Membership: Important Note

Membership Update January 2021

Update on membership, track closure and club finances

As all members should hopefully be aware, the Club’s Executive Committee has agreed that all members who renewed their membership for 2020 would have their membership extended to the end of 2021. This was due to the lack of competition and reduction in training opportunities due to the restrictions imposed to combat the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. This extension also applies to season tickets that had been purchased by members. Your existing membership cards /season tickets will remain valid for 2021.

The only payment that will need to be made by the above paid up members will be the England Athletics Registration Fee (EA Fee) of £15 which will cover the EA year which runs from the 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022.

This fee can be paid online and an online renewal form can be found here.

It would be very helpful if members could complete this online renewal and make the payment to the club well in advance of 1st April 2021. As requested by EA, the club will be making a bulk payment to EA early in April for all those who have paid. EA Registrations for all those who haven’t paid by then will expire and members will not be eligible to compete for the club as and when competition resumes. 

Please note that the EA fee does not need to be paid by those members who are aged Under 11 as at 31st August 2021. These members are still required to complete an online renewal form to ensure that the information held by the club is up to date.

Members who did not to renew their membership in 2020 but wish to remain as members of the club, need to complete a ‘full’ online membership renewal and pay both membership and EA fees.

Inevitably, the decision to extend memberships for a further year has had a negative impact on the club finances. Income for 2020 was significantly lower as the club was unable to stage our two Open Track and Field competitions nor the Bournemouth 10 road race, all of which make a good contribution towards our finances. The Spring Open for 2021 will also not be able to be held this year.

In addition, as many of you will be aware, the track at Kings Park was in urgent need of refurbishment. Without this work, we would be unable to host competitions as the track would not be granted the appropriate licence. The Club is grateful that even in the current difficult financial climate, the council is currently carrying out this work which should be complete by Mid-May. Our Executive Committee has been liaising closely with the Local Authority to ensure that the work includes improvements to the facility, for instance, a significant improvement to the horizontal jumps area. As this is a once in a generation opportunity to upgrade the facility, the Club has agreed to make a contribution to the overall costs which will have a further impact on the Club’s finances. 

As a result, we have had to make adjustments to our budget for 2021 including a reduction in the amount allocated for new equipment and physiotherapy. Even so, the club is on target to make a loss of around £10,000 in the two years to end of 2021. 

With this in mind, following completion of work to the track and the resumption of training at Kings Park, the club plans to set up a ‘Just Giving’ page and encourage members to consider making a donation in lieu of having to pay for membership. Funds raised will initially be allocated towards expenditure on equipment and services such as physiotherapy. 

We know that some members and supporters of the club will have been hit hard financially by the pandemic. We are, however, aware that many members and supporters of the club are keen to support the club get back on its feet during 2021.

The Club will keep members updated about the resumption of training and competition when more information is known. We will also let you know when the Just Giving page goes live. 

In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back at Kings Park soon. 

Executive Committee