The way in which the club is legally set up and the impact this may have on the financial and legal position of the club is often overlooked. Which structure suits your club will be dependent on your exact circumstances and each should be considered on an individual basis.
Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)
The Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme (CASC) enables amateur sports clubs to register with the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax reliefs, including business rate relief and Gift Aid. There are now more than 6,000 registered CASC’s and these clubs have benefitted from almost £100 million in savings.
For more detailed information on the new CASC rules see the HMRC guidance notes here:
A club can be charitable if its constitution is such that it promotes amateur sports (and/or other healthy amateur recreations) e.g. by providing facilities, or promotes education or community participation by reference to sport. In all cases the club must exist for the public benefit.
A constitution sets out the purpose and rules of your club. It is the basic document that helps to ensure proper running of your affairs. Typically, the constitution will set out:
The objectives for your club (e.g. what you want to do or provide for your members)
The different forms of membership (e.g. adult, junior, social) and subscription rates
The rules by which your club will operate
How the affairs of the club are to be managed (e.g. by officers and a committee)
How the members control the club, usually through an annual general meeting
All clubs should have a proper constitution.
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