Dear Oakville Soccer Club Members:
As a responsible not-for-profit organization, communication and transparency is a priority for our members and a cornerstone and priority for both the Club’s management and Board of Directors. We are writing to you today to advise of the registration fee increases that have taken effect this season. We recognize that increased costs can make playing soccer difficult for some and as such the Club takes every step necessary to ensure we are creating a positive and affordable soccer experience for all our members in a fiscally responsible manner.
Being fiscally responsible to our members means that we have been able to maintain, if not expand our high calibre programming over the past few years while absorbing as many of the costs as possible. Unfortunately, in the past year, significant cost increases out of the Club’s control in two specific areas, have necessitated this fee increase.
Firstly, renting grass fields from the Town of Oakville has increased by 69% since 2017. This significant increase is to bring the Town’s recovery of its own grass field operating costs in line where it represents a 50% operating cost recovery for Youth programs and 100% operating cost recovery for Adults.
While we understand that the Town has a fiscal responsibility to manage its own grass field operating costs, the Club had sought and asked for the Town to: (i) phase in its grass field rental cost increases on an even basis and (ii) do so over a time frame that would keep the annual increases for all grass field users manageable. Unfortunately, despite our proposal for a phased in approach, the Town has implemented increases to the Club of 14% in 2017, 32% in 2018 and 27.5% in 2019.
Secondly, beginning this summer, Ontario Soccer will now begin to assess a $3.10 fee on all individual player registrations submitted by member clubs. This fee will be levied on all members regardless of whether they play in our Youth programs or our Adult programs.
Consequently, due to these two significant cost increases, there now exists a significant gap in our operating budget this season. As a not-for-profit organization with an obligation to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, we have found it necessary to increase the registration fees for the 2018-19 season to cover this shortfall. As a result, our core House League registration (U4 to U18) will increase between $5.00 and $30.00 depending on age level while other programs have seen similar increases.
Understanding that continuing to increase registration fees is not a sustainable strategy, Club management and the Board are actively exploring other alternatives and avenues to assist in keeping soccer affordable for all. Despite this, we still remain extremely competitive with all other soccer clubs within Peel Halton.
As an organization that prides itself on its reputation in the community and its relationship with its members, we felt there was a need to communicate and be as transparent as possible with you today.
OSC Board of Directors