“Wish we had moved sooner”: Welsh Judo reveal benefits of WSA Finance Plus

“Wish we had moved sooner”: Welsh Judo reveal benefits of WSA Finance Plus

Launched in April 2022 as one of the first two Membership Plus services, Finance Plus is a bolt-on service offered in addition to standard Welsh Sports Association (WSA) membership benefits.

Having been utilised by a total of nine Welsh NGBs thus far, the service provides confidential, professional hands-on bookkeeping service and support, designed for small to medium-sized member organisations looking for support with financial compliance. 

Within the offer includes annual reviews of finance compliance against the Sport Wales capability framework and the preparation of monthly management accounts, inclusive of a financial summary report for board meetings.

Welsh Judo is one member to have taken up the offer, starting in August 2023.

Talking to the WSA, the organisation’s CEO, Lucy Scott, revealed that Finance Plus has resulted in a “huge improvement to our previous system”.

She continued:

“I really wish we had moved sooner, as the ease of mind I now have along with our Board is invaluable.

“It has hugely saved my time, and getting that time back is invaluable.

“We send over what we need to, and Ehtasham simply just gets on with it! It has made the team more accountable for their own areas and budgets, and part of the process, whereas before this was not the case.”

The service is led by the WSA’s Finance Officer Ehtasham Janjua, who Lucy referred to as “fantastic”.

“I cannot fault him at all. He is so supportive, responsive and polite. He really is so pleasant to work with!

“He’s so detailed and thorough, and the accounts that we are receiving have significantly improved our reporting and transparency.”

Lucy went on to confirm that she would “absolutely recommend Finance Plus”.

“It has been such a weight off, and the level of professionalism is just fantastic.

“I would highly recommend Finance Plus to organisations in the sector and really wish we had moved sooner!”

Head to our dedicated Membership Plus page to discover more about Finance Plus as well as Advocacy Plus and Content & Comms Plus, or contact the team now!

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