How does the club set its fees?
At the end of 2016 the club received guidelines from our governing body, Sunshine Coast Football, advising all clubs on how to set their fees. The primary recommendation from SCF was that fees should cover the general costs of running the club rather than relying upon a combination of fees and fundraising efforts. After the committee reviewed this advice and made comparisons with other clubs it was deemed necessary to adjust our fees in order to keep the club finacially viable into the future and to fall in line with most other clubs within the zone. In doing this we have still been able to keep our fees one of the lowest on the Sunshine Coast.
How are the fees used?
A significant proportion of the fees is paid directly to SCF to cover insurances and administration. Only a small portion of our fees will be used in 2017 to fund the newly formed Maleny Rangers Football Academy. The main cost of the Academy which amounts to around $10,000 per season will be funded directly by the club from money that was previously saved. I would like to thank our past hard working committees for leaving the club in such positive fiscal position for us to set up something as significant as the Academy. The club will also have to invest this same amount in the following seasons to enable the Academy to continue and your committee will be working hard on fundraising to ensure that this will happen.
What is the Maleny Rangers Football Academy?
The Academy has been established for the 2017 season with the key aim to raise the football standard of all teams and the general football culture of the club. This is a major new direction for the club. In 2017 all junior and youth players will have access to the academy sessions delivered once a week throughout the season as part of their club membership fee.
Why has the club set up the Academy ?
At the end of 2016 the club has a surplus amount of money saved, therefore our current committee have made the decision to invest directly back into our children and what better way to do this at a football club than by giving them the very best coaching we possibly can. It is important the academy be seen as part of the club’s holistic approach to providing a pathway for all players from junior to senior football as well as drawing attention to the club in order to attract new players from across the zone, growing our club and ensuring its sustainability.
Read more about the club’s decision in the official President’s announcmentprevious letter.
Who can access the Academy?
While other clubs have established academies for elite players, the Maleny Rangers Football Academy will be accessible to all players, of all abilities, as part of their membership.
The club encourage all players from Under 6 to Under 18 and their team coaches to see the Academy as their main training day. From Under 10 upwards their will be a second training session on another day with your regular team coach. It will be left to Under 8 and 9 parents and coaches to decide if they would like to have a second training day.
Can the club provide financial support for participation?
Maleny Rangers Football Club is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing a pathway for girls and boys of all ages and abilities through to senior teams for women and men. We are fully inclusive, therefore if you are having and concerns with paying fees please contact our President or one of our committee members to confidentially discuss the options we have available.