1)     NAME

The club shall be called CENTRAL F.C. (the “Club”)

2)     OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Club shall be to

a)   Provide an opportunity for children of both sexes to play football and / or participate in training and coaching in a safe, structured and friendly environment.

b)   Enter teams into organised Leagues that meet the guiding principles of the Football Association.

c)   Subject to sufficient Parental support the Club will arrange friendly fixtures for players unable to play through choice or at the Manager’s discretion, in the more competitive leagues.

3)     STATUS OF RULES

These rules (The Club Rules) form a binding agreement between each member of the Club.

4)     RULES AND REGULATIONS

a)   The Club shall have the status of an Affiliated Member Club of the Football Association by virtue of its Affiliation to/membership of the Football Association. The rules and Regulations of the Football Association Limited and parent CountyAssociation and any League or Competition to which the club is affiliated for the time being shall be deemed to be incorporated into the Club Rules.

b)   No alteration to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserve the right to approve any proposed changes to the Club Rules.

c)   The Club will also abide by the Football Association’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy.

5)     CLUB MEMBERSHIP

a)   Club membership is open to all players, their parents or guardians and to any other deemed by the Management Committee (hereafter referred to as the ‘Committee’) to have an interest in the development of youth football within the guiding principles of the Club, subject to there being enough nominated helpers and vacancies in the relevant squad.

b)   Any person who wishes to be a member must apply on the registration form and deliver it to the Club. Election to membership shall be at the sole discretion of the club Committee and granted in accordance with the anti-discrimination and equality policies which are in place from time to time. An appeal against refusal may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time. Membership shall become effective upon an applicant’s name being entered in the Membership Register.

c)   In event of a member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name shall be removed from the Membership Register.

d)   The Football Association and parent CountyAssociation shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand.

6)     ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND SESSIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

a)   An Annual registration fee is payable by each playing member. The fee shall be payable on a successful application and subject to a trial period of one month. After such a time, fees shall not be repayable.

b)   Seasonal subscriptions shall be payable for training sessions and matches.

c)   Both these amounts will be determined annually by the Annual General Meeting or at an Emergency General Meeting if called by the ‘Committee’ or the Membership.

7)     RESIGNATION AND EXPULSION

a)   The ‘Committee’ have the right to terminate the membership of any member for the infringement of the rules and regulations as agreed on the Membership application form or for any conduct which in the Committee’s opinion is or might be prejudicial to the welfare of the proper conduct of the Club. An appeal against such a decision may be made to the ‘Committee’ in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time.

b)   A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the Club Property.

8)     CLUB COMMITTEE

a)     The Club Committee shall consist of the following club officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, plus up to 5 other members(Fund Raising Secretary, Social Secretary, Manager’s Rep and Two Parent Reps) elected at an Annual General Meeting.

b)    Each Club Officer and Club Committee Member shall hold Office from the date of appointment until the next Annual General Meeting when they must retire. One person may hold no more than two positions of Club Officer at any time. The Club Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club, including financial and insurance matters. Decisions of the Club Committee shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Club Committee meeting. The Chairperson of the Club Committee meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie. Meetings of the Club Committee shall be chaired by the Chairperson or in their absence the Vice Chairperson, the quorum for the transaction of business of the Club Committee shall be five. (2 Officers and 3 Committee)

c)     Decisions of the Club Committee of meetings shall be entered into the Minute file of the club to be maintained by the Club Secretary.

d)    Any member of the Club Committee may call a meeting of the Club Committee by giving not less than 7 days notice to all members. The Club shall not hold less than five meetings a year.

e)     An outgoing Member of the Club Committee may be re-elected. Any vacancy on the Club Committee which arises between the Annual General Meetings shall be filled by a Member proposed by one and seconded by another of the remaining Club Committee members and approved by a simple majority of the remaining Club Committee members.

f)     Save as provided for in the rules and Regulations of the Football Association and the county association to which the Club is affiliated, the Club Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Club Rules,

g)    The ‘Committee’ may appoint sub committees from its number and deputise to them such powers and duties as it may determine.

9)     ANNUAL AND SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

a)     An Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held in June each year at a time and place determined by the Committee to:

(i)      Receive a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year

(ii)     Receive a report of the clubs finances over the previous year

(iii)    Set registration fees and weekly subscriptions for the following season

(iv)    Elect the members of the Club Committee

(v)     Receive a report on Child Protection issues, excluding issues of confidentiality and /or ongoing investigations

(vi)    Consider any other business.

b)    Nominations for election of members as Club Officers or members of the ‘Committee’ shall be made in writing by the proposer and seconded, both of whom must be existing members of the Club, to the Club Secretary not less than 7 days before the AGM. Notice of any resolution to be proposed at the AGM shall be given in writing to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the Meeting.

c)     An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called at any time by the ‘Committee’ and shall be called within 21 days of the receipt by the Club Secretary of a requisition in writing signed by not less than twenty members stating the purposes for which the Meeting is required and the resolutions proposed. Business at an EGM may be transacted at an AGM.

d)    The Secretary shall notify each member by written notice of the date of an Annual General Meeting together with the resolutions to be proposed at least 14 days before the Meeting by newsletter or other means.

e)     The quorum for an Annual General Meeting shall be fifteen.

f)     The Chairperson, or in their absence a member selected by the ‘Committee’, shall take the chair, Each member present shall have one vote and resolutions shall be passed by a simple majority. In event of an equality of votes the Chairperson of the meeting shall have a casting vote.

g)    The Club Secretary, or in their absence a member of the Club Committee, shall enter Minutes of General Meetings into the Minute File of the club.

h)     The position of a Club Officer shall be vacated if such person is subject to a decision of The FA that such person be suspended from holding office or from taking part in any football activity relating to the administration or management of a football club.

10)  CLUB TEAMS

At its first meeting following each AGM, the Club Committee shall appoint a Club member to be responsible for each of the Clubs football teams. The appointed members shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the team. The appointed members shall present to the Club Committee at its last meeting prior to an AGM a written report on the activities of the team

11)  CLUB FINANCES

a)     A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the name of the Club (the Club Account). Designated account signatories shall be the Club Chairperson, Club Secretary and the Club Treasurer. No sum shall be drawn from the Club Account except by cheque signed by two of the three designated signatories. All moneys payable to the club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in the Club Account.

b)    The Club Property shall be applied only in furtherance of the objects of the Club. The distribution of profits or proceeds arising from the sale of Club Property to members is prohibited.

c)     The Club Committee shall have power to authorise the payment of remuneration and expenses to any member of the Club (although a Club shall not remunerate a player for playing) and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Club.

d)    The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, away-match expenses, post match refreshments and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.

e)     The Club shall keep accounting records for recording the fact and nature of all payments and receipts so as to disclose, with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position, including the assets and liabilities of the Club. The Club must retain its accounting records for a minimum of six years.

f)     The Club shall prepare an annual “Financial Statement”, in such format as shall be available from The FA from time to time. The Financial Statement shall be verified by an independent, appropriately qualified accountant and shall be approved by members at general meeting. A copy of any Financial Statement shall, on demand, be forwarded to The FA.

The following sections g) to J) on custodians will only take effect if and when the club acquires land, buildings or vehicles.

g)    The Club Property, other than the Club Account, shall be vested in not less than two and no more than four custodians, one of whom shall be the Treasurer (“the Custodians”), who shall deal with the Club Property as directed by decisions of the Club Committee and entry in the Minute Book shall be conclusive evidence of such a decision.

h)     The Custodians shall be appointed by the Club in a General Meeting and shall hold office until death or resignation unless removed by a resolution passed at a General Meeting.

i)      On their removal or resignation a Custodian shall execute a Conveyance in such form as is published by The FA from time to time to a newly elected Custodian or the existing Custodians as directed by the Club Committee. The Club shall, on request, make a copy of any Conveyance available to The FA. On the death of a Custodian, any Club Property vested in them shall vest automatically in the surviving Custodians. If there is only one surviving Custodian, an EGM shall be convened as soon as possible to appoint another Custodian.

j)      The Custodians shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the Club Property for all expenses and other liabilities reasonably incurred by them in carrying out their duties.

12)  DISSOLUTION

a)     A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at an General Meeting and shall be carried by a majority of at least three–quarters of the members present.

a)     The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Club Committee shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.

b)    On the dissolution of the Club all equipment and property vested in the Club shall be given to such charitable or educational body as the Committee in it’s absolute discretion sees fit.

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