Legal Structures of Clubs

Rowing clubs can take one of several different legal forms, which are discussed in the documents.

These documents set out the most commonly used structures that a club may wish to adopt together with some advantages and disadvantages of each.

The legal structure of your club is important as it governs the level of protection that members and trustees have as well as the financial aspects like tax and accounting. Becoming a charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club (“CASC”) can give the club tax advantages although it’s a decision that will need careful consideration as there are certain criteria that will need to be met.

Further information can be found in the button below:

CASC Guidance

British Rowing does not have any rules or requirements to specify that a club must be one legal form or another.  It is a matter for each club to determine the legal form that is best for it, based on its own circumstances.  A club should seek independent legal advice in relation to the most appropriate structure and form that it should adopt and the steps to be taken if it is considering making any changes to its structure, including but not limited to incorporation.


Sport England provide information about different club structures on their website:

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