SJA membership continues rapid growth

The SJA welcomes another batch of new members, all accepted at last week’s committee meeting, including Paul Smith, the first wheelchair-bound photographer to work at the FA Cup final, Setanta Sports’ chief reporter Dan Roan and someone who is possibly the first “video journalist” to be elected to the Association.

The new members bring the SJA’s total membership to well over 700 – representing an increase of 40 per cent in the past four years.

However, the SJA’s membership numbers remains in flux through the year because of unpaid or late-paid subscriptions from established members. It was agreed by the committee that members who have yet to pay their 2008 subscription, which was due more than eight months ago would receive a final warning letter before having all benefits of membership ended at the end of this month.

That means that if your subs have not been paid, you will receive no further SJA emails or Bulletins, you will not receive your copy of the 2009 SJA Yearbook, and you will not be able to receive the significant cash savings on future SJA lunches or the 60th anniversary SJA Sports Awards, being staged at The Brewery, London, on November 26.

With members being entitled to buy two discounted tickets for the awards lunch at a saving of £50, those failing to pay their subs before the end of this month will potentially cost themselves £20 immediately.

If you have any doubt about whether you have paid your subs fully in 2008, please contact membership secretary Bill Colwill on 01494 872675, 07710 297354 or by email to

And if you want to make sure that you pay your subs at the right amount and at the right time, then fill out a simple bank mandate form by clicking here.

The new members accepted last week are:

Craig Birt, video journalist from Maidstone.
Paul Smith, photographer from Portsmouth.
Nick Holt, freelance writer, London NW10.
David Howarth, photographer, Lancashire.
Gary Hutchison, Glasgow-based photographer with AM Sports Agency.
Michael Jones, photographer from Southampton.
Amanda Little, from the News & Star in Carlisle.
Jonathan McEvoy, from the Daily Mail.
Nicholas Ousby, from Truro, a photographer.
Jeffrey Pickett, a football reporter who works for the Belfast Telegraph.
Daniel Roan, Setanta.
Reuben Tabner, a phnotographer from Cleveland.
Richard Washbrooke, photographer from Harpenden.
Nick Windham-Luck, a photographer with the Sportaka Press Agency.
Richard Wareham, a British sports photographer who works out of Amsterdam.

SJA MEMBERS: Make sure your profile details are up to date in the 2009 SJA Yearbook by clicking here