The way in which the club is legally set up is often overlooked. The chosen structure depends on your exact circumstances of each club.

Clubs can either be structured as Unincorporated or Incorporated organisations.

Many sports clubs set up and continue to run as an unincorporated association, bound together by common rules. Becoming incorporated makes the club a separate legal entity which means club members are not personally responsible for its debts. There are several different incorporation structures to consider.

Clubs are recommended to take a look at all options at: www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/club-planning/club-structure/

The club should then make an informed decision on what best suits its needs based on the information provided.

Clubs may also be eligible to adopt Charitable Status or Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status, regardless of their legal structure. These offer benefits to clubs but also require meeting certain rules and obligations.

Whatever structure or status you choose, make sure you understand what the implications are.

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