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Published 3rd March 2022

Dear Members


RE: 2022 SEASON MEMBERSHIP FEES


This time last year we communicated with the membership that we would be keeping joining fees broadly the same for the coming season as a thank you for the loyalty and support you all showed the Club through the pandemic. We also committed to adding more value into the membership by means of a complimentary Summer Party and the continuation of other benefits like complimentary entry into the Club Tournament amongst many others.


As it turned out, last year (2021/22), was even more successful for the Club than the year before in terms of membership growth and subsequent income. So once again we would like to pass our heartfelt thanks to each one of you. We hope you all know that when you join the ‘Brooke and pay your fees you aren’t just paying for unlimited court access to the best playing surfaces in the Shire, you are opening up a host of social and sporting events and investing back into the Club, so we can continue to improve the facilities for you.


From a financial perspective, the club doesn’t make a profit as such, it makes a surplus, which is invested directly back in, for the benefit of its members and coaches. It’s a circular relationship which enables continual improvement and is one that ensures success can beget more success.


In short, we all win when the Club is winning. (Except me. I usually always lose.)


With last year’s surplus we have immediately invested in 3 new savanna courts, surrounding fencing, net posts and nets. Total outlay; circa £94k out of our cash funds. That means every one of you will, this season, enjoy playing on the highest quality savanna courts money can buy. We went premium deluxe. It is the opinion of many who know these things that we now have the best collective set of playing courts in the whole of Leicestershire, all paid for with the Club’s funds via your membership fees.


On top of those playing courts, during 2021, we have invested in improving the facilities, hosting parties, 3 new tournaments, coaching equipment, decorating, security and more.


2022 FEES TO INCREASE


So enough pre-amble; this year after much debate and conversation amongst the GMC our fees will be increasing. Every adult annual membership will increase by £15 a year or £1.25 a month and most Juniors (U18) will increase by £5 a year or just 40p a month. (There are one or two anomalies in there like Parent Play, Social and Family memberships where the increases aren’t quite as much).


We have worked hard to ensure that alongside the increase is continued added value, value that is available to all members and that encourages increased usage of our courts which after all is what we want most, a highly engaged membership.


We have also worked hard to keep the part of the increase which is linked to external costs to the bare minimum, meaning at most it covers our expected rise in costs and at best it is not a penny more.


I have below, listed some of the key added-value benefits that, in part, support the increase in fees for this year. I really hope that everyone understands that the decision was not taken lightly, and we have made every effort to lessen the impact of the changes. We will continue to provide monthly direct debit payment facilities for all and will no doubt continue to announce more added value snippets and news about improving the facilities further across the year.


FLOODLIGHTS WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE FROM APRIL TO ALL MEMBERS AT ALL TIMES


There are several practical headaches for all of us when using the floodlights. So, we have made the decision to roll up the costs and income into the fee and spread it across all memberships. This means the use of floodlights will be free, or there will no charge at point of use, which ever phrase you feel fits best. This includes Club Night, League Matches and all Social Play. We think this is tremendous value for money and hopefully encourages more court use on 1,2 and 3 across the year from all members.


SUMMER CLUB CHAMPS WILL BE FREE TO ENTER AND INCLUDE FINALS DAY PARTY


This highly popular and well attended event will continue to be free of charge to all members, despite our costs increasing to run and host it.


THE SUMMER PARTY WILL BE BACK IN 2022


For those who missed it last year, fear not, it will be back again this year at a date yet to be agreed.


Thank you for reading, we expect another wonderful year down at the Brooke and we hope you decide to renew and enjoy it with us. All you now need to do is complete your membership form which can be downloaded from our website using this link https://www.carisbrooketennis.co.uk/membership

and please send it back to John Simpson @ jcdsimpson@sky.com


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or John Simpson, Club Membership Secretary .


Up the Brooke!


Simon