Carlisle Futsal Club has built an impressive reputation as a community club over recent years which has been recognised in the form of several award nominations. On the 1st May 2021 those links with the community are to be further enhanced with the announcement that the club is to become its own legal entity with a social, not for profit purpose.
The club will move away from its current unincorporated constituted model to become a Community Interest Company (CIC). In simple terms a CIC is regulated by an independent body through yearly audits to ensure its activities meet the “community interest test’ and that an “asset lock’ is in place. This ensures that club continues to be established for community purposes and the assets and profits generated are dedicated to these purposes and not for individual private gain.
This is a move which will further professionalise the way the club operates. There are significant plans in place to grow the club and cement our place amongst the best clubs in the country both on and off the court. Its important that our legal structure aligns with what the club has grown into over recent years. Being a CIC provides the freedom to grow but also ensures we retain what we are all about – serving the local community. The CIC model offers more protection which is important given the variety and scope of club operations now and also opens up new funding opportunities which will be needed in order to realise our facility investment plan ambitions.
Four directors will assume responsibility for setting strategy and delivering the clubs ambitious plans. School teacher and experienced futsal player Phil Codd takes on the role of Academy Director responsible for overseeing the clubs coaching curriculum, training and games programme. Michael Devitt takes on the role of Director of External Affairs liaising with all external parties, dealing with FA charter status and club welfare. Long serving Jon Reay will become Operations Director with responsibility for first team operations, coach recruitment and development. Al Tindall will be appointed Infrastructure Director leading on brand, marketing, events and facilities.
The clubs committee will remain in place with Chairman Martin Taylor and Secretary Paul Brotherhood leading. They will act as an audit function for decision making. Places on the committee will be open to all members through the usual nomination process.
Further information re: Community Interest Companies can be obtained from the regulators website here.