Thursday, 18 September 2014

Can't afford to pay your membership or subs?

If you are unable to pay your membership when it becomes due or are unable to pay your match subs, we don't want to stop you playing rugby. But you need to let us know about your circumstances.

What you need to do

If you are finding it hard to pay, all you need to do is email Adrienne the club's treasurer at explaining your circumstances and why you are finding it hard to pay the full amount.

Provided you email Adrienne by Tuesday midday, there is no reason why you cannot be selected to play for that week if she agrees a waiver.

Don't forget, regular volunteers at the club can also claim a 50% discount off membership and subs if they want to.

Why do we do this?

It has been the policy of Millwall Rugby Club for quite some time to be fully inclusive. By that we mean that we do not want to exclude anyone by reason of background, ability or financial circumstances. The club's treasurer has discretion to waive membership fees if he/she feels it's appropriate to do so. The treasurer can also waive subs for a limited period without referring it to the committee.

After a number of years without increasing subs (and even experimenting with a 50% decrease in membership from £60 to £40 last season), we have found it necessary to increase charges this year to make sure our money lasts the whole season. This decision was taken collectively by the management committee after much deliberation and was not taken lightly. Full info published on our blog at the end of August here.

We'll be putting out some more information about the costs the club has in the coming weeks, to help you understand more about why this was necessary after keeping charges down for so long, but if you have any questions don't hestiate to ask any of your committee who can explain more about it.

We are also inviting suggestions from members on where to apply for funding and which large companies to approach about sponsorship.

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