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Thirsk Falcons Constitution and Rules.
1. The Club shall be called Thirsk Athletic Sports & Social Club – Thirsk Falcons FC. This recognises our membership of Thirsk Athletics Sports and Social Club who are currently obtaining the Community Amateur Sports Club status. For the purposes of our our association and membership with the FA and local football leagues and the Thirsk community we will use an abbreviated form namely, Thirsk Falcons FC.
2. Objects - The objects of the Club shall be to provide facilities, promote the game of Association Football, to arrange matches and social activities for its members and community participation in the same
3. Status of Rules - These rules (the “Club Rules”) form a binding agreement between each member of the Club.
4. Rules and Regulations - (a) The members of the Club shall so exercise their rights, powers and duties and shall, where appropriate use their best endeavors to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affairs of the Club are carried out in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated (“Parent County Association”) and Competitions in which the Club participates, for the time being in force. (b) No alteration to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserves the right to approve any proposed changes to the Club Rules. (c) The Club will also abide by The FA’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and antidiscrimination policy as shall be in place from time to time.
5. Club Membership - (a) The members of the Club from time to time shall be those persons listed in the register of members (the “Membership Register”) which shall be maintained by the Club Secretary (b) Any person who wishes to be a member must apply on the Membership Application Form and deliver it to the Club. Election to Membership shall be at the discretion of the Club Committee and granted in accordance with the anti-discrimination and equality policies which are in place from time to time. An appeal against refusal may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time. Membership shall become effective upon an applicant’s name being entered in the Membership Register (c) In the event of a member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name shall be removed from the Membership Register. (d) The FA and Parent County Association shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand.
6. Annual membership fee - (a) An annual fee payable by each member shall be determined from time to time by the club committee and set at a level that will not pose a significant obstacle to community participation. Any fee shall be payable on a successful application for membership and annually by each member. Fees shall not be repayable. (b) The Club Committee shall have the authority to levy further subscriptions from the members as are reasonably necessary to fulfill the objects of the Club. (c) All annual membership fees are due to be paid in full before 30th September. Fees may be paid in instalments at the discretion of the team manager. Instalment fees not paid in full before the 31st December could result in the member being precluded from participating in coaching sessions and/or football matches representing the Club.
7. Resignation and Expulsion - (a) A member shall cease to be a member of the Club if, and from the date on which, he/she gives notice to the Club Committee of his/her resignation. A member whose annual membership fee or further subscription is more than three (3) months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned. (b) The Club Committee shall have the power to expel a member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interests of the Club for them to remain a member. An appeal against such a decision may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time. (c) A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the income and assets of the Club (the “Club Property”).
8. Club Committee - (a) The Club Committee shall consist of the following Club Officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Parents Liaison Officer elected at an Annual General meeting and up to five other members as required by the committee. (b) Each Club Officer and Club Committee Member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the next Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) unless otherwise resolved at an Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”). One person may hold no more than two positions of Club Officer at any time. The Club Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club. Decisions of the Club Committee shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Club Committee meeting. The Chairperson of the Club Committee meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie. Meetings of the Club Committee shall be chaired by the Chairperson or in their absence the Secretary. The quorum for the transaction of business of the Club Committee shall be three. (c) Decisions of the Club Committee of meetings shall be entered into the Minute Book of the Club to be maintained by the Club Secretary. (d) Any member of the Club Committee may call a meeting of the Club Committee by giving not less than seven days’ notice to all members of the Club Committee. The Club Committee shall hold not less than four meetings a year. (e) An outgoing member of the Club Committee may be re-elected. Any vacancy on the Club Committee which arises between Annual General Meetings shall be filled by a member proposed by one and seconded by another of the remaining Club Committee members and approved by a simple majority of the remaining Club Committee members. (f) Save as provided for in the Rules and Regulations of The FA, the Parent County Association and any applicable Competition, the Club Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Club Rules. (g) The position of a Club Officer shall be vacated if such person is subject to a decision of the FA that such person be suspended from holding office or from taking part in any football activity relating to the administration or management of a football club.
9. Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings - (a) An AGM shall be held in each year to: (i) receive a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year; (ii) receive a report of the Club’s finances over the previous year; (iii) elect the members of the Club Committee; and (iv) consider any other business. b) Nominations for election of members as Club Officers or as members of the Club Committee shall be made in writing by the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be existing members of the Club, to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the AGM. Notice of any resolution to be proposed at the AGM shall be given in writing to the Club Secretary not less than 21 days before the meeting. (c) An EGM may be called at any time by the Club Committee and shall be called within 21 days of the receipt by the Club Secretary of a requisition in writing, signed by not less than five members stating the purposes for which the Meeting is required and the resolutions proposed. Business at an EGM may be any business that may be transacted at an AGM. (d) The Secretary shall send to each member at their last known address written notice of the date of a General Meeting (whether an AGM or an EGM) together with the resolutions to be proposed at least 14 days before the meeting. (e) The quorum for a General Meeting shall be three. (f) The Chairperson, or in their absence a member selected by the Club Committee, shall take the chair. Each member present shall have one vote and resolutions shall be passed by a simple majority. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairperson of the Meeting shall have a casting vote. (g) The Club Secretary, or in their absence a member of the Club Committee, shall enter Minutes of General Meetings into the Minute Book of the Club.
10. Club Teams - At its first meeting following each AGM the club committee shall appoint a club member to be responsible for each of the Club’s football teams. The appointed members shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the team. The appointed members shall present to the club committee at its last meeting prior to an AGM a written report of the activities of the team.
11. Club Finances - (a) A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the name of the Club (the “Club Account”). Designated account signatories shall be the Club Chairperson, the Club Secretary and the Treasurer. No sum shall be drawn from the Club Account except by cheque signed by two of the three designated signatories. All monies payable to the Club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in the Club Account. (b) The Club Property shall be applied only in furtherance of the objects of the Club. The distribution of profits or proceeds arising from the sale of Club Property to members is prohibited. (c) The Club Committee shall have the power to authorize the payment of remuneration and expenses to any member of the Club (although a Club shall not remunerate a member for playing) and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Club. (d) 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. (e) The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club: (i) sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment; (ii) employ members (although not for playing) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Club Committee without the person concerned being present; (iii) pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests; and (iv) Indemnify the Club 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). (f) The Club shall keep accounting records for recording the fact and nature of all payments and receipts so as to disclose, with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position, including the assets and liabilities of the Club. The Club must retain its accounting records for a minimum of six years. (g) The Club shall prepare an annual “Financial Statement”, in such format as shall be available from The FA from time to time. The Financial Statement shall be verified by an independent, appropriately qualified accountant and shall be approved by members at general meeting. A copy of any Financial Statement shall, on demand, be forwarded to The FA. (h) The Club Property, other than the Club Account, shall be vested in not less than two and no more than four custodians, one of whom shall be the Treasurer (“the Custodians”), who shall deal with the Club Property as directed by decisions of the Club Committee and entry in the Minute Book shall be conclusive evidence of such a decision. (i) The Custodians shall be appointed by the Club in a General Meeting and shall hold office until death or resignation unless removed by a resolution passed at a General Meeting. (j) On their removal or resignation a Custodian shall execute a Conveyance in such form as is published by The FA from time to time to a newly elected Custodian or the existing Custodians as directed by the Club Committee. The Club shall, on request, make a copy of any Conveyance available to The FA. On the death of a Custodian, any Club Property vested in them shall vest automatically in the surviving Custodians. If there is only one surviving Custodian, an EGM shall be convened as soon as possible to appoint another Custodian. (k) The Custodians shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the Club Property for all expenses and other liabilities reasonably incurred by them in carrying out their duties. 11.1 Fines (a) Players – players cautioned or sent off during a game will be fined by the North Riding FA. The club will pay such fines directly to the NRFA and seek remuneration from the player involved. Failure to remunerate the club within 10 working days will result in suspension from attending Club coaching activities and representative matches until resolved. (b) General – general fines related to breaking TJFA rules will be paid directly by the Club. Team managers are responsible for adhering to TJFA rules. Sanctions may be taken by the Club against persistent offenders. (c) Parents/guardians/spectators – any none playing persons who are fined and have had their fines paid by the Club, must remunerate the Club within 10 working days or this will result in their respective child’s suspension from attending Club coaching activities and representative matches until resolved.
12. Dissolution (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.
Thirsk Falcons FC Football Club Code of Conduct for Players
1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting.
5. Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
6. Not use inappropriate language.
Obligations towards one’s own team, A player should:
1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
2. Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.
Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules, A player should:
1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
3 .Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
Respect towards Opponents, A player should:
1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
Respect towards the Match Officials, A player should:
1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.
Respect towards Team Officials, A player should;
1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.
Obligations towards the Supporters, A player should:
1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters
Code of Conduct for Team Officials
This Code applies to all team / club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials)
Obligations towards the Game
The team official should:
1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
6. Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
Obligations towards the Team
The team official should
1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means.
2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
4. Promote ethical principles.
5. Show due respect to the interest of players, coaches and other officials, at their own club/team and others
Obligations towards the supporters, A team official should:
1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
Respect towards the Match Officials, A team official should:
1. Accept the decisions of the match official without protest.
2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
3. Show due respect towards Match officials.
Code of Conduct for Parents, Carers and Spectators.
A parent’s/carer’s/spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards: Other players Officials Managers Spectators.
This club will ensure that parents/carers/spectators within your club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children - not just their own - and will encourage parents/carers/spectators to:
Applaud the opposition as well as their own team
Avoid coaching the child during the game Not to shout and scream
Respect the referee’s decision
Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented
Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football
During matches parents/carers/spectators:
Must keep off the pitch (ideally at least 3metres away from touchlines to allow for safety of players and assist officials in judgements)
Must not enter into arguments with match officials or opposing players or supporters (disputes to be handled by team managers only)
If a player is cautioned or sent off he/she will receive a fine from the North Riding County FA - the player must return the form and fine to their team manager within 7 days or they will not be eligible to be selected for the team until the matter is resolved.
If we win we do not gloat; if we lose we do not complain.
Must not use foul language.
If unavailable for matches, players must inform managers as soon as possible. Players must endeavour to attend practices/coaching sessions regularly, arriving properly kitted out, with waterproofs and with drinks and on time.
Players - violent play and foul language is forbidden. Behaviour on club trips must be excellent, otherwise suspension from matches or club may be enforced. Any player caught breaking club rules may be asked to attend a disciplinary hearing where he/she may be suspended for a period of time, or in extreme cases be expelled from the club. The club will ensure that parents/carers/spectators agree and adhere to the Codes of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. (See also Players Code of Conduct, Coaches Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy).
Thirsk Falcons Equality Policy.
As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it.
The FA’s commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, color, religion or belief, ability or disability. The FA is also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognizing that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community. The following policy should be at the heart of your club’s activities.
Equality Policy for Clubs
The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that the Football Club is equally accessible to them all. Thirsk Falcons JFC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it.
Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities. This policy is fully supported by the Club Officers who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.
Thirsk Falcons FC, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favorably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, color, religion or belief, ability or disability. It means that Football Club will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.
Thirsk Falcons FC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimization of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination. This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behavior, whether physical or verbal.
Thirsk Falcons FC will work to ensure that such behavior is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
Thirsk Falcons FC is committed to taking positive action where inequalities exist, and to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination and promote equality in football.
Thirsk Falcons FC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation - Race Relations Act 1976. Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts and any new legislation.
Thirsk Falcons FC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, If the complaint is with regard to the Club’s when it is brought to its attention, of Management Committee the member has the discrimination on the above grounds and where right to report the discrimination direct to the such is found to be the case, a requirement that relevant County Football Association. The practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate. Club Complaints Procedure In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken they should follow the procedures below.
1. They should report the matter to the Club secretary or another member of the Committee. The report should include: i. Details of what, when and where the occurrence took place. ii. Any witness statements and names. III. Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way. iv. Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date when and to whom made. v. A preference for a solution to the incident.
2. The clubs Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.
3. The Club’s Management Committee will have the power to: i. Warn as to future conduct. ii. Suspend from membership. ii. Remove from membership from any person found to have broken the Club’s Policies or Codes of Conduct.
If the complaint is with regard to the Club’s Management Committee the member has the right to report the discrimination direct to the relevant County Football Association.