The St George Illawarra Dragons currently sit third in the overall Club Membership tally behind the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos and the NRL has this week announced a competition for NRL Club Members as part of their commitment to growing Club Membership numbers.
There will be two Club Member Races based on attracting the most new members from the start of the race to the end of the race with a prize pool of $400,000 and the opportunity for Members to have a chance to decide how to spend the winnings should their Club be lucky enough to win the race.
There will be a total prize pool of $200,000 across each race, consisting of $100,000 in cash and $100,000 in advertising grants.
In the first race, prize money will be offered to the three clubs with the greatest increase in their total membership number by Tuesday, May 20.
Race two will reward the top three clubs with the greatest percentage increase in their total membership number, during the same period.
"We are having two races to ensure that clubs with a larger membership base as well as those with smaller membership numbers can compete," said Head of Commercial Mr Paul Kind.
"We thought that it was important to give our club members a say in how they would like some of their prize pool is spent.
"It’s a great way to get the members excited and hear their thoughts on investment.
"Suggestions might include a member’s party, new club facilities, charity donations and interstate travel rewards."
2014 NRL Membership Race Starting Points
Rabbitohs - Race starting point: 25,832 (2013 Numbers 27,392)
Broncos - Race starting point: 18,704 (2013 Numbers 26,140)
Dragons - Race starting point: 14,741 (2013 Numbers 19,748)
Knights - Race starting point: 14,300 (2013 Numbers 16,506)
Eels - Race starting point: 12,957 (2013 Numbers 17,162)
Bulldogs - Race starting point: 12,319 (2013 Numbers 15,508)
Storm - Race starting point: 11,172 (2013 Numbers 15,020)
Roosters - Race starting point: 11,582 (2013 Numbers 13,842)
Cowboys - Race starting point: 10,352 (2013 Numbers 10,991)
Sea Eagles - Race starting point: 9,352 (2013 Numbers 11,006)
Panthers - Race starting point: 7,806 (2013 Numbers 6,143)
Warriors - Race starting point: 6,013 (2013 Numbers 10,386)
Sharks - Race starting point: 6,273 (2013 Numbers 7,589)
Titans - Race starting point: 7,068 (2013 Numbers 10,319)
Wests Tigers - Race starting point: 5,790 (2013 Numbers 11,660)
Raiders - Race starting point: 6,300 (2013 Numbers 8,898)
The Prize Pool for each competition is as below:
1st $25,000 Cash + $50,000 Advertising Grant + $25,000 prize for Members to decide how to spend
2nd $15,000 Cash + $30,000 Advertising Grant + $15,000 Cash prize for Members to decide how to spend
3rd $10,000 Cash + $20,000 Advertising Grant + $10,000 Cash prize for Members to decide how to spend
Total prize pool across both races is: $200,000 cash + $200,000 Advertising Grant = $400,000 in total.
Dragons Red V Member Baz El Debel represents the Club in the NRL’s current Club Membership TVC and will tonight again represent the Dragons on Ch 9’s Footy Show spreading the word about Dragons Membership and his passion for the Club.
Dragons fullback Josh Dugan has also throw his support behind the Club’s Membership drive offering up the opportunity for one lucky Red V Member to shave his beard for charity if the Club reaches 16,000 Red V Members by March 16 – click here for further details.
Red V Memberships start from as little as $50 for four games. Membership prices for 2014 have been held at 2013 levels, and with our Rolling Red V Payment Plan you can pay for your membership in equal monthly instalments.
You can pick up a 4 game Red V Membership package from as little as $5.15 per month, while 12 Game “All In” packages are available from just $11.33 a month.
You can choose from a range of flexible ticketing packages with access to 4, 8, 10, 12 and 14 game packages that all offer great savings and value.
There are also a range of “Non-Ticketed” Red V Membership packages including the introduction of a new Baby Dragon Membership, allowing the very young at heart to join our team and support the Red V.
If you have not yet renewed or would like to join the Red V program for the first time then there's never been a better time to join with the Dragons set to take on Wests Tigers this weekend in the opening round of the NRL season.
Spread the word to family, friends and fellow Dragons supporters so our 16,000 Member target can be reached by March 16.
Will you be the Red V Member that shaves off Josh's trademark beard in support of the Dragons and Charity?
To become a Red V Member or renew your existing membership simply visit us online at www.marchwithus.com.au.
Alternatively, Red V Memberships can be purchased at the new Red V Membership desk within the Club’s Kogarah Team Store (Monday-Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm) or at the Club’s Wollongong Office, Level 1 of the Steelers Club (Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm).
Additionally, you can speak to one of our Red V team at 1300 DRAGONS (1300 372 466).
Remember, your investment as a Red V Member plays a significant role in the success of the Dragons, and ensures our continued investment in all Rugby League programs, supporting our on field ambitions.
March With Us Today!