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Definition of a Club

Definition of a Club

 

For the purposes of CAMRA’s definition, clubs are private members’ clubs operated and governed for the benefit of their members. Members may or may not have to pay a membership fee to join. Clubs may or may not allow guest members as laid out in their rules. Clubs may operate under a full premises licence, or a clubs premises certificate or, in some cases, both types of licence.

Primary Categories of Clubs include; Social Clubs, Working Men’s Clubs, Ex Servicemen’s Clubs, Political Clubs, Sports Clubs (e.g. Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf, Bowling, Sailing, Tennis, Sports Supporters Clubs.), Religious, Student Unions.

Notes:

· Licensed premises that might have the word ‘club’ in their name, but which are not governed by a membership and the profits are not used for the members benefit are pubs and not clubs

· Clubs are private members’ clubs, operated for the benefit of their members, whilst the premises may not be owned by the members. Operated means that the operations of the club is governed by its members, typically a committee, although the actual running of the club may be performed by salaried staff, e.g. a club steward and a team of bar staff.

· Commercial sports centres should be considered as such rather than as private members’ clubs.

· Proprietary clubs owned by an individual or business with a view to making a profit, rather than existing for the benefit of their members, fall within the category of ‘Other Drinking Establishments’.

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