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Cheaper affiliation fees for sports clubs announced



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Sports organisations are coming to the party to get players back playing with the return to competitive sport over the next few weeks.

With most codes set to have reduced programmes, sports bodies have significantly reduced affiliation fees and, in some cases, removed them for the season.

Rugby players are one group that won’t have to pay affiliation fees.

The Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union have confirmed that there will be no affiliation fees for senior and junior players for the 2020 season.

“Wai-Bush wants to make sure all clubs are able to focus on playing and enjoying their club environment once the season commences, and we would like to thank all clubs for their dedication and support during the lockdown period,” chief executive officer Tony Hargood said.

Local football teams can expect to pay from five to 26 per cent less.

Central League and W-League teams, which include the Wairarapa United men’s and women’s teams, will have almost a full season and will receive the smallest reduction of five per cent, with the new fee set at $3347 per team.

Douglas Villa Magpies, who play in Capital Division Four, a Wellington Tier One competition, will also pay the same affiliation fee.

Wairarapa local league teams will pay $1168, a saving of 20 per cent.

Junior football teams will pay 21 per cent less, except for Under-7s, whose fees have been cut by 26 per cent.

Wairarapa local league hockey players can expect to pay less for their truncated season starting on Saturday and finishing on August 29.

Hockey Wairarapa executive officer Kelly Govan said Hockey NZ affiliation fees from July 1 to June 30 the following year are paid in instalments.

She confirmed that the remainder of their HNZ fees would be reduced by about 50 per cent, and that the senior teams would pay reduced fees accordingly.

Squash will also be cheaper for players, with Squash NZ announcing a 20 per cent subsidy of all levies for the period October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.

Clubs have an option of applying the subsidy to their current year’s affiliation fees or taking a credit note for their 2021 fees.

Netball Wairarapa had previously confirmed that Netball NZ are not charging affiliation fees and Netball Central have reduced their fees by 50 per cent.

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