CASC Case Studies - Making a Difference
Barnsley RUFC registered as a CASC in April 2004. Since then officials estimate the club has saved more than £32,000 in relief from business rates alone. Savings have been used to replace worn out equipment, provide new kit for juniors, develop playing fields and make plans to update changing roomsand facilities.
As their secretary, Brian Johnson, explained, “CASC status hasn’t changed anything we do at the club. It’s just made the running of the club that bit easier financially.”
Woodford RUFC is an excellent example of a rugby club benefiting hugely from registering as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC). Founded in 1924, they now have 550 members and 250 below the age of 20. They run five senior teams and mini and youth sides at every age group. But having built a new clubhouse in 1994, which cost £400,000, financed through the membership, grants from the Sports Council and bank loans, they hit trouble.
Various ventures designed to cover the £20,000 loan repayments and interest payments failed, leaving them with a major debt of £200,000. Survival became a real problem.
The extension of Gift Aid to Community Amateur Sports Clubs was seen as a major opportunity and registration was easy, as the club’s constitution already met the registration requirements. They were even able to claim Gift Aid on a £30,000 donation received after April 2002, but before the application.
The club called a special meeting to explain their perilous position and the urgent need to raise £200,000 and explained the benefits of being a registered CASC to members.
Woodford members were encouraged to support the campaign for survival, by making one-off donations or regular donations paid by standing order.
The scheme has had a dramatic impact. In six months they have raised £113,000 in one-off donations and a claim, which was easy to make. This is double the largest application received by them to date. Some £27,500 of regular donations by standing orders means that over the next five years they will have an annual income of £7,000 including Gift Aid. With the promises that they have and donations in the pipeline, they will achieve their £200,000 objective, including £45,000 of Gift Aid.
Says David Shephard, “It is simple to administer. Gift aid is now a fundamental consideration in our approach to all future fund raising. I would thoroughly recommend it to other rugby clubs.”
Salcombe Rugby Football Club was one of the first clubs to realise the benefits of CASC and registered in 2002. A thriving community club in Devon, Salcombe has been able to build on its success.
Utilising Gift Aid and the mandatory rate relief, Salcombe have been able to invest in the club's facilities. In addition to purchasing new playing kits with the saved money, Salcombe have refurbished their bar area and purchased a new scrummaging machine, both of which would have been that bit more difficult without CASC registration.
Salcombe's junior ranks are swelling. The refurbishment in the club's facilities has actually increased its revenue, reinforcing its place at the centre of the local community
Ilkley Rugby Football Club Secretary Ken Bernard states “The most important benefit has been the ability to claim the tax paid at basic rate on all donations under the Gift Aid scheme. The process is very simple and the Inland Revenue have sent us a cheque for the amount claimed within four weeks of the end of our financial year. In the last two years we have received donations of £28,000 and received a further £7900 in refunds from the IR.
We have found that people are more willing to give donations not only because a higher rate tax payer can obtain further relief but also because they know their donations will not be used to pay players (against the rules of a CASC) but will be invested in the infrastructure of the Club.
In addition we have found that some Trusts whose rules stipulate that they can only give to registered charities are prepared to extend this to registered CASCs.
We do of course get mandatory Council tax relief as a CASC and this saves us a little over £2000 each year. Many Councils do give relief to non CASC registered sports clubs but this could be withdrawn at any time whereas a CASC is guaranteed a minimum of 80% relief.
In short there are many advantages of CASC registration and I can't understand why all amateur rugby clubs have not registered.”