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The Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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1.  The business and affairs of the club shall be under the management of a committee or governing body consisting of a secretary, a treasurer and not less than 5 ordinary or life members who are elected to the committee or body for not less than 1 year by the general body of members having rights of voting in relation to the affairs of the club.N.I.

2.  Elections to the committee or governing body shall be held annually and, if all the elected members do not go out of office in every year, there shall be fixed rules for determining those that are to.N.I.

3.  The committee or governing body shall hold periodical meetings.N.I.

4.  The names and address of persons proposed as ordinary members of the club shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the club premises for at least 1 week before their election, and an interval of not less than 2 weeks shall elapse between the nomination and election of ordinary members.N.I.

5.  All members of a club shall be elected by the whole body of members having rights of voting in relation to the affairs of the club or by the committee or governing body, with or without specially added members.N.I.

6.  If persons are elected as members by a procedure which does not comply with paragraph 4 they shall not be admitted to any of the privileges of membership until the expiration of a period of at least 2 days from their election.N.I.

7.  Persons shall not be admitted in such numbers to membership not carrying rights of voting in relation to the affairs of the club as will result in the number of members not having such rights being more than 3 times the number of members having such rights.N.I.

8.  No persons shall be allowed to become honorary members of the club or be relieved of the payment of the regular entrance fee or subscription, except those possessing certain qualifications defined in the rules and subject to conditions and regulations specified in the rules.N.I.

9.  There shall be a defined subscription payable by members on election and thereafter annually by a specified date in the year.N.I.

10.  An alphabetical list of the names and addresses of every official and member of the club shall be kept on the premises of the club.N.I.

11.  The same person, except where that person is a parent,[F1 spouse, civil partner] or child of a member, shall not be admitted as a guest of a member to the club premises on more than 20 days in any period of 12 months.N.I.

12.  A guest of a member shall not be admitted to the club premises except in the company of a member and the member shall, immediately on the admission of his guest to the club premises, enter his name and the name of his guest in a book which shall be kept for that purpose and which shall show the date of each visit.N.I.

13.  A person, on payment of a fee to a sporting club in respect of any day may use, on that day, such facilities as the management committee or governing body of the club may determine and paragraph I2 shall not apply to that person in respect of that day.N.I.

14.  A member shall be responsible for his guest strictly observing the rules and shall not leave the club premises before his guest and a guest shall not he supplied with intoxicating liquor in the club premises unless upon invitation and in the company of a member.N.I.

15.  No official, and no manager or servant employed in the club, shall have any personal interest in the supply of intoxicating liquor in the club or in the profits arising from such supply.N.I.

16.  No person shall be paid at the expense of the club any commission, percentage or similar payment on or with reference to purchases of intoxicating liquor by the club.N.I.

17.  No person shall, directly or indirectly, derive any pecuniary benefit from the supply of intoxicating liquor by or on behalf of the club or members or guests, apart from any benefit accruing to the club as a whole.N.I.

18.  Intoxicating liquor shall not be supplied for consumption outside the premises of the club.N.I.

19.  The date of the end of the financial year of the club.N.I.

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