Liss Cricket Club Constitution
The name of the Club is Liss
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 Hampshire Cricket Board.
2. Aims and Objectives
To foster and promote participation
in the amateur sport of cricket within the community, providing facilities for
playing cricket, opportunities for recreation, coaching and competition.
To manage ‘The Glebe’.
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
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
Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non
discriminatory and fair basis. The Club
will have an equitable pricing policy and keep subscriptions at levels that
will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
for membership of the Club shall be by
completion of a membership form and by payment of the relevant
subscription/joining fees as determined by the Annual General Meeting of the Club. There must be no proposer or seconder process
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.
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.
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
There shall be seven classes of membership available.
Member (Under 18 years of age at the beginning of the current year)
A list of members in each category shall be maintained
by the Treasurer or other Officer of the Club.
The Officers of the Club shall
be as follows:
- Any other
relevant position (e.g. Junior
Cricket Manager, Club Captain, Social
Secretary, Club Development Manager, Publicity Officer etc.)
Honorary Officers (if applicable)
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
and other members elected from, and by, the Full Members 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 6.
The duties of the Committee shall be:
To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the members.
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 a bank
current account and the following Officers shall be authorized to sign Club
cheques: any two from the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and two others.
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.
The Committee shall appoint a Club Welfare Officer to ensure compliance
with safeguarding legislation and the ECB Safe Hands policy. The Club Welfare Office shall report to
relevant Committee meetings and the reports, together with any action taken,
must be minuted.
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:
and provide grounds, equipment, coaching, training and playing facilities, Clubhouse,
transport, medical and related facilities
coaching, training, medical treatment, and related social and other facilities
out any insurance for Club, employees, contractors, players, guests and third
funds by appeals, subscriptions, loans and charges
money and give security for the same, and open bank accounts
lease or licence property and sell, let or otherwise dispose of the same
grants and loans and give guarantees and provide other benefits
aside funds for special purposes or as reserves
funds in any lawful manner
and engage staff and others and provide services
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
all other things reasonably necessary to advance the aims and objectives of the
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.
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 are to be
re-invested in the Club. No surpluses or
assets will be distributed to members or third parties.
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 Corporation Tax Act 2010.
They may also be in connection
with the sports purposes of the Club:
i) sell and supply food, drink
and related sports clothing and equipment
ii) 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
iii) pay for reasonable
hospitality for visiting teams and guests
iv) 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
The Committee shall ensure that
they take practical steps to comply with legislation relating to both the
Equality Act 2010 and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
8. General Meetings
The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held
not later than the end of December each year.
Not less than 14 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 7 days
before a meeting. The Secretary shall
circulate or give notice of the agenda for the meeting to members not less than
14 days before the meeting.
The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be
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
the annual report of the Committee
Elect an auditor
Elect the Officers of the Club (i.e. President, Chair etc.)
subscription rates and agree them for the forthcoming year
Transact such other business received in writing by the Secretary from members 7 days prior to the meeting and included on
Nominations of candidates for election of Offices
shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 7 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.
Meetings may be convened by the Committee or on receipt by the Secretary of a
request in writing from not less than 2/3rds of the Full 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 Full Members attending the
meeting. Decisions made at a General
Meeting shall be by a simple majority vote from those Full 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 12 Full
Members or 25% of the total membership whichever is the greater and Officers of
the Club including at least 2 from the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
Each Full Member of the Club shall be entitled to one
vote at General Meetings.
9. Alterations to the Constitution
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 Full Member of the Club and seconded by another Full
Member. Such alterations shall be passed
if supported by not less than two-thirds of those Full Voting Members present
at the meeting, assuming that a quorum has been achieved.
All Club monies shall be banked in an account 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 Treasurer shall ensure that the Club maintains
adequate and appropriate insurance to cover the activities of the Club.
The financial year will end in 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 two Officers.
11. Property and Funds
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.
Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:
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
for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests
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 and Appeals
All complaints regarding the behaviour of members
should be lodged in writing with the
The Committee shall appoint a Disciplinary sub-committee
who will meet to hear complaints within 10 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.
There shall be a right of appeal to the Committee
against either the finding or the sanction imposed or both following
disciplinary action being taken. The
Committee shall appoint an Appeals Committee (a maximum of three) which shall
not include members involved with the initial disciplinary hearing but may
include non members of the Club. The
Appeals Committee shall consider the appeal within10 days of the Secretary
receiving the appeal. The individual
submitting the appeal shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other
representative and to call witnesses.
The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding on all
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.
that Special Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the
Full Voting Membership present at the meeting, the Committee shall thereupon,
or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to
realize the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.
Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s
settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net
assets remaining to one or more of the following:
another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered Community
Amateur Sports Club and/or
the Club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.
Liss Cricket Club
hereby adopts and accepts this Constitution as a current operating guide
regulating the actions of all members.
SIGNED (CLUB CHAIRMAN)
SIGNED (CLUB SECRETARY)