AFC Charvil intentionally aim to be your affordable local youth football club and so the committee want to offer explanation to all club members as to why the subs have gone up this year.
Cost increases this year:
We have not raised subs for the last three seasons – always attempting to run the club as economically as possible but club expenses have risen dramatically for a number of reasons:
- We have had to leave KGF due to outgrowing the facilities and the serious lack of parking there. The costs of BCS are significantly higher but provide excellent local (& importantly available) facilities for our club.
- The 3g costs for training have gone up for the season but a benefit is that the 3g season extends through to the end of May. This was non-negotiable with the 3g pitch management as they need to meet their budget.
- The referee fees for each match have risen by more than 10%.
- The EBFA league will this year charge the club league fees – which they did not do last year.
Your subs include equipment, coaching (the training of our coaches to FA standards), training facilities, match pitches, referees and importantly your player insurance. Two AFC Charvil players last year took advantage of the insurance policy following injury.
At £150 for the season and a club training season that runs from the start of Sep to the end of May. Excluding holidays, that is about 36 weeks of football, including on average 24 matches per team.
This works out at about £4.16 per week.
Our financial position and outlook:
This year our club will operate at a loss (eating in to our meagre cash reserves). The committee took this decision to restrict the price increase this season as much as possible.
In addition to sibling discounts and training only options, in cases of hardship the club committee will support players with their subs.
The committee also agreed this year to create a position of Sponsorship Secretary to help us generate more revenue - the intention being to limit further increases that we know will be needed in future years to make the club work financially.
If things stay as they are then a further £20 per player increase is likely next year just to break even.
Your support for all our club social events and any assistance you can provide in finding us sponsors will all contribute to the club being able to bring in more money and limit further increases.
Updated 18:18 - 9 Sep 2018 by Matt Sharp