Changes to the Club Shop and payment of fees

For the last 3 years We have been using an eCommerce package to help sell training courses, take payment for Club fees and list typical costs and suppliers of fencing equipment.

For technical reasons and increased software licence costs, this will be decommissioned by Easter and will be replaced by a simpler set of pages with Pay Now buttons linking directly to online payment providers.

Paypal will be retained as a payment provider but it has become a victim of its own success, taking 50% of fees, and we are now paying £350 per year in bank charges.

We are therefore introducing a new payment provider called GoCardLess. This is the same system being used by British Fencing’s new membership system, and other major companies, to take payments using the UK Direct Debit system.  It works in much the same way as a debit card, taking payment directly from a bank account. It is all done online with no paperwork needed.

Charges to the club for the service are only one quarter those of Paypal! (1% v 4%). and members are encouraged to use this method of payment.

The new screens are already active for the Adult Training Classes starting in April