Rules of Dudley and Stourbridge Harriers Athletic Club

(Dudley Harriers formed 1924, Stourbridge, Wordsley & District Harriers formed 1948, merged 1963)

1.             Interpretation

Unless the context requires otherwise, the following terms in these Rules shall have the following meaning respectively:


has the meaning given in rule 12.1;



means the management committee of the Club from time to time;

means the person from time to time appointed as Chair of the Club in accordance with these Rules;


means Dudley & Stourbridge Harriers Athletic Club;


has the meaning given in rule 12.2;

England Athletics

means England Athletics Limited (company number: 05583713) (or its successor body);

General Meeting

means a general meeting of the Members (being either an AGM or an EGM);



Membership Secretary

means a member of the Club (and a member shall be legally bound by these Rules in accordance with rule 10);

means the person designated by the Committee to maintain the membership list;


has the meaning given in rule 3;





means those persons elected by a General Meeting to hold the offices listed in rule16.1.1;

means the person from time to time appointed as President of the Club in accordance with these Rules;


means the person from time to time appointed as Secretary of the Club in accordance with these Rules;


means the person from time to time appointed as Treasurer of the Club in accordance with these Rules;




means UK Athletics Limited (company number 03686940) (or its successor body);

means the person from time to time appointed as Vice-Chair of the Club in accordance with these Rules;

Writing and written

includes email.

1.             Name, Colours and Office

1.1          The Club shall be called Dudley and Stourbridge Harriers Athletic Club.

1.2          The Club colours shall be a gold vest with two royal blue hoops and royal blue shorts.

1.3          The principal office of the Club shall be situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.

2.             Objects

The objects of the Club are:

2.1          to promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing (a) facilities for athletics including the following disciplines: track & field; cross-country running; road running; race walking and such other related sports capable of improving fitness and health and (b) coaching, competition and other services to support these activities;

2.2          to provide and assist in the provision of facilities for sport, recreation and social activities for Members.

3.             Ethos

3.1          The Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its operations, activities and development.  In doing so, the Club acknowledges and adopts the Sport England definition of sports equity.

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

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

3.4          All Members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

3.5          The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously according to England Athletics discipline and appeals process.

4.             Exercise of Powers

In furtherance of the Objects but not otherwise the Club may exercise the following powers:

4.1          to carry on an athletics club;

4.2          to provide sports coaching, training and equipment;

4.3          to participate in and organise leagues, competitions, tournaments and matches and related activities;

4.4          to provide information, advice and guidance in running and/or athletics, competitions, coach development and other related activities;

4.5          to publish or distribute information including by means of reports, books, leaflets, films, videos, websites and any other media;

4.6          to draw, make, accept, endorse, discount, execute and issue promissory notes, bills, cheques and other instruments and to open and operate bank accounts in the name of the Club;

4.7          to accept or disclaim gifts of money or any other property;

4.8          to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions;

4.9          to purchase, take on, hire, lease, acquire, alter, improve, construct and maintain property and equip it for use;

4.10        to sell, charge, let, mortgage or otherwise dispose of property and buildings;

4.11        to take out insurance policies as the Committee deem appropriate;

4.12        to set aside income for special purposes or as a reserve against future expenditure but only in accordance with a policy in writing on reserves determined by the Committee; and

4.13        to do all such other lawful things as may further or are conducive to the Objects or any of them.

5.             Club Finances and Property

5.1          A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the name of the Club (Club Account).  Designated account signatories shall include the Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer.  No sum shall be expended from the Club Account except by cheque signed by two of the designated signatories or by electronic transfer approved by at least one of the designated signatories, subject to a maximum amount fixed by the Committee.  All monies payable to the Club shall be received by the Treasurer and deposited in the Club Account as soon as is reasonably practicable. The Club Account shall be managed in accordance with any finance policy drawn up by the Committee and/or in accordance with the reasonable instructions of the Committee (acting collectively) from time to time.

5.2          The Club's financial year shall end on March 31st each year or such other date as the Committee may determine from time to time provided that no financial year shall be shortened to less than nine months or extended to more than fifteen months.

6.             Affiliation

Subject to these Rules and the general law, the Club shall (as the case may be) become a member of or affiliate to England Athletics and any constituent body designated to it by England Athletics and the Club shall comply with and uphold the rules and regulations of England Athletics and of any such constituent body for the time being in force.

7.             Club Membership

7.1          The Members from time to time shall be those persons listed in the Club's register of members which shall be maintained by the Membership Secretary.

7.2          The Committee may establish classes of membership and shall record such classes in the register of Members.

8.             Admission to Membership

8.1          Any person who wishes to be a Member must apply in such form as is determined by the Committee from time to time and deliver it to the Chair or the Secretary or the Membership Secretary.

8.2          Membership of the Club is open to all aged 9 and over without discrimination and may only be refused where admission to membership would be contrary to the best interests of sport or the good conduct and interests of the Club.  No person shall be denied membership of the Club on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, colour, age (unless under 9), disability, sex, occupation, sexual orientation, religion, political or other beliefs.  A person may appeal against any denial of membership in accordance with rule 28 below.

8.3          A General Meeting shall from time to time fix the levels of admission fees and annual subscriptions to be paid by different categories of Members provided that the General Meeting shall use its best endeavours to ensure that any such fees or subscriptions do not preclude open membership of the Club.

8.4          Membership is not transferable to anyone else.

9.             Conditions of Membership

9.1          These Rules, including any policies and procedures determined by the Committee under rule 27 below, shall form a binding agreement between each Member and Members shall comply with these Rules and policies & procedures.

9.2          The Members shall pay any admission fees and annual subscriptions set by the Committee under rule 9.3 above.

10.          Cessation of Membership

10.1        Membership of the Club shall terminate if:

10.1.1    the Member dies;

10.1.2    the Member, being an individual, is convicted of a criminal offence which involves dishonesty or any other offence relating to safeguarding, drugs and any crime involving violence (including any convictions relating to children) at the Committee’s discretion;

10.1.3    the Member resigns by notice in writing to the Club by giving at least seven days' notice;

10.1.4    the Member is in arrears to the Club and his or her subscriptions or any other payments are in excess of three months overdue;

10.1.5    the Member is removed from membership by a resolution of the Committee as a result of the application of the Club’s (or England Athletics’) disciplinary policy.

10.2        The Committee may exclude the Member from the Club's activities until a meeting has considered this matter (save that he or she shall be entitled to attend the meeting in question for the purpose of making representations to the meeting).  A person may appeal against a decision to remove him or her from membership in accordance with rule 28 below.

10.3        Any person ceasing to be a Member forfeits all rights in relation to and claims upon the Club, its property and its funds and has no right to the return of any part of his subscription fee.  Without prejudice to the foregoing, the Committee may refund an appropriate part of a resigning Member's subscription fee if it considers it appropriate in all the circumstances.

10.4        In the event of a Member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name shall be removed from the Club’s register of members.

11.          General Meetings

11.1        The Committee shall call an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year and no more than fifteen months shall pass between one AGM and the next following one.  The business of an AGM shall include:

11.1.1    the receipt of a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year;

11.1.2    the receipt of a report of the Club’s accounts over the previous year;

11.1.3    the election and retirement of Officers and Committee members; and

11.1.4    any other business.

11.2        All General Meetings other than the AGM shall be called Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs).

11.3        An EGM may be called at any time by the Committee and shall also be called within fourteen days of the receipt by the Secretary of a requisition in writing, signed by not less than seven ordinary Members over the age of 18 stating the purposes for which the EGM is required and the resolutions proposed.  Business at an EGM may be any business that may be transacted at an AGM.

12.          Notice of General Meetings

12.1        Notice of an AGM or EGM shall be given at least fourteen clear days before the meeting save that 50% of all the Members may agree to shorter notice.

12.2        The notice shall specify the date, time and place of the meeting and the general nature of the business to be transacted and, in the case of an AGM, shall specify the meeting as such.

12.3        The Secretary shall send to each Member at their last known address or e-mail address written notice of the date of a General Meeting (whether an AGM or an EGM) together with the resolutions to be proposed.

12.4        The accidental omission to give notice of a General Meeting to or the non-receipt of notice of a General Meeting by any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting

13.          Proceedings at General Meetings

13.1        No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum is present. The quorum for an AGM or EGM shall be six Members.

13.2        If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting or if during a meeting a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and place or as the Committee may determine. 

13.3        If the number of Members present at the adjourned meeting is insufficient to constitute a quorum in accordance with rule 14.1 above, the Members present shall constitute a quorum.

13.4        The Chair or Vice-Chair, or their absence any other Officer, shall preside as the chair of the meeting.  Each Member present shall have one vote but in the event of an equality of votes the chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote. Only fully paid up members, life members and parent or guardian of an under 18 member are allowed to make proposals and vote.

13.5        The Secretary, or in his or her absence any other Officer, shall enter the minutes into the Club's minute book.

13.6        The Committee may make whatever arrangements they consider appropriate to enable Members attending a General Meeting to exercise their rights to speak or vote whether attending directly or by telephone communication or by video conference, an internet video facility or similar electronic method allowing visual and/or audio participation.

14.          Powers of the Committee

14.1        The Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club and may exercise all the powers of the Club.

14.2        No alteration of these Rules and no such direction by the Members shall invalidate any prior act of the Committee which would have been valid if that alteration had not been made or that direction had not been given.

14.3        The Committee shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Rules.

14.4        The Committee may, while retaining responsibility pursuant to rule 15.1, delegate to any person, company or sub-committee any of its powers or functions, the implementation of any of its decisions or the day-to-day management of the affairs of the Club by such means, to such an extent, in relation to such matters or areas and on such terms as they may determine in accordance with these Rules.

14.5        The Club Chair shall be a member of all committees and sub-committees.

14.6        Subject to these Rules and the general law, the Committee shall so exercise its rights, powers and duties and shall where appropriate use its best endeavours to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affairs of the Club are carried out in furtherance of the Objects and in accordance with the rules and regulations of England Athletics and UKA for the time being in force.

14.7        The Committee may co-opt up to four additional Members within the year to be members of the Committee.

15.          The Committee

15.1        The Committee shall consist of the following

15.1.1    The Club Officers are elected at a General meeting, that is:

The President;

The Chair;

The Vice-Chair;

The Secretary;

The Treasurer.

15.1.2    The Membership Secretary, who shall be appointed by the Committee;

15.1.3    six Members are elected at a General Meeting;

15.1.4    the immediate past Chair, who shall hold office without election for a period not exceeding two years;

15.1.5    up to four members co-opted by the Committee (see Rule15.6 above).

15.2        Nominations for election of Members as Officers or Committee members shall be made:

15.2.1    by the Committee; or

15.2.2    in writing by the proposer and seconder, both of whom must be existing Members, to the Secretary not less than seven days before the meeting. If insufficient nominations are received by the due date, the Chair may accept nominations at the meeting.

15.3        Each Officer and Committee member shall hold office from the date of election until the conclusion of the next AGM.

15.4        A retiring Officer or Committee member may be re-elected at the AGM, except that the President shall not be eligible for re-election after three years and shall then not be eligible for a further three years.

15.5        Any vacancy on the Committee which arises between one AGM and the next may be filled by a Member proposed by one Officer, seconded by another Officer and approved by the Committee.

16.          Calling a Committee Meeting

16.1        The Committee shall hold not less than six meetings each year.

16.2        A meeting of the Committee shall be called on not less than seven days’ notice to all Officers and Committee members, unless the Chair determines that urgent circumstances necessitate shorter notice.

16.3        Notice of a Committee meeting shall be given to each Officer and Committee member, save that it shall not be necessary to give notice of a meeting to an Officer or Committee member who is absent from the United Kingdom. 

 17.          Proceedings of a Committee Meeting

17.1        Subject to the provisions of these Rules, the Committee may regulate its proceedings as it thinks fit.

17.2        Meetings of the Committee shall be chaired by the Chair or in their absence the Vice-Chair.  The chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie.

17.3        The quorum for the transaction of business of the Committee shall be six, at least one of whom must be an Officer.

17.4        Decisions of the Committee shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Committee meeting. In the event of an equality of votes, the Chair shall have a casting vote.

17.5        Decisions of the Committee shall be entered into the Club's minute book.

18.          Conflicts of Interest

18.1        Each Officer and Committee member shall declare the nature and extent of any direct or indirect interest in a transaction or arrangement with the Club or a third party which conflicts or may possibly conflict with his or her duties to the Club.

18.2        If the non-conflicted Officers and Committee members deem there to be a material conflict, the conflicted Officer or Committee member should withdraw from that part of the meeting and shall not vote.

18.3        If there is deemed not to be a material conflict by the non-conflicted Officers and Committee members, the Officer or Committee member that declared the conflict shall be allowed to re-join the meeting, take part and vote as applicable.

19.          Disqualification from Office

19.1        A person shall cease to hold office as an Officer or Committee member if:

19.1.1    he or she is subject to a decision of England Athletics or UKA that such person be suspended or disqualified from holding office or from taking part in any activity relating to the administration or management of a club;

19.1.2    the Committee reasonably believes that he or she has become incapable by reason of illness or injury of managing and administering his or her own affairs and it decides to remove him or her from office;

19.1.3    he or she resigns from his or her office or committee membership by notice to the Club;

19.1.4    he or she is absent without the permission of the Committee from all its meetings held within a period of six months without good reason and the Committee decide that his or her office be vacated;

19.1.5    he or she is removed from office by the Committee on the grounds that he is in material or persistent breach of the Club's code of conduct as amended from time to time.  A decision to remove an Officer or Committee member from office under this rule may only be passed if:        the Officer or Committee member has been given at least twenty one clear days' notice in Writing of the Committee meeting at which the decision will be made and the reasons why it is to be proposed; and        the Officer or Committee member or, at the option of the Officer or Committee member, his or her representative (who need not be an Officer) has been allowed to make representations to the meeting; or

19.1.6    he or she ceases to be a Member for any reason whatsoever.

19.2        The provisions of rule 20.1 above shall also apply to sub-committees and any member of a sub-committee who is not an Officer or Committee member.

20.          Club Teams

20.1        At its first meeting following each AGM the Committee shall appoint one or more Members to be responsible for each of the Club’s various teams.

20.2        The appointed Members shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the team.  The appointed Members shall present to the Committee at its last meeting prior to an AGM a written report of the activities of the team.

21.          Irregularities

The proceedings at any meeting or on the taking of any poll or the passing of a written resolution or the making of any decision shall not be invalidated by reason of any accidental informality or irregularity (including any accidental omission to give or any non-receipt of notice) or any want of qualification in any of the persons present or voting or by reason of any business being considered which is not specified in the notice.

22.          Minutes

The Committee shall cause minutes to be made in books kept for the purpose:

22.1        of all appointments of Officers and Committee members made by the Members or the Committee;

22.2        of all resolutions of the Members and of the Committee (including decisions of the Committee made outside a meeting); and

22.3        of all proceedings and reports of meetings of the Club and of the Committee, and of sub-committees, including the names of those present at each such meeting.

23.          Communications by the Club

Subject to these Rules, any document or information (including any notice, report or accounts) sent or supplied by the Club under these Rules may be sent or supplied:

23.1        in hard copy form;

23.2        in electronic form; or

23.3        by making it available on a website or internet forum.

24.          Personal Risk

24.1        Members and guests acknowledge and accept that playing or participating in sport of any kind can be dangerous and may result in injury and damage to property.  Members and guests shall take personal responsibility for their own actions and play or participate in the Club's sporting activities at their own risk.

24.2        Subject to rule 25.3 below, the liability of the Club and its Officers and Committee members to any Member is limited to the net assets of the Club.

24.3        Nothing in these Rules shall limit or exclude liability:

24.3.1    for death or personal injury caused by negligence;

24.3.2    for any loss or damage caused by criminal or fraudulent conduct; or

24.3.3    for any other liability which cannot lawfully be limited or excluded.

25.          Indemnity

Without prejudice to any other indemnity to which an Officer may otherwise be entitled, every Officer of the Club shall be indemnified out of the assets of the Club against any liability incurred by him or her in the proper discharge of his or her duties to the fullest extent permitted by law.

26.          Policies and Procedures

26.1        The Committee may from time to time make such policies and procedures as they may deem necessary or expedient or convenient for the proper conduct and management of the Club and for the purposes of prescribing classes of and conditions of membership and, generally, all such matters as are commonly the subject matter of club rules, including the resolution of disputes within the Club, provided that nothing in such policies and procedures shall prejudice the Club's affiliation to England Athletics.

26.2        Members are responsible for entering themselves in all open and handicap meetings, County, Area and National Championships (except where entries via the Club are mandatory).

26.3        The Club in General Meeting shall have power to alter, add to or repeal the policies and procedures and the Committee shall adopt such means as they think sufficient to bring to the notice of the Members all such policies and procedures.

27.          Complaints and Disputes

27.1        All concerns, allegations or reports of malpractice or abuse relating to the welfare of children or vulnerable adults will be recorded and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with the Club’s and UKA’s/EA’s safeguarding policy and procedures.  The Welfare Officer shall be the lead Officer for all Members in the event of any safeguarding concerns.

27.2        Any complaints of misconduct (improper or unprofessional conduct) regarding the behaviour of Members or Officers shall be dealt with by the Club in accordance with it’s discipline and appeals process and, unless it can be dealt with informally to the satisfaction of those involved and the Club Chair and the Welfare Officer, must be presented in writing to the Secretary (and where the matter relates to the Secretary, the complaint must be submitted to the Welfare Officer).  Unless exceptional circumstances apply, the Secretary will hear complaints within fourteen days of receiving a complaint. If the complaint is sufficiently evidenced, the Secretary will appoint three Club Members (who have no direct or indirect interest/involvement in the matter) to sit on a disciplinary panel. Subject to the appeals process, a decision of the disciplinary panel shall be final and conclusive.

27.3        Any appeals must be received by the Secretary within seven days of receiving the written decision and, if appropriate, the appeals process will be followed.

27.4        Any complaints of serious misconduct (including, without limitation, theft, doping violations, fraud, physical violence, safeguarding policy breaches, serious breach of applicable health and safety, gambling and/or ticketing regulations or any act or omission of the Member or Officer which in the opinion of EA, acting reasonably, brings or is likely to bring the sport of athletics into disrepute) regarding the behaviour of Members or Officers shall be reported and dealt with by EA in accordance with its Disciplinary Procedures.

27.5        If a dispute arises between any Members or Officers of the Club about the validity or propriety of anything done by any Member or Officer under these Rules and the dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, the parties to the dispute must first try in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation before resorting to litigation.

28.          Alteration of the Rules

28.1        No alterations or amendments shall be made to or in the provisions of these Rules except by resolution at a General Meeting in accordance with these Rules and shall be carried by a majority of the Members present.

28.2        Any additions or alterations to these Rules shall be notified to England Athletics and as the case may be UKA. Insofar as consent is required under the rules and regulations of England Athletics or UKA that are in force at the time. Then approval will be requested prior to these changes being made.

29.          Incorporation

29.1        The Members at a General Meeting may authorise the Committee to transfer the assets and liabilities of the Club to a limited company or charitable incorporated organisation established for purposes within, the same as or similar to the Objects and of which the Members will be entitled to be Members.

29.2        On a transfer under rule 30.1 the Committee must ensure that all necessary steps are taken as to:

29.2.1    the transfer of land and other property;

29.2.2    the assignment or novation of contracts and grants;

29.2.3    the transfer of employment and transfer of pension rights; and

29.2.4    the trusteeship of any property held as permanent endowment.

30.          Dissolution

30.1        A resolution to dissolve the Club may only be proposed at a General Meeting and shall be carried by the majority of at least three-quarters of the Members present.

30.2        The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the Committee shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.

30.3        Any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be applied or transferred to another club or England Athletics for use by them related to community sports.

31.          Declaration


The Club duly adopted these Rules as its governing document on [insert date]


Signed           ……………………..




Signed           ……………………..










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