STATEMENT – FEE RELIEF FOR MEMBER CLUBS

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The Macarthur Football Association has announced the provision of fee relief to its twenty-two member clubs following the abandonment of the 2021 Winter Football season due to COVID.

Since the official abandonment of the 2021 Season was announced, the Board and Management of the Macarthur Football Association (MFA) undertook a financial review to determine whether any fee discount could be passed on.

Part of this process was a petition to Football NSW and Football Australia to apply a discount on the registration levies, which include cost of insurances. Pleasingly, Football NSW have confirmed a discount to the registration levy, with a total discount of $67,310 afforded to the MFA, which the Board resolved to pass on in full to member Clubs.

Further to this, the MFA Board identified the need to provide additional support to its twenty-two member clubs to ensure their ongoing solvency and therefore, resolved to return a further $101,150 in player registration fees.

General Manager of the MFA Salv Carmusciano applauded the decision of the Board.

“The sustainability of a healthy club framework is fundamental to our game and our community. The fee relief resolved by the Board will go a long way to supporting our community through these challenging times”.

With this knowledge, member clubs can now conclude their own review. Each club has different suppliers and a variety of costs they need to consider such as ground hire, uniforms, equipment, referees, trophies, maintenance, canteen stock, etc. It is not unreasonable to assume that clubs have incurred many of these costs. Please allow your clubs committee an opportunity to review their finances. Each club may implement a different strategy at their discretion. Please remember that local clubs are run by community volunteers that directly service over 10,800 players. The service they provide the community should not be underestimated.

Respectfully, we ask that you do not contact the MFA seeking a refund.

MFA Chairman Darcy Lound paid glowing tribute to the Macarthur Football Family, who saw the season unfortunately come to an untimely end due to the pandemic.

“I want to acknowledge the dedication of our volunteers, players, referees and coaches that enabled us to still deliver part of a football season. It hurts that we couldn’t finish what we started, but your safety and wellbeing is our ultimate priority.”

“We can’t wait to put this period behind us and get you all back on the pitch as quickly as possible in 2022”.

–ENDS–

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