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Member Participation in Windsurfing

WPWC is designated as a Community Amateur Sports Club. This entitles us to relief on the property rates that we pay to the local council. That’s important - if we didn’t get an annual rebate from the council we’d have to put up the cost of member subscriptions. HMRC brought in rules which require clubs receiving rebates to demonstrate adequate levels of ‘participation’. They’ve set this as being at least 50% of members participating (visiting their club or a related activity) an average of once a month, or 12 times per year.  These rules are really aimed at weeding out sports clubs where maybe making money from the drinks bar is more important than actually doing sport. It seems unlikely then that HMRC would penalise us. So, whilst our club isn’t really the target, we can’t be too complacent and it’s worth us following some simple steps to demonstrate compliance.

We ask members to commit to taking part 12 times a year, or once per month if joining part way through the year. That includes coastal visits with other members and doing any maintenance, or helping with events and the like. We hope this isn’t too onerous. We’re not making anyone come up more than it suits them though and we’re not going to keep count! We’ve decided to drop the tick list we were operating as it wasn’t completely reliable - members forgot to record some visits and other sailing they did away from the club. In any case, the data we have from membership forms for 2016/17 and 2017/18 indicates that we complied with HMRC’s requirements even if some participation wasn’t recorded. We also recognise that windsurfing is a very physical activity and you can’t do it every time you want to, due to safety or health concerns!

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John L - 22/05/2019 - 21:49

Wind meter is out of action. Dave Martin keeps having to correct the focus on the webcam. NWWA & Working Party on Sunday. Camping & BBQ too? Recreational sailing - wind Monday too.

davemonks - 22/05/2019 - 16:12

Does anyone want a Fanatic Bee117litres. No charge.

tiggerchris - 22/05/2019 - 14:26

Is the webcam and wind meter out of action. Just get a very blurry image and no wind. I thought I was out of action due to 2 broken collar bones and torn tendons but it may be worse !

echo man - 21/05/2019 - 10:15

going up today forecast looks ok on xc weather hope to be there for 12ish

davemonks - 18/05/2019 - 10:18

Wifes gone to Manchester shopping so going up to the club for a bit of mowing take my mind off her spending

John L - 17/05/2019 - 10:51

May make it up before 4pm today

AntonyR - 17/05/2019 - 07:59

Hoping to get up for 1ish

Ralph - 16/05/2019 - 20:06

Am thinking of sailing after work tomorrow (Friday) after about 6pm? Anyone else?

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