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Helennn Wed 19-Oct-11 20:55:48

Have paid £95 to ds' football club for the coming year. Used to be able to pay it in 3 installments but last year they changed it so that you had to pay it all in one go.

6 weeks into the season son has decided he is happy to change to the club that is 5 mins up the road from us as he has moved school and now knows boys going to the local club, rather than the one 40 minutes away where we used to live.

So, am I being unreasonable to have expected a part refund of the £95 I have paid? I was not told any-where when I paid that this was non-refundable, but apparently it is apart from exceptional circumstances.

troisgarcons Wed 19-Oct-11 20:57:22

YABU - clubs have signing on fees - you knew that when you signed up. They use those to affiliate to the FA for one thing - do you think the FA will give them a refund because you are fickle?

cjbartlett Wed 19-Oct-11 20:58:20

Well they might have turned Down another child who could have started in September
I wouldn't have expected a refund in that situation tbh

slavetofilofax Wed 19-Oct-11 21:01:15


You are choosing not to use the service they are providing.

I would expect a refund if your ds broke his leg or something, but not just because you changed your mind.

Helennn Wed 19-Oct-11 21:22:04

Fair enough, thought that's the reaction I would get. However, 3boys, I said a part refund, I certainly didn't expect the FA to give them a refund or insurance etc. I know the club have certain fixed costs, I do not see why I should pay for example towards the referee they have to pay for home matches until next June when we will not be using it.

Also, the new club only charges £10 to register (so the same for the old club I presume), and then £2 per week when they train or play a home match. This is for much better facilities (a club house and they train inside in the winter).

And no, the old team are short of players so certainly nobody lost a place. If this had been the case we probably would have forced my son to move before (which we really didn't want to do as he has had to sacrifice quite a lot already by us moving house - job move).

troisgarcons Wed 19-Oct-11 21:26:53

TBH, speaking from a household of sports fanatics, distance wouldnt make any of mine switch clubs. It's all about 'team' and not letting people down etc. Your words the old team are short of players lets hope it doesnt fold because he's got new mates and let the old ones down.

Helennn Wed 19-Oct-11 21:32:57

Ha ha 3 boys, I'm not rising to it I'm afraid. Family comes before the team in our house and being able to pay the petrol bill is also an unfortunate reality.

The old team have just gained 2 new players so it won't be folding.

Off to watch Grand designs, so will check back in the morning.

troisgarcons Wed 19-Oct-11 21:44:19

I wasn't having a pop - its a bit like asking a Chelsea fan to start supporting Gillingham - you are either with the team or you aren't. No one likes a Tevez.

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