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EA Registration – MMAC Survey Results


The following is a report on the results of our survey carried out recently. It was not a scientific survey but I believe it conveys the views of most of our members.

 

Owing to the surprising announcement at the end of September by England Athletics about the increases in registration fees and a change in structure and the potential impact on MMAC, I quickly produced an online survey on our website seeking our member’s views. This survey ran for approximately 7 weeks and had a total of 147 participants.

The following questions were asked:-

  1. Are you a member of a UKA Club? YES/NO
  2. Are you a 1st Claim Member to MMAC? YES/NO/YES track & field only
  3. Are you happy to pay a registration fee to EA? YES/NO
  4. Do you recognise the need to pay a registration fee? YES/NO/Please help us understand why you selected this answer
  5. If you answered YES to question 4, what would the maximum amount be that you are prepared to pay? £7 to £10 /£10 to £15/ £15 to £20/ Other option
  6. Do you agree to a two tier system? i.e. road runners pay less YES/NO
  7. Are you satisfied with what you get from the registration scheme? YES/NO/Please help us understand why you selected this answer
  8. What would you like to see EA provide out of this extra fee? To your Club/As an individual/Please help us understand why you selected this answer

The above questions were a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to the announcement and with hindsight would probably be either different or phrased differently. However, I felt it important to seek views immediately so that I could present the results at our November Committee meeting. Subsequently to the EA announcement, their own AGM was held where Clubs expressed strong views and as a result a series of Forums have been set up by EA.

Following are the results received to the questions giving both numbers and percentages.

Question 1 – Are you a member of a UKA Club?

136 answered YES (94%); 8 answered NO (6%) – there were 3 who skipped the question

Question 2 – Are you a 1st Claim Member to MMAC

25 answered YES (17%); 113 answered YES (79%); 6 answered YES Track & Field Only (4%) – there were 3 who skipped the question.

Question 3 – Are you happy to pay a registration fee to EA?

97 answered YES (66%); 50 answered NO (34%) – No skips.

Question 4 – Do you recognise the need to pay a registration fee?

113 answered YES (77%); 34 answered NO (23%) – No skips and 108 comments.

Question 5 – If you answered YES to Question 4, what would the maximum amount be that you are prepared to pay?

52 answered £7 to £10 (44%); 19 answered £10 to £15 (16%); 16 answered £15 to £20 (14%)

31 answered ‘Other Option’ (26%) of which 68% wanted £5

Question 6 – Do you agree to a two tier system? i.e. road runners pay less.

144 answered NO (74%); 38 answered YES (26%) – there were 3 who skipped the question.

Question 7 – Are you satisfied with what you get from the registration scheme?

80 answered NO (56%); 64 answered YES (44%) – 3 skips and 104 comments.

Question 8 – What would you like to see EA provide out of this extra fee?

68 answered ‘To your Club’ (64%); 39 answered ‘As an individual’ (36%) – 40 skips and 113 comments.

General Observations

The overwhelming thing that stood out from the comments was the ignorance of members of either what EA is or does or where we as a Masters Club benefit. Even 1st Claim status was not understood by all as a few ticked YES both for a UKA Club and MMAC, thus shifting the analysis slightly!

As we would expect, the majority of our members belong to a UKA Club (Q1) but the numbers claiming to be 1st Claim members was too high at 17%, the actual figure being nearer 11% (Q2). The majority seem happy to pay a registration fee and do recognise the need (Q3 & Q4) however some did question what EA provides for the veteran/master athlete competing in only a few events per year. Others thought that a nominal fee was acceptable but not the large 4x increase. The majority 44% were prepared to pay between £7 and £10 (Q5) and as most members were against the two tier system (Q6) then an across the board registration fee of £10 seemed to be acceptable. It’s interesting that although members generally are happy for a registration scheme the majority are not satisfied with what they get from it (Q7), many not seeing any benefits particularly as veteran/master athletes. From the comments made this is mainly through a lack of understanding. Members wanted EA to provide more to the Clubs than individuals (Q8) but there was a range of comments from wanting more to be done for youngsters through to more for the older athletes.

Conclusions

More education for our members on what EA provides and why we have a registration scheme in the first place is required. I can reply to some of the concerns expressed on the survey to explain or allay their fears and misunderstandings.

This was not a scientific survey and only 22% (147) of the potential 652 members on email/internet actually took part. But it is a guide as to how our members feel. The bottom line is that most are happy to pay an increase up to double the current fees providing it is across the board i.e. road runners and track & field pay the same.

Tom Morris – 23rd November 2013

Setting The Pace


For those who may be involved in coaching athletes, the following links may be of some interest: –

EA-stp-coach-poster

Current Coach Ed Prog Mids.SW

education-course-booking-form-v3a

Coaching & Leadership Courses


Dear Colleague

Please find attached the flyer for the coaching and leadership courses set for the autumn as part of UKA’s new coaching pathway – please can you circulate to your members/coaches/volunteers.  As you will notice there is only a limited number of the new Coach Award courses at present, this is mainly due to making sure it is delivered in the most professional way and UKA want to make sure everything is in place before increasing the number of courses available.  I have attached the flyer in the older version of Word to ensure everyone can open the file.

You will notice on the flyer and website there is a separate cost for those clubs affiliated to England Athletics as we are offering a subsidy to all affiliated clubs who have coaches attending courses and they will need their affiliation number to book on the course and get the discount.

I have attached the course booking form for all courses to assist you in booking. education-course-booking-form-v3a Current Coach Ed Prog Mids.SW

If you have any queries please see the links below or contact me on the email or phone number below.

Please ask your members/volunteers to book early to avoid disappointment as some of the courses do have information to read before attending the course.

http://www.englandathletics.org/page.asp?section=449&sectionTitle=Coaching

http://www.englandathletics.org/courses.asp?section=33&sectionTitle=Coaching+courses

http://coaching.uka.org.uk/

Many thanks for your help in forwarding the information to the correct contacts – any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Morag

Morag Ford

Education Co-ordinator

England Athletics – Midlands & South West

Wellington House

Starley Way

Birmingham Int Park

Solihull

B37 7HB

Tel: 07920 532558

Website: www.englandathletics.org

Midland & SW Coaching Courses


Please find attached the latest flyer showing coaching and leadership courses in the Midlands and South West.  2010 Course Flyer – Mids.SW

The current UKA coaching courses are running till the end of March, prior to the start of the new coach education programme – details of this new system are on the England Athletics website in the ‘Coaching’ section and dates/venues for the new Athletics Leaders Award will be on the website soon.

We currently have spaces on the following courses for this weekend:

13 and 14 March – Strength & Conditioning – Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

13 March – Leadership in Running Fitness – Stroud

13 March – Leadership in Running Fitness – Lincoln

Phone Natalie Shaw on 0121 781 7223 to book on courses for this weekend.

To apply for other courses please download an application form from our website and forward with payment and photo (if applicable) to our Wellington House Head Office address.

www.englandathletics.org/coaching-courses

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to your contacts.

Kind regards

Morag

Morag Ford

Education Co-ordinator

England Athletics – Midlands & South West

Wellington House

Starley Way

Birmingham Int Park

Solihull

B37 7HB

Tel: 07920 532558

Website: www.englandathletics.org

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