TSWPC Club Constitution

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Section 3 Membership

3.1        The total membership of the Club shall not normally be limited.  If, however, the Committee considers that there is good reason to impose any limit from time to time then the Committee shall put forward appropriate proposals for consideration at a General Meeting of the Club.  The members shall have the right to impose and remove from time to time any limits on total membership or any category of membership of the Club.

3.2        All persons who assist in any way with the Club’s activities shall become members of the Club and hence of the ASA and the relevant ASA membership fee shall be paid. Assisting with the Club’s activities shall include, but not be restricted to, administrators, associate members, voluntary instructors, teachers and coaches, Committee members, helpers, Honorary members, Life members, Officers, Patrons, Presidents, technical and non-technical officials, temporary members, Vice Presidents and verifiers or tutors of the ASA’s educational certificates.

3.3        Any person who wishes to become a member of the Club must submit a signed application to the Membership Secretary (and in the case of a junior member the application must be signed by the member’s parent or guardian).  Election to membership shall be determined by the Committee but other person(s) authorised by the Committee may make recommendation as to the applicant’s acceptability.

3.4        The Committee shall be required to give reasons for the refusal of any application for membership.  Any person refused membership may seek a review of this decision before a Review Panel appointed by the Committee comprised of not less than three members, who may or may not be members of the Committee.  The Review Panel shall (wherever practicable) include one independent member nominated by the ASA North West Region.  The person refused membership shall be entitled to make representations to the Review Panel. The procedures for review shall be at the discretion of the Review Panel whose decision shall be final and binding.

3 5        In its consideration of applications for membership, the Club shall not act in a discriminatory manner and in particular, shall adhere to the Equality Act 2010 (as may be amended). Accordingly, the Club shall not refuse an application for membership on the basis of a Protected Characteristic within the Act, such as discriminatory grounds, whether in relation to ethnic origin, age, sex, religion, disability, political persuasion or sexual orientation; such as disability; gender or gender identity; pregnancy; race; religion or belief; or sexual orientation. Neither may refusal be made on the grounds of political persuasion.

3.6        The Club may refuse membership only for good and sufficient cause, such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute, or, in the case of an athlete, being unable to achieve the entry standards as laid down and provided by the Club to the applicant for membership. 

3.7        Membership of the club shall be renewed on an annual basis through the process of re-application not later than 1st September.

3.8        The category of membership shall be decided in accordance with:

3.8.1     Junior members who shall be less than 18 years of age, shall not be allowed to hold office, attend meetings of the Committee, unless by invitation of the Committee or vote at Committee or General Meetings or submit nominations, proposals or resolutions for consideration at a general meeting of the membership.

3.8.2     Senior Members, who shall be not less than 18 years of age, shall be eligible to stand for election for office and for membership of the committee, to attend and vote at General Meetings of the membership and to submit nominations, proposals and resolutions to a general meeting of the membership. Senior Members shall not be allowed to attend meetings of the Committee, or vote at Committee Meetings unless elected to or by invitation of the Committee.

3.8.3     Life Members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting on a recommendation made by the Committee in recognition of outstanding services rendered to the Club.  Life Members shall have the right to vote at General Meetings, to hold office and be elected to the Committee.  Life Members shall be allowed to attend meetings of the Committee without the power to vote (unless elected to the Committee or hold office). Such Life Members must be included in the Club’s annual return as to membership.

3.8.4     Honorary Members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting on a recommendation made by the Committee in recognition of support or services rendered to the Club.  Honorary Members shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership including the right to vote at General Meetings, to hold office and be elected to the Committee.  Such Honorary members must be included in the Club’s annual return as to membership.

3.8.5     Associate Members, who shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership including the right to vote at General Meetings, to hold office and be elected to the Committee.  Such Associate members must be included in the Club’s annual return as to membership.

3.8.6     Temporary Members, who are individuals granted temporary membership by the ASA by virtue of their participation in specific event(s) organised by the Club in conjunction with a club, body, association or organisation under the provision of the ASA Regulations on temporary membership. Temporary Members shall not be entitled to make proposals and resolutions, to vote at meetings and serve as officers or on the Committee.