As you all know, PHTC prides itself on being a club run for and by its members. We always have and, at least for as long as I am leading, always will strive to be as accessible as we possibly can. Our goal is to remove as many barriers as we can to participating and enjoying triathlon and other multi-sports whether they be cultural, social, emotional or financial. Looking around at the variety of people we get at our sessions I hope you’ll agree that so far we seem to be doing a good job.
One of the ways that we have achieved this is by trying to operate exclusively using volunteers. We believe that this works for us in a number of ways: firstly and most obviously it keeps our costs down which means not only lower fees for our members but also that we don’t need to constantly worry about fundraising; secondly it instils a real community feel in the club, it encourages everyone to help out and be an active participant rather than a passive receiver; lastly but certainly not least it means that the people who choose to be involved do it because they love it and I think we all can agree that one of the keys to success at anything is passion.
So by now I guess you are asking yourself “where is he going with this?” Well following this ethos all of our coaches work on a volunteer basis. There is not a single hour of session coaching that this club has paid for since December 2015 and it’s our intention to continue this. This is great for our members but our coaches have costs involved in volunteering their time which I think you would agree is not ideal. It’s one thing to give up your time but to be expected to pay for the privilege is perhaps a bit much.
So starting the first of July we will be doing our best to ensure that all coaches who regularly contribute to the club are compensated for these costs that they incur, primarily things like the cost of their ongoing coaching accreditation with Triathlon Australia. To encourage more people to become coaches we also want to offset the financial cost of their training so that it isn’t a burden that negatively influences their decision.
For coaches that are already accredited with TA the club will reimburse their membership and accreditation after they have volunteered 20 hours of coaching time to the club. For coaches that have taken the more expensive option of a professional license that allows the club to host non-members the club will pay not only the initial payment after 20 hours but also an additional payment covering their professional license when they have volunteered a further 30 hours of coaching. Newly trained coaches will get 50% of their course cost reimbursed on gaining their accreditation and the remainder after an extra 15 hours. There is no “per session” payment to coaches, only these staged reimbursements.
Of course to do this and remain sustainable the club must find a way to pay for these costs and rather than raise the membership price we favour a user pays model. To this end every session (except weekend rides) will increase in cost by $2 for members. Social or non-members will pay $5 for run or turbo sessions and $10 for swim sessions in recognition of the fact that we must pay for professional coaches to accommodate them within our insurance.
Our club membership fees will remain as they are (there is a slight increase in the Triathlon Australia portion) and we will still have the lowest cost training in town. The new fee structure for the 2017/18 season is set out in the tables below, we hope you understand the need for these changes and as always appreciate any feedback (positive or negative) that you have for us. You can do so directly to the coach at training, by email to email@example.com or through the anonymous form on the bottom of our committee page.
We’re looking forward to building on the success of the last twelve months with you all in the new season.