1.1 The name of the Club shall be the City of Coventry Swimming Club.
2.1 The objects of the Club shall be the objects of the Amateur Swimming Association and in particular; a)
the teaching, development and practice of swimming, diving, synchro, open water and water polo for its members
and to stimulate public opinion in favour of these pursuits. b) to participate in competition under ASA laws
and to promote such competitions for the benefit of its members. In the furtherance of these objects:
2.1.1 The Club is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of its activity. This shall be,
for example, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability or political persuasion, on any
2.1.2 The Club shall implement the A.S.A. Equal Opportunities policy.
2.2 The Club shall be affiliated to ASA West Midland Region and Warwickshire Amateur Swimming Association
and shall adopt and conform to the rules of these Associations, and to such other bodies as the Club may
determine from time to time.
2.3 The business and affairs of the Club shall at all times be conducted in accordance with the Laws and
Technical Rules of the Amateur Swimming Association ("A.S.A. Laws") and in particular:
2.3.1 All competing members shall be eligible competitors as defined in A.S.A. Laws; and
2.3.2 The Club shall, in accordance with A.S.A. Laws adopt the A.S.A. Child Protection Procedures; and
shall recognise that the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility and that all children and young
people have a right to have fun, be safe and be protected from harm.
2.3.3 Members of the Club shall, in accordance with A.S.A. Laws comply with the A.S.A. Child Protection
2.4 By virtue of the affiliation of the Club to ASA West Midland Region and the Warwickshire Amateur
Swimming Association, the Club and all members of the Club acknowledge that they are subject to the laws,
rules and constitutions of:
2.4.1 ASA West Midland Region and
2.4.2 the Amateur Swimming Association; (to include the ASA/IOS Code of Ethics); and
2.4.3 British Swimming (in particular its Doping Control Rules and Protocols and Disciplinary Code);
2.4.4 FINA, the world governing body for the sport of swimming in all its disciplines (together "the
Governing Body Rules")
2.5 In the event that there shall be any conflict between any rule or by-law of the Club and any of the
Governing Body Rules then the relevant Governing Body Rule shall prevail
3.1 The total membership of the Club shall not normally be limited. If however the Committee considers that
there is a good reason to impose any limit from time to time then the Committee shall put forward appropriate
proposals for consideration at a General Meeting of the Club. The members shall have the right to impose (and
remove) from time to time any limits on total membership (or any category of membership) of the Club.
3.2 All persons who assist in any way with the club's activities shall become members of the club and hence
of the A.S.A. and the relevant A.S.A. membership fee shall be paid. Assisting with the club's activities shall
include, but not be restricted to, administrators, associate members, voluntary instructors, teachers and
coaches, Committee members, helpers, Honorary members, life members, officers, patrons, Presidents, technical
and non-technical officials, temporary members, Vice Presidents and verifiers or tutors of the A.S.A's
3.3 Paid instructors, teachers and coaches who are not members of the club must be members of a body which
accepts that its members are bound by the A.S.A.'s Code of Ethics, the Laws relating to Child Protection and
those parts of the Judicial Laws, Judicial Rules and procedures necessary for their implementation and whilst
engaged in activities under the jurisdiction of the A.S.A. shall be subject to all the constraints and
privileges of the Judicial Laws and Rules.
3.4 Any person who wishes to become a member of the Club must submit a signed application to the Secretary
(and in the case of a junior swimmer the application must be signed by the swimmer's
parent or guardian). Election to membership shall be determined by the Committee but other person(s)
authorised by the committee may make recommendation as to the applicant's acceptability. The Committee or such
authorised person(s) shall not be required to give reasons for the refusal of any application for membership.
Any person refused membership may seek a review of the decision before a review panel appointed by the
Committee ("Review Panel") comprised of not less than three members (who may or may not be members
of the Committee). The panel shall [wherever practicable] include one independent member nominated by the ASA
West Midland Region. The person refused membership shall be entitled to make representations to the Review
Panel. The procedures for review shall be at the discretion of the Review Panel whose decision shall be final
3.5 The Club shall not refuse an application for membership on discriminatory grounds, whether in relation
to ethnic origin, age, sex, religion, disability, political persuasion or sexual orientation.
4 Subscription and Other Fees
4.1 The annual members subscription and coaching/teaching and squad fees (as applicable) shall be
determined from time to time by the Committee and the Committee shall in so doing make special provision for
different classes of membership, as it shall determine.
4.2 The annual subscription and entrance fee (if any) shall be due on joining the Club and thereafter on
the 1st day of January each year.
4.3 Any member whose subscription or other fees are unpaid by the date falling 30 days after the due date
for payment may be suspended by the Committee from some or all Club activities from a date to be determined by
the Committee and until such payment is made
4.4 The Committee shall, from time to time, have the power to determine the annual membership subscription
and other fees. This shall include the power to make such increase in the subscription as shall, where the
Club pays the individual A.S.A. Membership Fees to the A.S.A. on behalf of members, be consequential upon an
increase in individual A.S.A. membership fees. Any increase in subscriptions shall be advised to the members
in writing with the reasons for any increase to be reported to the members at the next Annual General
5.1 A member wishing to resign membership of the Club should give to the Secretary written notice of his
resignation. A member's resignation shall only take effect when this (Rule 5.1) has been complied with.
5.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 5.1 above a member whose subscription or fees are more than two
months in arrear shall be deemed to have resigned. Where the membership of a member shall be terminated in
this way he shall be informed in writing that he is no longer a member by notice handed to him or sent by post
to his last known address.
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6 Expulsion and other Disciplinary action
6.1 The Committee shall have power to expel a member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interests
of the Club for him to remain a member. The Club in exercising this power shall comply with the provisions of
Rules 6.2 and 6.3 below
6.2 The Club shall adopt and comply with the A.S.A. Guidelines for handling Internal Club Disputes
("the Guidelines") as the same may be revised from time to time. The Guidelines are set out as an
Appendix to the A.S.A. Judicial Laws and appear in the A.S.A. Handbook. (A copy of the current Guidelines may
be obtained from the A.S.A. Legal Affairs Department.)
6.3 A member may not be expelled or (subject to Rule 6.4 below) be made the subject of any other penalty
unless the panel hearing the complaint shall by a two-thirds majority vote in favour of the expulsion of (or
other penalty imposed upon) the member.
6.4 The Officers of the Club (or any person to whom the Committee shall delegate this power) may
temporarily suspend or exclude a member from particular training sessions and/or wider club activities, when
in their opinion, such action is in the interests of the Club. Where such action is taken the complaint will
thereafter be dealt with in accordance with the Guidelines.
7.1 The Committee shall consist of the President, the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer (together "the
Officers of the Club"), the Director of Coaching, the three immediate Past Presidents of the Club and 5
elected members all of whom must be members of the Club, together with such additional sub-committee
administrators as required to manage specific activities of the Club (e.g. Fixtures Secretary, Racing Group
Secretary, Promotions Secretary etc.). The club shall have a Welfare Officer. All Committee members must be
not less than 18 years of age though the Committee may allow younger member(s) to attend their meetings
without power to vote.
7.2 The Committee members shall be proposed, seconded and elected by ballot at the Annual General Meeting
each year and shall remain in office until their successors are elected at the next
Annual General Meeting. Any vacancy occurring by resignation or otherwise may be filled by the Committee.
Retiring members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election. (See also 8.1)
7.3 Committee meetings shall be held not less than six occasions per annum, and the quorum of that meeting
shall be such number as shall represent not less than a simple majority of the Committee members (to include
not less than one Executive Officer). The Chairman and the Secretary shall have discretion to call further
meetings of the Committee if they consider it to be in the interests of the Club. The Secretary shall give all
the members of the Committee not less than two days written (including email) notice of a meeting. Decisions
of the Committee shall be made by a simple majority (and in the event of equality of votes the Chairman (or
the acting Chairman of that meeting) shall have a casting or additional vote.) The Secretary, or in his
absence a member of the Committee, shall take minutes.
7.4 In the event that a quorum is not present within thirty minutes of the published start time, a meeting
shall stand adjourned to the time and date falling seven days after the date of the meeting, or such other
date and time as may be determined by the Chairman. If a quorum is not present at the adjourned meeting then
those Committee members attending may act for the purpose of calling a Special General Meeting of the members,
to which the provisions as to minimum notice contained in Rule 11.1 shall not apply
7.5 In addition to the members so elected the Committee may co-opt up to 5 further members of the Club who
shall serve until the next Annual General Meeting. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote at the
meetings of the Committee and shall not be counted in establishing whether a quorum is present.
7.6 The Committee may from time to time appoint from among their number such sub-committees as they may
consider necessary (and to remove (in whole or in part) or vary the terms of reference of such sub-committees)
and may delegate to them such of the powers and duties of the Committee as the Committee may determine. All
sub-committees shall periodically report their proceedings to the Committee and shall conduct their business
in accordance with the directions of the Committee.
7.7 The Committee shall be responsible for the management of the Club and shall have the sole right of
appointing and determining the terms and conditions of service of employees of the Club. The Committee shall
have power to enter into contracts for the purposes of the Club on behalf of all the members of the Club. The
Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the Accounts of the Club for each financial year be examined
by an independent examiner to be appointed by the members in General Meeting. The Committee shall also have
power to make regulations and to settle disputed points not otherwise provided for in this Constitution.
7.8 The members of the Committee shall be indemnified by the members of the Club against all liabilities
properly incurred by them in the management of the affairs of the Club.
7.9 The Committee shall maintain an Accident Book in which all accidents to club members at swimming
related activities shall be recorded. Details of such accidents shall be reported to the A.S.A. Office. The
Club shall make an annual return to the A.S.A. in the prescribed form.
8 Officers and Honorary Members
8.1 The Executive Officers and Committee of the Club shall be proposed, seconded and elected (by ballot) at
the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting when they shall retire.
Any vacancy occurring by resignation or otherwise may be filled by the Committee. Retiring officers shall be
eligible for re-election.
8.2 The President of the Club shall be proposed for election biannually at the AGM. The Member so proposed
shall have a continuous membership of the Club of not less than five years and shall have been previously
nominated as a President Elect. The members of the Club propose and second nominations for President Elect so
as to be received by the Secretary before or on September 30th preceding the AGM.
8.3 The Secretary shall ask the President of the Club to convene an assembly of Past Presidents to consider
nominations received, which will not be disclosed to the Executive Committee, and select from them a single
nomination for the approval of the Executive Committee at its final ordinary meeting. The nomination then goes
forward to the AGM.
8.4 The President shall serve for two consecutive years and shall take the Chair at General Meetings of the
8.5 A President may be elected for a further term of office providing that five years have elapsed since
his/her previous term of office.
8.6 The Committee may elect any person as an honorary member of the Club for such period as it thinks fit
and they shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership except that they shall not be entitled to vote
at meetings and serve as officers or on the Committee unless any such person shall have retained in addition
his ordinary membership of the Club. Such honorary members must be included in the Club's annual return as to
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9 Annual General Meeting
9.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held each year on a date falling within the month of
November. The date for the Annual General Meeting shall be fixed by the Committee.
9.2 The purpose of the Annual General Meeting is to transact the following business:
9.2.1 to receive the Chairman's report of the activities of the Club during the previous year;
9.2.2 to receive and consider the accounts of the Club for the previous year and the report on the accounts
of the independent examiner and the Treasurer's report as to the financial position of the Club;
9.2.3 to remove and elect the independent examiner (who must not be a member of the Committee or a member
of the family of a member of the Committee) or confirm that he/she remain in office;
9.2.4 to elect the Executive Officers and other members of the Committee;
9.2.5 to decide on any resolution which may be duly submitted in accordance with Rule 9.3.
9.3 Nominations for election of members to any office or for membership of the Committee shall be made in
writing by the proposer and seconder to the Secretary not later than 21 days before the date of the AGM. The
nominee shall be required to indicate in writing on the nomination form his willingness to stand for election.
Notice of any resolution proposed to be moved at the Annual General Meeting shall be given in writing to the
Secretary not later than 21 days before the AGM.
10 Special General Meeting
10.1 A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Committee. A Special General Meeting shall
be called by the Secretary within 28 days of receipt by him/her of a requisition in writing signed by not less
than one tenth of all members entitled to attend and vote at a General Meeting stating the purposes for which
the meeting is required and the resolutions proposed.
11 Procedure at the Annual and Special General Meetings
11.1 The Secretary shall personally be responsible for the handing out or sending to each member at his
last known address a written agenda giving notice of the date, time and place of the General Meeting together
with the resolutions to be proposed thereat at least 14 days before the meeting and in the case of the Annual
General Meeting a list of the nominees for the Committee posts and a copy of the examined accounts. The
Secretary may, alternatively, with the agreement of members concerned distribute these materials by e-mail or
similar form of communication. The Notice of Meeting shall in addition wherever possible be displayed on the
Club Notice Board where one exists.
11.2 The quorum for the Annual and Special General Meetings shall be 24 members entitled to attend and vote
at the Meeting.
11.3 The President, or in his absence a member selected by the Committee, shall take the chair. Each member
present shall have one vote and resolutions shall be passed by a simple majority. For the procedures for
submitting resolutions to be considered at a General Meeting members are referred to Rule 9.3. In the event of
an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a casting or additional vote. Only paid up members who have
reached their 18th birthday shall be entitled to be heard and to vote on all matters. (Members who have not
reached their 18th birthday shall be entitled to be heard and vote only on those matters determined by the
Chairman as matters concerning juniors, such as the election of club captains.)
11.4 The Secretary, or in his absence a member of the Committee, shall take minutes at the Annual and
Special General Meetings.
11.5 The President shall at all General Meetings have unlimited authority upon every question of order and
shall be, for the purpose of such meeting, the sole interpreter of the Rules of the Club.
12 Alteration of the Rules and other Resolutions
12.1 The rules may be altered by resolution at an Annual or Special General Meeting provided that the
resolution is carried by a majority of at least two-thirds of members present and entitled to vote at the
General Meeting. No amendment(s) to the rules shall become effective until such amendment(s) shall have been
submitted to and validated by such person as is authorised to do so by the Warwickshire County Association and
ASA West Midland Region.
12.2 Any member shall be entitled to put any proposal for consideration at any General Meeting provided the
proposal in writing shall have been handed to or posted to the Secretary of the Club so as to be received by
her/him not later than 21days before the set date, in the case of the Annual General Meeting or, in the case
of a Special General Meeting, 18 days before the date of the meeting and thereafter the Secretary shall supply
a copy of the proposal or resolution to the members in the manner provided in Rule 11.1
13.1 The Committee shall have power to make, repeal and amend such by-laws as they may from time to time
consider necessary for the well being of the Club which by-laws, repeals and amendments shall have effect
until set aside by the Committee or at a General Meeting.
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14.1 All moneys payable to the Club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in a bank account in
the name of the Club. No sum shall be drawn from that account except by cheque signed by two of the five
signatories who shall be the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and two other Club members nominated by the
treasurer and approved and minuted by the Executive Committee.) Any moneys not required for immediate use may
be invested as the Committee in its discretion think fit.
14.2 The income and property of the Club shall be applied only in furtherance of the objects of the Club
and no part thereof shall be paid by way of bonus, dividend or profit to any members of the Club, (save as set
out in Rule 17.3.)
14.3 The Committee shall have power to authorise the payment of remuneration and expenses to any officer,
member or employee of the Club and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Club.
14.4 The financial transactions of the Club shall be recorded by the Treasurer in such manner as the
Committee thinks fit.
14.5 The financial year of the Club shall be the period commencing on 1st October and ending on 30th
September. Any change to the financial year shall require the approval of the members in a General
14.6 The Committee shall retain for a minimum period of six years all financial records relating to the
club and copies of Minutes of all meetings.
15.1 The Committee may borrow money on behalf of the Club for the purposes of the Club from time to time at
their own discretion for the general upkeep of the Club or for any other expenditure, additions or
15.2 When so borrowing the Committee shall have power to raise in any way any sum or sums of money and to
raise and secure the repayment of any sums or sums of money in such manner or on such terms and conditions as
it thinks fit, and in particular by mortgage of or charge upon or by the issues of debentures charged upon all
or any part of the property of the Club.
15.3 The Committee shall have no power to pledge the personal liability of any member of the Club for the
repayment of any sums so borrowed.
16.1 The property of the Club, other than cash at the bank, shall be vested in not more than four Trustees.
They shall deal with the property as directed by resolution of the Committee and entry in the minute book
shall be conclusive evidence of such a resolution.
16.2 The Trustees shall be elected at a General Meeting of the Club and shall hold office until death or
resignation unless removed by a resolution passed at a General Meeting.
16.3 The Trustees shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the property of the Club for all expenses and
other liabilities properly incurred by them in the discharge of their duties.
17.1 A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at a General Meeting and shall be carried by
a majority of at least three- quarters of the members present and entitled to vote. A specific date for the
dissolution shall be included in the resolution.
17.2 The dissolution shall take effect from the date specified in the resolution and the members of the
Committee shall be responsible for the winding-up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.
17.3 Any property remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be given to
a charity or charities (or other non-profit making organisation having objects similar to those of the Club
for the furtherance of such objects) nominated by the last Committee.
18.1 The Members acknowledge that these Rules constitute a legally binding contract to regulate the
relationship of the members with each other and the Club.
The following statement needs to appear on Club membership forms and is to be signed by the member and must
also be countersigned by the parent, or a person having parental responsibility for the member, if under 18
years of age:
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Last updated November 2006