Our membership scheme brings direct benefits to England Touch, and we want to be transparent about these. Many of these also benefit our members in the form of a better resourced and more responsive national governing body with an improved ability to develop and nurture touch in England.
The England Touch Association is a not-for-profit association run for the benefit of its affiliated members. For many years the ETA operated on a ’hand to mouth’ basis, with affiliation income keeping the association afloat but not allowing it to notably grow or flourish. The ETA is still volunteer run with a limited income, but the current membership scheme serves as a sustainable income stream, allowing us a greater degree of budgetary planning with the potential to employ full- or part-time officers in the future, significantly increasing our capacity to develop the sport in England.
- Understanding and communicating with members
Understanding the profile of touch participation in England is key to England Touch’s success. By collecting and maintaining accurate data on our individual and institutional members we are better placed to support players, officials, and providers to find each other, appropriately tailor our support, ensure we are meeting best-practice standards of governance, attract potential funding, and work with other bodies to grow the sport.
- Appropriate insurance provision
Adequate and appropriate insurance cover for both providers and individuals is vital for all involved in the sport. With much-improved membership data we are better able to ensure we fully comply with insurance requirements, and benefit from competitively priced policies providing the most appropriate level of cover.