ECF/GoMembership Scheme

The English Chess Federation (ECF) have partnered with GoMembership to provide thousands of discounts on offer from over 270 of your favourite online and high street retailers. You can save hundreds or even thousands of pounds on your purchases. In my own case I will be taking advantage of the shopping discounts and the Vue cinema discounts in particular.

The rewards scheme is tiered, based on your membership as follows —
· Platinum is free;
· Gold costs £5 for a year;
· Silver (including Free Junior Silver) costs £10 for a year;
· Bronze costs £15 for a year;
· Supporter (including the new Queen’s Gambit Scheme) costs £20 for a year

To take advantage of this wonderful scheme simply log into the ECF membership site at using your membership username and password. The menu is in the top left hand side of the screen. From this menu select the ‘Rewards’ tab, then simply add the reward scheme to your cart and pay. Once you have paid you will receive a confirmation email straight away.

Overnight you will receive a welcome email with details of how to access your gift cards and Vectis cards. If this doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk email (we’ve had instances of this happening when we tested the system).

There are two main types of discounts available –

1. Gift cards
These are self-explanatory once you are on the site. They can be used online or in the store via your phone or printed off if required. Each gift card offers a different discount depending on the retailer (see examples below), so by buying a gift card with John Lewis, for example, for £100, you only pay £94 at the till.

2. Vectis Card
This is a phone app, and a number of retailers on the site use this card. With the app you can search retailers offering discounts within one mile of your location, or search by retailer name. Once your retailer pops up, simply click on it and follow the very simple instructions. Apple store is on Vectis. If I had had a Vectis card last Xmas, I would have saved £60 on my children’s headphones bought as Xmas presents.

Some examples of discounts –

10% off Apple products; 6% off John Lewis; 5% off M&S; Numerous discounts from cinema chains such as Odeon and Vue; 25% off Prezzo; 10% off Pizza Express; 10% off Costa; 4% off Deliveroo; Up to 40% off AA breakdown cover; Up to 15% off NCP parking pass; 5% off; 4% off Virgin gift cards; Up to 42% off airport parking; Various discount packages on BT Broadband

With very best wishes

— Rob Willmoth, Director of Membership, English Chess Federation