Geoff Shaw (53)
Yeah - quite possible.
Enrolled my fella in one of the under 8s teams at our local club. 150 bucks for the season and Mrs crashy completed a paper form. No idea how much the club is losing (if any) but can't see droves leaving at that price especially as soccer last season was way more than that and was an ordinary experience for a budding sport star. Anyone else get a take on the process and costs for the youngsters?
It seems like a false economy when kids are being charged that little for a season of rugby.
It is completely out of step with the costs of pretty much everything else and is no wonder that rugby is going broke.
I realise that clubs may attract juniors in some areas because they are a cheaper alternative to soccer and rugby league but surely it's part of the reason the game is now broke in Australia.
Don't take it the wrong way,but not everyone that plays Rugby are from your demographic.
I take exception to the idea that it is part of the reason the game is broke. Our club is completely self sufficient and has never seen a cent from outside that wasn't paid for by the club. It is clear that it doesn't contribute to any loss outside the club itself.
The club is run on a basis that sees costs met and minimal outlay for what is a community on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. We get good support from our council and we compete on price with Rugby League. We are behind in that battle before price is considered, but it is an important consideration on the ocassion where the players have no allegiance to either code.
We have also been the fastest growing junior club in NSW for two of the past four years.
It's not a false economy. And it is certainly not out of step with the costs of everything else. It is a very well considered business model. In fact, we were in the process of evolving the model to provide more services to members until the new initiative came along.
I have no idea what it is like in the city. But judging smaller clubs and ones which operate differently due to the nature of their local economy is exactly what is wrong with the NPF/NIL in the first place.
Oh, and travel. When you're asking the parents of 7 year olds to drive upwards of 300km a week to get them to a game, you don't mind cutting them a break.
I completely realise and accept that but the state of the game in this country is not at the point where it is financially sustainable to price things that way.
The professional side of the game is not making the surpluses anymore to funnel a lot down to the lower levels and the amateur game is not priced in a way that creates funding for re-investment.
Effectively things are set up in a way that makes it entirely reliant on volunteers which means there is no pathway for expanding into areas where rugby isn't available.
When has just trying to be the cheapest option been a good long term strategy for anything?
Aldi? Proton?When has just trying to be the cheapest option been a good long term strategy for anything?
I missed the funnelling - other than into JON's trousers - when was that?
CJRUWhat association are you part of?
We send an amount which varies from $11 for the younger kids to $17 for the older ones up to CWJRU and CJRU.Your club is self sufficient from a funding perspective, but how much do you send up to the association and how reliant are they on funding from elsewhere?
There is a gap somewhere that is being funded by NSWRU/QRU depending on location and seemingly the lack of those funds being available is what is the cause of these changes and subsequently all the angst.
The ARU and the Super Rugby sides provide annual funding to the state unions.
The gap seems to be that no clubs whether they are village juniors or Shute Shield or subbies or whatever believe they are getting anything whatsoever because they get little or no direct funding.
I'm afraid if you're still on that line, you've missed the point.
The issue is having transparency, working with the people delivering the service on the ground (rather than treating them like imbeciles) and showing some strategic nouse.
Southern Districts has requested players not to self-register with the new Rugby Link system until further notice from the GM. From the FB Page