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Author:  David Buckley [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ECF

Not that I can see myself wanting to part with £60 but what benefits does platinum membership confer?

Author:  IM Jack Rudd [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ECF

David Buckley wrote:
Not that I can see myself wanting to part with £60 but what benefits does platinum membership confer?

I don't think it confers anything significant over gold. It's mostly a way to give generous people an easy way to donate further to the ECF.

Author:  Ben_Edgell [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ECF

Some slight edits have been made to the document I posted on here yesterday:

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-conte ... posals.doc

Quoting from the document:

"The Board also proposes offering the following three year membership rates.
Adults
Gold £75
Silver £50
Bronze £35

Concessionary
Gold £60
Silver £33
Bronze £23"

Author:  Ben_Edgell [ Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ECF

There's a document that will be discussed at the ECF Finance Council Meeting regarding the membership scheme and junior players.

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-conte ... ership.doc

Summarising the document:

Several junior organisations are concerned that juniors who play at their first chess events, and may be deciding whether or not they wish to play chess again in the future, may be put off by the extra charge they face to become ECF members.

Many junior organisations are considering implenting alternative grading systems as they believe a large number of juniors would not wish to become ECF members simply to get a grade.

Proposals for discussion are:

1) Juniors should be able to play 12 graded games in junior-only events before they are required to be members of the ECF to avoid paying game fee.
2) After 12 games, Juniors who are not ECF members should be required to pay half the adult game fee rate in junior only events, £1 per result (Standard play) and 50p (Rapid play).
3) Bronze membership should be re-defined as: Members entitled to an unlimited number of games in club, league, county and junior-only competitions graded in return for a one-off annual subscription.

Two other points that were raised in the document:

1) A new and separate ECF junior grading system may attract children into association with the ECF as soon as they enter a junior tournament and to retain those who remain casual players in junior-only competitions.
2) An additional measure could be to waive membership expectations for school teams and grade all games (possibly in a new junior grading system) from competitions restricted to school teams.

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