Establishing Trustees for a Croquet Club
Patricia Duke-Cox enquired:
What have other clubs done in this situation please?"
Dave Kibble of Bristol Croquet Club responded:
Ric Bagnall noted:
The following link may be helpful, albeit it is targeted at setting up governance for charities
and it does reference a list of recommended contents for a deed of trust (although no example )
Sadly, I could not find anything relevant on the Sport England page (although there were a lot of references to Courses to assist in the development and running of clubs and I suspect that they would be happy to respond to enquiries on the subject of Trusts).
Please also note the following information relating to "Tax breaks for Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)" on the Sport England website:
http://www.sportengland.org/tax_breaks.htm [note page now absent! ]
Stephen Mulliner added:
I suggest incorporating as a company limited by shares or by guarantee.
I cannot comment directly on the club situation, but I have recently taken over as secretary of a Trust formed by the residents association in similar circumstances where the property is a communal garden. The landlord (Southwark Council) could not offer a lease directly to the association for reasons which you outlined. A Declaration of Trust was organised, and the council granted the lease to the trustees on behalf of the trust.
In general principle this seems much more to the point than converting your club to a company, unless you had other reasons for so doing, since the latter would outlast the lease. One possible reason in favour of incorporation is that when we change trustees (as we are now doing) it becomes necessary to transfer the title to the new trustees (Land Registry form TR1) at a registration cost of £40 plus possible further legal fees. I believe but do not know, that this may not be necessary for a company. We have a 125 year lease so it becomes important but may be unimportant for 15.
Unfortunately in our case the solicitor handling the original deed did not really know much about this sort of situation and I have had to spend some more of the Trust's money in sorting it out. So be aware that most solicitors are general practitioners and look for someone with recent specific experience, recommended by satisfied clients.
The deficiencies related to appointment of successor trustees and to the arrangements for management; they may have relevance if you decide to establish a lease-holding trust in parallel to the club's normal constitution.
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