaching workplace”. Other issues highlighted by the report

include limited access to high level coach education courses; over-reliance on ‘networks


based’ methods of coach recruitment; and con- sequent lack of BME coach role models. Te subject of under-representation has also

raised the issue of bringing in ‘a Rooney Rule’, created in the United States by the National Football League (NFL), that requires teams to interview at least one BME candidate for a head coach position once there is a vacancy. Te report’s publication on 10 November

coincided with the launch of SPTT, which aims to address the lack of coaches from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups working for professional football clubs in England. Details:

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