ENGLAND GOLF - AFFILIATION FEES (COVID-19)
England Golf – Affiliation Fees (Covid–19)
Further to my email sent on 24 March, there has been a number of queries forwarded by counties as well as direct questions from golf clubs regarding affiliation fees. After discussion with several counties and then the Senior Management Team at England Golf, the below statement sums up our current policy. This should be referenced by collecting counties when asked by golf clubs.
England Golf recognises the difficult financial situation that many golf clubs are facing –especially those with a 1 April year start for membership subscriptions. Significant measures have been put in place by the government for the sport and leisure industry to help mitigate these circumstances. These are signposted on the England Golf website.
We all need to work together to ensure that, when this crisis is over, we can get back to growing the game of golf in England. For that reason, we ask all affiliated golf clubs to abide by the current affiliation collection rules.
England Golf and counties are not immune to the knock-on business effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For the same financial reasons golf clubs require membership subscriptions to cover significant fixed costs, there is a need for us to collect affiliation fees.
This means that where members have paid or renewed their membership subscriptions, the associated England Golf and county affiliation fees should continue to be paid on time and in full to the collecting county.
Affiliation fees paid by golf club members in their subscriptions are intended for the national body and counties and, therefore, should not be considered as part of a golf club’s general working capital.
Both England Golf and County Unions and Associations are doing all they can to limit current expenditure to those areas where it is impactful or essential in the current restrictions. This is to ensure everyone is in the best position to serve their memberships after this crisis passes.
England Golf and Counties fully appreciate the efforts of golf clubs passing on affiliation fees at this difficult time.
Simon Wilson, Finance Director of England Golf
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