Valid points, and these were discussed:
Training - Less that 40% of clubs offer training, and many of those that do, only do something once or twice a year. There's been talk of a simpler entry-level licence and online training & exams
Learning new skills - Some prefer watching YouTube than waiting a year for their local club to offer a talk on something.
Weather - If weather is inclemant, travelling to clubs may not be practical - so online / video works well. clun attendance often falls in winter months
Important to say that this is not all about virtual clubs - it's about being smarter. If a club is working well, everyone's happy and membership is growing - great. If not, working with a neighbouring club, or becoming part of a network, mnay not be a bad thing. For example, in Essex and Suffolk there have been very successful multi-club events - in some cases, where a club doesn;t have skills in a certain area, a neighbouring club might.