Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club
The name of the Club is Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club, hereafter to be referred to as "the club" and the club shall be affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board through the Essex Cricket Board.
2. Aims and Objectives
To foster and promote the sport of cricket at all levels within the community and within the sport, providing opportunities for recreation, coaching and competition on an amateur basis.
To manage the cricket facilities at the Gidea Park Sports Ground.
To ensure that all members, playing and non-playing, abide by the ECB Code of Conduct which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket and by the Laws of Cricket.
To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any future versions of the Policy.
To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB Cricket Equity Policy and any future versions of the Policy.
To encourage all members to participate fully in the activities of the club.
(a) Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of cricket on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.
(b) The club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis. The club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
(c) Application for membership of the club shall be by completion of a membership application form and by payment of the relevant subscription/joining fees as determined by the Annual General Meeting of the club.
(d) No person shall be eligible to take part in the business of the club or eligible for selection for any club team unless the appropriate subscription has been paid by the specified date or membership has been agreed by the Committee.
(e) The club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the club or cricket into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the Committee who shall appoint an Appeals Committee to hear the appeal.
(f) All members will be subject to the regulations of the Constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and any Codes of Conduct that the club has adopted. The Constitution shall identify those members eligible to vote at any General Meetings.
4. Classes of Membership
There shall be 8 classes of membership available. These are:
- Full Member
- Junior Member (Under 16 years of age at 1st September the preceding year)
- Member in Full Time Education (Over 16 years of age at 1st September the preceding year)
- Non-playing Member
- Associate Member
- Family Member
- Honorary/ Life Member
- Vice President
For the proposes of voting; Voting members shall be defined as:
- Full Member
- Member in Full Time Education (Over 16 years of age at 1st September the preceding year)
- Honorary / Life Member
- Vice President
A list of members in each category shall be maintained by the Member Secretary of the club.
The Officers of the club shall be as follows:
- Vice Chair
- Club Welfare Officer
- Youth & development
- Communications and Sponsor Liaison
- Club Captain
- House and Grounds
6. Election of Officers
All Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the club from, and by, the members of the club.
All Officers shall be elected for a period of one year, but shall be eligible for re-election to the same office or to another office the following year.
7. Management Committee
The affairs of the club shall be conducted by a Management Committee (the Committee) comprising the Executive Officers of the club. Only these members of the Committee shall be entitled to vote at Committee meetings.
The Committee will be convened by the Secretary and shall meet at agreed intervals and not less than four times per year.
The quorum required for business to be agreed at Committee meetings shall be five officers.
The duties of the Committee shall be:
- To control the affairs of the club on behalf of the members.
- To keep accurate accounts of the finances of the club through the Treasurer. These should be available for reasonable inspection by members and should be audited before every Annual General Meeting. The club shall maintain appropriate bank account and the following Officers shall be authorised to sign club cheques: any two from the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
- To co-opt additional members of the Committee as the Committee feel is necessary. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to a vote on the Committee and shall serve until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.
- To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chair shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
The Committee shall have powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary and to co-opt advisers who may be non club members invited to advise on specialist subjects.
An elected Committee member ceases to be such if he or she ceases to be a member of the club, resigns by written notice, or is removed by the Committee for good cause after the member concerned has been given the chance of putting their case to the Committee. Appeal against removal may be made to the Appeals Committee. The Committee shall fairly decide time limits and formalities for these steps.
The Committee has the power to:
- acquire and provide grounds, equipment, coaching, training and playing facilities, clubhouse, transport, medical and related facilities
- provide coaching, training, medical treatment, and related social and other facilities
- take out any insurance for club, employees, contractors, players, guests and third parties
- raise funds by appeals, subscriptions, loans and charges
- borrow money and give security for the same, and open bank accounts
- buy, lease or licence property and sell, let or otherwise dispose of the same
- make grants and loans and give guarantees and provide other benefits
- set aside funds for special purposes or as reserves
- invest funds in any lawful manner
- employ and engage staff and others and provide services
- co-operate with or affiliate firstly to any bodies regulating or organising the sport of cricket and secondly any club or body involved with cricket and thirdly with government and related agencies
- do all other things reasonably necessary to advance the aims and objectives of the club
NONE of the above powers may be used other than to advance the aims and objectives in a manner consistent with the Rules and the general law.
8. General Meetings
The Annual General Meeting of the club shall be held not later than the end of November each year. 21 clear days written notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be given to members by circulating a copy of the notice to every member at their home address and posting the notice on the club notice board. Members must advise the Secretary in writing of any other business to be moved at the Annual General Meeting at least 14 days before a meeting. The Secretary shall circulate or give notice of the agenda for the meeting to members not less than 7 days before the meeting.
The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:
Nominations of candidates for election of Offices shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting date. Nominations can only be made by Full Members and must be seconded by another Full Member.
- Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General Meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting
- Receive the audited accounts for the year from the Treasurer
- Receive the annual report of the Committee from the Secretary
- Elect an auditor
- Elect the Officers of the Club (i.e. President; Vice Presidents, Chair etc.)
- Review club subscription rates and agree them for the forthcoming year
- Transact such other business received in writing by the Secretary from members 14 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda.
Special General Meetings may be convened by the Committee or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing from not less than 25 Voting Members of the club. At least 21 days notice of the meeting shall be given.
At all General Meetings, the Chair will be taken by the Chair or, in their absence, by a deputy appointed by Voting Members attending the meeting. Decisions made at a General Meeting shall be by a simple majority vote from those Voting Members attending the meeting. In the event of equal votes, the Chair of the meeting shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
A quorum for a General Meeting shall be 20 Voting Members and any other categories of membership entitled to vote (as outlined by the membership section of this Constitution) (usually 25% of the voting membership) and Officers of the Club including at least 2 from the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
Each Voting Member of the Club shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings.
9. Alterations to the Constitution
Any proposed alterations to the club Constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting, convened with the required written notice of the proposal. Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a Voting Member of the club and seconded by another Voting Member. Such alterations shall be passed if supported by not less than two-thirds of those Voting Members present at the meeting, assuming that a quorum has been achieved.
All club monies shall be banked in an account(s) in the name of the club.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the finances of the club and for providing a report on the financial position as required by the Committee.
The Treasurer shall ensure that the club maintains adequate and appropriate insurance to cover the activities of the club.
The financial year will end on 30th September.
The Treasurer will present an audited statement of annual accounts at the Annual General Meeting.
Any cheques drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer plus up to two Officers.
11. Property and Funds
(i) The property and funds of the club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules and all surplus income or profits shall be reinvested in the club.
(ii) The club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the club:
(a) sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment
(b) employ members though not for playing and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present
(c) pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests
(d) indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the club (but only to the extent of its assets).
12. Discipline Procedure
All complaints regarding the behavior of members should be lodged in writing with the Secretary.
The Committee shall appoint a Disciplinary sub-committee who will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged. Any member requested to attend a Disciplinary sub-committee shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses. The Committee (or its sub-committee) has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action, including the termination of membership.
The outcome of the disciplinary hearing shall be put in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days following the hearing.
13. Appeals Procedure
A player shall have the right of appeal to the Appeals Committee. Notice of Appeal setting out the grounds must be given in writing to the club Secretary within seven days of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, together with a deposit (to be set by the Club Committee – the deposit set is £100)
If notice of Appeal is given the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable.
The Appeal shall be by way of re-hearing before a different Committee. The composition of the Committee shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the club or of the Club Committee and shall consist of not less than three persons, none of whom shall be connected with the player at the time of the alleged breach. The player shall have the same rights of attendance and representation, and to call witness as they had before the Disciplinary Committee.
The Appeals Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Committee and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing. Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
The decision of the Appeals Committee or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be final and binding.
(a) If at any General Meeting of the club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the club to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.
(b) If at that Special Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least 80% of the Voting Membership present at the meeting, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the club.
(c) The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the club’s affairs.
(d) After settling all liabilities of the club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
- to another club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
- to another club with similar sports purposes which is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and/or
- to the club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.
Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club hereby adopts and accepts this Constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of all members.
SIGNED (Club Chairman)
Luke Baker 1st November 2015
SIGNED (Club Secretary)
Steve McCormack 1st November 2015