If you wanted another reason to carefully consider the impact of the Operational rules then here it is, clearly its being kept quiet for now until such time as the Leagues have agreed to abide by the OR's.
It had been suggested that the average cost implication to each club and its members collectively could be around £2,500 per season.
Community Game Financial Strategy
In light of our position with Sport England, Chris Rostron presented to the members how the funding currently breaks down and some ideas for new ways of growing finances.
He explained to members on the investigation into the Community Games’ finances and the report in which was produced by Susan Allan, which highlighted the costs of the Community Game and the pressures it faces. The key conclusions from this investigation was that of the over-reliance on the Sport England funding and how this reliance reduces our choices within the game.
CR advised that there were several broad areas where we could attract income; through additional grants from Sport England, Sponsorships and membership fees.
It was noted that it costs on average £189 per annum for an U13’s player.
CR said other NGB’s had implemented a membership fee and showed the range of fees charged.
He said membership fees could significantly assist the core services that the Community Game depends on.
These fees would sit alongside any sponsorship value that is secured, which would in turn, reduce the cost of membership fees.
We require £640k from membership fees to assist with the core costs (but can be offset should sponsorship be sought).
CR suggested that players, coaches and match officials should register with the RFL and pay a membership fee.
He proposed the new Strategy and the need for central administration and the implementation of the membership fee.
CR advised that once further information and consultation has been sought, and a fee structure has been produced, he envisages that he will return to the April meeting with a recommendation.
The new processes should be ready by September with a pilot scheme in October with the proposal to be ready for the 2014 season.
The Board agreed that CR should work further on the proposal and its cost implications.
Edited by LordCharles, 08 August 2013 - 08:40 AM.