In a recent statement published on this site, the club announced that it would be postponing its collection of senior membership subscription fees. In this communiqué, we would like to give an update on the situation as it relates to junior membership subscriptions.
The junior subscription period begins at the start of the year, many junior fees have already been paid, and junior members have already had some benefits from their membership. The situation is therefore more complicated than that relating to senior fees. Because of the huge amounts of uncertainty about when some semblance of normal life will be resuming, let alone when and if Scottish cricket in 2020 will begin, we are not yet in a position to give definitive answers to all possible junior membership queries. We would, however, like to give the following advice and clarification.
- If you haven’t already paid your junior or family membership fees for 2020, please currently refrain from doing so until we can provide more definitive advice on this issue.
- Where junior membership fees are paid by standing order, people are of course free to cancel these.
- As we are currently in the early stages of the pandemic, and are only now just getting a better sense of the impact this is likely to have on our lives (and the ability to offer cricketing activities) for the foreseeable future, we are not in a position to make a definitive statement with regards to any reduction in fees at the present time. However, the high probability is that some sort of reduction of junior membership fees will be applied.
Subscriptions contribute not only to the running of cricket activities – matches and training – but also to the creation and maintenance of the club’s infrastructure that make such activities possible, and this needs to happen whether cricket is being played or not. We would invite all to consider whether they feel able, on a purely voluntary basis, either to continue with their standing order payments, or otherwise make a contribution towards the membership fee. If we subsequently reduce the fees for 2020, any additional voluntary contributions would be most gratefully received.
Like everyone else, Stirling County CC is currently at the mercy of events, along with the uncertainty that accompanies them. Therefore, we would be grateful if everyone could extend to us some extra patience on this matter as we continue to respond and adapt to the changing situation and the ongoing advice coming from the government and Cricket Scotland. We will, of course, continue to update the membership as and when there are clearer indications of when normal cricketing activities might be resumed.
With the country currently in the grip of the coronavirus epidemic, and with all of us being asked to stay in our homes and minimise contact with others, members may be wondering how this will affect cricketing activities at Stirling County. In accordance with the advice of Cricket Scotland, we have already announced that all cricketing activities, including the use of the club’s training facilities, are suspended until June 1st at the very earliest. Further to this, the Club would also like to acknowledge the uncertainty that the current situation has created with regard to senior membership subscriptions for 2020, normally due from April 1st.
We have decided to postpone the collection of all senior subscriptions until further notice. We recognise that the opportunity for any cricket in 2020 will probably be severely limited, with the postponement of the season possibly continuing past the current June 1st date. As such, the likelihood of the club reducing this year’s subscription fees is quite high. However, with the current situation being so fluid, and reliable information so hard to come by, it is premature to make a definitive decision at present. When the situation becomes clearer about if and when we can resume our usual cricketing activities, the club will, of course, provide an update on how we plan to proceed with collecting membership subscriptions.
If the club does reduce membership fees for 2020, we would like to invite members, if they feel they can do so, to consider continuing to pay a full membership as a donation. Our membership fees don’t only go towards providing games and practice sessions, but are also vital in maintaining the club’s infrastructure that makes these activities possible. The club has many fixed and, therefore, unavoidable costs and, with revenue likely to be severely affected by the current situation, any extra assistance from our members, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.
We recognise that some members pay by standing order, and that parents of some junior members have already paid. People are of course free to cancel standing orders if they wish. A statement concerning the particular issues of junior membership will be made as soon as possible.
Stirling County Cricket Club has a lot of history. Over 150 years of it, in fact. Such an extensive and varied past inevitably comes with countless stories and memories, involving the triumphs and glories, the sadness and despair and the camaraderie and team spirit that have been a never ceasing part of life at Stirling County, and Scottish cricket, for decades. While most of these memories will now be lost in the mists of time, we believe that there are still many interesting and uplifting County tales from years past to be told, and we want to help others hear them! What better time to share these stories, and offer a chance for us all to remember and reconnect with club memories, teammates and friends of yesteryear, than in the present extreme circumstances?
We were initially planning on running this series of website articles, entitled ‘County Memories’, alongside news and updates of the 2020 cricket season as it progressed. However, with the likelihood of any actually cricket being played this year further diminishing with each passing day, and due to the stresses and anxieties of our current situation looking like they will be with us for the foreseeable future, we would argue that the need to remember good times and reconnect with our past and those who played a role in it has never been more vital.
So, if you have a story from your time at Stirling County Cricket Club that you want to share, please let us know. Maybe you want to share a past triumph (either team or personal), perhaps there is a humourous moment from your time at the club that you think will brighten people’s mood or, alternatively, you may simply want to reminisce about a time spent at the club in good company?
If you have a story from your time at the club that you want to tell and would like it published on the club’s website, please send it to articles.SCCC@gmail.com. Articles should be approximately 500-1000 words long and should be family friendly – please keep all those salacious and risqué tales to yourself!
Stay safe everyone and we look forward to reading about your County adventures (or misadventures) from the recent and, perhaps, not so recent past!