Foundation launches Sport Value Bank

Friday, 24th January 2020 @ 16:40

Tool allows sports organisations to record data to help calculate social value

The Harlequins Foundation helped launch the Sport Value Bank this week.

Sport VB is an online social value bank, designed to allow sporting organisations to assess and record the social impact of their work.

The tool will allow organisations across the sport sector to record a range of different data for specific projects such as inputs (e.g. staff costs) outputs (e.g. number of participants) and outcomes (e.g. number of participants recording an improvement in their self esteem).

Based on this information the tool will then calculate the social value of the project using the pre-estimated social values and provide a range of additional data to understand the source of that social value.

The new tool was launched in an event at the home of Harlequins, The Stoop, with major figures and organisations from across the sport sector in attendance, including UK Sport, Sport England, Premiership Rugby and the RFU.

Attendees had the chance to learn how the tool was developed, how it can help emphasize the impact of the work they do , and how the tool has already worked in action thanks to a case study from the pilot conducted by Everton in the Community.

Marc Leckie, Head of The Harlequins Foundation, said: “I am delighted that The Harlequins Foundation is leading the way in transforming how the sport sector assesses social impact.

“Together with our partners Simetrica, we are looking forward to helping emphasize the role sporting organisations can play in transforming society.”

Daniel Fujiwara, Director of Simetrica, said: “We are proud to be bring this new tool to the sports sector. Built using best practice methods endorsed by the UK government, the tool provides easy access to the most rigorous social value measurement for organisations in the sector.

“It will help clubs to better communicate the value that they create and, ultimately, attract additional funding and magnify their impact on communities.”

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