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Recreational trusts and registered sports clubsE+W+S+N.I.

5Recreational and similar trusts, etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)It is charitable (and is to be treated as always having been charitable) to provide, or assist in the provision of, facilities for—

(a)recreation, or

(b)other leisure-time occupation,

if the facilities are provided in the interests of social welfare.

(2)The requirement that the facilities are provided in the interests of social welfare cannot be satisfied if the basic conditions are not met.

(3)The basic conditions are—

(a)that the facilities are provided with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities are primarily intended, and

(b)that—

(i)those persons have need of the facilities because of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty, or social and economic circumstances, or

(ii)the facilities are to be available to members of the public at large or to male, or to female, members of the public at large.

(4)Subsection (1) applies in particular to—

(a)the provision of facilities at village halls, community centres and women's institutes, and

(b)the provision and maintenance of grounds and buildings to be used for purposes of recreation or leisure-time occupation,

and extends to the provision of facilities for those purposes by the organising of any activity.

But this is subject to the requirement that the facilities are provided in the interests of social welfare.

(5)Nothing in this section is to be treated as derogating from the public benefit requirement.

6Registered sports clubsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)A registered sports club established for charitable purposes is to be treated as not being so established, and accordingly cannot be a charity.

(2)In subsection (1), “registered sports club” means a registered club within the meaning of Chapter 9 of Part 13 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010 (community amateur sports clubs).

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