BLOOMSBURY FOOTBALL ACADEMY RULES
1. Club Constitution
Bloomsbury Football Foundation is incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The Foundation is administered by a number of Trustees, who are appointed from time to time, generally but not exclusively from amongst parents of children attending the club.
The object of Bloomsbury Football Foundation is to advance and promote amateur sport to young people living in the London Borough of Camden and the surrounding boroughs by providing the opportunity for playing football so as to promote their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. As a charity, Bloomsbury Football Foundation aims to provide the highest quality football coaching at the lowest possible cost, with the aim of removing any barriers to young players accessing regular sessions and matches.
3. Status of Rules
These Rules (the “Bloomsbury Football Foundation Rules”) set out the Foundation’s expectations of trustees, coaches, players and parents and are considered binding for the purposes of its administration. These rules are subject to, and should be read as being wholly consistent with the Constitution of the Trust (“the Bloomsbury Football Foundation Constitution”), which is available on demand. However, where there are any conflicts between the two documents, the Constitution shall take precedence.
4. Rules and Regulations
(a) So far as is consistent with the Bloomsbury Football Foundation’s status as a charity and the terms of the Constitution, the Trustees of the Foundation shall so exercise their rights, powers and duties and shall, where appropriate, use their best endeavours to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affairs of the Foundation are carried out in accordance with the Rules and Regulation of The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), County Football Association to which the Foundation is affiliated (“Parent County Association”) and Competitions in which the Club participates, for the time being in force.
(b) No alteration to these Bloomsbury Football Foundation Rules shall be effective without written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserve the right to approve any proposed changes to the Foundation Rules.
(c) Bloomsbury Football Foundation, will also abide by its Safeguarding Children Policy, Child Protection Policy, Respect Codes of Conduct and Equal Opportunities Statement which are all available on demand.
(d) and their parents are also considered to be subject to relevant FA Codes of Conduct, including in particular the Respect Code of Conduct. Failure to meet the expectations of the Code may provide grounds for suspension or expulsion from the Foundation.
(e) Subject to (b), these rules may be amended from time to time by the Trustees to ensure the good management and administration of the Club. Where changes are made, members will be informed of those changes at the earliest opportunity, and will be considered to be subject to the amended rules from the point of that notice being given.
(a) Bloomsbury Football Foundation sessions shall be open to children, regardless of disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.
(b) Where places are limited in any age group due to available facilities or coaching capacity, priority may be given to those children showing most footballing potential and children who might otherwise face problems accessing high quality football coaching.
(c) Players of all abilities can attend our ‘open sessions’ so long as they are of correct age. Our ‘academy sessions’ are run as invite or trial only and therefore players must be of a required ability level to attend. Talented player’s may be invited by coaches, members of the Bloomsbury Football Foundation Management team or recommended by other clubs or schools. The decision about whether a player is of the required ability to attend our academy is at the discretion of our coaches and management team and is not negotiable.
(d) Players may be asked to leave our “academy sessions” if Bloomsbury Football Foundation staff or management team decide that they are no longer of the required ability.
(e) Squads for matches will be selected by the coaches and members of the Bloomsbury Football Foundation Management team and are not negotiable. Bloomsbury Football Foundation will always select the group of players that they believe gives the best chance of winning any particular match or tournament.
(f) If a player attends training, this does not guarantee his/her selection for matches or tournaments but it will improve his/her chances.
(a) All sessions are free to all players.
7. Suspension, Resignation and Expulsion
(a) Bloomsbury Football Foundation ‘academy’ players are expected to comply with the training expectations set out each season. Where, in particular, a player is failing to regularly attend all training sessions for their age group without good cause, their place in our ‘academy’ may be offered to another player.
(a) The Trustees of Bloomsbury Football Foundation are appointed under the terms of the Constitution of the Trust and shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of theFoundation. Decisions of the Trustees are made in accordance with the terms of the Constitution and these Rules.
(b) Save as provided for in the Rules and Regulations of The FA, the Parent County Association and any applicable Competition, the Trustees shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Football Foundation Rules.
(c) The position of a Trustee shall be vacated if such a person is subject to a decision of The FA that such person be suspended from holding office or from taking part in any football activity relating to the administration or management of a football foundation.
(d) Trustees are indemnified out of the assets of the Bloomsbury Football Foundation in relation to any liability properly incurred by him or her in that capacity. The foundation will provide indemnity insurance to cover this risk.
9. Club Finances
(a) A bank account shall be opened and maintained in the name of Bloomsbury Football Foundation. Designated account signatories shall be identified from amongst Trustees and Club Coaches. All monies payable to the Foundation shall be deposited in the Bloomsbury Football Foundation account.
(b) The Foundation shall keep accounting records for recording the fact and nature of all payments and receipts so as to disclose, with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position, including the assets and liabilities of the Foundation. The Foundation must retain its accounting records for a minimum of six (6) years.
(c) The Bloomsbury Football Foundation shall prepare an annual “Financial Statement” in such format as shall be available from The FA from time to time. The Financial Statement shall be verified by an independent, appropriately qualified accountant. A copy of any Financial Statement shall, on demand, be forwarded to The FA.