A message from our Board of Directors
We are excited to welcome you all back and are grateful for your continued support of the Club.
The value of our sport, to both our members and community, in providing opportunities for the kids in our community to play is undeniable and we are committed to continuing to offer this unmatched opportunity to young people and families across our area.
The last few months have been difficult for our community and our club and for the game as a whole. Over the past few months, our Board has been diligent in taking this opportunity to review our operations and financial strategy. We have done our due diligence in evaluating Clubs across the region and statewide and working on new approaches moving into our next season. We are excited about our direction and look forward to sharing more in the near future.
We wanted to share the upcoming fee structure, as some things will change. We have worked incredibly hard to keep our membership fees as low as possible. In comparison to clubs across the region – specifically Tampa and Orlando- our fees have remained in tandem with the needs of our community. We are proud that our cost is still lower than many of our club counterparts and we are still highly competitive with these larger clubs.
The Board of Directors met to finalize the 2020-2021 budget for the club. Over the past few weeks, we have been made aware of an increase in our insurance costs, as well as an increase in costs associated with what is now called Florida Club League 1, formerly the NPL. In addition to these operating costs increasing, as well as new costs associated with COVID-19, the board has worked diligently to review all future and prior costs associated with the travel program to ensure that we can continue to provide you with the very best product at the lowest cost possible. The Board of Directors has made the decision to increase our travel fees slightly to sustain our travel programs.
We have produced a travel document located here where you can view information related to our travel program, as well as the 2020-2021 fee structure for your age groups.
Second, we have established a new fee structure to better communicate how your dollars are allocated across the Club. This structure will consist of a “Club Fee” and a “Team Fee.” This will allow your teams some flexibility moving forward, while also providing additional opportunities for each team if desired. This structure is consistent with best practices across the state, as well as nationwide.
The Club fee will consist of administrative and operational costs of the club including but not limited to training fees, coaching fees, player registration to FYSA and/or US club soccer, facility rental fees, field & facility expenses, insurances, and other costs as determined by LTFC. All fees remain the same throughout the season regardless of the number of days in the season.
Team Fees do not include club/program fees and will include all tournaments and events, showcases, league fees, referee fees, and coaching travel costs associated with specific club teams. This will better match fees with the various expenses related to each team.
We know this current climate has been difficult for everyone. It has been a difficult time for the Tropics Club as well. We did not take increasing fees lightly. Our goal is to ensure that the travel program can sustain itself. We do offer scholarships, payment plans, and support for your child and family. We also have incentives for those who may wish to pay their total fees at once.
Please visit our website for information on our scholarship program or contact the Club directly to discuss your situation. We want every child to have the opportunity to play and will not allow finances to hinder that.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued support of the Lakeland Tropics.