Southdown Velo Club 

Rules and Constitution.

1. Name

The club shall be called Southdown Velo Club (SDV) (hereinafter called the club).


2. Affiliation

The club shall be affiliated to and abide by the rules, event guidelines and/or insurance conditions set out by British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, The Cyclists Touring Club and any other bodies to which the Club is affiliated, with the approval of the committee.


3. Aims and Objectives

The club shall aim to positively promote, encourage and facilitate the development and participation in the sport of cycling in all its forms and in particular:-

  • To offer riding, coaching and competitive opportunities in cycling. 
  • To promote the club and cycling within the local community.
  • To promote the interests of club members in all club activities.
  • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

4. Equality Statement


The club is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity.

No participant, volunteer, job applicant or employee of the club will receive less favorable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, parental or marital status, religious belief, social class or sexual preference than any other.

The club will ensure that there is open access for all those who wish to participate in the activities of the club, in whatever capacity and that they are treated fairly.

The club recognises its legal obligations not to discriminate and will regard discrimination by any employee, participant or volunteer as grounds for disciplinary action under the relevant club rules.


5. Welfare


5.1 The club recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are club members. 

 The club will aim to provide good quality cycling in a safe environment by adopting all the procedures and working practices of the policies of British Cycling  including in relation to the Codes of Practice, Equality Policy and Safeguarding Policies in relation to Children and Vulnerable Adults.  It will also attain and  maintain Sport England Clubmark accreditation for juniors (children under 18 years of age).

5.2 The Club will appoint a Welfare and Safeguarding Officer in accordance with the guidance set by British Cycling who will also monitor welfare issues to conform  to the guidelines of any organisation with whom the Club interacts.


6. Membership

6.1 The club shall consist of the Officers and the members.

6.2 In accepting membership, a person agrees to abide by the Constitution of the Club and the decisions of the Club Committee. 

6.3 All members are also required to abide by British Cycling’s’ Code of Conduct.

6.4 The Club committee shall be responsible for considering whether applications for membership should be accepted. This decision shall be made in accordance with  the Equality statement in paragraph 4.

6.5 Members under the age of eighteen shall be considered as junior or youth members.  There will be no minimum age to join the Club but prospective members  under  the age of 18 will always require parental consent to them becoming members and they will be subject to Club rules.  The Club reserves the right to refuse  membership to unaccompanied children who do not have parental consent or personal commitment from their immediate family.

6.6 Members under 16 years of age shall have the right to vote at Club Meetings.

6.7 Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:

Senior Member

Junior member (up to 18 years of age).

6.8 Any member wishing to resign from the club may do so by handing in a written resignation to the Secretary or by notifying an official of the Club verbally. He/she  will be entitled to any award won during the calendar year.

6.9 It is a condition of membership that each member assists with the organisation of at least two Club events annually.  The Club reserves the right to refuse event  participation to those who do not volunteer to assist.


7. Membership Fees

7.1 Membership fees shall be set at the Annual General Meeting and may vary according to the category of membership.

7.2 Annual membership fees shall be collected in January of each year and are payable to the club Treasurer. No member will be eligible to participate in Club activities  at any time or represent the Club if he/she has not paid the agreed membership by the start of the racing season.

7.3 Any member not having paid their subscription by 31st March shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club and will no longer be entitled to its benefits.


8. Club Committee

8.1 The Club Committee will act for the members in the day to day running of the club and shall be comprised of the following appointees: Chairperson, Secretary,  Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Time Trial Secretary and Youth Development Officer.

8.2 These Officers shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting and hold their posts until the next AGM, but may seek re-election at that AGM

8.3 Up to 2 members may be co-opted throughout the year as necessary on the decision of the Chairperson and members of the committee to fulfill vacancies or  special  projects provided that co-opted members do not comprise more than one third of the Committee members.

8.4 The proceedings of the Club Committee shall not be invalidated by any vacancy among their number or by any failure to appoint or any defect in the appointment   or   qualification of a member.

8.5 Any liabilities incurred shall fall upon the membership of the club providing the Club Committee acts in accordance with the Constitution, in honesty and good 


8.6 The Club Committee shall normally meet monthly or as determined by the Chairperson and the Secretary who will convene all meetings.  An emergency  committee   meeting may be called at any time provided that at least five members of the committee are present.

8.7  The quorum necessary for Club Committee meetings shall be five.

8.8 The Club Committee shall be responsible for interpreting the Club Constitution in relation to the operation of the club’s affairs. 

8.9 The Club Committee will manage all property owned or leased by the Club but members assume responsibility for its maintenance and proper use whilst it is in   

their care.

8.10  A member of the Club Committee shall cease to hold office if he or she:

Ceases to be a full current member of the Club.

Is absent without permission of the Club Committee from all their meetings held within a period of three months and the Club Committee resolve that his or   her office be vacated.

Gives notice to the Club Committee that he or she wishes to resign.

9. Finance

9.1 All monies raised by, or on behalf of the club shall be applied to further the aims and objectives of the club and for no other purpose.

9.2 The club Treasurer is responsible for collecting membership subscriptions and maintaining the financial accounts of the club detailing all income received and  expenditure made.

9.3 All club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the club.

9.4  All club clothing monies will be banked in a ‘Clothing Account’ held in the name of the Club.

9.5 All cheques, drafts, etc. drawn on the Club account shall be signed by any of four signatories with the expenditure having been approved by the Committee.

9.6  The financial year of the club starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December of each year.


10. Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meetings

10.1 An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the club shall be called by the Club Committee and held in January of each year.  At this meeting the annual report of any  Sub Committee and the independently examined statement of accounts up to the end of the financial year shall be presented.

10.2 The Secretary shall give no less than 21 days’ notice of the date of the AGM to all members.

10.3 All full members of the Club shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting.

10.4 Only full current members of the Club in their own right may be elected to the Club Committee.

10.5 The Chairperson of the Club then in office shall be the chairman of each annual and extraordinary general meeting, but if he is not present, before any other  business is  transacted, the persons present shall appoint a chairman of the meeting.

10.6 All elections of Officers shall be confirmed at the AGM. The Secretary should receive all nominations for Officer’s posts not less than fourteen days prior to the  AGM. Nominations shall require support from 2 members of the club eligible to vote. Elected Officers shall hold office from the conclusion of the meeting.

10.7 The dates of the AGM and the Club Committee meetings shall be determined at the previous meeting. In addition, the Chairperson may call a meeting when he or   she considers it necessary or desirable, or upon the written request of at least three members of the Club Committee.

10.8 The quorum for general meetings shall be 20 members present who are eligible to vote.

10.9 An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called upon receipt of a request in writing to the Secretary stating the business of the meeting and signed by  not  less than 20 members.  The only item on the agenda of such a meeting shall be that business detailed on the application.  Members must be given at least 21 days’  notice of such a meeting.

10.10 If after 30 minutes from the time stated for the commencement of the meeting there are still insufficient members present to form a quorum, the meeting shall be  adjourned to another time and place. The adjourned meeting shall take place within 21 days of the date of the original meeting, or as soon after as is practicable.

10.11 If at the adjourned meeting there are insufficient members present to form a quorum, the meeting will proceed after a delay of 30 minutes unless sufficient members are present before that time to form a quorum.

11. Voting Procedures for all meetings

11.1 All paid up members are entitled to vote at meetings and shall have equal voting rights.

11.2 A motion shall be carried by a simple majority of those present and voting, except when the motion is a Constitutional amendment, which shall require a two-  thirds  majority.

11.3 In the event of equal votes being cast, the Chair shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberate vote.


12. Discipline and Appeals

12.1 The Club Committee shall have the authority to take appropriate disciplinary action against any member of the club including the discretion to terminate  membership if  any person is found guilty of conduct deemed detrimental to the interests of the club membership.

12.2 Should a disciplinary issue involve the Welfare of a child or vulnerable adult then the British Cycling Welfare Officer and any other relevant authority will be    informed.

12.3 All individuals have the right of Appeal to any disciplinary decision made by the Club Committee. 

12.4 An Appeal Hearing should be convened by a member of the Club Committee and no more than four additional Club members who are independent of the original Disciplinary Hearing and subsequent decision.

13.  Notices

 Any notice required to be served on any member of the Club shall be in writing and shall be served by the Secretary or the Club Committee on such member either  personally or by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed to the member at his or her last known address in the United Kingdom, and any letter so sent  shall be deemed to have been received within 10 days of posting.

14.  Review of the Constitution

14.1 Any proposed alteration to the Club Constitution or Rules can only be made at an AGM or EGM convened for the purpose.

14.2 This Constitution should be reviewed a minimum of once every two years.

14.3 Proposed additions to, or alterations of the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary not less than 14 days before the date of the AGM or EGM.  All  suggested amendments should be signed and seconded.  No motion involving an amendment to the Constitution may be proposed from the floor of a meeting.

14.4 In the event of a proposal for amending the Constitution being submitted, the Secretary shall inform the membership of the proposed motion not less than 10 days  prior to the AGM or EGM.

14.5 Any amendments to the proposed motion duly proposed and seconded shall be submitted not later than seven days before the meeting.

14.6 Any alteration to the Constitution shall require a two-thirds majority of members voting and present.

14.7 All matters arising that are not provided for by the Constitution will be dealt with by the Club Committee, whose decision shall be final.


15. Event Organisers

15.1 The Organiser of any event run by or on behalf of the Club is given absolute discretion to allow or refuse participation by any member who is considered to be  unsuitable or unprepared for the event. 

15.2 Any Organiser of an event must submit to the Club Committee a full account for all income and expenditure connected with the event.

15.3 Members must obey the Highway Code and the Club Runs Leader whilst on Club runs, and not behave in any manner which may bring the name and good  reputation of the Club into disrepute.

16. Property

 Permanent Club trophies are the property of the Club and must be returned to the Secretary 9 months after receipt. The committee may re-assign Club trophies  which have not been awarded for 3 years for another purpose, if felt to be appropriate.

17. Dissolution procedures

17.1 In the event of the club ceasing to exist and following the discharge of all debts and liabilities, any assets at the time of dissolution shall be distributed equally    between the fully paid membership.

17.2 The club may be wound up upon a motion proposed and seconded by club members and passed by a two-thirds majority voting and present at a special meeting  convened for that  purpose following a written request signed by 50 members of the club. 


18.  Declaration

Southdown Velo Club hereby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of members.




SIGNED: _____________________________    DATE: ________________

NAME: _______________________________   

POSITION IN CLUB: _____________________



SIGNED: _____________________________    DATE: ________________

NAME: _______________________________   

POSITION IN CLUB: ____________________