EA have confirmed that individual membership fees will not be raising to £16, and will stay at the previous level of £15 for the year.
The Committee have decided to freeze fees for the 2020/21 year at £28, payable from 01 April 2020.
Further details, including message from the committee and the full statement from EA, are listed below.
Good morning running friends.
After chasing England Athletics we now have some clarification about next seasons membership.
You will know that new membership fees are due on the first of April. In light of the difficult situation we are all finding ourselves in, with no club runs, no competitions and no group training runs for a while, we are reversing our decision to raise membership fees and will retain the fee at £28 for the year.
If you choose to read the statement below from EA you will also see that they have not increased their individual fee by £1 as advertised and will be maintaining their cost of £15.
We appreciate that this wont greatly save you much money collectively and the cost implications do not represent our losses but we do hope you'll continue to support the club and re join us. We are financially strong and would like to remain in a position to support our runners and the competition you take part in.
Keep safe people. You're all very important to us.
We are acutely aware of the organisational challenges that clubs will be facing at this time and our staff will work to support you, our members, and we will provide flexibility during this period.
In response to the unique circumstance we find ourselves in owing to Coronavirus, last week we stated to our members that over the coming period we are committed to:
In response to the feedback in the last week from over 100 clubs and in recognition to the unique and unprecedented circumstances facing us all, we are making some amendments to the timescales and athlete registration fee level for the 2020-2021 year. These are detailed as follows:
1. Timings: The deadline for Athlete Registrations for 2020-2021 will be extended from 30th June until 31st August 2020. We would hope that those clubs that expected and prepared to pay registration fees during April will continue to do so as planned but we also hope that this provides some clubs with flexibility to help manage cash flow and defer payments until activity commences.
2. Athlete fee reduction: The individual England Athletics Athlete Registration fee will be fixed at £15 for 2020-2021 effective from 1 April 2020 instead of being set at £16 as previously communicated to all clubs.
3. Athlete Eligibility: In the event of a licensed competition taking place during the summer (prior to 31 August) all athletes who were registered during 2019/2020 will be eligible for competition up until 31st August. Competition checker facilities will be amended to reflect this decision. Any new athletes entering competition will need to be registered prior to the date of the event.
The following aspects of the 2020-2021 membership and affiliation process remain unchanged:
4. Payment Gateway: The club affiliation & athlete registration year will open as usual on 1 April. This allows clubs to operate as normal if they wish and ensures some income will be generated in Q1. The individual Club & Member Body Affiliation fee of £150 will remain and clubs are asked to pay by 30 April.