Club Policies

This page is lists the club rules, policies and guidelines by which all Tadcaster Harriers members are expected to abide by.

All club members should be aware of, and abide by, the following club policy documents:

 

Club Constitution

1. NAME:

The name of the organisation shall be Tadcaster Harriers. (hereinafter referred to as the Club)

2. OBJECTS:

The objects of the Club shall be:-

  1. To provide training and competition for member athletes in the following disciplines:-
    1. Cross Country.
    2. Track and Road Running.
    3. Fell Running.
  2. Generally to foster and promote Amateur Athletics.

3. MEMBERSHIP:

Membership of the Club shall be open to any Amateur male or female of a minimum age as agreed by the management committee. Membership shall be deemed to commence from receipt of the completed application form.  Subscriptions from new members shall be due not later than 6 weeks from the date of application to join the Club. The applicant upon being accepted as a member shall abide by all Club rules and be termed an amateur as defined under A.A.A. and W.A.A.A. rules. New applications for membership shall be dealt with in order of receipt and acceptance shall be subject to vacancies in the Club structure.

4. MEMBERSHIP FEE:

Each Club member shall pay an annual fee which shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and which shall become due at that meeting. The membership of any Club member shall automatically lapse if the fee for the current year is not paid within 70 days following the Annual General Meeting. One month’s notice in writing of the imminent lapsing shall be sent to the member.

5. MANAGEMENT:

The management of the Club shall be vested in the following:- 

(hereinafter called the management committee)

Sections a) to d) inclusive shall be termed officers.

  1. A Chairman.
  2. A Vice-Chairman.
  3. A Secretary.
  4. A Treasurer.
  5. Committee Members (of not more than six persons).
  6. The number of members of the management committee to form a quorum shall be five including an officer.

6. POWERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:

The management committee shall have the power to:-

  1. Control the finances of the Club. 
  2. Appoint Sub-committees.
  3. Deal with all matters relating to membership and competitions.
  4. Call annual and extraordinary general meetings.
  5. Discipline or exclude from further membership any athlete felt to be contravening the objects of the Club.
  6. Make proposals to a general meeting for the alterations of the constitution.
  7. Make proposals to the A.G.M. on the membership fees for the ensuing twelve months.

7. FINANCE:

  1. All funds of the Club shall be applied towards the furtherance of the Club’s objects. In the event of dissolution, any funds or property remaining shall be devoted to objects similar to those of the Club in accordance with the policies of the A.A.A. rules.
  2. The management committee shall cause accounts to be kept of all sums of money received and expended by the Club and of the assets and liabilities of the Club, and shall annually present to a general meeting audited accounts made up to a date not earlier than the final day of the previous year.

8. GENERAL MEETINGS:

  1. At least once in every calendar year there shall be held an annual general meeting at such time and place as may be determined by the management committee, but not more than fifteen months shall elapse between the dates of two successive meetings. Such meetings shall normally take place in October.
  2. An extraordinary meeting shall be convened by:-
    1. Resolution of the management committee.
    2. Notice being given in writing to the secretary by not less than 15 voting members, not less than 35 days prior to any meeting stating the business to be dealt with at such a meeting.

9. NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING

Not less than twenty one day’s notice of every general meeting shall be given in writing to every member, addressed to the last known address of the member. Such notice shall specify the place, day and hour of, and the nature of the business to be transacted at such a meeting. Only members of the preceding year shall be entitled to vote, with the exception of jogging members and members under twelve years of age at the start of the current year.

10. PROCEEDINGS AT GENERAL MEETINGS:

  1. The business of any annual general meeting shall be:-
    1. To receive and consider the report of the management committee, and the audited accounts.
    2. To elect the management committee.
    3. To consider any proposed alterations to the constitution rules.
    4. To agree upon the membership fees for the ensuing twelve months.
    5. To transact any other business of which at least fourteen days’ notice in writing shall be given to the management committee if a vote is to be taken.
  2. The business of any other general meetings shall be confined to that business of which the required notice has been given to the management committee and to members.

11. VOTES AT GENERAL MEETINGS:

  1. Each qualifying member (see para 9) and any elected officer shall be entitled to one vote per resolution. There shall be no proxy or postal votes.
  2. The method for voting for the election of the management committee will be determined by the Chairman.
  3. Any amendment of the constitution or resolution to wind up the Club shall require a majority of not less than two thirds of those entitled to vote – see para 9 (and who do so) in favour of the resolution.
  4. Any other proper business of a meeting shall be decided by a majority of those voting.
  5. THE NUMBER OF VOTING MEMBER TO FORM A QUORUM AT THE GENERAL MEETING SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN TWENTY.

 

Tadcaster Harriers Code of Conduct

1. Code of Conduct for Athletics Clubs

As a responsible Athletics Club we will:

  • Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with the Welfare Procedures
  • Appoint a welfare officer, preferably two, one male and one female, and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers operating within the club environment hold the appropriate qualifications and have undertaken the appropriate checks e.g. CRB//Disclosure Scotland, licences, qualifications such as massage, sports nutrition etc
  • Liaise appropriately with parents/persons with parental responsibility, officials, coaches, sports scientists, national governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained
  • Ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to others including younger members
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above other considerations including the development of performance
  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, coaches, technical officials or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible

2. Code of Conduct for Athletes

As a responsible athlete you will:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
  • Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics
  • Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the yourself and other athletes
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
  • Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time
  • Inform your coach of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving
  • Always thank the coaches and officials who enable you to participate in athletics

As a responsible Athlete, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:

  • Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
  • Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour
  • Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
  • Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
  • Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity

3. Club Welfare Officer Details

It is advised that a club has two Welfare Officers (1 male and 1 female)

Welfare Officer 1:

Name: Andrew Sloan    Email: stockport42@me.com    Phone Number: 0781 529 3580

Welfare Officer 2:

Name: Celia McRoyall   Email: celia0@tinyworld.co.uk   Phone Number: 0798 095 3509

The Welfare Officer will:

  • Deal with confidential matters that may arise related to athletes and have an understanding and an appropriate way to such matters.
  • Recognise the difference between poor practice in according to club rules and matters that would be seen as welfare issue.

 

Tadcaster Harriers Privacy Policy

Tadcaster Harriers are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. For any personal data you provide for the purposes of your membership, Tadcaster Harriers are the Data Controller and are responsible for storing and otherwise processing that data in a fair, lawful, secure and transparent way

Why we need your personal data:

The reason we need your ‘Athletics Data’ is to be able to administer your membership, and provide the membership services you are signing up to when you register with the club. Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is that we have a contractual obligation to you as a member to provide the services you are registering for.

  • Registration with England Athletics
  • Training & competition entry such as enabling coaches and volunteers to administer training sessions, sharing data with club team managers to enter events, sharing data with leagues and county associations and other competition providers for entry into events.
  • Funding and reporting: anonymised data shared with funding partners e.g. local authority, anonymised data to analyse club trends
  • Membership and club management: processing of membership forms & payments, sharing data with committee members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals or invitation to social events, publishing of race & competition results, website management
  • Communications: disseminating club news, sending out information about club kit and fundraising etc.

What data we store about you:

On becoming a member, Tadcaster Harriers will collect certain information about you which will include your name, date of birth, gender, email address, address, telephone number, emergency contact data nominated by you, and any relevant health data or allergy information. Collectively, this is referred to as your ‘Athletics Data’.

Where is your membership data stored?

Membermojo

Tadcaster Harriers use an external membership system provider called ‘Membermojo’. Only the data you provide within the application form is stored on this database.

Membermojo provides secure storage and membership processing for the club’s member data in their capacity as a data processor.

How does membermojo protect your personal data?

Your data is stored on servers in a modern, secure, purpose built data centre in the UK. Allchanges are mirrored across backup servers in real time and hourly encrypted backups are sent to a second secure data centre, also in the UK. 

England Athletics

When you become a member of the Club, you will also automatically be registered as a member of England Athletics Limited. We will provide England Athletics Limited with your Athletics Data which they will use to enable access to the MyAthletics portal. EnglandAthletics Limited will contact you to invite you to sign into and update your MyAthletics portal. You can set and amend your privacy settings from the MyAthletics portal. If you have any questions about the continuing privacy of your personal data when it is shared with England Athletics Limited, please contact ‘dataprotection@englandathletics.org.’

Mailchimp

The club uses Mailchimp to send out communications to club members. To enable this we have to upload certain data to Mailchimp’s servers to provide a distribution list. This data is limited to your first and last name, and email address. No other information is entered onto this system. Mailchimp do not use this information for any other reason and your details are not shared with any other organisation.

The Club does not supply any personal data it holds for the purposes listed above to any other third party.

How long does the club keep personal data for?

We will keep personal member data for members with a valid membership. We will retain historic records containing personal member data for a period of four years, in line with the policy of England Athletics.

Website and publicity

Race results, that are publically available, will be collated and re-published on the Tadcaster Harriers website. In addition, results of club competition and inter-club competition may also be published on our website and on social media. Please be aware that when you participate in any sporting event, your results will be published ont he organiser’s site and numerous other race results sites. In many cases photographs are posted with runners’names and individuals are identified.

Your rights regarding your personal data

As a ‘data subject’ you have the right at any time to request access to, rectification or erasure of your personal data; to restrict or object to certain kinds of processing of your personal data, including direct marketing; to information about the portability of your personal data and to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of your personal data.

As a data subject you are not obliged to share your personal data with the Club. If you choose not to share your personal data with us we may not be able to register or administer your membership.

Links

England Athletics Privacy policy: https://www.englandathletics.org/privacy-policy

Membermojo Privacy Policy: https://membermojo.co.uk/mm/help/privacy

Mailchimp Privacy policy: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

 

Tadcaster Harriers London Marathon Policy

Rules for allocation of Club Place(s)

  1. Applicants must have applied and been rejected in the main ballot.
  2. Applicants must have been a member of the club for at least one year.
  3. Only first claim members are eligible to apply.
  4. Members who have had one of the club places within the last five years will not be eligible to apply again in that period. An exception may be made if there are a lack of interested applicants in a given year.
  5. If there are more applicants than places, a draw will be held.
  6. If there are any extraordinary circumstances the committee will make the final decision.
  7. If a member with a club place needs to withdraw from the race due to injury etc; they can either carry it over to the following year or offer it to another club member in agreement with the committee. The latter is subject to transfer time limits as set by the London Marathon.

Previous Club Place Allocations

2013 – Liz Ensor and Jon Steele

2014 - Ian Ward and Sue Tindall (Bradford)

2015 – Andy Sloan and Craig Redmond

2016 - Simon Tordoff (only 1 place)

2017 – Keith Smith and Celia McRoyall

 

Tadcaster Harriers Policy on Wearing Another Athlete’s Race number

The committee have adopted a policy with regard to UKA rule 143 S2 (iii). It is not permitted to take part in a race with another runner’s race number. The Rule states “Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission (from the race organiser i.e. a formal transfer) will be disqualified from the race. Both runners will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate National Association”. In our case the national organisation is England Athletics. The sanctions imposed are usually a 12 month ban from all UKA races not only for the person running but also for the person who gave them their number.

This is a serious rule and as a UKA registered club we are obliged to support and reinforce their rules. The reasons for the rule are:

  • If a medical emergency occurred, there could be potential mix-ups. The organisers may get in touch with an original emergency contact, leading to panic and/or confusion. They may use the medical notes entered at the time of entry, which could have disastrous consequences.
  • Any race insurance could be compromised.
  • The impact in the event of the tragedy, such as at the Boston marathon a few years ago, could be very serious.
  • It impacts on results not only for the race itself but for Run Britain / Power of Ten rankings / results and this is especially so where the other runner is a different category, gender or capability.
  • There have been a number of incidents where ladies have been deprived of a first place or prize because they were beaten by young men with women’s numbers.

UKA registered running and athletics clubs are obliged to report these incidences to England Athletics (in our case) as are race organisers. Should we neglect this we as a club could face sanctions. This is the action we will have to take going forward.

EA are compiling a ‘blacklist’ of runners who have been reported for number-swapping, referenced to the runner’s EA registration number. A number of race organisers are now starting to check EA registrations. A number of individual athletes have been banned.

The official club policy is for runners to adhere to the rules. If not, we will, from this date, report cases that we are aware of.

Tadcaster Harriers Committee

23 February 2017

 

Tadcaster Harriers - Nominated Charity of the Year Selection Policy

Tadcaster Harriers will support one charity each year starting at the AGM in October. The charity will be sponsored by a club member who will be responsible for championing the charity throughout the twelve-month term. It will be expressed as the year following that October.

Two months prior to the AGM the Committee will issue a request to club members for Sponsors to come forward and make nominations for Charity of the Year. The Sponsor will nominate their chosen charity and present their case to the Committee at least one month before the AGM (via email to the club Chair). This will allow sufficient time for the Committee to consider the proposals and either announce their decision at the AGM or make provision for a vote to be made at the AGM.

If a vote at the AGM is deemed necessary by the Committee, each Sponsor will be required to make a short presentation pertaining to their chosen charity. Representatives from the charities will not attend the AGM (unless they are club members), it will be the duty of the Sponsor to put the case forward. If a vote is not required, the Sponsor will still be required to make a presentation to the members at the AGM.

Charities must meet the following criteria to be considered for selection.

  • Local charity (recognised National charities may be consider but preferably need local link and who retain financial control at a local level or a personal connection)

  • Must be registered with The Charity Commission

  • Their aims and ethos must not be in conflict with those of the Club

  • Ideally have a London Marathon place available

Key duties of the charity Sponsor

  • Put forward charity nomination to the club Committee one month prior to AGM

  • Present the objectives of the charity to the AGM

  • Be available to Tadcaster Harriers members to answer questions relating to the charity

  • Liaise directly with the charity to facilitate the fundraising process e,g, provision of collection tins etc.

  • Promote the charity within the club throughout the year

  • Provide documentation for uploading to the Tadcaster Harriers website to publicise the charity and clubs involvement.

  • Be available for publicity events supported by the club.

  • In collaboration with club Chair, present the cheque of funds raised to the charity.

Note that the sponsor will be allocated the nominated charity's London Marathon place unless they obtain a place in the general ballot, good for age selection or do not want the place. If they do not want or need the charity place, a club member will be selected by ballot (note that the club's policy for London Marathon places apply and the runner selected will be required to take an active role in any fundraising).

Club members are still welcome to advertise / promote their own charity fundraising on the Harriers Social Media pages.

This policy does not affect the annual Bramham Park Cancer Research fun runs where the club is committed to providing the necessary manpower

 

Club Training Rules

In relation to Club Training sessions, the following points (taken from the Safe Running Guide) are to be included in the Club Rules:-

  • Members should wear light coloured or high visibility clothing when training. During winter months, members are required to wear some form of reflective clothing. Additionally, members are encouraged to make use of the wider range of lighting now available such as headlights and pulsating lights.
  • When taking part in training sessions on country roads members are asked to run on the right hand side of the road no more than two abreast unless a sharp bend prohibits this.
  • All members taking part in club training have a responsibility to ensure that fellow runners do not become isolated from the group.
  • The Officers of Tadcaster Harriers cannot be held responsible for existing medical conditions or any detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of an individual as a result of involvement in club activities.