This research will analyse the financial costs faced in Wellington’s amateur rugby clubs and derive models to explain cost variances in different clubs.
The research will inform the work they undertake to build grassroots sports clubs’ capacity and encourage sport participation. Costs will be assessed in terms of discretionary/non-discretionary and fixed/variable costs through a mix of financial analysis and team interviews with key club officers. ‘Costing models’ will be derived that include drivers of variable costs. The research will also consider revenue trends.
The intention is that this analysis will be applicable to other regions and regions. The study builds on research already published by Dr Carolyn Cordery and Professor Rachel Baskerville looking at the funding and financial vulnerability of sports clubs in New Zealand.