Staffs Moorlands AC is a community based, friendly running club based in Leek. Runners of all ages and all abilities are welcome.
We hold regular track sessions at Birchall playing fields as well as organising a number of weekly training runs of varying distances.
The club year runs from the 1st April each year to the end of March the next, but new members may join at any time. Our AGM is usually held in February.
Current Membership Fees
Please go to https://membership.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk/pages/joining to find our current fee structure.
Affiliation fees should be paid for each family member wishing to affiliate to England Athletics on top of the club membership fee.
*Juniors who are new members of the club do not need to pay a club membership fee until the following membership year. This means that they can get between 1 and 364 free days of membership. It does not entitle them to a free year from the date that they join. EA affiliation fees still apply.
Juniors are those people whose age on 1st April is not yet 18. All others are deemed to be seniors.
For all junior under 13, we also require a parent or guardian to register, either as a member in their own right or as an Associate Member.
Family membership is charged at the standard rate for each adult (minimum of one) + 1 x the current Junior rate for an unlimited number of Juniors in the same family/household. Each individual member of the family requiring EA affiliation must pay the EA affiliation fee (currently £15 per athlete) on top of the club Family Membership fee.
Older members who are 60 years of age or over on 1st April are entitled to a reduced membership payment equivalent to the Junior membership fee currently in force.
Students We do not offer a reduced membership fee to individual members who are students.
Associate Members pay no fees, but may not enter any races as a club member.
Affiliation to England Athletics
The club membership fee does not include the affiliation for EA. It is a personal decision whether you wish to affiliate, but you may find that you are unable to be entered in some races as a consequence. The club handles the affiliation on your behalf (unless you are transferring an affiliation in from another club- see below).
If you wish to be affiliated to EA you must pay the full affiliation fee in the applicable year (1st April - 30th March) whether you join at the beginning of the year or in the last month unless you are already affiliated and transferring from another club (in which case you should not need to pay again).
Members who do not affiliate to England Athletics are not permitted to run as affiliated athletes in races run under EA/UKA rules (and not at all in some races e.g. North Staffs league, county championships) but may run as unaffiliated in some EA/UKA road races. All paid-up members, whether or not affiliated, may take part in club activities at club rates (e.g. Summer Series, Christmas Cracker).
If you are currently affiliated and wish to continue your affiliation uninterrupted, then you need to pay your subs promptly on receipt of the renewal notice and in any event by 1st April. Affiliation renewal fees are due to England Athletics by 1st April and the club has reluctantly decided it can no longer take the risk of assuming a member's wish to remain affiliated and pay the fees in anticipation of receipt of the subs.
If you are transferring to SMAC from another club and are already affiliated through your former club, please remember to notify England Athletics as we are unable to transfer your affiliation on your behalf.
Joining the Club
We provide a Membership Management portal from where you can sign up to join the club and thereafter manage and maintain your own personal data.
The procedure to follow in order to join the club, including guidance on using the portal, is detailed on the 'Club Joining Process' page.
Payment of fees
Subs are due on joining and thereafter on or before 1st April each year.
Cheque Payee should be made out to "Staffs Moorlands AC".
Bank account details for BACS transfer:
'Barclays Bank'. Account Name: "Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic Club"; Sort: 20 48 70; Account number: 60166464.
Reference: this should be the initials and surname of the member(s)
If you do not wish to renew your membership, then you must resign at least 7 days before the next AGM, which is usually in the first or second week of February each year (notice of AGM is sent to all members at least four weeks before the meeting).
We will not renew EA affiliation of members with outstanding subs until they have been paid.
If you have not paid this year, please do so immediately, unless the Membership Secretary has already made arrangements with you.
Rejoiners: If you previously left the club with outstanding fees due, you will be expected to pay these in addition to any fees that are due to the re-joining process.
Grants and Support
In order to be eligible for grants or other financial support from the club, you must have paid your subs in full, and have been issued with proof of membership.
We assume that if you are a member in one particular year, that you wish to remain a member the next membership year too, unless you resign in advance.
If you do decide to resign please notify the Membership Secretary, contact details are given below.
Data Privacy and managing your data
We have provided a portal to enable you to manage your own (or your family's) membership data, provide your consent for us to share your data with England Athletics, and set your mailing list preferences.
Existing/Rejoining Members: Please do NOT create a new portal account if you are already a member, or were previously a member of the club. We have already done this for you. If you have never logged into your account but now need to change your details or confirm consent for us to share your data with England Athletics please contact the membership secretary for details on how to log in to your account.
If you wish to convert to a Family Membership please contact the membership secretary.
If you have any difficulties, please contact the membership secretary, and he will help.
Club constitution can be found here.
or by post:
Adrian Northcott (SMAC)
14 Hugo Street