Constituting your club as a registered charity14 March 2017
Most affiliated clubs are set up as unincorporated associations. This is the simplest way of forming an organisation. But some opt to become a registered charity.
To do so you need to apply to the Charity Commission. This should only happen after a charity law-compliant governing document has been formally adopted by your club.
You may want to consider which would be best: a CASC or a registered charity. A charitable organisation is precisely defined in law. It must:
- Not be for profit
- Have exclusively charitable purposes
- Operate for the public benefit.
We advise you visit the website of the regulator for charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission.
- As a starting point to help you make up your mind, download the Swim England document Is Your Club Considering Charitable Status.
For more in-depth information, Swim England has produced a series of documents on registering and running a charitable club. You can find these below.