Membership Policy

This membership policy should be read in conjunction with the Cotswold Allrunners Data Protection Policy, Club Rules and Code of Conduct, as well as the Website Terms & Conditions, which are all available on the club website or a printed copy can be obtained upon request.

valid from 1st January 2018

All Cotswold Allrunners memberships are subject to approval by the Membership Secretary, as well as acceptance of the Club Rules and Regulations. Once an application has been submitted, the Membership Secretary will process your application and respond to the applicant within 7 business days. Once approved the applicant will become either a temporary or full member of Cotswold Allrunners for the period set out in this Policy. If not approved the applicant will be given no membership status and therefore cannot attend any club activities and any monies paid on application will be refunded in accordance with the refund policy. (Reasons for non-approval will remain confidential to Committee Members and all data of the applicant will be erased or destroyed in accordance with club Data Protection Policy)

Trial Membership

The Cotswold Allrunners Trial Membership allows persons aged 16 and over free participation in club activities for a period of 14 days without restrictions with full Public Liability Insurance cover.  All trial members will be required to apply for the Trial Membership, by completing the online Membership Form before attending any club training sessions.

The trial period commences on the day of the first club attendance and within 3 months of the initial trial membership approval. After 14 days with at least 1 club attendance or 3 months of non-attendance, the Trial Membership will expire and cannot be renewed. However where non-attendance is due to unforeseen circumstances, then an extension of the trial period may be granted upon request.

Full Membership

Full Cotswold Allrunners Membership is available to persons aged 16 and over who have already attended at least one training session during a trial membership.

All full members receive access to the private Club Facebook group and can take advantage of all Third-Party Discounts.

Senior Membership is £36 per year, payable from 1st January each year. Discounts are available if you join towards the end of the year. You will be informed of the discount available when you submit your membership form.

NOTE:

  1. England Athletics Competition Licence Fee of £15/yr (if required by applicant), will be in addition to your membership fees and is renewable annually.
  2. If you are transferring from another EA club, you’ll need to complete the EA transfer form available at www.englandathletics.org.uk

Young Runners Membership

Young Runners membership for under 16s is £5/yr (plus £5 per registered term). The England Athletics Licence is an additional £15/yr.

Payments

All payments made to Cotswold Allrunners. Annual subscriptions are payable in advance within 14 days of the 1st January each year, and on a continuing annual basis until a cancellation is applied.

It is the responsibility of the member to make sure payments are made on time or to contact the Membership Secretary if either a payment is unlikely to be received or a payment date has changed. Any charges incurred by Cotswold Allrunners as a result of payments being returned by the members’ bank will be passed onto the member and made payable by return.

Arrears

Members will only be permitted to attend training sessions provided that their membership is current and membership fees are up to date.

If a member fails to make a payment without good reason, then the membership will be suspended until the account is brought up to date. Cotswold Allrunners will give the member ample opportunity to make good the arrears and/or enter into dialogue to resolve the issue.

Hardship Fund

Cotswold Allrunners in accordance with governing body England Athletics offer both current members and new applicants access to a hardship fund to help pay membership fees. To apply, please contact the Membership Secretary in the first instance. If the application is successful, then for the agreed term, the member will have access to the club as a Member.

Note: Current members cannot apply to the hardship fund if membership fees are more than 1 month in arrears.

Cancellation of Membership

Cancellation of membership is required no later than 31 December, prior to the start of the next annual membership term, to be given by email to the Membership Secretary.

Cotswold Allrunners is under no obligation to refund any membership fee for any reason. It is the member’s responsibility to cancel their standing order with their bank. No monies shall be backdated or returned to members due to the member’s non-compliance with the terms set out above.

Refund exceptions

If an error is made either by Cotswold Allrunners or the members Bank, proof of this error must be supplied by the member and allow at least 28 days to be investigated. If it subsequently arises that Cotswold Allrunners made an error then a refund will be issued by means of a cheque/cash. The only errors where Cotswold Allrunners are likely to refund is where a duplicate payment was made by the member.

Cotswold Allrunners does not offer any refunds for annual subscriptions paid in accordance with the membership policy or cancellation procedure, including if a member does not attend a single training session after having subscribed to Cotswold Allrunners. Members will only be permitted to attend training sessions provided that their membership is current and any membership fees are not in arrears. Should a member leave Cotswold Allrunners at any point during the year, no partial refunds will be made.

Contact the Treasurer for refund enquiries.

 

Suspended Membership

A suspension of membership occurs when the annual payment is more than 4 weeks in arrears. The member can no longer attend training sessions, utilise any of Cotswold Allrunners services or continue to benefit from 3rd Party discounts. Only after clearing all the arrears and ensuring the annual membership has been paid in full can the suspension be lifted.

A member cannot appeal against suspended membership.

Re-Joining Cotswold Allrunners

Persons wishing to re-join Cotswold Allrunners are required to re-apply as a new applicant.

Exceptions:

Re-joining Cotswold Allrunners is not available if previous membership was;

  • cancelled with fees outstanding
  • cancelled by a Committee decision