The name of the body shall be The Association of Provincial Football Supporters' Clubs in London ("The Association").
2. AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION
These are stated to be, in no particular order of priority, as follows:
Affiliation to the Association shall be open to London and Southern England based organisations of football supporters of teams whose home grounds are situated outside the area bounded by the M25 Motorway.
4. THE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
An Administrative Committee of the Association shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting of the Association and each person elected to the Administrative Committee shall hold office for one year but may offer him or her self for re-election at the following Annual General Meeting.
(b) Members of the Committee
These shall comprise:
The Administrative Committee shall include no more than 2 representatives from any one affiliated organisation.
(d) Casual Vacancies
If a vacancy on the Administrative Committee occurs then the Administrative Committee shall have the power to co-opt a person to fill each such vacancy and that person shall serve until the next General Meeting following when the vacancy shall be the subject of a vote at which other candidates may be nominated for the vacancy.
(e) Meetings of the Administrative Committee
The Administrative Committee shall have no executive power but shall be responsible only for carrying out the policy and actions decided upon at General Meetings of the Association; provided that this clause shall not prevent the Administrative Committee commenting upon, whether through the press broadcasting media or otherwise, issues relevant to the Association where it is not practicable to consult a General Meeting beforehand. In all such cases the Administrative Committee shall report fully to the next General Meeting and implement any decisions thereon following such General Meeting.
(g) Records of Attendances
The Administrative Committee shall appoint a member of the Committee to maintain a record of all those who attend General Meetings of the Association.
5. GENERAL MEETINGS
(a) Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held no later than the 30th June in each calendar year.
(b) General Meetings
General Meetings of the Association shall be held upon the first Monday of each month except:
No General Meeting shall commence without there being present at least one representative from no less than one half of each of the affiliated organisations of the Association.
(d) Procedure at General Meetings
A formal record of the outcome of each meeting in the form of minutes shall be maintained by the Minutes Secretary or, in his or her absence, by a member of the Administrative Committee appointed by the Chairman. The minutes shall be distributed to nominated representatives of each affiliated organisation no later than seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the next meeting, except in the case of the Annual General Meeting, when the minutes shall be distributed not later than one calendar month prior to the commencement of the next Annual General Meeting. The minutes shall consist of, but not be limited to, reports from members of the Administrative Committee (see paragraph 4(b)) or sub-committees (see paragraph 8(a)).
6. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION
(a) Affiliated organisations must agree to uphold, and must at all times carry out, the aims of the Association as set out in paragraph 2.
(b) Attendance at General Meetings
Each affiliated organisation shall pay an affiliation fee for each year of its membership. The amount of such fee shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and shall then become due on the date of the Annual General Meeting. Any affiliated organisation which fails to pay the affiliation fee for the current year calculated from the date of the Annual General Meeting by the commencement of the September General Meeting in that year shall be deemed to have lapsed from affiliation to the Association and must re-apply for affiliation and, in the meantime, pending a decision on such application, that affiliated organisation shall not be permitted to take any part in any activities, sporting or otherwise, of the Association provided that eligible organisations who affiliate at any other meeting other than the Annual General Meeting (see paragraph 5(a)) shall have their affiliation fee calculated as follows:
(Meeting No. of General Meeting ___ (Meeting No. when) X Fee preceding next AGM) organisation affiliated) 10
The affiliation fee shall become due at the date of affiliation and subsequent fees in accordance with sub-paragraph 6 (c).
(d) Provision of Information
Each affiliated organisation shall produce such information as the Administrative Committee shall require from time to time as to its activities and its adherence to the aims of the Association as set out in paragraph 2.
(e) Each affiliated organisation shall nominate a representative who shall act as a formal point of liaison between the Administrative Committee and that organisation. It is the responsibility of the affiliated organisation to ensure that formal liaison is maintained and any changes are notified in a timely manner to the Secretary.
(a) The Association shall maintain a fund from which can be met the Administrative expenses incurred in carrying out the aims of the Association as defined in paragraph 2 and for that purpose shall maintain an account or accounts with banks and/or building societies to be determined by the Administrative Committee and all cheques drawn on such accounts shall bear the signature of not less than two of the persons elected for the time being as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
(b) The Treasurer shall report to each General Meeting as to the state of the account or accounts maintained by the Association and shall prepare for presentation at every Annual General Meeting income and expenditure accounts and balance sheets to show all monies assets and other securities of the Association. In addition, the accounts will be audited annually and the financial year will end on 31st March. Under no circumstances shall the accounts be audited directly or indirectly by a member of the Administrative Committee.
(c)The authority to pledge the credit of the Association and to enter into any contracts and/or agreements and to make payments by or on behalf of the Association is vested solely in the Administrative Committee unless specifically delegated by the Administrative Committee.
8. SUB COMMITTEES AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
(a) The Administrative Committee shall have the power to delegate a specific responsibility (except where this would be in breach of paragraph 7(c)), to a sub committee established for that purpose. Such sub committee will include at least one member of the Administrative Committee (and in the event of a sub commitee concerned with a sporting activity, the Sports and Social Secretary shall, in any event, be a member of such sports sub committee). The other members of the sub committee will each represent a different affiliated organisation from each other and from any member of the Administrative Committee who is a member of that sub committee, except in the case of the Sports and Social Secretary. Each sub committee shall report regularly to the Administrative Committee.
(b) Those affiliated organisations of the Association participating in any specific sporting competition or activity may nominate a person to organise that competition or activity in which case the name of such person shall be submitted to the Administrative Committee for approval as soon as is reasonably possible. Such individual shall report regularly to the Administrative Committee and/or to General Meetings.
(c) Any affiliated organisation participating in any sporting competition or activity organised solely for the affiliated organisations within the Association shall have the right to pursue any grievances in the following manner:
9. DUAL OR MULTIPLE MEMBERSHIP OF AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS
While any individual may express opinions or present reports on behalf of more than one affiliated organisation at any one General Meeting he or she may only register attendance on behalf of one affiliated organisation and vote on behalf of that affiliated organisation at any one General Meeting.
10. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
If any complaint is made that any affiliated organisation has failed to maintain a high standard of conduct either by its self and/or by its members or in any other way has not upheld the aims of the Association as set out in paragraph 2, that organisation shall be required to submit for discussion at the next General Meeting after the complaint is made a statement concerning the complaint. Such complaints should, wherever possible, have been made to a responsible officer of that affiliated organisation at the time of the incident or as soon as reasonably possible after the incident. In cases where unsatisfactory behaviour is alleged the statement submitted by the relevant affiliated organisation shall include a full report of the incident and of the steps taken to deal with those members responsible. The General Meeting shall discuss the complaint and the response of the relevant affiliated organisation and the continued affiliation of the organisation may then be the subject of a vote.
11. CESSATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
In the event of the cessation of the Association for any reason any monies remaining together with any accumulated profits from any events organised by the Association shall after settlement of outstanding debts and liabilities be distributed equally among all those affiliated organisations which have been affiliated to the Association for not less than twelve months.
12. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association shall also maintain a category of Associate Membership for organisations or individuals whose ultimate objective is to form an organisation which shall be capable of, and eligible to, apply for affiliation to the Association. The following provisions shall apply to the category of Associate Membership:
(a) This category shall be open to organisations or individuals which or who satisfy the Aims of the Association set out in paragraph 2 and in particular sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 2.
(b) Associate Members shall be entitled to attend General Meetings but shall have no right to vote at General Meetings.
(c) Associate Members shall not be permitted to participate in any of the sporting activities organised by the Association save that Associate Members may be invited to participate in any individual sporting or other competitions organised by the Association.
(d) The affiliation fee for Associate Membership shall be determined at each Annual General Meeting. The intention, subject to the overriding decision of the Association at an Annual General Meeting, is that Associate Members shall pay a reduced affiliation fee consistent with the limited rights of Associate Members and with the specific intention of encouraging Associate Members.
(e) The continued membership of each Associate Member shall be subject to a vote at each Annual General Meeting but without prejudice to the right to consider the continued membership of any Associate Member at any other General Meeting.
(f) Affiliated organisations are encouraged to arrange joint travel with Associate Members where practicable.
(g) All resolutions concerning the membership of an Associate Member shall be subject to the voting requirements as set out in paragraph 5(d)(iii) which relate to the admission of an organisation to the Association.