What your Membership Means
This page outlines what you get out of your society or sports club membership and the importance of paying the joining fee.
This page outlines the following:
Sport Club Membership
Memberships are an essential part of university sports clubs and cover a broad array of components throughout the year. All memberships have to be paid prior to playing in any fixtures.
Failure to pay membership will result in you not being able to attend training sessions or be part of the club in question.
Due to COVID-19, and the situation we find ourselves in, we have a new membership model in place to ensure memberships are value for money and students are being charged appropriately.
Your memberships will go on sale on Saturday 12th September to coincide with the start of Welcome Weekend.
Below are the three forms of memberships that most of our clubs will offer. As all clubs are unique, not all forms of memberships are appropriate for some clubs in terms of how they run. However, we have been in conversations with all clubs individually about what works best for them.
So what do all these memberships mean?
This is the initial membership members will need to purchase to become part of your club. Through purchasing this membership, a student can be a member of your club and take part in events and socials you put on, as well as join your social media groups. It is similar to a social membership.
Once your club is able to train or engage in it’s typical sporting activities following NGB guidance and University approval, members will need to purchase a training membership to take part.
If your club enters any competitions whether it is the BUCS league, external competitions or friendlies, members will need to purchase a competition membership to cover the associated coaches e.g., officials, transport, kit. For some clubs who take part in external competitive events, rather than a membership, these will be put on sale as a ticket for your competitors to purchase when and as they occur.
BUCS competition is due to begin in January 2021. We will keep all Clubs informed of any updates around BUCS.
Sports membership includes:
- Training facilities and times
- Affiliation to your National Governing Body
- Playing kit (team dependent and if applicable)
- Referees (if applicable)
- Coaching staff (if applicable)
- Transport (minibuses / coaches / fuel) (if applicable)
- Elite Personal Accident Insurance
Checks will be carried out every week to ensure all memberships have been paid by all match day players and compeition entrants.
Please note that we reserve the right to stop a student representing the SU or the Univeristy in Sport. This is if we feel there are concerns about your attendance and/or engagement with your academic studies. The SU and the universtiy maintain a dialougue on such matters, so please bear that in mind.
Memberships are an essential part of Societies and the fee enables the society to purcase equipment, go on trips and organise events. All members of the soicety must pay the annual membership fee as determined by the committee to take part in all activities of the society.
Please note: Membership refunds will only be given within two weeks of purchase. Any requests after this time can only be granted following extenuating circumstances. Enquire at the SU Welcome Desk.
Due to the uncertain time we are in, the refund policy on all society memberships has been amended for this year. Please see our Refund Policy below for further information.
Health and Safety
All members of Students’ Union Sports clubs/societies are covered by Elite Personal Accident Cover with Endsleigh Insurance.
More details can be found here
Phone number for counselling services - 0800 519 9969
Our policy number is UKBOPC45858/036
Please note that Worcester Students’ Union is the Data Controller and details of how we process your data including how long we retain it and your rights are detailed in our Student Data Privacy Notice.
Worcester Students' Union takes its responsibility to data protection very seriously. You can view our Data Protection Policy and all other relevant documents here. If you have a query regarding data protection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worcester Students’ Union takes the responsibility of handling your data very seriously. When joining a sports club/society we will use the personal data we hold on the membership system to process your membership and enable you to access the services provided by your chosen or sports club/society. We will also use the information for monitoring and reporting on memberships of sports club/society. We will provide, internally, your name and email address to the committee of your chosen sports club/society. All committee members are volunteers within the Students’ Union and will have received appropriate data protection training before gaining access to your data. The processing of this data is necessary to provide you with the services associated with membership of your chosen sports club/society.
From time to time we or the sports club/society committee will email you to update you on events on campus and the activities that may be of interest to you as a sports club member. If you don’t want to receive emails from us you can unsubscribe at any time by either clicking on the link at the bottom of or emails or by logging on to www.worcsu.com/login and editing your details on the contact options page.
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