Gareth T Ellis wrote:
Alex Holowczak » Mon May 29, 2017 4:54 pm
Neill Cooper wrote:
Presumably at near year's Megafinals Alex H will have to charge an excess of about £10 for each entrant who is not an ECF member.
We'll see. The hope is that having played in the Megafinal, they will play in some of Warwickshire CA's other tournament next season, and thus already be members long before then. Otherwise, yes, I'll try to arrange with the UKCC that the information about becoming Silver members is available at the time they enter.
Alex, you are running a qualifying stage of a UK event (not an ECF event), surely the entry fee and conditions are set by the tournament organisers and would be the same for all entrants.
As parents now have a choice to which Megafinal they enter their children, you could find numbers dropping next year if the current Free Silver Members don't want to join next year.
The UKCC organisers have shown admirable flexibility so far to cater for local situations. For example, we could choose our own schedule and time limit, an option the previous organisers didn't offer. So maybe they would be flexible there, too? It is something I'd need to talk to them about.
The biggest threat to the Warwickshire Megafinal in terms of entries, I learnt, is that it is much stronger than the Worcestershire Megafinal. Many of the children who live on Mike's boundary between the two who didn't qualify (i.e. all players in West Birmingham) expressed an interest in entering that one instead next year because they believe it will be easier for them to qualify for the Gigafinal. To what extent I am concerned about this - given our venue couldn't really hold the 250+ players and their families who turned up this year - is unclear to me at the moment, particularly given I also help to organise the Worcestershire Megafinal. If we lost 20% of the entries at Warwickshire, the benefit would be that we fit in the venue.