1. Membership

1.1 Registration

Membership for first registration as a Licensed Coach must be made on the official form following satisfactory completion of the examination of competence at Level 1. Completed forms shall be forwarded to the EBCS Secretary with the appropriate fee for onward transmission to the EBCS Registrar.

Thereafter the licence registration is due annually by the 1st October. The fee shall be determined by the National Bowls Coaching Board ( hereinafter called the National Board ).

1.2 Certificate of Competence

Except when working under the supervision of a coach licensed at a higher level all registered licensed coaches shall work within the level of competence signified by their certificate.

1.3 Code of Conduct

All licensed coaches shall comply with the Sports Coach UK Code of Ethics as published from time to time. Those coaching children, vulnerable adults (adults at risk) and others must follow the Code of Conduct, policy and guidelines published in the current Coaching Manuals and Syllabi.

1.4 Protection of children and vulnerable adults (Adults at Risk)

Licensed coaches working with children and vulnerable adults MUST have attended a recognised Child Protection (CP) awareness course and hold an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate issued by the Criminal Records Bureau / Disclosure and Barring Service  (CRB / DBS). CP and EBCS guidelines MUST be followed and written parental consent obtained at all times.

1.5 Coaching Diary

Licensed coaches MUST keep a record of all coaching sessions conducted and training undertaken at courses or seminars. This record shall form part of the evidence to be offered by those wishing to progress to a higher level of qualification.

1.6 Uniform

Licensed Coaches should ensure that they are properly dressed at all times.

2. Discipline

All complaints made against a coach shall be recorded and reported to the EBCS Secretary for investigation as soon as possible. If the complaint relates to behaviour or work with children, the disabled, or other vulnerable people, the coach shall be suspended and the recommended Child Protection Procedures followed.

In all cases the EBCS Disciplinary Procedure must be followed.

3. Training and Education

3.1 Standards

The training of coaches at each level shall be in accordance with the syllabus and guidelines approved by the National Board. Only coaches designated by the National Board are able to train and assess

3.2 Seminars and Workshops

Training groups of coaches or players should be undertaken through programmed seminars or workshops.

4. National Board

4.1 Seven members (maximum) – all to be licensed coaches.

4.2  Powers of co-option.

4.3 Responsibilities to be designated by Board.

4.4  Elections to be held in October 2016 and subsequently every two years in October.

5 General Meetings

5.1 To be called by (i) the National Board or (ii) a minimum of 150 individual members.

5.2  21 days notice of meetings to be given.

5.3   Resolutions

Can be agreed which will then be subject to the vote of all individual members.

6 Finances

6.1  Financial year to 31st March.

6.2  National Board responsible for appointment of an independent examiner of the financial statements.

7 Conduct of Voting

On a vote by individual members on any issue (including constitutional amendment) the following conditions will be observed:

-  Membership must be in order and all due fees must have been paid

-  No proxy voting will be allowed

- Votes to be cast by email or in writing - to the then current Secretary of the Society

-  Only individual email addresses previously advised to the Registrar of the Society will be accepted.

-  Closing date for voting will be two (2) weeks from the original date when any resolution (as agreed at a General Meeting) is subsequently advised to the    membership via the EBCS web-site.