• DCC Constitution


    1 Name of Club

    The club will be called Daventry Cycling Club (Hereinafter will be referred to as The Club), and may also be known as DCC.

    Daventry Cycling Club will be affiliated to British Cycling and any other cycling organisations as may decided by the committee.

    2 Aims and Objectives

    The aims and objectives of the club will be:

    • To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in Cycling
    • To promote the club within the local community and Cycling
    • To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club
    • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone

    3 Membership 

    (a)  Membership of the club is open to anyone interested in promoting, coaching, volunteering or participating in Cycling regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.

    (b)  The membership shall consist of the following categories:

    • Full member
    • Junior member – defined as over 12 but under 18
    • Student member – defined as anyone still in full time education

    (c) 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.

    (d) Members in each category will pay membership fees, as determined at the Annual General Meeting. Annual Subscription Fees are due on 1st January. Members paid up for the previous year remain members until March 31st. Anyone not paid up by March 31st shall be deemed to have left the Club. A new member joining after September 30th shall be credited with the next year's membership.

    (e)  Individuals shall not be eligible to take part in the business of the Club, vote at general meetings or be eligible for selection of any Club team unless the applicable subscription has been paid by the due date and/or membership has been agreed by the Club committee.

     Sports Equity

    (a)  This Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

    Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

    (b)  The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

    (c)   The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

    (d)  All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

    (e)  The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

    5 Committee

    (a)  The affairs of the Club shall be conducted by a Committee which shall consist of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and be made up to 8 by the election of ordinary members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

    (b)  All committee members must be members of the Club.

    (c)   If required, the committee shall elect a Vice Chair from among its members.

    (d)  The term of office shall be for one year, and members shall be eligible for re-election.

    (e)  If the post of any officer or ordinary committee member should fall vacant after such an election, the Executive Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy until the succeeding Annual General Meeting.

    (f)    The Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the club.

    (g)  The Committee will have powers to appoint any advisers to the Committee as necessary to fulfil its business.

    (h)  The Committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The Committee will be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.

    (i)    The committee meetings will be convened by the Secretary of the Club and be held no less than 6 times per year.

    (j)    In addition to the posts listed above members attending committee meetings will have the right to vote at committee meetings.

    (k)   The quorum required for business to be agreed at Management Committee meetings will be 5 members

    (l)    In the event of the Club Committee being unable to function, control of the Club shall be in the hands of the Chairman who will take appropriate action to return the Club to normal operation within the rules. If the Chairman is unavailable the Secretary or another remaining Officer shall perform this duty.

    (m) 2nd Claim members may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee. Existing members must first resign before applying for 2nd Claim membership. 2nd Claim members will be entitled to the same benefits and shall pay the same fees as first claim members. Second claim members shall have the same voting rights as other members, save where the item being voted on affects both the clubs of which the person is a member, in which event the member shall declare a conflict of interests and abstain from voting.

    6 Finances

    (a) The club treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club.

    (b) The financial year of the club will run from 1st October and end on 30th September.

    (c) All club monies will be banked in accounts held in the name of the club. 

    (d)An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the treasurer at the Annual General Meeting.

    (e) Any cheques drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the treasurer or the chair.

     (f)  All members of the Club shall be jointly and severally responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.

     7 Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings

    (a)  General Meetings are the means whereby the members of the Club exercise their democratic rights in conducting the Club’s affairs.

    (b)  The Club shall hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the month of October to:

    • Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM. 
    • Receive reports from the Chairman and Secretary. 
    • Receive a report from the Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts. 
    • Receive a report from those responsible for certifying the Club’s accounts. 
    • Elect the officers on the committee. 
    • Agree the membership fees for the following year. 
    • Consider any proposed changes to the Constitution.
    • Deal with other relevant business.

    (c)   Notice of the AGM will be given by the club secretary with at least 14 days notice to members.

    (d)  Nominations for officers of the committee will be sent to the secretary prior to the AGM.

    (e)  Proposed changes to the constitution shall be sent to the secretary prior to the AGM, who shall circulate them at least 7 days before an AGM.

    (f)    All members have the right to vote at the AGM.

    (g)  The quorum for AGMs will be  the lesser of 3 members or 10% of the membership.

    (h)  The Chairman of the Club shall hold a deliberative as well as a casting vote at general and committee meetings.

    (i)    An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called by an application in writing to the Secretary supported by at least 10% of the members of the Club.  The committee shall also have the power to call an EGM by decision of a simple majority of the committee members.

     (j)    All procedures shall follow those outlined above for AGMs.

     8 Amendments to the constitution

    The constitution will only be changed through agreement by majority vote at an AGM or EGM.

     9 Discipline and appeals

    (a)  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 club’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.

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

    (c)   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.

    (d)  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 7 days of the hearing.

    (e)  There will be the right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 7 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.

    10 Dissolution

    (a) A motion to dissolve the club, or to merge with another club, if not initiated by the Committee must be advised in writing to the General Secretary and supported by six ordinary members. The General Secretary will convene a General Meeting within 28 days and notices convening the meeting shall be sent to all members at least 14 days before the meeting. The notice should carry details of the motion(s). In order to be carried a motion to merge with another club, must be agreed by at least 50% of the Club membership. A motion to dissolve the club must be agreed by at least two thirds of the Club membership. Postal voting in each of these circumstances will be permitted, if agreed by the Committee prior to notification of the meeting.

    (b) In the event of dissolution, all debts should be cleared with any clubs funds. Any assets of the club that remain following this will become the property of ANOTHER CLUB WITH SIMILAR OBJECTIVES or THE NAME OF GOVERNING BODY

    11 Events

    a) Club events and championships shall be organised by the Committee, or as advised by the AGM, and shall conform to regulations required by the controlling bodies of the sport.

    b) Club members must wear registered Club colours whilst competing in an open cycling event as a member of Daventry Cycling Club, unless directed otherwise by an event organiser.

    c) No Club member shall ride in a Daventry CC racing garment in any open cycling event where they have not entered as a member of Daventry CC.

    d) Riders are not eligible to compete in racing events as representatives of Daventry Cycling Club unless their subscriptions are up to date.