Membership fees for the season 2019/20
The membership rate imposed by the club at the AGM is an annual membership to a private members club (Ampthill RUFC). The benefit to members is, like other clubs and societies, that we allow them to pay it over eight months rather than all at once at the beginning of the season, however, the fee is set to take account of the expenditure to run the club for a year. Clearly the costs run throughout the twelve-month period and the club treasurer budgets for the quiet/out of season summer period throughout the year based on, for example, membership fees, sponsorship, bar sales and shop sales.
The cost of running the club still exists. We will still need to pay for contracts such as electricity (to keep the cellar and food stocks maintained, keep the alarms, phones and internet running). We will need to pay for water and other services. Last but not least we will need to pay staff to maintain the site, plan for next year and keep the premises and club ticking over.
We understand that this is a difficult and unprecedented time worldwide and our planning has been reviewed daily, following guidance from the Government and RFU directives. Based on this advice we have now had to suspend access to the club for our member’s own safety and that of the wider community.
Our current position is that based on the above club needs we would ask that any member who approaches the club to request a cancellation of club funds is reminded of payment terms and the need to maintain the club and staff over the twelve-month period. Therefore at this stage we believe that we should not cancel the remaining fees owed by members.
As always, the committee has an overriding ability to look at individual cases. If a member is suffering extreme hardship then of course we will look at the individual case and try to support and assist them regarding fees.
Ampthill and District Community RUFC