The new ECF membership scheme came into effect on 1 September 2012. All entrants to the Congress must either be ECF Silver members (or above), or pay an extra £6.00 (Juniors £4.00).
Entrants who are ECF Silver, Gold or Platinum members may deduct £6.00 (Juniors £4.00) from the entry fees (the reduced rate can be selected if paying online). Entrants who are ECF members at Bronze level must either upgrade their membership via the ECF, or pay the higher rate to enter the Congress. If they choose the latter course, their membership will automatically be upgraded by the ECF to the Silver level, although this will not happen immediately; therefore, regular congress players may be better advised to upgrade directly with the ECF.