“Oh NO ” not more challenges for Lodge Sports. I’m sorry to have to say that under the new management guidelines and the new YOSC pricing structure i have been forced to make a few changes.
For many years of Lodge Sports hiring the athletics track, i have seen many parents sit in the stands and do nothing whilst their children run and develop. Well as many of you know i have always encouraged the parent to “” Do Something” and this was one of the things i encouraged, and over the years we have had a few parents run/walk around the track in lane 1 that i kept free for them. Lately this progressed into a small circuit session as well, that encouraged the parents to “” do something””.We have also recently had a dad come to throw Javelin again who use to train with Steve Backley how inspirational is that for the children. That’s how i see it inspirational for the children to see their parents on the track and happy.
The hire charge for the track was for juniors and that’s what the clubs were, ok so a hand full of parents ran/walked around the inside lane and many of them we didn’t charge, that’s good right, well lets tell you whats changed.
As from the 1st of April because Lodge Sports is classed as a commercial operation my charge for the track is to double, if i were NOT classed as commercial then my charges for the track for the hour would have increased by £1. Hmmmm that’s the first bit now for the parents. If i allow parents on the track during a junior session then my charge will be quadrupled eg £57 or £66 for the hour. So with just a hand full of parents that use the track i’m afraid that YOSC will no longer let adults onto the junior session unless i pay the adult prices, this makes it very difficult for me as many i don’t charge and still don’t intend to charge. It was my way of giving something back to those parents that bring their children week after week, Therefore, those adults will now have to stop running and stop inspiring their children, as for the Javelin thrower i’m sorry you cant inspire the children either, and as for the young 28yr old that comes on her own on a Friday night trying to get into the fire brigade but trying to improve her running, I’M SORRY but you cant come either as i would need to charge you £50 for the hour and i wont do that.
Whats the answer, well i’m trying to talk to to the management but they seem to be set in their new ways at the moment but i will keep you up to date with any developments. As for how i feel, don’t ask many of you know me and i am frustrated (and that’s polite) that this is happening after so many years of building, “” i wonder whats changed””
If anyone has any answers i’m up for listening.