AVON NETBALL ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION
(AMENDED MAY 2006)
1.1 The County Association shall be called the Avon Netball Association
(hereinafter called the ANA).
1.2 The sphere of activity of the ANA shall be within the 4 unitary authorities that
previously made up the County of Avon – namely Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset,
South Gloucestershire and N Somerset.
2.1 The ANA shall be affiliated to the All England Netball Association Limited
(hereinafter called the AENA) and to Netball South West (hereinafter called the
3 AIMS & OBJECTIVES
3.1 The objectives of the ANA are to –
3.1.1 co-operate with the AENA and with the Region to promote and encourage the
game of Netball.
3.1.2 plan and help the growth of Netball within the ANA.
3.1.3 organise such events as the Members desire.
3.1.4 adopt the rules and regulations laid down by the AENA.
3.1.5 keep a watching brief on Netball facilities within the ANA.
3.1.6 employ the funds of the ANA as shall be deemed to be in the best interests of
3.2 The aims and objectives of the ANA shall be consistent with the furthering of
equal opportunities for all groups in Netball.
4.1 The membership of the ANA shall consist of:
4.1.1 Clubs and Associate Members, any Company, Association or Sports Club
within the area with an interest in Netball may be an associate member:
4.1.2 The County Schools Netball Association
4.1.3 Registered Participants – a Registered Participant is a person who plays,
coaches, umpires or organises Netball or who is in any way concerned or
connected with Netball. She/he must register with the AENA either through a
club or through the ANA.
4.1.4 Honorary Officers
4.1.5 Junior Clubs – any Junior League in the area established for players under
the statutory school leaving age, which is not organised by a schools
4.2 All members shall be bound by this Constitution and any other rulings of the
ANA Committee and by the current rules of the game.
4.2.1 ANA will adopt the Disciplinary Powers, Procedures and Appeals as laid out
in the AENA annual handbook.
4.2.2 ANA will adopt the Equity Statement (equal opportunities statement) and Duty
of Care/ Child Protection measures as set out in the AENA annual handbook.
Membership of the ANA shall be open, and not unreasonably restricted on the
grounds of sex, race or of political, religious or other opinions, to any person in the
area who is prepared to accept and support the objectives of the ANA.
5 MEMBERSHIP FEES
5.1 Each member shall pay an annual affiliation fee to the AENA. The fee to be
collected on their (AENA) behalf by the ANA, or paid directly to the AENA when
affiliating online. This fee to be advised annually by the AENA.
5.2 No person can participate in League or Regional events unless they hold a
current All England Registration Card.
5.3 League and ANA County fees to be paid per team by the 3 rd Saturday in June
5.4 Each member (aged 16 years or over) participating in a Netball event must be
covered by the ANA’s Insurance Scheme. Fee to be ratified annually.
6 HONORARY OFFICERS
6.1 The Honorary Officers of the ANA shall be:-
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, ANA Secretary, League Secretaries,
Umpiring Secretary, Coaching Secretary, Affiliations Secretary, Development
Officer and a Schools representative.
6.2 The Honorary Officers must be Registered Participants and shall be elected at
an Annual General Meeting. The Treasurer of the ANA shall be appointed by
its executive committee. The appointment to be ratified by the AGM.
7 ANA COMMITTEE
7.1 The management of the ANA shall be vested in the ANA Committee,
7.1.1 The Honorary Officers – as stated
7.1.2 Co-opted Members -
To include League Representatives and any other members the
Committee feel necessary to fully conduct the business of the ANA.
7.2 Five members shall form a quorum.
7.3 The ANA Committee may fill any casual vacancy in respect of the elected
Honorary Officers or co-opted members to act until the next AGM.
7.4 Meetings of the Committee are to be held, as Committee members feel
necessary with reasonable notice given. A majority vote of those members
present shall be required to pass any resolution.
7.5 The end of the financial year shall be 30th April.
7.6 The ANA Committee will appoint an independent auditor.
8 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
8.1 An Annual General Meeting shall be held every calendar year, on a date to be
fixed by the ANA Committee.
8.2 The agenda of the AGM shall be circulated not later than 14 days before the
meeting to all Members entitled to vote.
8.3 Business to be transacted shall be :-
8.3.1 To receive reports and accounts covering the past season.
8.3.2 To elect Honorary Officers & Co-opted members.
8.3.3 To consider written proposals – these must have been submitted at least 28
days before the AGM.
8.4 Nominations for the election of Honorary Officers, will be proposed and
seconded by two members entitled to vote.
8.5 Persons eligible to vote at an Annual General Meeting –
8.5.1 Affiliated Clubs – one vote per team.
8.5.2 County Schools’ Netball Association – one vote.
8.5.3 The Executive Committee (the Honorary Officers excluding any League
Representatives) will make the casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
9 EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
9.1 An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened:-
9.1.1 By order of the ANA Committee.
9.1.2 Upon the written request to the ANA Secretary from five or more affiliated
9.2 Each requisition shall state the purpose for which a meeting is required and
shall set out any resolution which it is to propose.
9.3 The meeting shall be held within 28 days of the requisition by the ANA
Secretary. 14 days notice of the meeting and of any resolutions proposed shall
be given to every member entitled to vote.
9.4 No business shall be transacted at the meeting other than that specified in the
10 AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
10.1 Proposals to alter the Constitution may only be made at the AGM and shall be
submitted in writing to the ANA Secretary, not later than 28 days before the
AGM either by the ANA Committee or proposed and seconded by two affiliated
10.2 Any proposals ratified at the AGM will be adopted forthwith and the
Any Honorary Officer and any Co-opted member of the ANA Committee and/or its
sub-committees, will be indemnified by the ANA against all costs and losses which
she/he may incur or sustain in relation to the execution of the duties of her/his office,
or by reason of any duty performed for or with the authority of the ANA Committee.
The ANA shall have jurisdiction over any event it has organised and at any venue it
13 ARBITRATION AND MATTERS NOT PROVIDED FOR
13.1 If any dispute shall arise on the interpretation of this Constitution or the need
arises to deal with any matter not provided for in this Constitution, reference
shall be made to the ANA Secretary who shall refer the same to the ANA
Executive Committee whose decision shall be binding on all parties.
13.2 All funds or other property of the ANA shall not be paid to or distributed among
members of the ANA, but shall be applied towards the furtherance or the
ANA’s objectives. Payment to individuals other than petty cash expenses shall
be sanctioned by the ANA Committee.
13.3 All cheques to bear two signatories of members of the Executive Committee.
13.4 In the event of the dissolution the funds remaining will be devoted to purposes
approved by the Charities Commissioners.