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Constitution and Membership

We have many members, all from different walks of life,who enjoy some good social games amongst like minded people.  

We were established in 1998 and we are always looking to attract new members – those who may already play badminton and those who simply wish to try out a new sport or meet with like-minded people.

Please come and join us – we look forward to meeting you soon! Simply drop us a line via our CONTACTS page and you’ll be playing in no time!



1.              Club Name

1.1           The club name shall be Cardiff Red Kites

2.              Aims and Objectives of Cardiff Red Kites

  • To promote and enable the play of badminton for players of all abilities within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer + (LGBTQ+) communities.

  • To work to ensure that all club members are treated equally, fairly and with respect.

  • To engender a friendly atmosphere.

  • To promote social activities.

3.             Club Committee

3.1           The Committee of Cardiff Red Kites Badminton Club will consist of a Chair, two Deputy Chairs, and up to a maximum of seven further officers. Committee members will be elected by a simple majority of the club members who vote.  The committee will be responsible for the day to day running of Cardiff Red Kites including arranging court bookings, managing club finances, setting weekly session fees and managing club members' details to enable communication with members via social media or other methods as appropriate.

3.2           New Committee members must have been members of Cardiff Red Kites for at least 6 months before joining the Committee.

4.              Grievance and Discipline

4.1           All complaints must be raised with a member of the Committee. Any sanctions proposed against a member following a complaint must have the approval of a majority of the membership. 

5.              Membership

5.1           Membership is open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community, supporters and others who are positive in their attitude towards the community. Members will be required to submit a membership application form, which will feature a disclaimer against personal injury claims. The signing of this form will be a requirement of membership.

5.2           The Annual Membership year will run from July 1st to June 30th. Membership of Cardiff Red Kites will be effective on submission of the signed membership application form. 

5.3           Members will pay a weekly ‘club’ session fee for each club night they attend. The Session Fee is only paid on attendance and will be reviewed as and when needed by the Committee based on court and club running costs. There will be a membership fee set by the Club Committee. Prospective new members do not have to pay the weekly fee when attending their first club night.

5.4            On joining  Cardiff Red Kites members will agree to the following:
●       To support and abide by the constitution of Cardiff Red Kites;
●       That their name, mobile telephone number and email address will be used by Cardiff Red Kites and will be shared with other Cardiff Red Kites members, or other guest players/prospective Cardiff Red Kites members who have provided their contact details to Cardiff Red Kites for the purpose of Cardiff Red Kites communications. 

●       That they will not release any details of Cardiff Red Kites members or guest players/prospective members, to any non-Cardiff Red Kites members;

●       That Cardiff Red Kites is not liable for any injuries sustained during playing badminton or any other activities       associated with Cardiff Red Kites;

●       That the Cardiff Red Kites committee will retain the completed membership form and the details provided on the membership form for the duration of their membership of the club.

5.5            Existing members will need to renew their membership at the start of the membership year every July, to      retain membership of Cardiff Red Kites social media groups. However, the Cardiff Red Kites Committee reserves the right to retain individual’s details within social media groups where agreement has been made that individuals who     have not been able to return their membership form will do so at the earliest opportunity.

6.             Club Meetings  

6.1           The location and times of club nights will be notified/confirmed to members via e-mail and/or social media    and any other means deemed appropriate by the Committee.

6.2           Playing teams will be informally organised between the members. However, the Committee has the right to use a peg board selection criteria system. The Committee will determine the rules of the Board and publish them accordingly. Alternatively a Committee member will organise playing teams to ensure an appropriate balance between competitive and social games if this is necessary.

7.              Guests  

7.1           Any member has the right to bring guests to an event, unless the guest has been refused membership or the event is for members only. Guests will pay the same weekly match fee as members.

8.              Intellectual Property

8.1           All rights, property, website, advertising and other material used for the management and promotion of Cardiff Red Kites belongs to the Club and no one individual and that in the event of a member leaving Cardiff Red Kites they agree to surrender any such material to the club.

9.             Constitutional Changes

9.1           This constitution can be changed only by agreement of the majority of members who vote.

10.           Dissolution of Cardiff Red Kites

10.1        Cardiff Red Kites Badminton Club can only be dissolved by agreement of at least two thirds of members who vote. In the event of the dissolution of the club, the assets of the club will be distributed equally across the membership at the time of the dissolution.


Version history

Adopted as the South Wales Gay Badminton Club constitution on 1 July 2017

Updated: September 2019

Updated; May 2023 including club name change to Cardiff Red Kites

Updated: July 2023 to increase the committee to 3 members

Updated: March 2024 to increase committee to up to a maximum of 10 members

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