To register as a CASC you must provide facilities for eligible sports and encourage people to take part. Under the new rules from 1 April 2015, at least 50% of members must take part.
You must also:
- be set up with a formal constitution, known as a governing document
- be open to the whole community and have affordable membership fees
- be organised on an amateur basis
- be set up and provide facilities in the UK, the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (but in one country only)
- be managed by ‘fit and proper persons’
This is the document that sets out the purpose and structure of your club. It may also be called a ‘memorandum and articles of association’.
- set out how you meet the eligibility criteria for registering as a CASC
- state that any assets left after the club closes are only used by another registered CASC, charity or related community sport
Open to the whole community
CASCs must be open to people of all ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, religions or beliefs, sexes, ages and ability - except when a certain level of physical ability is needed to take part in a sport.
CASCs can’t charge more than £31 a week for membership, and clubs that charge more than £10 a week must provide help (eg a discount) for people who can’t pay.
You can charge different fees for different types of members, like juniors or students, as long as you’re not discriminating against groups or individuals.
Organised on an amateur basis
- not make a profit, unless this is reinvested in the club and spent only on promoting participation and providing facilities for eligible sports
- not pay more than £10,000 in total to all players in a year (before 1 April 2015 CASCs couldn’t pay players at all)
- provide only the benefits normally associated with an amateur sports club, eg use of equipment, coaching, post-match refreshments
- only pay expenses for matches and tours where players take part in and promote the club’s sport (before 1 April 2015 clubs couldn’t pay any expenses)