CLUB IN­TRO­DUCES HOL­I­DAY TICK­ETS

Fish Dorset Stour and Hampshire Avon for just £50 a week!

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A FA­MOUS an­gling club has found a novel way to boost rev­enue – by sell­ing re­duced­price hol­i­day mem­ber­ships.

Christchurch An­gling Club in Dorset is now of­fer­ing an­glers the chance to fish some top river stretches at a frac­tion of the­s­tandard mem­ber­ship price for those who only make short vis­its.

The fa­mous club, whose stan­dard mem­ber­ship costs £147 for new adult mem­bers, is of­fer­ing new hol­i­day tick­ets at just £50 for one week or £80 for two. These gives ac­cess to prime stretches of the Rivers Stour and Avon, as well as nu­mer­ous still­wa­ters.

Club spokesman An­drew Walker said Christchurch AC wanted to make its fish­eries more ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one. He said: “The Stour and Avon still have an aura about them and are in a pop­u­lar tourist area which peo­ple from all over the coun­try like to visit.

“Af­ter talk­ing with our cus­tomers we be­lieve many an­glers are put off by the high prices, or are left to fish a di­min­ish­ing num­ber of day-ticket wa­ters, if they just want to visit the area for a short break. So we de­cided to make the change and give it a go.”

As well as hol­i­day mem­ber­ships the club has also in­tro­duced an in­ter­est-free pay monthly scheme which al­lows mem­bers a more man­age­able way to pay. An­drew added: “£147 is a lot for an­glers to pay up at front, so we wanted to give peo­ple the chance to make it eas­ier. This works out at less than £12 a month – great value con­sid­er­ing what’s on of­fer. Mem­ber­ship starts from the day they buy a ticket, so they don’t lose out if they­take it out late in the year.”

The club has al­ready seen a spike in sales as an­glers sign up to fish its wa­ters and many more take up the monthly pay­ment route. The club is now en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to fol­low suit. Said An­drew: “It makes it far eas­ier for our mem­bers to have more op­tions – gone are the days when you have one fee and only one month in the year to buy mem­ber­ship”.

To join Christchurch An­gling Club, or for full de­tails of the venues on of­fer, visit its web­site at www.christchur­chac.org.uk or call the club on 01202 480009.

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