Constitution

AFC Keynsham Constitution

1. Purpose
‘The purposes of AFC Keynsham are to promote and provide facilities for the amateur sport of Football in Keynsham and Bristol and community participation in the same.’
2.Membership
(a)Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport 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)The Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members.

3. 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 are reinvested in the club.
(ii)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.
(iii)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).
(iv)The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.

4.Winding Up
(a)The members may vote to wind up the Club if not less than three quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a properly convened general meeting.
(b)The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.
(c)After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
(i)to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
(ii)to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or
(iii)To the Club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.

5. Priority
Where there is any conflict between any of the above Rules (“key Rules”) and any other rule or rules the key Rule(s) will take priority. Interpretation of all the Rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002.)

Chris Bessex
AFC Keynsham
Director of Media Endeavour
10th March 2010

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