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Middleton Lads and Girls Football Club - Constitution
The Club shall be called Middleton Lads & Girls Football Club.
The object of The Club is to provide a safe environment in which to play Association football and arrange social activities for its members regardless of gender, race, religion or ability.
The club also aims to promote football and sport as a means of enhancing health education, learning opportunities and local community involvement, with young people acquiring sporting and personal skills from which they will derive lifelong benefits, self-respect, self-esteem, self-confidence, integrity and respect for others.
The club shall run football teams consisting of players to the age of sixteen years as deemed by the committee of the Club each season.
The aim of the Club shall be to encourage Players and Parents/Guardians to participate in football in a sporting and self-disciplined manner and encourage all players to fulfil their potential at all ages through the help of qualified coaches & assistants.
The club will operate on a non-profit making basis and in accordance with the rules and conditions of the Football Association.
The Club shall have the status of an Affiliated Member Club of Lancashire Football Association Ltd. By virtue of this affiliation the Rules and Regulations of the Football Association Ltd and the Parent County Association and league or competition to which The Club is affiliated for the time being shall be deemed to be incorporated into The Club Rules.
The Club will also abide by the FA’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and anti-Discrimination Policy.
The members shall be:
a) Full / Senior members who are coaches and / or parents of registered players.
b) Junior members (under 16 at 1st September) who are the players registered to play league football and unregistered players who attend training sessions. Junior members do not have voting rights.
All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept the regulations and codes of conduct that the club have adopted.
The Club Committee may refuse membership or expel from membership only for good and sufficient cause, such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against such a decision may be made to the Club’s members and decided by a majority vote.
4. Officers and Club Committee
The Committee of the Club shall be: Chair, the Secretary, and the Treasurer – and any other position, which may be deemed to be required to be elected at the A.G.M.
Should a position become vacant subsequent to the annual general meeting or, if within the rules as above, a further committee member is required, the remaining elected officers and members may appoint any person they consider suitable to the position.
5. Powers of the Committee
The management of all Club assets and property shall be invested in the committee. It shall have the power to:
5.1 Raise funds and to invite and to receive contributions provided that in raising funds the Management Committee shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law;
5.2 power to buy, take on lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use;
5.3 power subject to any consents required by law to sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the Club;
5.4 Appoint such sub-committees as may, from time to time, be necessary and shall receive reports and act on recommendations from such sub-committees. Should an outgoing committee have decided to constitute a social committee to manage fund raising and social functions, then members of that committee shall be re-elected at the A.G.M. This committee shall comprise a minimum of three members.
5.5 Declare a seat vacant should a member absent himself from six consecutive meetings without satisfactory explanation or, in the view of the committee, be guilty of conduct contrary to the interests of the club.
5.6 Cancel the membership of any child for misconduct. No fees will be refunded.
6. Annual General Meeting
The annual General Meeting shall be held no later than 30th June each year. At least seven days notice will be given to all player members and /or in local publications and/or in such other manner as the committee shall decide suitable. All members shall be allowed to attend and all adult members during the year under review shall be entitled to vote. Votes may only be cast by those present. The business of the A.G.M. shall be:-
6.1 To receive the annual report from the outgoing Chairman and/or Secretary.
6.2 Receive the Treasurers Statement of Accounts.
6.3 Elect the Club Officials and Committee. Nominations for committee members should be notified to the Secretary in advance of the meeting.
6.4. Fix membership subscriptions.
6.5. Receive, discuss and adopt, if vote so decides, amendments to the Club Rules and Constitution. Alterations to the Constitution require 2/3rd majority vote
6.6. Discuss any other business
7. Special General Meeting
A special general meeting may be called at any time by the Club Committee or by the Secretary on receipt of a written request by a minimum of 5 members. All persons allowed to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting shall be allowed to attend and vote at a Special General Meeting.
8. Child Protection Policy
The Club adopt the policy and procedures as set out in the FA Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook. This includes the appointment of a Child Protection Officer who is available to offer advice, guidance and action where required, completion of Personal Disclosure Forms by all personnel involved, and for Child Protection to remain an agenda item each meeting to allow for discussion, advice and learning opportunities. The club will also abide by the FA's Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equality Policy as shall be in place from time to time.
9. Code of Good Practice
As set out by the FA in their Development programme, the Club adopt the Code of Conduct for Coaches, Players, Team Officials, Parents/ Spectators together with a Complaints Procedure. These are to be issued with all applications to join the Club to ensure these are followed by all parties.
9.1 Fines / cautions
Middleton Lads & Girls football Club abides by the rules and practices stated in the FA
regulations. It is the policy of the Club to abide by the referee
decisions in assigning cautions. The Club will not dispute these decisions,
nor is the Club responsible for the payment of fines. The responsibility
for the payment of those fines rests solely with the offending player
and his/her parents/guardians. Any fines not paid within 14 days of the offence, will result in the player being suspended from playing matches until the fine is paid
Annual Subscriptions to the Club shall be decided at the A.G.M. and become due by 1st September each year.
The Committee shall have cause, through the Treasurer, to keep proper books of accounts which shall be presented at each Committee meeting. Auditing of the books shall be undertaken every 3 years or more frequently at the discretion of the Committee. All expenditure must be authorized by the Committee. Cheques must be signed by two officers authorized by the Committee.
12. Club Colours/Club Grounds
The Club Colours shall be Navy and Black Stripes Shirts with Black Shorts and Blue Socks
All kit and equipment shall remain the Property of Middleton Lads & Girls Junior Football Club.
Transfer of members to or from other clubs must be undertaken in accordance with the appropriate League rules.
14. Resignations and Expulsions
Any team intending to withdraw from the club/league on completion of its fixtures must notify the Club Secretary in writing before February 28th or they may be liable to pay a fine to their respective league.
The Committee may expel a team for misconduct or objectionable conduct from the Club and withdraw the team's league registration. This decision would be confirmed in writing, with the recommendation placed on the agenda of the first available meeting with the Member Team. The Committee will inform teams who are NOT being accepted back into the Club for the following season by 1st July each year.
The Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any Club football activity
We subscribe to The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children - Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.
The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy are that:
The child's welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.
We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.
For further information on Safeguarding please refer to the Club’s Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures.
We aim to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that our Club is equally accessible to all. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.
For further information please refer to the Club’s Equality Policy.
The Club Committee shall have the power to deal with matters of misconduct happening in the leagues, which are not provided for in these rules.
All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be submitted in writing to the Secretary.
18. Presentation and Social Events
Each team will be expected to support all social or presentation events organised by the Club.
19. Fund Raising
Each season the Club Management Committee will propose fund raising schemes for the acceptance of the teams. Any schemes accepted by the teams will be put into operation and each team will be expected to fully support the scheme.
The Club must hold a public liability insurance.
(a) A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at a General Meeting and shall be carried by a majority of at least three-quarters of the members present.
(b)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.
(c) Any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be transferred to another Club, a Competition, the Parent County Association or The FA for use by them for related community sports.
22. Bye Laws of Middleton Lads & Girls Junior Football Club
a) The address of the headquarters of the Club shall be the Secretary's address.
b) The Entire Club Funds shall be banked with the National Westminster Bank
c) The managers/assistants and volunteers will be appointed by invitation of the committee, having been interviewed first for suitability.
d) Each manager will be responsible for the care of the Clubs property in use by his/her team.
e) All person/persons will agree to sign a declaration agreeing to waive all rights against the club, should it be decided that it would be in the clubs best interest to resort to their expulsion, and would waive their right to any appeal.
f) Each player will sign an official registration form each season in his/her own hand writing.
g) No player shall be eligible to represent the club in competitive games, unless the appropriate registration forms and membership fee have been received by the club secretary.
h) Only those players registered with the club secretary will be eligible to receive squad trophies at the end of the season.It is the individual team managers responsibility to ensure that league registration forms are completed and that league rules are adhered to.
i) All kit and equipment, inclusive of sponsored kit is the property of the Club and is to be handed down, or back to the Club without charge when no longer required or when a team leaves the Club for whatever reason.
j) Should a player, parent/guardian, spectator or Club Official be fined by the FA for any disciplinary reasons, the Club will pay the fine initially, but will seek to be reimbursed by the player's parents or the individual concerned. Non payment could result in the player, parent/guardian, spectator or Club Official being suspended indefinitely from Club training and / or matches.