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Coach Membership - Media Release

Suanne Waugh, Wednesday, 28 January 2015



Melbourne, Australia | 28/01/2015

Coach membership

Coach Membership was voted on and implemented by the Pony Club Association of Victoria (PCAV) State Council in November 2014 and will be reviewed in November 2015 along with all other membership categories.

Membership categories were identified as an area of strategic importance and therefore included in the PCAV Strategic Plan in 2009.  A sub committee was formed in February 2012 to review and define membership categories and opportunities that may exist for the organisation in this area.  Adult Riding Membership was the first new category to be defined and was introduced in April 2012 for the 2013-2014 Membership Year.

Coach Membership was identified as the next category to be addressed because the process of relying on Clubs to register Coaches as Adult Supporters or Service Providers was considered time consuming for Club Officials and the data was often not accurate or adequate.

Membership with an organisation establishes a relationship and intent to operate and comply with the rules of the organisation. Changes over recent years to legal requirements, specifically the Working with Children’s legislation, have also highlighted a need to keep better information on members within Pony Club.

As a volunteer organisation we are not exempt from the law. Every person on a committee of an Incorporated Body, such as Club or Zone, has an obligation to ensure they operate in a legal manner and they can be held accountable for not doing so.

Pony Club Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation which currently depends largely on membership fees and government grants to run its operations, services and programs.  These activities are aimed at creating a quality Pony Club experience for riders, families and support personnel.

Members' fees are channeled back into programs and services such as membership managment, club official training, NCAS training and accreditation, club development programs, insurance, websites and the magazine.

Currently Riding Membership fees are the only method of deriving funds to support the running of the organisation, however many services are targeted and made available to support personnel.  Many organisations have support personnel take up membership with the organisation to formalise their association and financially support the functions of the organisation.

Paying a membership fee is a way of supporting an organisation and helping to ensure it can continue to grow and provide services to all who operate within its ranks.  Coach Membership is about asking coaches to assist with supporting PCAV on this level and being proud to say they are a member of Pony Club. 

Becoming a Coach Member of Pony Club is a way of supporting our riders and Pony Club’s aim to create a fun, enjoyable, challenging and inspiring space for them to enjoy their horses with their friends.

More information and a link to TryBooking can be found on the website. 

Contact information

Add for further media information contact:   
PCAV Office |  E coaching@ponyclubvic.org.au:  |  P: 03 8685 8925