STATEMENT REGARDING BASE MEMBERSHIP FEE INCREASE & DEVELOPMENT LEVY 2019
Ratoath Harps AFC is an Association Football Club registered at Skryne Road, Ratoath Co. Meath. The club is a Limited company by guarantee, without a share capital run on a voluntary basis. In 2018 the club delivered football for over 450 players consisting of academies, 25 junior teams and 3 Leinster Senior League teams.
Ratoath Harps is currently in the final phase of a major capital investment project funded with assistance by the Sports Capital Grant scheme. The project is aimed for completion in 2019 as part of the Ratoath Harps AFC 50th Anniversary celebrations. The first phase of the project to deliver a FIFA standard full size floodlit all-weather pitch was completed and the facility opened for use in February 2017. The total cost of the development project is expected to be in the region of €756,000 with payments made to date on the project of €627,500.
The second phase is to complete the construction of a clubhouse consisting of changing rooms, office, showers, toilet facilities, coffee shop and a 170sqm multi-purpose room. The club has planning permission for an additional 120sqm if required. Construction of the clubhouse commenced on 29th May 2018 with an aim to have complete and ready for use by April 2019, depending on fund raising efforts. On completion, the membership of Ratoath Harps will have best in class playing and training facilities allowing future focus within the club on the enhancement and development of football related activities.
The committee of Ratoath Harps currently consists of eight volunteers from the local community who have children or family involved in the club, past or present, with four of the committee also involved in coaching underage teams within the club. The committee is supported by three additional volunteers looking after Child Welfare, a Junior Section Secretary and ground staff support. The club is extremely grateful for the effort and dedication of these volunteers and that of the coaches and assistants throughout the club. The effort and commitment of these volunteers cannot be overstated. The club are constantly advertising for help and would welcome any additional volunteers interested in joining the committee and coaching roles in order to spread the workload.
Regarding the 2019 membership fee, due to lower than expected income from registrations and increased outgoing costs in the day-to-day operations of the club in the past financial year, fund raising efforts originally intended for completion of the development project were diverted to ensure the finances of the club remain solid.
Arising from this a decision was made by the committee to increase the base fees by €30 per first child and €30 per additional sibling for the upcoming NDSL season. The MGL and Leinster Senior League fees which renew in September 2019 will also be increased to reflect the change in the NDSL fees.
The decision to increase the registration fees was made by the committee in the best interests of Ratoath Harps Football Club. Historically, the club has always supported and assisted any members who experience challenges or difficulties regarding the payment of fees and this support will continue for the coming season. Members are welcome to contact the treasurer to discuss alternatives in a strictly confidential manner.
The base fee increase is required to ensure the day-to-day running costs of the club are covered for the upcoming season, thus allowing any fundraising efforts to focus on completion of the development project.
With a very limited number of volunteers, the existing and past committee have excelled in achieving finances to date to cover the development project. The committee continue to work on various project to bring in funds.
The expectations of assistance from the wider membership through our various fundraising projects, including the “Buy a Brick” scheme, pitch-side advertising and 50th Anniversary dinner dance has fallen well below expectation, with under 10% of the membership supporting the “Buy a Brick” scheme, for example.
The shortfall in expected membership support has triggered the decision to implement a once off membership levy of €150 to bridge the gap arising from lack of fundraising support. It should be noted that this once off levy is payable per family, not per player. The amount can be paid in instalments. The club is most grateful to members and supporters who have already contributed to the “Buy a Brick” scheme with those who have supported the scheme exempt from the levy.
It is important to consider that this once-off levy is the only financial impact to date on the membership arising from this major capital expenditure project.
The final phase in major projects such as this will always be challenging, but one only has to visit the club to witness the significant progress that has been made on the clubhouse development and the quality of the facilities being provided for our members and the children of our fantastic club. Ratoath Harps AFC continues to seek volunteers to help run and develop this growing club. We encourage any persons interested to contact the committee at email@example.com.
The motto of Ratoath Harps is “Láidir le chéile – Stronger Together”. The committee volunteers look forward to support from the membership and wider community to help complete this ambitious project which will be the pride of Ratoath for generations to come.
Yours in Sport,
Ratoath Harps AFC (Ltd) Executive Committee.
Friday 11th January 2019.
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