Membership Categories and Rights of Members
1 Membership Categories
As specified in Disability Sport NI’s Articles of Association, the organisation has two categories of membership which can be applied for as outlined below:
1.1 General Membership: Open to groups and organisations including sports clubs, community organisations, schools, adult centres and residential homes that actively provide sport, active recreation opportunities, physical education or health and wellbeing related services to people with disabilities.
1.2 Associate Membership (non-voting): Open to statutory organisations in Northern Ireland involved in the promotion or delivery of sports and active recreation opportunities, physical education or health and wellbeing related services to people with disabilities.
1.3 In addition ‘Individual Membership’ may be awarded by the Board of Directors to individuals who have made an important contribution to the development of disability sport in Northern Ireland. Individual members will be nominated by Directors and agreed through a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
2. Rights of Members
2.1 General Members: Each general member is entitled to attend and vote at general meetings of the charity.
2.2 Associate Members: Associate members shall be entitled to attend and speak at general meetings of the charity but do not have the right to vote at meetings.
2.3 Individual Members: Each individual member appointed by the board is entitled to attend and vote at Annual General Meetings of the charity.
3. Membership Process
Applications for General and Associate Membership
3.1 To become a ‘general’ or ‘associate’ member of Disability Sport NI applicants must complete and return a membership application form.
3.2 Applications for membership will be considered at each meeting of the Board of Directors.
3.3 Applicants will be informed of the decision of the Board within 21 days of the decision.
4. Termination of Membership
4.1 The membership of any member of the Company shall be terminated if;
a) A member dies or, if it is an organisation, it is wound up, dissolved or ceases to exist;
b) The member resigns from the Company in writing;
c) In the unusual circumstances that a member brings the organisation in to disrepute as a result of unlawful or inappropriate conduct the Board of Directors retains the right to terminate their membership by a resolution of the Board. A resolution to remove a member from membership shall only be passed if:
i) The member has been given at least fourteen days’ notice in writing of the meeting of the Board at which the resolution will be proposed and the reasons why it is to be proposed; and
ii) The member, or at the option of the member, the member’s representative (who need not be a member of the company) has been invited to make representations to the meeting.
Disability Sport NI encourages member groups to adopt and implement policies and procedures which meet recognised levels of good governance. Disability Sport NI does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage incurred as the result of the actions of its member groups.