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How to save money using sports club membership software
07 February 2019

How to save money using sports club membership software

April 2019 Update

The whole team here at Coacha are super excited to have annouced that we are launching the US version of Coacha shortly. Coacha will allow American users to use all features within Coacha, such as registers, payments, hold a membership database, communication, safeguarding features and so on. Check out our US website for more information.


We speak to sports clubs every single day. Regardless of whether they’re charitable or profitable, the majority of club owners we speak to tell us that their biggest frustration is losing money or spendng too much of it. This is normally down to the fees involved with their sports club membership software.

When you’re a club owner who works full time, might have children to look after or just has a busy life, sitting down and working out where your outgoings are ending up can be a chore. It can also take away precious hours that could be spent coaching.

Between missed fees, being overcharged and paying more in fees than they were expecting, our club owners are normally at a loss when they arrive on the other end of our Support Team’s phone/inbox. It’s through extensive conversations with new (and now long-term, loyal) users at the start of their Coacha journey, that we began to learn about other pieces of club membership software out there and their fees. It’s needless to say we were (and still are) shocked.

 

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Being a sports club membership software by coaches, for coaches, our primary aim isn’t making money. It’s helping other clubs. Sure, like any business, we need to charge for our service in order to keep it running and in continuous development. But we certainly do not charge any more than we need to, in order to do this.

We thought we’d let you the best tips on how to save money when joining a piece of sports club management software.


 




1. Be sceptical of “free software”


The software that initially seems more attractive to many users is the one marked as “free”. We get it, “free software” in comparison to paying a monthly fee means it’s saving your club money, right? Wrong. We’re yet to find a piece of software that advertise as free, but don’t make a percentage on your transaction fees.

‘They’ve got to make their money somehow’ and ‘a few percent works out as nothing’ we hear many of you saying. Well we hate to say it, but in majority of cases, clubs who are enticed by this clever marketing tactic often end up paying thousands of pounds more per year.

It’s important to ask your potential new provider for a breakdown of their transaction fees. If they mark up their fees, this will include the standard transaction fee of the payment processor, plus an additional charge from the software provider. Therefore, their software isn’t “free” at all.

We’re yet to find a "free" software provider that openly advertises their transaction fee breakdown yet. So be sure to check before you subscribe. It’s important to be with a piece of software who are transparent and who you feel has you best interests at heart.

 

2. Do the maths on transaction fees


As mentioned above, marking up of transaction fees can add thousands onto your annual club management software cost.

We know that an extra 2-3% doesn’t seem like much, but trust us when we tell you to do the maths. When you work it out over a year, we think you’ll be shocked.

We recently published a blog post comparing the fees of some popular sports club management software providers so you can see what we mean. Take a look, the results may shock you.
 

 

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3. Check for tiered pricing


If there’s one thing we hate, it’s a tiered pricing structure. Why penalise a sports club (especially many who are non-profit) for wanting to grow their members? You may think the package you fit into now seems okay. But what if you have an influx of members? Or an additional 2 members push you into the next payment bracket which is a substantial amount higher than the initial plan? Think it through properly before you go ahead with a provider.


4. Check for additional add-ons


We’ve all asked “what comes as standard?” at some point in our lives. Whether it be a phone contract, car insurance or a new laptop. The question we always end up asking ourselves is “is the product really worth it, for the potential additional costs on top of the standard costs?”. And the answer is normally ‘no’.

You may start off paying as standard, but their limiting features and clever marketing may lure you into upgrading. And before you know it, you’re paying more than you wanted to in the first place. Just be conscious of what features are additional extras, what you need in a piece of software and the prices if you did need to purchase an add-on.

 




One thing we’re incredibly proud of is Coacha’s whole model and pricing structure. For £25 per month our users get complete and unlimited access to all Coacha features. There is no tiered pricing structure and we don’t mark up transaction fees. We’re completely transparent and that’s something that will never change. Coacha is software by coaches, for coaches. And we really think that shows. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Coacha and have a look around, sign up for a free trial today and see what you’re missing out on.
 

P.s. Did you know that Coacha can help organise your finances ready for Making Tax Digital? If you're a profitable sports club who earns more than the VAT threshold, check out Coacha helps with Making Tax Digital here.

Testimonials

Taylor James

Taylor James

Sep 25, 2018

Always do their best to help sports clubs save time, money and do more things that they enjoy.

Kelly Loughlin

Kelly Loughlin

Sep 25, 2018

An amazing service, has saved me hours and hours of admin. Easy way to take payments and safely store athlete details. Such a huge weight off my shoulders!

Marley Hughes

Marley Hughes

Sep 6, 2018

Couldn't run my swimming classes without it now. The team are just great, really helpful, will always help you out. The system is really reliable - I tried a lot of different pieces of software and none matched Coacha for price and features. Thanks guys. x

Kim Readman

Kim Readman

Nov 7, 2018

Great software, still very much a work in progress, but fantastic so far and the customer service is absolutely first rate :)

Jess Mortimer

Jess Mortimer

Oct 1, 2018

We have just started using Coacha this season and honestly it is one of the best decisions I have made this year! I used to spend hours on admin, chasing people for payments, taking cash & cheques to the bank and then checking to make sure the payments had actually gone into our account. Now I no longer have to write out invoices or handle cash and Coacha wil... l do the chasing for payments for me - which is amazing! Whenever I have any questions I get straight on the phone and their amazing team have either got the problem solved in seconds, or they get back to me as soon as they can with a solution. I cannot recommended this software and the support team enough. Thank you from one happy and less stressed Cheerleading coach!  read more

Katie Dignan

Katie Dignan

Sep 25, 2018

Amazing software that has helped our club so much!

Nick Phillips-Holt

Nick Phillips-Holt

Jul 27, 2018

Coacha is superb. I run a shooting range in Gloucestershire and it helps me keep on top of my admin. Helpful support. Very good software that they should charge more for!

Alice BK Robinson

Alice BK Robinson

Jan 22, 2019

Brilliant service, saved us so much time in the office meaning we can spend more time actually coaching!! 100% recommend!

Brooke Hockley

Brooke Hockley

Sep 26, 2018

Before heading into our second season as a club and doubling in size we were very apprehensive about the administration aspect. I am so grateful to have come across coacha as it has made my life seamless in terms of the membership process among other factors such as data protection. We have also set up a stripe account to collect our monthly fees and I am very ex... cited about this as it is going to completely eliminate the tiresome process of chasing people. The report section of coacha is also really handy to be able to track who has set up their subscription. Taylor & the coacha team’s response time to feedback is excellent and I have been very impressed with the service so far. Coacha is revolutionising the way we work and they are doing a fantastic job!  read more

Molly Jewitt

Molly Jewitt

Jan 8, 2019

The Coacha software has made managing our swim school so much easier! So simple and straight forward to use and saves hours of admin work.
No more chasing people for payments getting half cash half bank transfers or having to think who paid what, everything is sorted out with a click of a button! Highly recommend, great software!

Taylor James

Taylor James

Sep 25, 2018

Always do their best to help sports clubs save time, money and do more things that they enjoy.

Kelly Loughlin

Kelly Loughlin

Sep 25, 2018

An amazing service, has saved me hours and hours of admin. Easy way to take payments and safely store athlete details. Such a huge weight off my shoulders!

Marley Hughes

Marley Hughes

Sep 6, 2018

Couldn't run my swimming classes without it now. The team are just great, really helpful, will always help you out. The system is really reliable - I tried a lot of different pieces of software and none matched Coacha for price and features. Thanks guys. x

Kim Readman

Kim Readman

Nov 7, 2018

Great software, still very much a work in progress, but fantastic so far and the customer service is absolutely first rate :)

Jess Mortimer

Jess Mortimer

Oct 1, 2018

We have just started using Coacha this season and honestly it is one of the best decisions I have made this year! I used to spend hours on admin, chasing people for payments, taking cash & cheques to the bank and then checking to make sure the payments had actually gone into our account. Now I no longer have to write out invoices or handle cash and Coacha wil... l do the chasing for payments for me - which is amazing! Whenever I have any questions I get straight on the phone and their amazing team have either got the problem solved in seconds, or they get back to me as soon as they can with a solution. I cannot recommended this software and the support team enough. Thank you from one happy and less stressed Cheerleading coach!  read more

Katie Dignan

Katie Dignan

Sep 25, 2018

Amazing software that has helped our club so much!




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