Constitution

1. NAME

The centre will be called Merseyside Performance Centre (“ PC ”) and will be affiliated to BADMINTON England.

2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of the club will be:

  To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in badminton.
  To promote the PC within the local community and badminton.
  To provide duty of care and protection to all PC members.
  To make sure all PC members are treated equitably.

3. MEMBERSHIP
To ensure all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment.

Membership should consist of officers and members of the PC.

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.

4. MEMBERSHIP FEES
Membership fees will be set annually and agreed by the Executive/Management Committee
or determined at the Annual General Meeting.

A membership fee will be paid: annually, a date in September, agreed at the previous AGM.
Session fees will be paid weekly, monthly or termly as decided by the committee at the AGM.

5. OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
The officers of the club will be:

  Chairperson
  Performance Centre Co-ordinator
  Secretary
  Treasurer
  Head Coach
  Coaching Co-ordinator
  Tournament Co-ordinator
  Welfare Officer
  Volunteer Co-ordinator
  Publicity Officer
  Fundraising & Sponsorship officers

Officers will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.

All officers will retire each year but will be eligible for re-appointment.

6. COMMITTEE
The club will be managed by a Committee consisting of:

Only the posts listed above will have the right to vote at meetings of the Management Committee.
The Management Committee will be convened by the Secretary or PC Co-ordinator and held no less than (four) per year.
The quorum required for business to be agreed at Management Committee meetings will be: (50%+1)
The Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the performance centre.
  The Management Committee will have powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary and appoint advisers to the Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business.
  The Management Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the PC rules/regulations/constitution. The Management Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.

7. FINANCE
All Performance Centre monies will be banked in an account held in the same name.

The PC Treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the centre.

The financial year of the PC will end on: 31st July.

An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.

Any cheques drawn against PC funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer plus up to two other officers. 

8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Notice of Annual General Meetings will be given by the Club Secretary.
Not less than 21 clear days notice to be given to all members.

The AGM will receive a report from officers of the Management Committee and a statement of the annual accounts.

Nominations for officers of the Management Committee will be sent to the Secretary prior to the AGM.

Elections of officers are to take place at the AGM.

All members have the right to vote at the AGM.

The quorum for AGMs will be (50% +1).

The Management Committee has the right to call Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) outside the AGM. Procedures for EGMs will be the same as for the AGM.

9. DISCIPLINE AND APPEALS
All concerns, allegations or reports of poor practice/abuse relating to the welfare of children and young people will be recorded and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with the PC’s child protection policy and procedures. The club welfare officer is the lead contact for all members in the event of any child protection concerns.

All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be presented and submitted in writing to the Secretary.

The Management 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.

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.

There will be the right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 14 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.

10. DISSOLUTION
A resolution to dissolve the club can only be passed at an AGM or EGM through a majority vote of the membership.

In the event of dissolution, any assets of the PC that remain will become the property of BADMINTON England.

11. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
The constitution will only be changed through agreement by majority vote at an AGM or EGM.

12. DECLARATION
The Merseyside Performance Centre hereby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of members.