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TheMase

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 20, 2001
18,075
12,446
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GWS have somehow managed to get to 30k themselves. I'd love to see how these clubs actually account for these numbers. What kind of package actually counts as a membership?
“...to be counted as a member an individual must have a name, contact details, have contributed $50 to the club and received a membership pack. The official counts also include multiple memberships held by an individual. Pet memberships are not counted but the AFL confirmed babies and toddlers are included.”



I’d love to see the breakdown. If I were to guess, I would guess that we sold more 3 game memberships than last season (if you buy 2 it counts as 2).

GWS would sell a lot of three game passes, particularly in Canberra given they have 3 games there.
 

S120

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 19, 2011
9,472
9,575
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GWS have over 50% of their members on 1 or 2 game memberships. Not the most sustainable model
What's your source on that?

That would make these spruiking comments by Dave Matthews ring somewhat hollow:

“To hit 30,000 members in just our eighth season in the AFL illustrates our growth and the connection we have with our communities.

Sydney is the most competitive sporting market in the world so to reach this milestone so quickly – quicker than any other club at the elite level – is something the club, the code and our members can be proud of.

To think that we started less than a decade ago with no team name, no colours, no staff and no players; to be where we are today is phenomenal."



 

robbieando

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Oct 9, 2001
16,079
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What's your source on that?

That would make these spruiking comments by Dave Matthews ring somewhat hollow:

“To hit 30,000 members in just our eighth season in the AFL illustrates our growth and the connection we have with our communities.

Sydney is the most competitive sporting market in the world so to reach this milestone so quickly – quicker than any other club at the elite level – is something the club, the code and our members can be proud of.

To think that we started less than a decade ago with no team name, no colours, no staff and no players; to be where we are today is phenomenal."



That's my mistake. I read a graphic on their website incorrectly and mistook length of membership for amount of games, the least amount of games a Sydney based GWS member can opt for is a 4 game package. Nevertheless the finances of their membership numbers show they have always had a high number of 4 game memberships purchased either in Sydney or in the ACT. They need to convert more of the 4 game packages into 8 and 11 game packages over time so they become self supporting.

Regardless 30,000 members whichever way you cut it up is an impressive number.
 
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