Our Club Constitution is below and contains the following information:

• Objectives
• Membership
• Rules and Regulations
• Resignation and Expulsion
• Complaints Procedures
• Disciplinary Procedures
• Committee and Meeting Details
• Codes of Conduct
• Club Mission Statement

Please read all the information carefully, as you will be asked to agree with and abide by the Club Constitution and the FA Code of Conduct when signing and returning the registration form.

The committee trusts that you and your child will enjoy being part of the club and look forward to your support in all matters regarding the club’s future progress.

The club shall be known as Madeley White Star Football Club and shall be referred to hereafter as “the club” and shall be affiliated to the Staffordshire Football Association (Staffs FA) and shall abide by their rules and regulations.

Our Clubs Primary Objectives


•To provide an opportunity for local boys and girls to train and play football in a safe, managed and competitive environment with others of the     
  same age.
•To engender a team spirit and a sense of fair play and respect for all.
•Membership is available for all children regardless of gender, nationality, culture or religious beliefs.
•To create a family atmosphere within ‘’the club’’ where children want to participate and play as part of a team
•To work to FA Charter Standard guidelines in terms of

◦Training for Coaches
◦Child Protection Training
◦Fair Play
◦Management
◦Public Liability Insurance

Membership


Membership is by application via our membership form at the bottom of our club policies page or by obtaining a copy from your team coach. The committee reserve the right to restrict numbers due to available resources and number of volunteer coaches.

Club Membership Fees are £210 per season, payable over three instalments as follows

£70 payable by 31st August

£70 payable by 30th November

£70 payable by 31st January
 

In circumstances where fees have not been paid and there has been no contact with the Team Manager or Committee to discuss concessionary membership, players will be unable to continue training with the club as they will not be covered by the appropriate insurance. The Club is keen for all young players to have the opportunity to play football so please speak to us regarding your payment if you need to.

What The Membership Fees Cover

> Coaching costs (FA Coaching/First Aid/Safeguarding Children courses)
> Club Administration (including registration fees, Staffs FA Affiliation fees, Public Liability Insurance, Player Personal Accident Insurance)

> Winter Training Facilities
> Home Pitch Fees
> Referee Fees
> Purchase of training equipment eg balls, cones, poles, bibs, Respect Barriers etc 

> Purchase of First Aid kits

> Purchase of end of season trophies

Rules and Regulations


The Football Association and any League or Competition rules to which ‘’the club’’ is affiliated shall be deemed to be incorporated into ‘’the club’’ rules and shall be adhered to by all persons associated with ‘’the club’’  ‘’The club’’ will also abide by the Football Associations Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and Anti Discrimination Policy. These will be deemed to be incorporated into ‘’the club’’ rules and shall be adhered to by all persons associated with ‘’the club’’

Resignation and Expulsion
A member shall cease to be a member of ‘’the club’’ from the date which they give notice to ‘’the club’’ of their resignation. ‘’The club’’ reserves the right to charge any outstanding subscriptions due to ‘’the club’’ up to the date of resignation.

‘’The club’’ committee shall have the power to expel a member when, in their opinion, it would not be in the interest of ‘’the club’’ for them to remain a member of ‘’the club’’. If a member feels that the decision is unfair then they have the right to appeal and in the first instance the appeal MUST be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary within 14 days of the expulsion decision.

A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to any claim or share of ‘’the clubs’’ equipment or property.

Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures
In the event that any member (including members of the club committee) feels that they have suffered discrimination in any way or that ‘’the club’’ polices, rules, codes of conduct have not been adhered to should follow the procedures outlined below. The matter should be reported to the clubs Secretary in writing within 7 days of the occurrence.

The report should include the following information;
> Details of the occurrence that is alleged to have taken place
> Any witness statements and names
> Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way
> Details of any former complaints made about the incident and relevant details
> A preference for a solution to the incident

The club’s Welfare Officer shall assess the complaint and attempt to resolve the matter to the mutual satisfaction of both ‘’the club’’ and the complainant. In the event of a mutual resolution the Welfare Officer will have the power to call a meeting of ‘’the club’’ Committee to further assess the complaint and attempt resolution

The club’’ committee shall have the powers to warn as to future conduct, suspend from membership either temporarily or permanently or remove from membership any person found to have broken the clubs policies or Codes of Conduct or actions not in the spirit of the wider aspirations of the club.

Roles and Responsibilities

The following roles have been defined and shall form The Committee

Club Committee
> Club Chairperson
> Club Secretary
> Club Treasurer
> Club Welfare Officer

 

Election of Officers
All officers shall be elected at the A.G.M by members of ‘’the club’’. All officers are elected for the period of 1 year but may be re elected to the same office or another office the following year.


The Club Committee shall control the affairs of the ''the club'' and shall meet at agreed intervals, not less than 4 times per year.

The duties of the Club Committee shall be as follows:
> To control the affairs of the club on a day to day basis and making such necessary decisions to ensure the ethos of the club is represented in its decision
   making
> To keep accurate accounts of the finances of ‘’the club’’ through the Treasurer. These should be available for reasonable inspection by members.
> To co opt additional club members to the committee as and when the committee feels this is necessary
> To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote.

In the event of equal votes the Chairperson will be entitled to an additional casting vote.

Annual General Meetings
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ‘’the club’’ will be held not later than the end of June each year. Twenty one days written notice will be given to Committee Members who will circulate time, date and venue of the meeting to their team members. Representatives must advise the Secretary in writing of any business to be discussed at the AGM or give notice of the agenda for the meeting at least 14 days before the meeting.

The Secretary shall circulate or give notice of the agenda for the meeting to members not later than 7 days before the meeting.  The purpose of the AGM shall be;

> Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM and any meetings held since the last AGM
> Receive accounts for the year from the Treasurer
> Elect the officers of ‘’the club’’
> Transact such business received in writing by the Secretary from members 14 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda.
> Nomination of candidates for election of Officers shall be made in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM.

Nominations can only be made by members and seconded by another member. At all General Meetings the chair will be taken by The Chairperson or by a Deputy Chairperson nominated by them or other Committee Members.

Decisions made at a General Meeting shall be a simple majority vote from Officers attending that meeting. In the event of equal votes the Chairperson has the additional casting vote.

A quorum for a General Meeting shall be 4 members and 2 Officers of the Club. Each member of ‘’the Club’’ shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings Alterations to the Constitution Any proposed alterations to ‘’The Club’’ Constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting convened with the written notice of the proposal.

Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a member of ‘’’the club’’ and seconded by another member. Such alterations shall be passed if supported by at least two thirds of the members present at the meeting.

Dissolution
If at any General Meeting of ‘’the club’’ a resolution was passed calling for the dissolution of the club the Secretary shall immediately convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of ‘’the club’’ to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

If at that Extraordinary meeting the resolution is carried by at least two thirds of the members present the committee shall thereupon or at such a date that shall have been specified in the resolution proceed to realise the assets of ‘’the club’’ and discharge all debts and liabilities of ‘’the club’’. After discharging all debts and liabilities of ‘’the club’’ the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst the members of ‘’the club’’ but shall be given or transferred to some other organisation having objectives similar of those of ‘’the club’’.

Our Mission – Madeley White Star FC
To provide football, in an enjoyable and supportive environment. We endeavour to develop the confidence, courage and pride in every player and maximize the opportunities for local talent. We have the following specific objectives:

> To encourage participation and enjoyment of local football
> To develop the skills of players
> To provide a fun, positive and strucutured environment in which to play and learn
> To promote sportsmanship and fair play
> To provide young players with the technical and social skills, allowing them toat the game we all  enjoy the game we all love
> To allow the management of the team to make decisions at times that is in the best interests of the football club and the players.

Statement of confidentiality
If any parent/guardian feel that they have an issue which they do not feel it appropriate to discuss with individual team management they should in the first instance contact the Club Chairperson via email and in the event of no email access then contact must be made with local management and request the phone contact details for the Chairperson.

Code of Conduct
‘’The club’’ recognises the need for high levels of good behaviour from everyone associated with ‘’the club’’ both on and off the pitch. ‘’The club’’ aspires to be a model of good behaviour not only in football matters but representatives of the wider community of Madeley and surrounding areas.

Any disciplinary complaints from internal or external sources will be fully investigated by the clubs “Welfare Officer” and sub committee firstly, every attempt will be made to reach a conclusion by negotiation, any “discipline” type fine charged to the club and found to be unacceptable to our welfare officer and subsequent committee members will in turn be passed on to the individual responsible for breaking our clubs code of conduct. ‘’The club’’ is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all its members and opponents alike.

Adherence to the Codes of Conduct is a prerequisite of membership of ‘’the club’’ and any breach of these Codes will not be tolerated and could lead to expulsion from ‘’the club’’. It is important as we progress as a club that we are perceived as an attractive club to potential future players and members.

Code of Conduct for Parents and Spectators
Parents/Spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – its fun. It is important to remember that positive encouragement will contribute to:
• Children enjoying football
• A sense of personal achievement
• Self-esteem
• Assist to improve the child’s skills and techniques

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. This club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.

The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers

As a parent/ guardian at all times. I will:

• Remember that children play for FUN
• Applaud effort and good play as well as success 

• Always respect the match officials’ decisions
• Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)
• Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
• Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
• Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA.  I may be:
• Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
• Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer
• Required to meet with the club committee
• Obliged to undertake an FA education course
• Obliged to leave the match venue by the club 

• Requested by the club not to attend future games 

• Suspended or have my club membership removed 

• Required to leave the club along with any dependants.

 

In addition:
• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club.

Code of Conduct for Players
We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

When playing football, I will:
• Always play to the best of my ability
• Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time. 

• Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager.
• Play by the rules, as directed by the referee
• Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
• Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me
• Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA.  I may:
• Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager
• Receive a formal warning from the coach or the club committee
• Be dropped or substituted
• Be suspended from training
• Be required to leave the club.

In addition:
• My club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code  of Conduct
• The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club.

Our Code of Conduct
Football, at all levels, is a vital part of a community. Madeley White Star FC will take into account community feeling when making decisions.

Madeley White Star FC is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in whatever form, from being expressed.

Madeley White Star FC recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. We are committed to appropriate consultation.

We acknowledge the extent of its influence over young people and pledge to set a positive example.

We acknowledge that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behaviour within the game, and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.


We will uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.

We reject the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.

We are committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

We are committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.

Conclusion
This Constitution and its contents enable ‘’the club’’ to continue to achieve FA Charter Standard Status – something we should all be proud of.

 

Additionally it sets out exactly what ‘’the club’’ expects from its members: and what the members can expect from ‘’the club’’. More importantly it defines a transparent framework for a structured approach to junior football management in the wider sense. This can only be a benefit to everyone associated with ’the club’.

Club Constitution

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