Cobham Sports Association - Membership
RULES OF COBHAM SPORTS ASSOCIATION LTD
1. CSA Ltd
Cobham Sports Association Ltd was incorporated as a company limited by
members guarantee on October 3rd 2006. At an EGM held on November 27th
2006 the members of CSA Ltd agreed to take over all the activities of
the “Old Association” and also accepted the transfer of all the assets,
liabilities and beneficial ownership of the freehold land. These Rules
must be read in conjunction with the Memorandum and Articles of
Association for the company, and in the event of any inconsistency
between the two, then the M&A will take precedence. The company is
called Cobham Sports Association Ltd and it’s registered address shall
be: Cobham Sports Association Ltd, Memorial Sports Ground, Fairmile
Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2TG.(hereinafter also referred to as “The
Club” or “CSA Ltd”)
2. Object of Club
The Object of the Club is to promote and develop sports in the local
community. Currently, these include Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and
Lacrosse. The Club is now registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club
(CASC), and as such is now permanently committed to sports
participation and development in the local community. The Club’s ground
and facilities will be available for use by members and visiting sports
players, their families and supporters throughout the year.
3. Structure and Status of Club
• The Management Board has responsibility for the management and
strategic development of the Club. The Management Board will be
composed of directors of the company appointed members and the chairmen
of each of the playing sections.
• The key roles for the CSA Management Board will decide strategy; to
own the facilities and manage them for the benefit of the members; to
generate income from the Bar and sub lettings of the grounds and
clubhouse; to recover costs from the respective playing sections and to
establish the framework of Club policies and practices, which must be
adopted by all the sections.
• The detailed objectives of the Club will be agreed as part of a
formal Development Plan. This will be updated annually on a rolling
three year time horizon. The Development Plan will include cash flow
projections and detail planned capital expenditures. It must be closely
coupled with the financial plans of each playing section. This three
year plan will be approved annually by the Management Board.
• The income derived by the Club will be applied solely to achieve the
objects of the Club. It will be the responsibility of the Management
Board to ensure sufficient income generation for both the proper upkeep
and maintenance of the facilities, plus securing the funding to meet
the investment and development plans.
• As a registered “CASC”, it should be noted that in the event of
winding up or dissolution of the company, any remaining assets shall
not be paid to the members, but applied to approved community sports
Membership of the Club and any section is open to all members of the
community and will not be denied to anyone on the grounds of
disability, ethnic origin or any religious and personal beliefs.There
shall be three types of Members: Section Members (1), Life Members(2)
and Honorary Vice Presidents(3).
1. Section Members: are defined as paid up members of one of the
affiliated sections, currently Cobham Rugby Club, Leatherhead &
Cobham Cricket Club, Cobham Tennis Club, the Braemar Club. Membership
of a section provides full membership of CSA Ltd on the basis that an
individual is 18 (or more) years of age, and where a section “family”
membership will only allow a single CSA Ltd membership. On this basis,
section members shall be regarded as full members of CSA Ltd and be
entitled to vote at General Meetings, as long as they have paid their
section membership fee at the date of the General Meeting. The sections
have a responsibility to maintain a complete register of members and
provide this to CSA Ltd annually on agreed dates.
2. Life Members: are defined as those members who have been awarded
life membership. The Management Board shall be responsible for awarding
all new life memberships.
3. Honorary Life Vice Presidents: are defined as members who have
given outstanding service to the Club over a number of years. They will
be nominated by the Management Board for approval at annual general
5. Suspension of Membership
A member may be suspended from membership for any act or behaviour
that damages the assets or reputation of the Club. Section members will
be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the relevant section and
suspension of membership by a section will constitute suspension by the
Club. The Club Management Board also have the right to suspend Club
membership and use of Club facilities to an individual guilty of
damaging the Club’s assets or reputation. Any member facing
disciplinary measures must be notified in writing of the grounds for
such action. The disciplined member has the right of appeal within one
month of the notification. The suspension will have immediate effect
from the time of notification. The Honorary Secretary shall include
information about the suspension of any member in his report to the
6. The Management Board
The affairs and strategy of the Club shall be managed by a
Management Board composed of directors, appointed members and chairmen
of playing sections. The Management Board shall consist of:
a) Chairman; Treasurer; Secretary and President. These will comprise
the executive officers of the Club and incumbents must be elected as
Directors of the company. The officers will hold office for one year
and be subject to re-election at each annual general meeting.
b) Chairmen of each section (or their nominated representative).
c) Nominated members, who will normally hold positions of specific
expertise on the board, and will be appointed as required by the
Chairman & limited to a maximum of three members at any one
The normal voting procedures of the Management Board will entitle each
member a single vote. In the event of an equal number of votes being
cast both for and against a proposal the Chairman shall have a casting
vote. No decisions shall be made at Management Board meetings unless
there is a quorum present of at least four members.
At the request of any Management Board member a specific resolution
may be referred to an overriding vote of the company directors only.
The Secretary shall be responsible for administering such a vote.
7. General Meetings of the Club
All general meetings of the Club, other than the annual general
meeting, shall be called extraordinary general meetings. All general
meetings, including the annual general meeting, will require twenty one
days notice to members specifying the meeting details and proposed
resolutions. The Management Board will call for general meetings as
required and be obliged to do so at the specific request of twenty or
The annual general meeting shall be held within six months of the end
of the Club year. Each member present will have equal voting rights.
Annual general meetings are held to:-
a) Receive the Board’s report on the Club’s performance for the
previous year and future plans.
b) Receive the annual accounts and financial report from the
c) Appoint the Club’s auditors, who will be responsible for
preparation of annual statutory accounts.
d) Elect the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer & President of the
e) Transact the proposed resolutions and any other business as
8. Responsibility of Sections
Each section has specific responsibilities to the Club. These
i) To enter into annual agreements with the Club for the use of grounds
and facilities as determined by the Board, and ensure that agreed fees
are paid on time.
ii) To ensure that a list of paid up members of the section is
available at agreed times to the Board.
iii) To ensure a duty of care to the facilities of the Club.
iv) To support and participate in the Club’s strategy and plans as
agreed at the Management Board.
v) To provide Section annual financial results and financial plans
with the Management Board.
vi) To provide support and backing to all Club dealings with outside
agencies and institutions, which have been authorized by the Management
9. Bar and Licensing
The specific bar licensing regulations will be decided by the Board,
but will always be in support of the objectives of the 2003 Licensing
Act. This will include prevention of crime, disorder and public
nuisance; maintaining health and public safety requirements; protection
of children. (refer to Club Policies). No member shall allow purchase
or consumption of alcohol by under age persons on the Club’s
10. Lettings and Use of the Ground and
The Club will be responsible for all lettings of the clubhouse and
grounds to outside organizations. A section may enter into such
agreements with 3rd parties, but such arrangements will be subject to
prior Board approval and payment of a rental fee to the Club.
The management, operations and useage of the clubhouse, bar and
kitchen catering facilities will be the responsibility of the Club and
11. Club Policies - Health, Safety and Welfare
The Club will be responsible for establishing “top level” health,
safety, welfare and child protection policies. Each section will be
responsible for translating these requirements into their own section
policies, consistent with the hazards and risks involved. Specific
guidelines from the respective national sports bodies will need to be
included in the section policies.
The sections should nominate representatives to a Club Health,
Safety and Welfare Committee, where all the individual arrangements can
be agreed and co-ordinated.
The Club will be responsible for ensuring that the Club’s property
and material damage are properly insured. The Club will also be
responsible for insurance for any employees of CSA Ltd and public
liability insurance for general use of the clubhouse and grounds.
The playing sections are responsible for ensuring adequate insurance
for other potential liabilities as advised by their national sports
bodies. These should include player injury and accident benefits,
referee/umpire/coaches liabilities and any other liabilities for player
to player incidents. In addition, the sections need to ensure insurance
coverage for any section specific sports or social events involving non
club members which is outside CSA Ltd’s public liability cover for the
clubhouse and Memorial Grounds e.g offsite parking and pitches, third
party run summer camps, section specific social events including non
To avoid the risks of failing to insure (and avoiding paying for double
coverage), the Club and sections should nominate individuals
responsible for insurance to co-ordinate cover.
13. Loans & Property Transactions
Loans secured on the grounds and facilities may only be made for the
future development of the ground and its facilities, not for the
purposes of providing funds for ongoing activities.
Any decision concerning the leasing, mortgaging or sale of any
freehold land is subject to a specific resolution at a general members
meeting and will require a 75% majority vote to be approved.
14. Changes to Rules
These rules shall only be altered at a General Meeting and a
two-thirds majority shall be required to make any alteration.