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Thread: What are other clubs doing about new members at this time of year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ieuan_johns View Post
    You're missing my point.

    That model you would basically charge each member 120 a year or 10 a month, so someone joining in August would pay 20. The CLUB would absorb the cost of joining AGB.

    If someone joins in October they pay 120, of which 44 goes to AGB, 25 or so to county/region, meaning 51 for the club.
    If someone joins in January they pay 90, of which 44 goes to AGB, 25 or so to county/region, meaning 21 for the club.
    If someone joins in May they pay 50, of which 22 goes to AGB, 12.50 or so to county/region, meaning 15.50 for the club.
    If someone joins in August they pay 20, of which 22 goes to AGB, 12.50 or so to county/region, meaning -14.50 for the club.

    The club essentially makes a loss on people joining late in the year, though gain the session fees that will likely make up the difference over a few months and also allows people to join straight away so doesn't risk losing them through not coming back in 2 months time. In reality this would be a small percentage of total members anyway and the benefits of getting them started now and hopefully retaining them over risking losing them makes it worth while to those clubs.

    As for the whole "after April is free" thing, that is no better, you still had people finishing courses in February then waiting until April.
    But surely, the person who pays 20 in August, dont you then have to ask them for another 120 in September?
    As for the after april thing, people still paid a whole year's agb in May but it lasted for 18 months. Someone paying in March paid a whole year agb that lasted until September, so that was still a good deal.

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    By luck to incredibly skilful planning (luck) our last beginners course of the summer is set to complete on the last Saturday of September, as it did last year so we simply have our newest beginners paying a full year AGB subs.

    I am gently pushing for a monthly payment option because total fees - AGB, club, rugby club affiliation, county fees - are now at a point where a few members have found this month tough to budget in a lump sum. Once our new teasurer has bedded in then it's time to join the Century of the Fruit Bat.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Corax67 View Post
    By luck to incredibly skilful planning (luck) our last beginners course of the summer is set to complete on the last Saturday of September, as it did last year so we simply have our newest beginners paying a full year AGB subs.

    I am gently pushing for a monthly payment option because total fees - AGB, club, rugby club affiliation, county fees - are now at a point where a few members have found this month tough to budget in a lump sum. Once our new teasurer has bedded in then it's time to join the Century of the Fruit Bat.



    Karl
    We use GoCardless so our members can pay by direct debit with very low charges. Other direct debit services are available. Standing orders are a bit cheaper, but you have to rely on the member setting it up, which always seems low on their list of priorities

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben tarrow View Post
    We use GoCardless so our members can pay by direct debit with very low charges. Other direct debit services are available. Standing orders are a bit cheaper, but you have to rely on the member setting it up, which always seems low on their list of priorities
    Thanks Ben I will have a look into that.



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    we time our year so it begins to coincide with AGB sending out their subs demands so that way we can offer a 50% discount for half the year after our september/oct beginners course and that lasts then until end of march

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    We should have a system where you get 12 months membership from the date you actually join as it seems to work for every other organisation?
    Charging people 6 months fees for one months membership is basically fraudulent so why not make the pro rata deal on a monthly basis?

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