STONEHENGE STRIDERS CONSTITUTION
1 Name of Club
The club will be called Stonehenge Striders (Hereinafter will be referred to as The Club).
2 Aims and Objectives
Stonehenge Striders is a friendly and inclusive running group aimed at encouraging and supporting people from the local community who share an interest in running
The group’s main objective is making running fun and safe in a friendly and supportive group environment. Members are encouraged to get out of the Club what they want, be that relaxed sociable group runs or more intensive training sessions to improve their running form and training for competitive running events.
Running is a fantastic social sport that encourages the development of many skills that can be applied elsewhere in life and in the local community. It also has tremendous health benefits for both physical and mental health for everyone regardless of age, abililty or gender.
(a) Membership of the Club is open to anyone interested in promoting, coaching, volunteering or participating in running, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.
(b) The membership shall consist of that of full member.
(c) All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the Club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of practice that the Club has adopted. The Committee reserves the right to decline membership.
(d) Members will pay membership fees, as determined at the Annual General Meeting.
4 Sports Equity
The Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.
(a) The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
(b) The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
(c) All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
(d) The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to Club disciplinary procedures.
(a) The affairs of the Club shall be conducted by the committee which shall consist of the Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
(b) All committee members must be members of the Club.
(c) If required, the committee shall elect a Vice Chair from amongst its number.
(d) The term of office shall be for one year, and members shall be eligible for re-election.
(e) If the post of any officer or ordinary committee member should fall vacant after such an election, the Executive Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy until the succeeding Annual General Meeting.
(f) The Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the Club.
(g) The Committee will have powers to appoint advisors to the Committee as necessary to fulfil its business.
(h) The Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.
(i) The committee meetings will be convened by the Secretary of the Club and be held no less than 4 times per year.
(j) Only the posts listed above will have the right to vote at committee meetings.
(k) The quorum required for business to be agreed at Management Committee meetings will be 2.
(a) The club treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the Club.
(b) The financial year of the Club will run from January 1st and end on December 31st.
(c) All Club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the Club.
(d) A statement of annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.
(e) Any cheques drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer plus up to two other officers.
(f) All members of the Club shall be jointly and severally responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.
7 Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings
(a) General Meetings are the means whereby the members of the Club exercise their democratic rights in conducting the Club’s affairs.
(b) The Club shall hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the month of January to:
Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.
Receive reports from the Chairman and Secretary.
Receive a report from the Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts.
Receive a report from those responsible for certifying the Club’s accounts.
Elect the officers on the committee.
Agree the membership fees for the following year.
Consider any proposed changes to the Constitution.
Deal with other relevant business.
(c) Notice of the AGM will be given by the Club Secretary with at least 14 days notice to be given to all members.
(d) Nominations for officers of the committee will be sent to the Secretary prior to the AGM.
(e) Proposed changes to the constitution shall be sent to the secretary prior to the AGM, who shall circulate at least 7 days before an AGM.
(f) All members have the right to vote at the AGM.
(g) The quorum for AGMs will be at least 25% of the current membership.
(h) The Chairman of the Club shall hold a deliberative as well as a casting vote at general and committee meetings.
(i) An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called by an application in writing to the Secretary supported by at least 10% of the members of the Club. The committee shall also have the power to call an EGM by decision of a simple majority of the committee members.
(j) All procedures shall follow those outlined above for AGMs.
8 Amendments to the constitution
The constitution will only be changed through agreement by majority vote at an AGM or EGM.
9 Discipline and Appeals
(a) All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be presented and submitted in writing to the Secretary.
(b) The Committee will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged. The committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.
(c) The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 14 days of the hearing.
(d) There will be the right of appeal to the Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 28 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.
(a) A resolution to dissolve the Club can only be passed at an AGM or EGM through a majority vote of the membership.
(b) In the event of dissolution, all debts should be cleared with any clubs funds. Any assets of the club that remain following this will be distributed equally amongst the current membership.
Stonehenge Striders hereby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of members.