RULES/CONSTITUTION OF GORDONIANS CRICKET CLUB
COMMUNITY AMATEUR SPORTS CLUB
name of the Club is Gordonians Cricket Club.
purposes of the Club are to promote the amateur sport of cricket in
the Aberdeen area and community participation in the same. The Club
will clarify its purposes in more detail through a specific Mission
Statement which will be accessible on the Club website. The
membership of the Club will be open (as defined in section 4). The
Club will also continue to acknowledge its historical links and ties
to Robert Gordon's College and the Gordonian Association, interacting
with both to provide opportunities for participation in cricket for
students at RGC and Former Pupils of RGC.
means of advancing the Purposes
Committee has the power to:
and provide grounds, equipment, coaching, training and playing
facilities, clubhouse, transport, medical and related facilities;
coaching, training, medical treatment, and related social and other
out any insurance for club, employees, contractors, players, guests
and third parties;
funds by appeals, subscriptions, loans, charges or the organising of
any fund raising event that it deems appropriate. Additionally,
funds can be raised from commercial sponsorship and advertising;
money and give security for the same, and open bank accounts;
lease or license property and sell, let or otherwise dispose of the
grants and loans and give guarantees and provide other benefits;
aside funds for special purposes or as reserves;
funds in any lawful manner;
and engage staff and others and provide services;
with or affiliate to firstly any bodies regulating or organising the
Sport of cricket and secondly any club or body involved with it and
thirdly with government and related agencies;
all other things reasonably necessary to advance the purposes;
of the above powers may be used other than to advance the purposes
consistently with the Rules below and the general law.
of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on
application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity,
nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However,
limitation of membership according to available facilities is
allowable on a non discriminatory basis.
Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a
non discriminatory and fair basis. The Club will keep subscriptions
at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people
Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good
cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport
into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the
voting purposes at any General Meeting, EGM or AGM, a member is
defined as any person on the active Club contact list as held by the
Secretary (providing they are not in arrears with any payment due to
the Club), any existing Committee member or any Honorary Vice President of
members may attend all general meetings of the Club in person.
meetings need 14
clear days’ written notice to members.
quorum for all general meetings is 8 members present or 10% of the
total of the active Club playing contact list (whichever is
President or (in his or her absence) another member chosen at the
meeting shall chair the meeting.
as otherwise provided in these Rules every resolution shall be
decided by a simple majority of the votes cast on a show of hands.
In the event of a tied vote, the President (or in his or her
absence, the person chairing the meeting) will have a casting vote.
in connection with General Meetings (such as how to put down
resolutions) shall be decided by the Committee and publicised to
General Meetings (AGM)
Club will hold an AGM once in every calendar year and not more than
15 months after the last AGM. At every AGM:
the Members will elect a Committee including a President (who will
act as Chair), Treasurer and Secretary to serve until the next AGM;
the Treasurer will produce accounts of the Club for the latest
financial year audited or independently examined as the Committee shall decide;
the Committee will present a report on the Club's activities since
the previous AGM;
the Members will appoint a suitable person to audit or independently examine the accounts;
the Members will discuss and vote on any resolution (whether about
policy or to change the Rules) and deal with any other business put
to the meeting;
the Members will appoint Honorary Vice Presidents and, if necessary,
an Honorary President;
the Members will discuss and vote on which competitions the Club will
enter in the forthcoming season. If the Club is invited to enter any
further competitions after the AGM then it will be left to the
Committee to decide whether to do so;
the Members will discuss and vote on any known resolutions that will
be on the Agenda of an AGM of any Association that the Club is
the Members shall appoint Captains for each XI to be entered in to
competitions for the forthcoming season. In the event of more than
one nomination for any captaincy position, the members will vote for
those nominated and the nominee with the lowest vote will be
eliminated, and further votes will be held until one candidate has a
clear majority. In the event that no nominations are received, the
Committee will endeavour to fill any captaincy vacancies before the
season begins. If any Captain resigns prior to or during the season,
the Committee will appoint a replacement.
all votes held will be passed by a simple show of hands. In the event
of a tied vote the President (or whoever may be in the chair at any
particular time) will have a casting vote.
General Meetings (EGM)
EGM shall be called by the Secretary within 14 days of a request to
that effect from the Committee or on the written request of not less
than 5 members signed by them. Such EGM shall be held on not less
than 14 nor more than 21 days’ notice at a place decided upon by
the Committee or in default by the President. Other than this, the
rules as laid down for General Meetings will apply.
to these Rules the Committee shall have responsibility for the
management of the Club, its funds, property and affairs. The
Committee shall be responsible for setting up an appropriate
Sub-Committee (or Committee) to administer any Junior or Womens
sections. The Committee may also draw up any rules or policies, not
already covered by the Constitution, which it deems appropriate to
the running of the Club. Any rule or policy drawn up by the Committee
can be changed by a resolution at any General Meeting, EGM or AGM.
The Committee shall also have responsibility for the maintenance of
any Club website (this can be delegated) and ensure that any Club
rules and policies are available on any Club website for the
information of members.
The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or
indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed
by the Rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in the
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.
The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:
sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and
employ members (though not for playing) and remunerate them for
providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee
without the person concerned being present;
pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests;
indemnify the 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).
The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability
discrimination and child protection.
The Committee will ensure that the playing colours of the Club shall
be those defined in the Minute of the Athletic Club Committee of the
Gordonian Association dated 30th
The Committee shall consist of at least 3 and not more than 12
members (including Officers).
The Committee members may co-opt Club members (up to the maximum
permitted number) to serve until the end of the next AGM.
Any Committee member may be re-elected or re-co-opted without limit.
A Committee member ceases to be such if he or she ceases to be a
member of the Club, resigns by written notice, or is removed by the
Committee for good cause after the Member concerned has been given
the chance of putting his/her case to the Committee with an appeal to
the Club members, or is removed by Club members at a general meeting.
The Committee shall fairly decide time limits and formalities for
Whenever a Committee member has a personal interest in a matter to be
discussed he/she must declare it, withdraw from that part of the
meeting (unless asked to stay), not be counted in the quorum for that
agenda item and withdraw during the vote and have no vote on the
The Committee may decide its own way of operating. Unless it
otherwise resolves the following rules apply:
at least 3 members must be present for the meeting to be valid;
committee meetings shall be held face to face;
the President or whoever else those present choose shall chair
decisions shall be by simple majority of those voting;
a resolution in writing signed by the majority of Committee members
shall be valid without a meeting;
the chair of the meeting will have a casting vote.
Committee may delegate any of their functions to sub-committees but
must specify the scope of its activity and powers; the extent to
which it can commit the funds of the Club; its membership; its duty
to report back to the Committee. The Committee may wind up any
sub-committee at any time or to change its mandate and operating
club reports and statements of account must be made available for
inspection by any member and all club records may be inspected by any
Committee member or as requested by the Gordonian Association.
Rules may be amended at a general meeting by two-thirds of the
votes cast but not (if relevant) so as to jeopardise the Club’s
status as a Community Amateur Sports Club as first provided for
by the Finance Act 2002 and not in any event to alter its
purposes (unless the procedure set out in 9(b) has been followed)
or winding up provisions.
Club Purposes may be changed to include another eligible sport if
the majority of the Committee agree and the members also agreed
the change by a 75% majority of votes cast.
change to the Constitution, or any other change which may
substantially alter the historical and current stated purposes of
the Club, must be notified to the Gordonian Association for their
approval and ratification.
Up the Club
The members may vote to wind up the Club if not less than three
quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a
properly convened general meeting.
The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of
the Club’s affairs.
settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of
the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered
to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered
Community Amateur Sports Club and/or
to the Club’s governing body for use by them for related community
Any decision to wind up the Club, and the consequent disposal of any
assets, are to be notified to the Gordonian Association who must then
ratify the decision before the Club is formally wound up.