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Club, Latest, Legal / 26.02.2017

questioniconAn unincorporated club is one that is not a corporate body, i.e. it is not a limited company or an Industrial and Provident Society.    The vast majority of clubs are unincorporated associations, run by a committee and governed by an agreed constitution. Clubs that are unincorporated associations do not exist in law and therefore cannot sign contracts.    If an unincorporated association does sign a contract, the contract will be legally valid and it will actually be the members of the committee who will have signed the contract and will be bound by contract law as to the outcome of said contract.
Club, Coach, Latest, Wordpress / 12.02.2017

More websites are now accessed from mobile phones and tablets than from desktop computers so it is important that your club or coaching business website is 'responsive', i.e. it recognises that it is being viewed on a phone/tablet and automatically adjusts its layout accordingly to make it easy to navigate/view. Accessing a website that isn't responsive can be very difficult on a smart phone/tablet and many people will just give up if your website can't cater for smart devices.    If your website isn't responsive, the good news is that there are many platforms available that are automatically responsive and will also provide you with a future proof site that is easy to setup and maintain.
Latest, Marketing / 09.02.2017

thumbsupiconIt is really important to survey your members regularly to find out what the club is doing well and not so well. However, finding an easy way to do so that doesn't cost money can be difficult.     A popular online tool used by many clubs is SurveyMonkey but the free account available on this platform is limited to 100 responses, not ideal for many clubs. We recommend a free online tool called SurveyHero , which allows you to create an unlimited number of surveys with unlimited responses, free of charge!     Surveys created with SurveyHero can then be embedded in your website or emailed out to members for completion.
Club, Latest / 08.02.2017

We received the following query from a cycling club today - "Can our CASC registered club register as a charity?" A Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) cannot directly register to become a charity but the club can deregister as a CASC and move its assets without penalty to a newly formed registered charity.
Bookkeeping, Club, Latest / 04.02.2017

It's a common scenario - a committee member doesn't know how much something is going to cost and asks fellow signatories on the club's bank account to sign a blank cheque, and the committee member will fill the amount and payee in at a later date.   It seems harmless enough but we advise all club committee members to refuse such requests to ensure they are not held to be negligible if a fraud subsequently takes place. The practice was highlighted recently when the former treasurer of a rugby club in Cornwall was jailed for 21 months for defrauding the club of more than £76,000.   The court heard that the treasurer's fellow committee members wrote blank cheques for him to use and gave him full and sole control over the bank's internet banking account.     The club was almost forced to close and is now actively fundraising to replace the stolen money.
Bookkeeping, Club, Coach, Latest, News, Tax / 02.02.2017

Some VAT registered clubs and coaches who are on the Flat Rate scheme may see the amount of VAT they pay increase to 16.5% of their turnover when government changes to the flat rate scheme are imposed from 1st April 2017. The changes were announced in the Government's Autumn Statement and were introduced to counter 'misuse' of the scheme, whereby businesses were incorrectly using the wrong flat rate category.
Latest, Web Design, Wordpress / 02.02.2017

A number of National Governing Bodies (NGB) now offer software to their affiliated clubs and coaches that enables them to create and maintain their own website.  An example of this is the ClubSpark system provided to affiliated tennis venues and coaches by the Lawn Tennis Association. If your club/business is using one of these services, the site address will usually have the name of the system included which may result in the website address not being particularly memorable.   For example, Shifnal Tennis Club's web address on the ClubSpark system is - not exactly easy to remember! That's where a service called WEB FORWARDING comes in - you can create/use a memorable domain name of your choice and redirect any visitor using it to your NGB website address.   
Club, Employment, Latest, Legal, Volunteer / 29.01.2017

A number of clubs were penalised by the tax authorities last year for paying volunteers so called expenses because they were deemed to be a payment for services, i.e. the volunteer was in fact a worker. This will happen if you pay volunteers for more than their actual out-of-pocket expenses and it is something HMRC will scrutinise if they decide to inspect your club or coaching business.
Club, Latest, Legal, Volunteer / 25.01.2017

questioniconAn ‘unincorporated association’ is an organisation set up through an agreement between a group of people who come together for a reason other than to make a profit, e.g. a sports club.      The term is also used to describe the organisation as not being a 'corporate body', i.e. the organisation is not a limited company. The vast majority of sports club are unincorporated associations.      You don't need to register an unincorporated association with anyone and its rules and regulations are typically detailed in a constitution.
Club, Latest, Self-Employment / 24.01.2017

thumbsupiconThe word retainer is often used in sport to describe a fixed fee paid by a club to a self-employed coach/worker for certain services, with the fee usually being paid on an annual basis. This is not strictly speaking a retainer in the correct meaning of the word - an actual retainer is a fee paid to 'retain' the services of a worker, i.e. a payment to ensure that the worker is available to work for the club when required.    It would typically be paid to an experienced coach as an inducement to stay at the club.