Following on from the Littleton Junior FC Annual General Meeting held on 4 June 2018 the membership fees for 2018/19 season have been agreed. Full membership fees have been set at £160 and there will no longer be any discounts for sibling or associate (training only) membership. We recognise that this may be a higher than expected rise so would like to set out the reasons for this below.
As most of you are aware Littleton Junior Football Club is run on the basis of breaking even each year, however, in recent seasons there have been substantial increases in costs particularly associated with pitch hire. For 2017-18, the club was heavily reliant on grants, donations, sponsorship and fundraising income on top of memberships in order to cover its costs. We are aware that this supplementary income is uncertain and in particular certain grants and donations will not continue and so we need to ensure that memberships are set at a level to ensure the financial stability of the club.
Steps have also been taken to reduce costs, for instance, through coordinated recycling of equipment but the difficult decision to remove the sibling and associate discounts has still been necessary. The sibling rate was previously offered to help families with more than one child at the club but it was noted that this doesn’t reduce the costs of the provision for each child. Likewise, the cost of provision for associate members does not vary significantly whilst the new fee level will equate to approximately £5 per training session.
Whilst the decision to increase membership fees has not been easy, we would like to set out the benefits which Littleton Junior FC continues to offer:
- Regular Saints coaching for most teams
- FA trained coaches and managers including first aid
- Pitch hire (for training and matches)
- Team kit (broadly every two years)
- Provision of equipment including balls, goals, bibs, cones
- FA Affiliation
- League and (where applicable) Cup entries
- Referees where required
We believe that this still represents very good value for money and we hope you continue to enjoy the excellent football experience that Littleton Junior Football Club provides.
Littleton Junior Football Club Committee