Huddersfield Town Women FC
Constitution and Rules
1 The Club shall be known as Huddersfield Town Women's Football
Club hereinafter referred to as 'the Club'.
2 The aims of the Club shall be the promotion of Women's Football
within and beyond Kirklees MC and in order to facilitate this aim
the Club shall affiliate to such Associations, Competition and
Leagues as shall be required to play friendly and competitive
Matches at all age groups and further as the Management Committee shall decide.
3 The Club Shall be run by a Management Committee (" the
Committee") Whose officers shall include but not be restricted to the
There shall be three further Ordinary Members of the Committee.
4 An Executive Committee (" EC") shall be appointed annually by the
Committee. The Club Chairman shall also be Chairman of the EC.
The EC shall consist of a minimum of the Club Chairman and three
other members and shall have the authority to deal with matters of
Club discipline and any other such matter the Committee shall
remit to it.
5 All registered players of the Club shall be members of the Club. The
Club shall also include non-playing members who are not playing
Members by reason of age or sex.
6(1) Membership fees shall be payable annually at an amount set by the Committee. Fees will become due on 1 August each year.
Membership cards may be issued proof of membership.
6(2) Any members with fees outstanding at 30 November shall not be
eligible to represent the Club in any capacity until such fees have
been paid in full, subject to the discretion of the Committee.
7(1) An Annual General Meeting of all members shall be held by 30 June
of each year. At least 21 days' notice of the meeting shall be given.
The minutes of the previous year's Annual General Meeting and
the Annual Accounts shall be available to members 14 days before
the date of the Annual General Meeting together with a copy of the
7(2) Any member may raise any subject for discussion under t he heading
"Any Other Business" from the floor of the meeting without prior
notification subject to the agreement of the Chairman,
notwithstanding Rule 31.
7(3) All matters upon which a vote is taken shall be decided by a show
of hands of those members present. Postal votes shall be allowed.
In the event that the votes cast are level, the Chairman shall have
the casting vote. The Chairman shall not vote in any other
8(1) The Management Committee of the Club shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting of the Club by a show of hands of those
members attending. To ensure continuity the following officers shall
be elected for the following periods:
Secretary - 3 years
Treasurer - 3 years
All other members of the Committee shall be elected for a fixed
period of between one and three years to allow for rotation. Team
Managers and/or Coaches shall be appointed in such a way as the
Committee shall decide.
8(2) All members of the Committee at the end of their term of office shall
resign but may offer them for re-election.
8(3) A Club Captain who shall be a registered player shall be nominated
by at least five other playing members including at least two playing
members from another team within the Club and elected annually by
those playing members registered with the Club at the date of the
Annual General Meeting and present at the Annual Meeting by a
show of hands.
8(4) The Committee shall have the authority to award honoraria to
officers of the Club at their discretion.
9(1) The first Committee Meeting after the Annual General Meeting shall
be held within 14 days of the Annual General Meeting.
9(2) Any appointments shall be honorary and shall be for a period of one
year but may be renewed.
9(3) Team managers/coaches shall not be members of the Committee
although they shall be members of the Club and may be elected to
the Committee in another capacity in addition to their appointment
as a Team Manager/Coach.
9(4) All official matters concerning the Club shall be conducted through
the Secretary with the exception of match reports for the local press.
10 The Committee shall invite a suitable person to be Club President.
The President shall be a member of the Club. The President shall
not be a member of the Committee.
11 The Appointment of Honorary Life Membership may be proposed
by members of the Committee. Such nominations shall be made
with the written consent of the nominee and shall be proposed and
seconded in writing and submitted to the EC for approval.
Nominees will normally be expected to have given long and
valuable service to the Club over a number of years.
12 The President and Honorary Life Members shall be entitled to
attend Committee Meetings but shall not have voting rights in those
13(1) The Committee shall meet formally at least once every month. A
quorum shall be sixty per cent of the elected committee members.
13(2) Any member shall be free to make representations in writing to any
Committee member at any time. All such representations shall be
replied to by the Secretary within 14 days of the next following
13(3) In the event of a vote being taken on any matter under discussion by
the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee shall have a casting
14(1) The EC shall meet formally at least three times a year. A quorum
shall be three members, including a Chairman. Minutes shall be
14(2) In the event of a vote being taken on any matter under discussion
the Chairman of the meeting of the EC shall be entitled to vote.
15 The Committee shall have the power to establish such sub-
Committees as they shall see fit to undertake specific functions and
shall include a Social and Fundraising Committee and a Managers'
and Coaches Committee. Each sub-Committee shall be chaired by
an officer of the Club, to be decided by the Committee. Such sub-
Committees shall report to the Committee.
16 The Committee shall have the power to co-opt further members of
the Club to serve on any committee or sub-committee including the
EC as necessary. Such persons shall remain members of the
Committee or sub-committee until the next Annual General Meeting
when they shall resign but may offer themselves for election to the
17(1) Any appointee of the Club who does not wish to be considered for
re-appointment shall advise the Secretary in writing within 28 days
of the Annual General Meeting.
17 (2) The Committee shall have the authority to require the resignation
of any Officer of the Club, committee or sub-committee member or
member of the Club where such person has been deemed guilty of
bringing the Club into disrepute.
17(3) The Committee shall not terminate any appointment or membership
without the written agreement of the EC whose decision shall be
18 The Club shall be represented on such bodies as they are obliged or
entitled and the Committee shall decide the Club's representation.
19 All members and appointees o f the Club shall obey all the Rules set
down by the Football Association and such other Associations,
Competitions and Leagues to which the Club shall be affiliated, in
addition to the Rules of the Club. In the event that the Club Rules
run contrary to the above, then the Football Association,
Association, Competition or League Rules shall prevail.
20(1) In the event that any member or appointee is disciplined by the
Football Association or such other Association, Competition or
League to which the Club is affiliated, the EC shall have the
authority to consider the matter and may impose a (further) penalty
upon the offender beyond and in addition to any imposed by the
20(2) Financial penalties imposed by the EC shall have regard to the
offender’s ability to pay, their position within the Club or any other
such matter as the EC shall deem appropriate. The EC shall also
have the power to expel or suspend any member or appointee
should they see fit, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 20 (1).
20(3) Any member or appointee expelled or suspended by the EC may be
reported to any other associated organisation with a
recommendation that such membership thereof be likewise
suspended or terminated.
20(4) Any EC penalty shall be notified in writing to the offender but shall
not have effect until the expiry of 14 days after the offender shall
have been so notified to allow time for appeal. Any appeal shall be
in writing to the Chairman of the Club and the matter shall be put
before the Management Committee to adjudicate on the appeal. The
appellant shall have the right of attendance. The decision o f the
Committee shall be final.
21 Notwithstanding any of the above the EC shall have the authority to
investigate any instance of misconduct, whether reported to them or
at their own instigation. Reports of misconduct must be made in
writing to the Chairman of the Committee either in that capacity or
as Chairman of the EC. In the event of any allegation being proven
after investigation a penalty under Rule 20 may be imposed.
22 The Committee may call an Extraordinary General Meeting of
members by giving at least 14 days' written notification incorporating a fixed Agenda. An EGM may also be called by Members of the Club upon written application to the Secretary signed by at least 15 members.
23(1) The Committee shall have the power to seek financial support f or the Club from whatever source they deem necessary, consistent with the aims and image of the Club, bearing in mind Rule 24.
23(2) The Committee shall be authorised to make discretionary
contributions from Club funds towards travelling expenses of
players who live outside a 30-mile radius of St George's Square,
23(3) Any person representing the Club on official Club business may
claim travelling expenses in line with the "officials" travelling
expenses as laid down in the F A Women's Premier League
Regulations. The Rule shall not apply to persons attending Club
23(4) No person shall incur expenditure on behalf of the Club without the prior approval of any two of Chairman, Secretary o r Treasurer.
24 The Club shall not be financially dependent upon Huddersfield
Town AFC Ltd.
25 The Club shall, however, seek to maintain and improve all links with Huddersfield Town AFC Ltd.
26 The Committee shall have power to investigate all possible
improvements to the Club facilities offered to members on and off
the pitch bearing in mind the minimum requirements of any
Association, Competition or League to which the Club is affiliated.
27 The Accounting Year of the Club shall run from 1 June to 31 May.
28 Interest-bearing accounts shall be maintained by the Club with a
recognised reputable financial institution. The Committee shall have
the authority to direct the Treasurer to open such accounts as shall
be deemed necessary or expedient. Signatories to such account(s)
29 Any amendment to any Rule or part of this Constitution must be
proposed and seconded in writing at least 28 days in advance of an
Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting called
for that purpose and shall be adopted upon sixty per cent of
members present voting in favour.
30 Any matter not covered by the above Rules and Constitution shall
be decided by and at the discretion of the relevant Committee.