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Constitution

Braunton Football Club Incorporating Braunton Wanderers

1. Name.

The combined Club shall be called Braunton Football Club Incorporating Braunton Wanderers. The Club may employ any abbreviation for any purpose, and/or divide Club as required.

2. Objects

2.1 To encourage and promote the playing of football by the youth of Braunton and to encourage sporting endeavour amongst and between Club Members and others, in affiliation with the Football Association;
2.2 To encourage and promote amongst the public the benefits of engaging in sport and physical recreation through training, education and active participation in sport, thereby improving the well being of life for all concerned;
2.3 To acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise property, apparatus or equipment and to layout, maintain, construct, improve or erect sports fields, buildings and other facilities in connection with the objects set out above and to make the same available for use to Members and others;
2.4 To hire, retain or employ all classes of persons for the Club’s requirements and to pay salaries, wages, fees or charges in that regard while maintaining non-profit making status;
2.5 To promote and hold matches, meetings or competitions for the playing of football and offer or contribute to prizes, medals and awards;
2.6 To raise funds to be applied in furtherance of the Club’s objects by applying for, receiving or issuing any grant, award, gift, donation, loan, security, bond or other debenture from any person, body or association;
2.7 To ensure that the Income and Property of the Club shall be applied solely towards promoting the Club’s objects as set forth in this constitution and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, to the Members of the Club; 2.8 To establish, promote or participate in or subscribe to or become a member, of any other club, association or body whose objects are similar (in whole or in part) to those of the Club;
2.9 To do all such other things as the General Committee of the Club may from time to time decide are incidental or conductive to the attainment of the above objects, or any of them; and
2.10 To fully embrace all FA directives, Child Protection procedures and attain Standard Development Club status.

3. Membership

3.1 The Club is a members club which shall be managed by a General Committee constituted as set out in Rule 4.
3.2 Club Members shall consist of Full Members and Junior Members between the ages of five and sixteen, which classes of membership may be further divided into playing and non-playing Members at the discretion of the General Committee from time to time. Except as provided by Rule 3.4 and subject as otherwise provided by these Rules, those persons who are the parents or legal guardians of current Junior Members of the Club shall be Full Members without the need for any application or election.
3.3 Membership shall be open to ALL without distinction. There will be no preclusion by virtue of ability, disability, age, gender, race or creed.
3.4 The General Committee shall have power from time to time to elect as honorary life Members and without the payment of any further annual (or other) subscription such persons as shall be selected by the General Committee. Any such election will be subject to confirmation at the next following Annual General Meeting. There shall not be more than ten honorary life Members at any one time. Subject thereto, duly elected life Members shall be treated as Full Members for all purposes.

4. Officers and Committees

4.1 The Club shall be managed by the General Committee of not more than thirty persons (who need not be Members), who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting each year and who, subject to termination of office by resignation or otherwise, shall remain in office until the next following Annual General Meeting, where all General Committee Members shall automatically retire.
4.2 Retiring General Committee members shall be eligible for re-election.
4.3 Posts on the General Committee shall include (but not be limited to) those of Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Junior Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Minutes Secretary and Team Managers. One person may hold more than one post. Junior Members shall be eligible for election to any post on the General Committee.
4.4 The General Committee shall have the power to fill any casual vacancy that may occur.
4.5 The General Committee shall have power to make by-laws for regulating the conduct and affairs of the Club providing the same are not inconsistent with these Rules. By-laws shall be posted in some conspicuous part of the Club premises and shall be binding on all Members.
4.6 Meetings of the General Committee shall be convened not less often than once in every three months and otherwise at such times as may be determined by the Chair or Honorary Secretary. Normally the first Sunday of the Month.
4.7 No member of the General Committee shall receive remuneration.

5. Subscriptions

5.1 The annual subscription for Members (which may be nil and may vary between playing and non-playing Members) shall be determined by the Annual General Meeting.
5.2 Subscriptions shall be paid in full or in two equal instalments, at such times and in such manner as the General Committee may decide.
5.3 Membership shall entitle Members to us the facilities of such other clubs or associations as may have reciprocal or other arrangements with the Club provided that Members shall abide by and comply with any rules or by-laws of such clubs or associations

6. Visitors and Temporary Members

6.1 The General Committee may allow members of other clubs or other visitors to use and enjoy the premises and facilities of the Club as visitors for such period not exceeding one week and on such terms as the General Committee may decide.
6.2 Visitors may not vote at any meeting of Members.
6.3 The General Committee may admit people as temporary Members on any terms it thinks fit.

7. Posting of Member’s Names

7.1 The name of any Member whose current subscription is more than three months in arrears in any year shall (if so decided by the General Committee) be posted on the notice board of the Club.
7.2 Such Member shall cease to be a Member on the expiration of a further period of seven days from the date of posting unless a reason, satisfactory to the General Committee, is given for the delay.

8. Application for and Renewal of Membership

8.1 All applications for Junior Membership must be made in writing and must be signed by the candidate or by a parent or guardian on behalf of the candidate on the official Club Form.
8.2 Applications for Junior Membership may be accepted by the Honorary Secretary or (at his or her discretion) declined or referred for consideration to the General Committee.
8.3 Junior Membership is for whichever is the shorter of the period of one year and the period commencing on the date of acceptance for Junior Membership and ending on the next following 31st May.
8.4 Junior Membership may be renewed for further period(s) each of one year on application to the Honorary Secretary.
8.5 A Member wishing to withdraw from the Club before his or her membership would otherwise end shall give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary.
8.6 If any Junior Member ceases for any reason to be a Member of the Club, any Full Member who is a Member by virtue of being the parent or guardian of that Junior Member shall cease to be a Member at the same time.

 

9. Expulsion

9.1 The General Committee may expel any Member who offends against the Rules or by-laws of the Club or whose conduct, in the opinion of the General Committee, renders him unfit for membership of the Club.
9.2 Before any such Member is expelled, the Honorary Secretary must give him/her seven days’ written notice to attend a meeting of the General Committee and must inform him/her of the complaints made against him/her.
9.3 No Member may be expelled unless he/she has first been given the opportunity to appear before the General Committee and answer complaints made against him/her and at least two thirds of the General Committee then present vote in favour of his/her expulsion.
9.4 No Member whose membership has been terminated under this Rule or who owes money to the Club may be introduced by any other Member as a visitor to any part of the Club premises.

10. General Alteration of Rules.

The General Committee may recommend alterations to these Rules, but no alteration shall take effect until it has been confirmed at the next Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose.

11. Annual General Meetings
11.1 A general meeting of the Club must be held in every year no later than 30th June and shall:-
11.1.1 Receive and, if approved, adopt a statement of the Club’s accounts to the end of the preceding year;
11.1.2 Consider and, if approved, sanction any duly proposed or made alteration of these Rules;
11.1.3 Appoint the officers and other members of the General Committee;
11.1.4 Appoint any auditor or auditors;

11.1.5 Approve the election of any person as a life Member; and,
11.1.6 Deal with any special matter which the General Committee desires to bring before the Members and receive suggestions from the Members for consideration by the General Committee.
11.2 Notice convening an Annual General Meeting must be posted in some conspicuous part of the Club premises or notified in local newsletter not less that 21 days before the meeting and must specify the matters to be dealt with.

 

12. Special (Extraordinary) General Meetings

12.1 A Special General Meeting may be convened at any time by the General Committee and must be convened with 21 days from receipt of a requisition in writing signed by not less that five Members entitled to attend and vote at general meetings specifying the object of the meeting.
12.2 A Special General Meeting may be convened:-
12.2.1 To consider and, if approved, sanction any duly made or proposed alteration of these Rules;
12.2.2 To deal with any special matter which the General Committee wishes to place before the Members;
12.2.3 To remove any member or members which the General Committee from office and to fill any vacancy or vacancies caused by the removal; or
12.2.4 To deal with any special matter which the Members requiring the meeting wish to place before the Club.
12.3 Notice convening a Special General Meeting must be posted in some conspicuous part of the Club premises or notified in local newsletter (if possible) not less than 10 days before the meeting and must specify the matters to be deal with.

 

13. Committee structure

The committee shall comprise the following members, elected at a general meeting:

Chairperson

Head of Finance

Head of Football

Head of Facilities

Head of Welfare

Head of Events

Head of Commercial

14. Chair’s Casting Vote

At all committee meetings and at general meetings the Club Chair (or, in his/her absence, any other person nominated by the General Committee or, in default, by the Members present) shall preside and he/she shall have a casting or additional vote in the event of an equality of votes. The chair will only vote in the instance of an equality of votes, or if there would otherwise be insufficient committee members present to form a quorum.

15. Quorums and Voting

15.1 The following numbers are required to form a quorum:-
15.1.1 At all committee meetings, 5; and
15.1.2 At all general meetings, 10.
15.2 Each Full and Junior Member in attendance in person at any general meeting shall have one vote each and all decisions shall be made on a simple majority vote of those present and entitled to vote. Temporary Members may attend general meetings, but they are not entitled to vote and must not be counted as part of the necessary quorum.

 

16. Club Property and Indemnity

No Member shall have any proprietary interest in or claim to Club property. Any Member wilfully or negligently damaging Club property shall be responsible for the costs of any repairs or replacement.

 

17. Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of the Club, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to one or more of the following approved sporting or charitable bodies:

17.1 A registered charitable organisation(s).
17.2 Another Club which is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club.
17.3 The sports national governing body for use by them for related community sports.

 

The above Rules were adopted by the Braunton Football Club at a duly convened and quorate Special General Meeting of the Club on the 11th day of March 2006 and supersede and replace in their entirety any rules, regulations or constitution previously adopted or approved. The rules regarding the amended structure and voting policy of the committee were agreed at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club on 25th March 2018.

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