Table of Contents
- Life Membership
- Half, Junior, and Student Members Ceasing to Qualify
- Application for Social Membership
- Affiliate (Temporary) Membership
- Register of Members
- Qualification for Holding Office or Committee Membership
- Kingston Rowing Club Limited
- Executive Committee
- Officers of Kingston Rowing Club
- President and Vice Presidents
- Deputy Captain and Vice Captains
- Executive Committee Meetings
- Alteration Of These Rules
- Independent Examiner
- Financial And Subscription Years
- Hours of Opening and Closing
- Admission of Guests
- Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
- Equity Policy
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Child Protection Procedures
- Code of Conduct for Coaches
- Data Protection
- Racking Private Boats in Canbury Boathouse
- Annex 3: Storage of Private Oars
The Club shall be known as Kingston Rowing Club Limited hereinafter known as ‘the Club’. The Club is a company limited by guarantee, company number 11487825. The governance of the Club shall be determined by the Articles of Association. Where these Rules and Bye-Laws conflict with the Articles of Association, the Articles shall take precedence.Back to top
The main purposes of the Club are to provide facilities for and to promote participation in the amateur sport of rowing and sculling (including in-door rowing) in Kingston-upon-Thames.Back to top
Classes of Membership (Summarised at Appendix A)
- Membership of the Club shall be open to all and shall consist of the following classes of membership, namely Full Members (Peak Time and Off-Peak Time), Life Members, Casual Rowing Members, Half Members, Junior Members, Student Members, Kingston University Student Members, Social Members, Social Members (Remenham), Coach Members, Cox Members, Club Welfare Officer (CWO) Members, Indoor Rowing Members, Learn to Row Members, Honorary Members, Affiliated Cadet Members and Affiliate (Temporary) Members.
- Full (Peak Time and Off-Peak Time) and Life Members are entitled to all the privileges of the Club.
- Casual Rowing Members are entitled to use the club premises for the purpose of rowing or sculling on an irregular basis only (and may compete in Head of the River races, but not Regattas) provided that members under clauses b, d, e and f have priority on the use of equipment. Under Rule 6 Casual Rowing Members shall be treated as Half Members. In all other respects Casual Rowing Members are entitled to the privileges of the Club.
- Half Members are those members resident or attending full-time courses of instruction at Universities, Colleges, Schools or other educational establishments and who are thereby prevented from rowing for the Club during Term; such members are entitled to all the privileges of the Club other than using the Club premises for the purpose of rowing or sculling during Term time.
- Junior Members are those members who are classified as juniors according to the prevailing British Rowing Racing Rules. 2
- Student Members are those members who have not attained the age of 25 on 1st October of the current Financial Year and are serving under articles, indentures apprenticeships or internships, or those resident at or attending a full-time educational establishment but who are not thereby prevented from rowing for the Club during Term. Such members are entitled to all the privileges of the Club.
- Kingston University Student Members are members who are studying at Kingston University. Such members are entitled to all the privileges of the Club.
- Social Members, Social Members (Remenham), Coach Members, Cox Members, and CWO Members are entitled to all the privileges of the Club other than that of using the Club premises for the purpose of rowing or sculling but shall be allowed to cox at the discretion of the Captain.
- Indoor Rowing Members are entitled to use the indoor training facilities of the Club on weekday mornings and weekend afternoons at times which do not clash with rowing members’ training or Club events. They may not use the facilities for rowing or sculling. Apart from these exclusions they are entitled to all the privileges of the Club.
- Honorary Members - the Executive Committee (Excom) may bestow honorary membership on persons who are not members of the Club but have provided exceptional service to the Club. Honorary Members will be entitled to all the privileges of the Club other than that of using the Club facilities or for the purposes of rowing or sculling. Honorary Members will not have any voting rights and will not be able to serve on the Executive Committee.
- Learn to Row Members – are entitled to all the privileges of the Club for the duration of the Learn to Row course.
- Affiliated Cadet Members: the Executive Committee shall be empowered to elect the members from time to time constituting the members of the rowing or boat club of any School or College that they may deem suitable as Affiliated Cadet Members, and to enter into such agreements with the school or College authorities as to period of membership, amount of and use of the Club premises and boats or otherwise, and also to make regulations for giving effect to any such agreement and for governing the status of such agreement. Affiliated Cadet Members shall be entitled at any time to apply for Full Membership of the Club.
Applicants for membership and members renewing their membership, will undertake to abide by the Articles of Association, the Rules of the Club and the sport of rowing.Back to top
The Executive Committee may choose to exercise its discretion to award life membership.
The Executive Committee shall maintain and review as needed from time to time a protocol for assessing applications for Life Membership and for determining the oneoff fee to be paid and upon payment thereafter there shall be no liability for further subscription.
Life membership may be awarded in either of the following two cases where the relevant criteria have been satisfied:
- Time served. A member who has been a full member for an unbroken period of 15 years, after having attained the age of 18 years, and has paid all subscriptions which may have become due during such period, shall have the option of applying to become a Life Member. An award of life membership on this basis requires approval by two thirds of the Executive Committee members present.
- Exceptional contribution and special circumstances. A candidate for such life membership should be proposed and seconded by members of the Executive Committee, taking into account the matters set out in the protocol. An award of life membership on this basis requires approval by two thirds of Executive Committee members, and therefore requires at least two thirds of Executive Committee members to be present to be approved.
Half, Junior, and Student Members Ceasing to Qualify
Unless qualifying for Junior Membership under Rule 3 every Half Member on ceasing to be qualified as a Half Member, every Junior Member on attaining the age of 18, and every Student Member or Kingston University Student Member on attaining the age of 25 or ceasing to be qualified as a Student Member shall automatically become a Full Member as from the commencement of the ensuing subscription year unless they opt for an alternative form of membership and apply according to the Rules governing that category.Back to top
Application for Social Membership
Full, Casual, Half, Junior or Student Members wishing to become Social Members or Social Members (Remenham) must submit their name to the Committee for acceptance as such, but shall be liable for full subscriptions as Full, Casual, Half, Junior or Student Members as the case may be in respect of the financial year in which their names have been submitted.Back to top
Affiliate (Temporary) Membership
Rule 3(a) notwithstanding, and subject to Article 30, the Executive Committee shall have the power to nominate and elect Affiliate Members for a limited period not exceeding 6 weeks, provided that in all cases at least 48 hours shall elapse between 4 the nomination and the election, and in the admission of such members to the Club. Members admitted under this Rule shall be entitled, without payment of subscription, to the same privileges of the Club as Social Members save those of attending and voting at meetings of the Club and shall, save as aforesaid, be subject to the Rules applicable to members.Back to top
The rates of subscription shall be determined by the Executive Committee and shall be due on election and, thereafter, on or before 1st October in each year. If members shall fail to pay their Annual Subscriptions within such period as the Executive Committee at their discretion think fit, the Executive Committee may instruct the Membership Secretary to have the defaulting members` names conspicuously posted in the Club premises and those members shall be debarred from all the privileges of the Club until such Annual Subscription be paid. In the case of Remenham Social Members, if a subscription is not paid by 31st December, the Membership Secretary will advise the Remenham Club Membership Secretary and the membership pack will be sent without the Members Badge for the upcoming Henley Royal Regatta.Back to top
Register of Members
The Membership Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept a register of the names and addresses of the members and a record of the latest payment of their subscription together with a record of Emergency Contact Details, Health and Safety Declaration and Swimming Proficiency for each member.
For Affiliated Cadet Members, the Membership Secretary will work with the Junior Organiser (see Rule 12 c) and Rule 29) to keep a register of Names, Emergency Contact Details and Health and Safety Declarations in coordination with their school or college and will also keep a record of Swimming Proficiency.Back to top
Qualification for Holding Office or Committee Membership
The following classes of member provided they are 18 years or older are eligible to hold Office and/or stand for election to the Executive Committee of the Club:
Full (Peak Time and Off-Peak Time); Life; Casual; Student; Kingston University Student; Social; Social (Remenham); Coach (unless paid); Cox; Club Welfare Officer.Back to top
Kingston Rowing Club Limited
- The Board of Kingston Rowing Club Limited (KRC Ltd) is ultimately responsible for the management of the Club’s business, for which purpose it may exercise all the powers of the Club. The Board shall delegate this function to the Executive Committee, subject always to the Board’s powers set out in the Articles of Association and to the matters specifically reserved to the Board by law.
- The Directors of KRC Ltd shall be appointed according to its Articles of Association as follows:
- The President (non-executive) – also President of KRC
- Non-executive Head of the Board
- the Captain – also Captain of KRC
- Chair of the Executive Committee – also Chair of KRC
- the Company Secretary – also KRC Secretary
- the Company Treasurer – also KRC Treasurer
- Strategy and Communications Officer
- a minimum of two and up to four non-Executive directors
- The affairs of the Club shall be managed by a Committee (to be called the Executive Committee) composed of the KRC Chair of the Executive Committee, Captain, Company Secretary, Company Treasurer, Strategy and Communications Officer and the President ex officio and Administrative Members as set out below to be elected at the Annual General Meeting in every year in the same manner as that prescribed for the election of Directors at Article 28. The names of the candidates nominated for election as Administrative Members of the Executive Committee must be proposed by one member and seconded by another and their names submitted to the Secretary at least 7 days before the Annual General Meeting; Members so nominated must signify their willingness to serve on the Executive Committee if elected. The names of the candidates nominated shall be posted at least 4 days (or such time as may be appointed by the Executive Committee) before the Meeting. In the case of any casual vacancy caused by resignation or otherwise during the period between one Annual General Meeting and next such Meeting, a member of the Club may be appointed by the Executive Committee to fill the vacancy.
- The Vice-Presidents shall be eligible for election to the Executive Committee on the same footing as other members of the Club, and references to `members of the Club` in paragraph “a” of this Rule shall be deemed to include the Vice-Presidents. If it shall seem especially desirable to the Executive Committee, any Vice-President(s) may be invited by the Executive Committee to attend any meeting of such committee, but shall not be entitled to vote thereat.
- Supplementary to their responsibilities as Members of the Executive Committee, Members will at the first meeting of the Executive Committee after the Annual General Meeting in any year (the “First Meeting”) be allocated one or more of the following Committee Appointments and the responsibilities involved will be defined or otherwise ensure that the duties associated with each Appointment can be properly discharged.
Elected Committee Appointments
- Chair of the Executive Committee
- Safety Champion – Boating
- Safety Champion - Premises
- Safety Adviser
- Membership Secretary
- Membership Administrator
- Social Secretary
- Fund Raising Manager
- Communications Manager
- Chair Finance Sub-committee
- Canbury Boathouse Manager (CBL Director No. 1)
- Kingston University Liaison (President of Kingston University Rowing Club)
- Canbury Boathouse Limited Director (No. 2)
- Bar Manager
- Fleet Support x2
- Entries Secretary
- Kit Manager
- RUG Liaison
- Remenham Club Liaison
- Kingston Amateur Regatta Liaison
- Kingston Heads Liaison
- Junior representative
- Without Portfolio 1
- Without Portfolio 2
- Without Portfolio 3
- Standing Appointments: These appointments are made by a vote of the Executive Committee.
- Club Welfare Officer
Elected Appointments are voting appointments.Standing Appointments are non-voting appointments, however they are entitled to attend meetings of the Executive Committee and their views will be taken into account by the Executive Committee.
Where the duties involved with a Committee Appointment are beyond the capacity of an individual to discharge, the Executive Committee shall form a standing subcommittee to enable the duties to be discharged. The 7 Appointments ‘Without Portfolio’ will be assigned to sub-committees. The Executive Committee will appoint assistants to be additional members of subcommittees as required
Notwithstanding such other responsibilities as may be allocated by the Committee, the duties of the Safety Adviser are as described in British Rowing Rowsafe.
In addition at its First Meeting, the Committee will verify the appointments of a Junior Organiser as described in Rule 29a.
The Safety Champions will take account of advice from the Safety Adviser and form a team drawn from across the club to manage the club’s Safety Management System in accordance with good practice for clubhouse management and as far as is practical with British Rowing recommendations.
The Executive Committee shall have powers to appoint working subcommittees as may be required from time to time and to co-opt any other Members. The Executive Committee may appoint assistants to any of the Club`s Directors or Administrative Members.
The term of office shall be for one year, and members shall be eligible for reelection.
Officers of Kingston Rowing Club
The Officers of the Clubare the directors of KRC Ltd, including the Company Secretary. . For the avoidance of doubt, the Non-executive Head of the board of directors of KRC Ltd may not be the same person as the Chair of the Executive Committee.
Members nominated for any Office must be proposed by one member and seconded by another and their names submitted to the Secretary at least 21days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. If the positions of Directors are contested, the candidates shall each prepare a prospectus that will be sent by email to all members ten days prior to the AGM.
All Members so nominated shall signify their willingness to serve if elected. The names of the candidates nominated, with the names of the proposers and seconders shall be posted at least 7 days (or such time as may be appointed by the Executive Committee) before the Meeting.
- Chair of the Executive Committee: The Chair will preside at all General meetings of the Club and at all meetings of the Executive Committee and shall be responsible for guiding the activities of the Club in accordance with its approved strategy. The Chair shall represent or arrange for the representation of the Club at British Rowing regional level and at meetings of other 8 organisations. The Chair shall ex officio be a member of any other committee of the Club.
- Captain: The Captain is the link between the Executive Committee and the rowers. The Captain’s position is to provide leadership in the rowing program at the Club and to be the public face of the club in rowing matters. The Captain will manage the Club’s Vice Captains and Deputy Captain and Directors of Rowing where appointed and will allocate equipment to squads
- Secretary: The Secretary will be responsible for the organisation of meetings of the Committee and of the Club, and the recording of minutes relating to such meetings and all correspondence relating to the general business of the Club.
- Treasurer: The Treasurer will be responsible for the collection and disbursement of all monies belonging to the Club and will keep proper accounting records of all such transactions. The Treasurer will present to the Executive Committee at its regular meetings a balance sheet and income and expenditure account showing the Club’s financial position. The transactions of the Club will be conducted through a designated bank account or accounts. The Treasurer will advise the committee on financial matters.
- Strategy and Communications officer: The Strategy and Communications Officer will be responsible for promoting the Club’s strategy with focus on KRC becoming the ‘go to club’ and a club well known in the local community and deserving support. The Strategy and Communications Officer will identify priorities and develop and drive plans to enable the club to achieve its objectives.
President and Vice Presidents
- The President: shall be elected by show of hands at the Annual General Meeting in every year after having been proposed and seconded in the prescribed manner and shall continue as President whilst remaining a member.
- Vice-Presidents: shall be elected by show of hands at the Annual General Meeting in every year after having been proposed and seconded in the prescribed manner and shall continue as a Vice-President whilst remaining a member.
Deputy Captain and Vice Captains
The Club may appoint:
- a number of Vice Captains
- a Deputy Captain
- a Director of Rowing
- a Director of Junior Rowing
to assist the Captain and to assist with the running of the Club. These Appointments may be (1) nominated and approved by the members at the AGM in the same manner as Executive Committee members, (2) appointed by the Executive Committee, or (3) appointed by the Captain and approved by the Executive Committee. At the AGM following appointment the Deputy Captain and each Vice Captain shall retire, but shall be eligible for re-election in accordance with the procedure set out at Rule 12 and Article 28.Back to top
Executive Committee Meetings
The Committee is responsible for the general conduct of the Club's business and activities.
The Committee shall meet at regular intervals during the year, as required by the business to be transacted.
Special meetings of the Committee shall be called by the Secretary on instructions from the Chair, or not less than three committee members.
A quorum shall consist of not less than 8 members.
At every Committee Meeting the voting shall be by a show of hands (except where these Rules require a Ballot to be taken). Notwithstanding the foregoing, a ballot must be taken if it is demanded by one member. There shall be no proxy votes.
In the case of casual vacancy among the Committee, the said Committee shall be entitled to appoint another eligible person to act until the next AGM.
The Committee and individual committee members should act according to high ethical standards, and ensure that conflicts of interest are properly dealt with.
The Annual General Meeting shall be held in accordance with the Club’s Articles of Association.
If candidates for Director positions and their supporters use social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for campaigning, they shall do so responsibly and fairly. Compliance is required with the Facebook Rules at the top of the Kingston Rowing Club Facebook page.Back to top
At General Meetings, all members except Half, Learn to Row, Indoor Rowing, Honorary, Affiliated Cadet and Affiliated (Temporary) shall be eligible to vote.Back to top
Alteration Of These Rules
- These Rules shall not be altered, amended or rescinded except by a General Meeting of the Club voting on changes proposed by the Executive Committee and ratified by the Board.
- A resolution to give effect to a change must be passed by at least two thirds of the members present at the General Meeting.
Every Annual General Meeting shall appoint a suitably qualified accountant as an Independent Examiner who shall at the conclusion of the next financial year examine the accounting records of the Club to assess whether they agree with the records. The Independent Examiner shall report to the members at the next AGM to confirm that the accounts appear to be correct and to report any matters of material significance.Back to top
Financial And Subscription Years
The Financial Year of the Club shall begin on the 1st October. The subscription year shall begin on the 1st of October.Back to top
Hours of Opening and Closing
The premises of the Club shall be open and closed at such hours as the Executive Committee shall from time to time determine. The Executive Committee shall arrange for the club to be licensed for the supply of intoxicating liquor in accordance with current legislation for premises. It is expected that the bar shall be open:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 23.00pm
Sunday: 12.00am – 22.30pm
Subject to any special licence extension which may be granted from time to time.Back to top
Admission of Guests
Each member shall be allowed to introduce guests into the Club premises, for whose good behaviour such members shall be responsible, and no guest shall remain upon the premises of the Club after the member by whom the guest has been introduced has left.Back to top
The Executive Committee may nominate a person to be a member and/or Director of any Company, Corporation, Society or Association formed for purposes which include the acquisition of premises, goods or services which may from time to time be necessary or convenient for the proper running of the Club or to further the interests of the Club financially or otherwise. Such nominees shall at all times act in accordance with the policies and on the instructions of the Executive Committee and so doing will be indemnified against any liabilities which they may incur in carrying out their duties. The Executive Committee may at any time request the resignation of any such member or director of such Company, Corporation, Society or Association by giving notice in writing and upon such notice being given the individual (if a member) shall forthwith resign or take all necessary steps to transfer such membership to some other person so nominated or (if a Director) shall forthwith resign such Directorship.Back to top
Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
The Club’s Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure is set out in Annex 1.Back to top
The Club shall maintain an Equity Policy based on the Sport England definition of sports equity and Sport England guidelines.Back to top
Equal Opportunities Policy
The Club is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no member, volunteer, employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religious belief, social status, sexual orientation or political belief.Back to top
Child Protection Procedures
The Club accepts and adopts British Rowing’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Procedures and Protection of Vulnerable Adults Procedures and requires all members to observe them as a condition of membership. In accordance with the British Rowing policy and rules relating to Child Protection procedures the Executive Committee shall appoint: -
- A person who has gained one of the British Rowing Coaching Awards as “Junior Organiser”, to be responsible for the club’s Juniors on a day- to-day basis.
- A separate “Club Welfare Officer” to whom concerns or allegations regarding inappropriate treatment of Juniors can be made.
The Club Welfare Officer will have a duty to understand the requirements of the British Rowing Child Protection Procedures and to act on them as necessary. The Club Welfare Officer must also ensure that there is a well-established complaints procedure and that parents and children have the relevant information and thus easy access to it.Back to top
Code of Conduct for Coaches
The club accepts and adopts the British Rowing Code of Conduct for Coaches and the Clubmark Code of Conduct for Club Officials and Volunteers.Back to top
The Directors and Executive Committee have primary responsibility for safe practice within the Club and for observing guidance of water safety issued by British Rowing and through RowSafe.
The Club shall maintain a Safety Policy which will include the KRC Boating Safety Plan. In addition, the Club accepts and adopts the British Rowing Row Safe Guidance Procedures as set out from time to time by British Rowing, and requires all members to observe them as a condition of membership. If due to the particularities of the Kingston Reach, conflict arises between the KRC Safety and Boating Plan and the British Rowing Row Safe Guidance Procedures, the Executive Committee shall determine and explain any necessary override. The duties of the Club Safety Adviser will be to understand and maintain the Club Safety policy, to advise on its prominent display, its observation and its implementation at all times.Back to top
Kingston Rowing Club Limited is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales and is a “controller” under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Our Data Protection Policy is available for inspection on the Club website.Back to top
Racking Private Boats in Canbury Boathouse
The protocol for racking privately owned boats in Canbury Boathouse is contained in Annex 2.Back to top
Annex 1: Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure
a) All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be submitted in writing to the Honorary Secretary, who in turn shall notify the Executive Directors as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter. The complainer is referred to as the Complainant. The subject of the complaint is referred to as the Respondent.
The Executive Directors shall consider carefully the most appropriate method of dealing with the complaint. This might be through informal discussions with the parties concerned, or through a more formal hearing. Whenever possible informal discussion or mediation shall be tried, if appropriate, before a formal hearing procedure is implemented.
On receiving a grievance, if the Executive Directors wish to try to resolve informally in the first instance it should identify a suitably qualified person who has not previously been involved in the dispute, in agreement with all parties.
This stage is not obligatory but may help to clarify any misunderstandings or help identify the issues in dispute and may serve to resolve the issue before initiating a formal hearing.
The outcome of this stage is not binding but may be referred to in any subsequent hearing or appeal as may any failure or refusal to participate in such proceedings.
If the complaint involves a junior member of the club, the Club Welfare Officer would usually be asked to lead the management of the complaint.
- If the Complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of informal discussions (or such a stage is not deemed to be appropriate) he must set out in writing his/her grievance and request for a hearing and send to the Honorary Secretary within a reasonable timescale. This may vary depending on the issue at hand but should not, where possible, exceed 28 days.
- A hearings panel shall be appointed by the Executive Directors. The panel should be aware of the possible outcomes of the hearing, including referring the conduct of either party to a Disciplinary Panel.
- At a minimum it should comprise a chair and two independent members one of whom may have relevant ‘expert’ knowledge. All panel members must be independent of the dispute.
- The Complainant and the Respondent should confirm to the Honorary Secretary their agreement to the constituted panel within 7 days of being notified. If no confirmation or objection is received within 7 days then the Complainant and the Respondent shall be regarded as having confirmed agreement. The Complainant and the Respondent may make reasonable objections to the composition of the panel, but the final decision rests with the Executive Directors. The panel, once constituted, shall appoint one of their number to be the chair.
- The panel must give a fair and independent hearing to both sides of the dispute within an appropriate and agreed timescale. The Complainant and the Respondent have the right to be accompanied by a person of his or her choosing to any hearing or other meetings in connection with a hearing, save that the final decision on who may or may not be present at any hearing rests with the panel chair.
- Hearings shall be conducted in person and should take place within 21 days of the Complainant and Respondent confirming their agreement to the composition of the panel (or 28 days of the Complainant and Respondent being notified of the panel if no response is received).
- If either party chooses not to attend the hearing in person, the panel, if properly constituted, has the right to proceed with the hearing in their absence and/or based on written submissions.
- The outcome, and sufficient reason to explain the outcome, of the hearing must be communicated to both parties within 14 days.
- The panel may, inter alia, decide to exonerate the Respondent or refer the Respondent to a disciplinary hearing.
- If the panel finds that the complaint has been made in bad faith, the panel may refer the Complainant to a disciplinary hearing.
- The findings of the panel should be put to the Executive Committee for ratification.
- If the outcome of the hearing is unacceptable to either party they have the right to request an appeal.
If either party wishes to appeal against the outcome of the hearing they should set
out the grounds on which they wish to appeal in writing. This letter should be sent to
the Club Chairman within 14 days of the outcome of the initial hearing being known.
An appeal should be granted where there is a “strong arguable case” that either:-
- relevant information was ignored or not considered by the original panel; or
- the grievance procedure was tainted by unreasonable bias or conflict of interests; or
- the provisions of the Club’s grievance procedure were not adhered to; or
- the original panel exceeded its jurisdiction; or
- the findings of the original panel were irrational or wrong in law.
If an appeal is granted, the Executive Directors must appoint an independent appeal
panel to consider the appeal, none of whom have had any prior involvement in the
matter. The appeal panel should be constituted along the same principles as the
hearings panel outlined above. The chairman of the appeals panel should convene a
hearing of the appeals panel in a timely manner and, in consultation with the other
panel members, will decide the conduct of the proceedings. If appropriate he may
request written submissions and the appeals panel may or may not request the
parties to attend in person. The Respondent has the right to be accompanied by a
person of his or her choosing to any hearing or other meetings in connection with an
appeal. The outcome and sufficient reason to explain the outcome of the appeal
panel shall be communicated to both parties within 14 days of the appeal panel
hearing. The outcome of the appeal will be final.
Where the Club wishes to discipline an individual who has contravened the Club’s rules or code of conduct, or who is deemed to have brought the sport or the Club into disrepute, the following procedure shall be followed.
The decision to institute disciplinary proceedings against any member or individual shall be made by the Executive Directors, or by any 15 members of the Club who shall certify the same in writing and giving reasons, whereupon the Executive Committee Directors shall be empowered to require that member or individual to attend a disciplinary hearing.
A disciplinary panel shall have the powers to impose a financial penalty, to suspend membership temporarily for up to 12 months, to terminate membership, to cancel life membership, or any combination of these powers. Any person whose membership has been terminated shall not be re-admitted to membership in the future save by express agreement of the Executive Directors.
The Executive Committee shall set out in writing the details of the disciplinary case including, where possible, details of any rules or agreements that have been deemed to be contravened and sent to the member accused within a reasonable timescale. This notice shall contain details of the disciplinary procedure, including timescales, the powers of the panel and potential outcomes, the right to be accompanied, and the right of appeal.
The disciplinary hearings panel shall be appointed by the Directors.
At a minimum the panel shall comprise a chair and two independent members one of whom may have relevant ‘expert’ knowledge. Wherever practical, the panel members should have no conflicts of interest but in the event that this is not possible any panel member with a conflict must declare it to all parties to the proceedings.
The Honorary Secretary shall notify the member or individual concerned of the allegations against him or her and provide notice of the hearing date as soon as reasonably practicable. The hearing date should be no later than 28 days from the date the Executive Directors appoints the hearings panel, unless special reasons apply.
The member or individual against whom the disciplinary action is being taken has the right to be accompanied by a person of his or her choosing to any hearing or other meetings in connection with a disciplinary hearing, save that the final decision on who may or may not be present at any hearing rests with the panel chair.
If either party chooses not to attend the hearing, the panel, if properly constituted, has the right to proceed with the hearing in their absence and/or on written submissions.
The panel may wish to call on ‘expert’ witnesses for advice. The result of the hearing, with sufficient reason to explain the result, shall be communicated in writing to both parties within 14 days of the date of the hearing.
If the outcome of the hearing is unacceptable to either party they have the right to request an appeal.
If either party wishes to appeal against the outcome of the disciplinary hearing they
should set out the grounds on which they wish to appeal in writing. This letter should be sent to the Club chairman within 14 days of the outcome of the initial hearing being known. An appeal should be granted where there is a “strong arguable case” that either:-
- relevant information was ignored or not considered by the original panel; or
- the disciplinary process was tainted by unreasonable bias or conflict of interests; or
- the provisions of the disciplining Organisation’s disciplinary procedure were not adhered to; or
- the original panel exceeded its jurisdiction; or
- the findings of the original panel were irrational or otherwise wrong in law.
Where an appeal hearing is granted, the Executive Directors shall appoint an independent appeal panel to consider the appeal, none of whom have had any prior involvement in the matter.
The appeal panel should be constituted along the same principles as the hearings
panel outlined above. The chair of the appeals panel should convene a hearing of the appeals panel in a timely manner and, in consultation with the other panel members, will decide the conduct of the proceedings.
If appropriate he/she may request written submissions and the appeals panel may or may not require the parties to be attend in person. If they do attend the appellant has the right to be accompanied by a person of his or her choosing to any hearing or other meetings in connection with an appeal.
The outcome of the appeal panel, with sufficient reason to explain the outcome will be communicated to both parties within 14 days of the appeal panel hearing, save that the final decision on who may or may not be present at any hearing rests with the panel chair
The outcome of the appeal will be final, save for where the outcome is that the member’s membership is terminated. In that scenario alone the member shall have a final right of appeal before the members in general meeting as set out at Article 32 of the Articles of Association.
Annex 2: Racking Private Boats in Canbury Boathouse
All applications for boat storage must initially be made to the Captain as the point of
contact for the Executive Committee (ExCom). The Captain shall then provide a
recommendation to the ExCom to approve/not approve.
If boat storage is approved:
- The specific rack (i.e. internal or external) for the boat shall be agreed with the Captain
- The charge for all single sculling boat racks will agreed each year by ExCom as part of the annual subscriptions review, in line with the current standard practice. Payment should be made with the annual subscription.
- The charge for all other boat types will be decided and agreed by the ExCom on a case by case basis by considering the overall benefit/burden to KRC and will be reviewed annually.
- The boat owner shall provide proof of adequate insurance cover to the ExCom
- The boat owner can arrange this insurance separately or apply to have the boat covered as part of the KRC Fleet Insurance.
- The cost of insurance (whether arranged separately or through KRC) shall be covered by the boat owner unless agreed by the ExCom that it is in the best interests of KRC to cover the cost.
- The boat owner shall ensure that the boat is licenced and cover the cost unless it is agreed by the ExCom that it is in the best interests of KRC to cover the cost.
- To minimise the risk that a boat name might cause offence to other members or damage the reputation of the club externally the boat owner is advised to seek approval of the name from the ExCom.
- Approval of a boat name by the ExCom shall be in alignment with the club values and approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.
- To promote club inclusivity and club spirit the boat owner will be invited to name the boat as part of an official KRC boat naming event such as the Spring boat naming ceremony.
- The boat storage agreement will be subject to annual review when the ExCom will have the option to approve for a further twelve months or terminate the agreement.
- The agreement will not be unreasonably terminated and will be subject to appeal.
- If the owner of a boat sells it, he/she may not include the rack. This would be subject to the Captain’s approval.
- If the boat owner fails to pay his/her subscription and/or rack fee by the due date, the club will issue a notice to the member giving 2 months to make payment or remove the boat. Failing this the club reserves the right to put the boat into general club use or sell the boat or dispose of it if it’s not worth repairing. The proceeds of a sale will be paid to the member less a 20% handling charge.
Annex 3: Storage of Private Oars
- Only full members will be permitted to store oars and sculls (i.e. not social). Leeway will be given in exceptional circumstances.
- 1 set per member (leeway will be given to those who have recently purchased and are then selling a set). Exceptions with good reason may be granted by permission from the Captain, which should be renewed each season.
- All sculls shall have a label clearly stating the owner's name, otherwise they will be removed. These can be acquired from https://www.rowingvinyl.co.uk/product/vinyl-oar-id-sticker-pair/
- For now there will continue to be no additional charge for storing private sculls
- Members looking to store oars for the first time must obtain permission from the Captain, who upon approval will allocate you a space.
You will be required to label your oars by 30th September 2022. All sculls shall be recorded at this time. Any sculls without a label shall be removed and moved to general use where they can be used by any member. If you do not label them and return them to the private sculls area by 31st October 2022, they shall be deemed abandoned and officially labelled in green as club sculls.
Additionally, in order to keep the boat bay floors clear, if you have any other belongings you have been storing please remove them by 30th September 2022. This includes items such as:
- Roof rack carriers
- Boat bags (these may be left on the floor when the boat is in use, but please be considerate and fold it up out of the way underneath a boat rack)
- Boxes and bags
- Personal life jackets and clothing
- Water bottles
If you need to store any coaching equipment for a squad at the club, please discuss this with the Captain who will find a suitable space.Back to top