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Dinton Cricket Club Constitution


  1. The Club shall be known as Dinton Cricket Club. Hereinafter to be referred to as “the Club”.




  1. The objective of the Club shall be:


  1. To encourage the practice, promotion, development, and participation of amateur cricket in Dinton and the wider community.

  2. To organise teams to represent the Club in leagues and tournaments and in such other competitions as the Committee shall decide.

  3. The provision of opportunities for recreation, social intercourse, and refreshments for the benefit of all members.

  4. Work closely with the Dinton Recreation Ground Trust to ensure the ongoing provision of:


  1. A clubhouse and changing facilities for club fixtures and other events.

  2. A suitable storage facility for ground equipment.


  1. To develop a youth section to:


  1. Encourage all children and young adults to obtain enjoyment from the game of cricket, coupled with an understanding of sportsmanship and fair play.

  2. To develop the skills required for cricket though a regular programme of coaching and matches when possible.

  3. To nurture the future generation of club players essential to the continuation of the Club.




  1. Member of the Club shall be open to all amateur persons, 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. Children under the age of 16 attending training, races or any club activity must be accompanied by their parent or guardian who shall be entirely responsible for them. For young people, aged 16 or 17, a parent or guardian is to be entirely responsible for their attendance at all club activities.


  1. To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB ‘save hands – welfare of young people in cricket’ policy and future versions of policy.


  1. Each membership application must be made to an officer of the Club. The appropriate subscription must accompany the application for membership. If an applicant joins mid-way through a season, their subscription for that year may be discounted at the discretion of the committee.


  1. Honorary Vice President membership of the Club may be conferred upon any member by a majority vote of those present at an Annual General Meeting in recognition of someone who has performed an outstanding service, or who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club.


  1. Additional categories of membership shall be:


  1. Full member (over 18 years of age)

  2. Youth member (under 18 years of age)

  3. Non-playing member

  4. Non-voting member


  1. The Committee shall have the power to suspend or exclude any member for contravention of this Constitution, documented rules or published codes of conduct that may exist at that time. In exercising these powers, the Committee shall adhere to the Club’s disciplinary procedures. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members and decided by a majority vote.


  1. Any member shall be entitled to introduce guests to the Club provided that no person whose application for membership has been declined or who has been expelled from the Club shall be introduced as a guest. The member shall be responsible for the conduct of their guests and is to ensure they are conversant with the standards expected in terms of behaviour, to ensure the Club remains a place that is welcoming to all.




  1. Annual subscriptions shall become due for payment on 1st May each year, with the amounts being determined by the previous AGM.


  1. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.


  1. Members under 18 shall pay reduced rate subscriptions.


  1. Any member failing to make payment by 31st July shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of membership and may be expelled provided that notice has been sent at least twice to the member’s last known email address informing them of the proposed action.




  1. The management of the Club shall be vested in a Committee that shall consist of the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary who shall be Officers of the Club together with a maximum of ten other members. All the foregoing shall be elected at the AGM and remain in office only until the conclusion of the AGM of the following year. All committee members will then eligible for re-election or replacement.


  1. The Committee shall meet at least twice in every year at such times as the Committee shall determine. Five elected Committee members are required for a quorum for a Committee meeting to take place providing the Chairman or Secretary is also present.


  1. The Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members for specific projects, but co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.


  1. The Committee shall also have the power to establish any sub-Committee deemed appropriate to assist in meeting the objectives of the Club, and to delegate to these sub-Committees such duties as may be considered appropriate.


  1. The Committee shall have the power to appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider appropriate.


Annual General Meeting


  1. An annual general meeting of the Club shall be held in the month of October each year.


  1. The Chairman of the Club shall preside at all meetings but if he shall not be present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for the meeting or has signified his inability to be present at the meeting, the Vice-Chairman will preside at the meeting, but if he is similarly absent, the members present shall choose one of their members to be chairman of the meeting. 


  1. At the AGM, the following business shall be conducted:


  1. Receive the annual report of the Chairman.

  2. Receive the financial statements and the Treasurer’s report

  3. Elect the officers, the Committee, and auditor for the ensuing year.

  4. Consider any amendment to the constitution of which due notice has been given to all members. Any proposed change to the constitution must be received by the Secretary at least 14 days preceding the meeting in order that all members shall have sufficient notice of the proposal.

  5. Transact any other notified business. Members who wish to include items on the agenda must inform the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting.

  6. At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to members of the date and venue. The agenda shall be published at least seven days prior to the meeting.

  7. The business at a general meeting shall be limited to that provided by these rules and those further matters set out in the notice convening the meeting.

  8. The quorum at a general meeting shall be 6, of which at least 2 shall be Officers.

  9. All registered members of the Club at the meeting who are aged 18 years or more shall have one vote. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting, vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting shall be by ballot.


Extraordinary General Meeting


  1. An EGM may be called by the Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution and Rules or any other Club business too urgent to wait for the AGM.


  1. An EGM must be called if 25% of voting members so petition the Secretary in writing.


  1. Three weeks’ notice of an EGM must be given to all members together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall be conducted.


  1. Procedures for voting shall be as used for the AGM.




  1. The financial year of the Club shall end on 30th September.


  1. All funds belonging to the Club shall be deposited with a bank or building society in accounts that shall carry the Club title. All accounts shall operate on two signatories, one of whom will be the Treasurer and the other either the Chairman or Vice Chairman.


  1. Expenditure above agreed budget levels may only be authorised at a Committee meeting.


  1. Full accounts of the financial affairs of the Club, duly audited by the auditor, shall be available to every member at the AGM.


Property and Funds


  1. 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.


  1. The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.


  1. The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:


  1. Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment.

  2. Employ members and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present.

  3. Pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting guests.


  1. The Club 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).


  1. The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.


Winding Up


  1. 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.


  1. The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.


  1. After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:


  1. To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or

  2. To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or

  3. To the Club’s national governing bodies for use by them for related community sports.


Alterations to the Constitution


  1. The Constitution may be altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose, the notice of which shall have contained particulars of the proposed alteration or addition.


  1. The Honorary Secretary shall as soon as possible and in any case within 28 days of the making of such alteration or addition to the Chief Officer of the police and to the clerk of the local authority of the district in which the Club is situated.




  1. Interpretation of all the above rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for Community Amateur Sports Clubs, as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002.


Revision History


  1. This Constitution was formerly adopted at the AGM held on 11 April 2023 and replaces the Club’s previous Constitution used since its adoption in xxxxx

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