THE SPORTS CLUB PLEDGE: A TEMPLATE LETTER TO CONSTITUENTS Dear [name of constituent] I was recently invited by the Sport and Recreation Alliance to sign the ‘Sports Club Pledge’ to show support for grassroots clubs in my constituency. I am very pleased to tell you that I have signed the pledge, and am writing to let you know how I intend to support sport and recreation in [name of constituency]. Grassroots clubs like yours play a vital role in the community, but I am aware that many are at risk due to the difficult financial climate in which they are operating. According to the 2011 Survey of Sports Clubs, the average club’s annual surplus has fallen by half since 2008 to just over £1,000, and the average adult membership has declined by ten per cent in the same period. In light of the challenges facing clubs in the constituency I intend to do the following: 1. I will support the campaign for Gift Aid on junior members’ subscriptions for Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs). If adopted, this policy would mean that clubs who register with HM Revenue and Customs as a CASC would receive an extra 25p for every £1 paid by junior members. If you would like more information about the CASC scheme please contact my office or visit www.cascinfo.co.uk. 2. I will continue to engage with the local authority and the [name of County Sports Partnership] to ensure that clubs in the constituency receive practical support to help safeguard valuable local facilities and to help raise awareness of funding opportunities available to them. 3. I will support the ‘Lighter Later’ campaign, which makes the case for moving the clocks forward an hour all year round. This will create more hours of light in the evening, thereby boosting participation in sport and recreation. More information can be found at www.lighterlater.org. 4. I will support the Sport and Recreation Alliance in its negotiations with music licensing bodies to ensure that clubs are not charged the same level of fees as profit-driven venues. I would warmly welcome your views on the challenges faced by your club and in regards to the actions set out above. If the chance arises I would be keen to visit your club and speak to you and your members in person, and if you would like to arrange a date to do so please contact my office to arrange an appropriate date. Yours sincerely, [name of MP] For an electronic version of this template please email email@example.com.