The RFU’s Governance Committee continues to be concerned about the number of rugby clubs that continue to have unincorporated legal status and the consequent personal financial risk to their committee members and officers. Please read Why Incorporate (PDF 171kB) to gain a greater understanding of our recommendation to incorporate.
The RFU recommends that all clubs incorporate and has provided comprehensive guidance and information on three options to consider (PDF 41kB). We suggest that you read the document to gain an overview of the three options.
To discuss incorporation for your club further please contact:
Dave Stubley – Club Management & Volunteer Manager
Tel: 07736 722387
Alex Thompson – Club Management & Governance Manager
Tel: 07894 489756
Constitution Checklist – It is important to regularly review your constitution to ensure it is still fit for purpose. The Club Constitution Checklist provides a checklist of the clauses that should be present in your club constitution.
Company Limited By Guarantee
Becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee is an option for your club. Please find documents and guidance in relation to a club becoming incorporated below:
|Steps to be taken to incorporate as a CLG|
|Template Articles of Association (CASC)||Template Articles of Association (Non CASC) (MS Word 279kB)|
|Guidance notes for use of CASC and non-CASC Articles and Rules|
|Precedent Memorandum for a CLG (MS Word 40kB)|
|Template Notice and Resolution to achieve incorporation (MS Word 101kB)||Template Rules for use with Template Articles of Association|
|Template Tax Clearance letter 1 (MS Word 89kB)||Template Tax Clearance letter 3 (VAT) (MS Word 47kB)|
|Template Tax Clearance letter 2 (MS Word 47kB)||Template Tax Clearance letter 4 (CASC) (MS Word 47kB)|
|Note on Stamp Duty Land Tax (PDF 61kB)|
|Guide to Administration of a Company Limited by Guarantee (PDF 135kB)||Steps to be taken post incorporation - CLG (PDF 82 kB)|
|Incorporating using a two-company structure (PDF 95kB)|
Company Limited By Guarantee Charity
Becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee Charity is an option for your club. Please find documents and guidance in relation to a club becoming incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee Charity below:
Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Charitable Incorporated Organisation is an alternative route for clubs that are considering charitable status. Find out more below.
Co-operative and Community Benefit Society
The Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 came into force on 1 August 2014. Please see below information for people who:
- Are running or advising Industrial and Provident Societies registered before 1 August 2014
- Want to set up an Industrial and Provident Society after August 2014
|Co-operative and Community Benefit Society update and information (PDF 240kB)|
|Guidance on Incorporating as a Co-operative Society (PDF 40kB)||RFU Co-operative model rules (CASC) (MS Word 64kB)|
|RFU Co-operative model rules (Non CASC) (MS Word 62kB)||Steps to be taken post incorporation for Co-operative societies (PDF 81kB)|
Please be aware that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) includes a question within the registration form for clubs / CBs wishing to register as a Co-operative Society. It asks ‘Who is the sponsoring body?’, and if clubs or CBs are using the RFU Model Rules then the answer to that question is the RFU.
Clubs/ CBs that indicate the RFU is the sponsoring body will save money on the incorporation fee. However, the completed application form along with a copy of the proposed rules together with a marked-up copy of what changes are being made from the RFU Model Rules registered with the FCA will need to be sent to RFU Legal Department for sign-off (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If clubs are using the Model Rules then the current fee payable to the FCA is £40 if no changes from the Model Rules, £120 for 1-6 changes, £350 for 7-10 changes and £950 for 11 or more changes or if the club is not using the Model Rules.
Referee Society incorporation
Please find documents and guidance in relation to your referee society becoming incorporated below:
|Pros and cons of incorporation||Template articles of Association for Referee Societies|