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Policy for Membership of the Army Rugby Union

Policy for Membership of the Army Rugby Union – Added 12 Jun 2015 (PDF 105kb)

Membership Scheme

The individual membership scheme known hereafter as IMS, is a scheme that provides Regular Army personnel with a focal point for all matters related to Army rugby. The IMS will promote the game across the Army and ensure all those not serving in a rugby playing unit can remain in touch with the Army rugby. The IMS seeks to foster a sense of belonging and encourage the participation in Army rugby of players and non-players in the affairs and activities of the ARU; especially those in non-playing units or on detached duty. Your package includes:

  • Annual Membership by Subscription (Membership fee – £12 per year).
  • Entitlement to bid for International Tickets on repayment.
  • Entitlement to purchase an ARU members Tie

Members must meet the following criteria:

  • Serving member of the Army.
  • Applicants must not be serving in a unit classified as a Section 1 Club, which are affiliated directly to the RFU.

The ARU IMS is currently at capacity and is not open to new applications.

IMS Co-ordinator

Miss Kimberley Fowke
Army Rugby Union IMS

c/o Army Sports Control Board
Mackenzie Building,
Fox Lines,
Queens Avenue,
Aldershot,
Hants,
GU11 2LB

Tel: 01252 787082
Mil: 94222 7082
Fax: 01252 787084
Email:

Terms and Conditions

Purpose

The individual membership scheme known hereafter as IMS, is a scheme that provides Regular Army personnel with a focal point for all matters related to Army rugby. The IMS will promote the game across the Army and ensure all those not serving in a rugby playing unit can remain in touch with the Army rugby.

Ethos

The IMS seeks to foster a sense of belonging and encourage the participation in Army rugby of players and non-players in the affairs and activities of the ARU; especially those in non-playing units or on detached duty.

Membership Conditions

Members must meet the following criteria:

  • Serving member of the Army.
  • Applicants must not be serving in a unit classified as a Section one Rugby Clubs, which are those affiliated directly to the RFU a list of which can be found on the ARU website at www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk .
  • There will be a maximum of 500 members of the IMS; once this ceiling has been reached applicants will be consigned to a waiting list until a vacancy arises.
  • Successful applicants must pay by subscription to the scheme annually on 1 September.
  • The ARU reserve the right to refuse membership to personnel who they deem not to qualify for IMS membership or rescind membership at any time should members not meet the conditions of the scheme.
  • The cost of subscription will be set by the ARU Management Board and may increase if necessary to cover the costs of administering the scheme; members will be informed of any increase in subscription costs prior to 1 September each year.

Membership Benefits

Members are entitled to the following benefits:

  • The receipt of regular information including ARU handbook and fixture information.
  • The right to attend the ARU AGM as a non-voting member. The IMS membership are however, entitled to a single vote at the AGM, the vote may be cast via the ARU Secretary and must have the support of two thirds of the IMS membership to be ruled as valid.
  • Invitations to ARU special events.
  • The right to bid for International match tickets.
  • The right to purchase and wear the ARU members tie.
  • A discount on designated stock purchased from the ARU Shop.

International Match Tickets

The following terms and conditions apply the purchase of International tickets through the IMS:

  • Individual members may only apply for International match tickets through the ARU by using the designated proformae which will be posted to members prior to matches.
  • Individual membership does not automatically give members the right to international match tickets.
  • Tickets will be allocated to individual members by the ARU who reserve the right to allocate tickets in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Members must provide accurate credit/debit card details on completed ticket application proformae, failure to do so will prevent the processing of the application.
  • By signing and returning the ticket application proformae, permission is given by the Individual Member to allow the ARU staff to debit their card for the full face value of allocated tickets. No payment will be taken if tickets are not allocated.
  • Allocated tickets will be sent to members along with a cheque to the value of the balance owing for tickets not allocated.
  • Applications must be received by the ARU IMS by the date stated on the application proforma, applications received post this date will not be considered.
  • The ARU will send tickets by registered mail; once the ticket has left the ARU office the ARU accepts no responsibility for the delivery thereof. The ARU does not accept any responsibility for tickets that have been lost or stolen and no refund will be offered or made. The RFU/ARU reserves the right not to replace lost or stolen tickets.
  • Ticket allocations and sale are subject to the terms and conditions of the RFU. This prevents their re-sale to unauthorised agents (such as ticket touts or unauthorised hospitality companies) or to other third parties above the face value that is stated on the ticket. Individuals are also warned not to auction or re-sell tickets on internet web-sites such as ‘ebay’, each ticket has a unique serial number and can be traced by both the RFU and the ARU. Action will be taken against Individual members found contravening these terms and conditions.
  • The ARU will not allocate tickets based solely on the fact that Members have booked flights and or accommodation to venues where matches are to be played.
  • The ARU reserve the right to withdraw ticket allocations as they see fit.

Further Information

The following additional information should be noted:

  • The ARU Management Board reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without the consent of the IMS members.
  • The initial point of contact for all Members of the IMS is the IMS Administrator, Miss Kimberley Fowke, Tel: 01252 348 573 Mil: 94222 3573 email:
  • The IMS is owned and run by staff employed by the Army Rugby Union (ARU) but is not a part of the ARU charitable trust.
  • Subscriptions are non-refundable and will be paid into the ARU IMS account held at Holts Bank, Farnborough Branch. Payment will be collected by Direct Debit payment.
  • There is no right of appeal should membership applications be rejected or membership terminated as detailed above.
  • The ARU are committed to protecting the data of its members and are compliant with the regulations detailed within the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Army Rugby Union – Section One Clubs

Serial Unit
1 4 Regiment Royal Artillery
2 47 Regiment Royal Artillery
3 9 Supply Regiment Royal Logisitic Corps
4 The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
5 Bristol University Officers Training Corps
6 Defence Academy of the UK

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