Q. Do I need a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership, and what is it?
A. You only need a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership if you are a member of a Sport Lancaster Plus club. Full details of what your Sport Lancaster Plus Membership includes are listed below but any additional revenue created from the Sport Lancaster Plus Memberships is ring fenced for investment into Sport Lancaster Plus Clubs. Once all memberships are paid and agreed expenses are settled, funding applications are welcomed by all Sport Lancaster Plus Clubs for any remaining funding for any equipment that clubs requires. We aim to open these applications by February.
All members of Sport Lancaster Plus Clubs must buy a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership in addition to their club membership.
Q. How much is a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership and what does it include?
A. For the 2018/19 season, the standard Sport Lancaster Plus Membership is £109 and includes the following:
- Fully funded club BUCS fees, which includes the following for the agreed amount of teams for your club:
- Transport for BUCS fixtures and competitions*
- BUCS affiliation
- BUCS entry fees
- Official Sport Lancaster Canterbury club playing kit for agreed amount of BUCS teams for your club
- Exclusive access to the sports centre for Sport Lancaster Plus Members from 6.15 – 10pm every Sunday during term time
- Facility usage for all BUCS matches and competitions for your club**
- At least 2 weekly term time bookings in the sports centre facilities for your club training with the opportunity for your club to request additional facilities for one off events and competitions, subject to availability**
- At least 12 club hours for pre-season, trials and Roses training in the sports centre facilities*
- Sports Centre access, in line with Bronze level membership***
- A designated Lead Contact for your club who works closely with your Exec to support the progress and development of your sport in line with your ‘Club Development Plan’
- Access to Tier 2 Roses Development funding, for Roses competing teams
- Access to Sport Lancaster Plus funding (applications for this will open in February once all Sport Lancaster Plus Membership instalments have been paid)
- Greater priority for minibus bookings
*Mode of transport provided will be the most cost effective
**These benefits are only for clubs who the University can provide on campus facilities for. If your club do not use University facilities the Union will have agreed set terms and conditions for funding towards your facility and transport costs
***If you wish to have access to the Sports Centre in line with any of the other Gym Membership packages i.e. Silver, Gold or Platinum you can do so at the normal student rate cost for these packages. Just explain to the reception staff that you are a member of a Sport Lancaster Plus Club and they will sell you the Sport Lancaster Membership not the ordinary Gym Membership for your desired level.
Q. I’m not a member of a Sport Lancaster Plus Club but I would like to access the additional benefits of Sport Lancaster Plus Membership. Can I purchase one?
A. No. Due to current capacities in staffing, funding and facility, only members of Sport Lancaster Plus clubs can purchase a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership and access the associated benefits.
Q. How do I purchase my Sport Lancaster Plus Membership?
A. In order to purchase a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership you must have already purchased a membership to one of the Sport Lancaster Plus Clubs. You can do this here on the Students’ Union website:
Once you have done this you will be able to purchase a Sport Lancaster Membership at the Sports Centre. You can do this yourself prior to Term starting but to make sure everything is as easy as possible for everyone we will be allocating each club a membership session with the Sports Centre prior to, or following, their training sessions in Week 1 to get everyone’s memberships sorted. A full timetable of membership sessions can be found here
If you would rather pay your Sport Lancaster Plus Membership over the phone you can do so by calling this number: 01524 510609
Failure to purchase a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership will not only prevent you gaining access to the Sports Centre, including for your club training and matches, but it will also put your club at risk of suspension.
Q. I’ve already purchased a Gym Membership, do I need to purchase another membership to meet the requirements for the Sport Lancaster Plus Membership?
A. That depends, if you have already purchased your Club Membership then no, you do not need to purchase anything else. You do however need to go to the Sports Centre and ask that they upgrade your Gym Membership to a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership. Failure to do this will prevent you accessing the additional benefits of the Sport Lancaster Plus Membership (listed above) and it will also mean that your membership payment will not contribute towards the ring fenced money for Sport Lancaster Plus Clubs, it will simply go to facilities.
If you have purchased a Gym Membership but not yet purchased your Club Membership then you must purchase this in order to upgrade your Gym Membership to a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership.
Please note that individual Club Memberships are set by each club, not the Students’ Union or the University. The cost of these memberships therefore vary from sport to sport. If you have not done so already you can purchase your Club Membership here on the Students’ Union website:
Q. I have joined a Sport Lancaster Plus Club but I’m really struggling financially. Is there any support for anyone who cannot afford a Sport Lancaster Plus Membership or face additional financial barriers to participate?
A. Absolutely! We never want cost to be a financial barrier to participation in sport and therefore work really hard to ensure that sport is as sustainable as possible but also accessible to everyone. In regards to Sport Lancaster Plus Membership if you cannot afford to pay the membership in one payment you can instead pay in two instalments of £54.50, which we have lined up as best we can with student finance payments. The first instalment must be paid prior to or during your club’s designated membership session with the sports centre which will take place between Oct 8th – 14th 2018 and the 2nd instalment must be paid by Jan 18th 2019. A full timetable of membership sessions can be found here:
If the instalments still pose a financial barrier to you, or you require additional financial support to compete in a Sport Lancaster Plus Club, you can apply for funding from the Sport Lancaster Access Fund. For more information on this fund please click here
Alternatively, if you are facing financial hardship outside of just membership costs for sport make sure you have checked out all the options available to support you here at Lancaster. These can be found here: