Club & Institute Union
Established June 14th, 1862

"a non-political federation of over 1600 clubs"

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The Union is a non-political federation of nearly 1,600 clubs, registered as an Industrial and Provident Society

A Union of Clubs

It is an advisory and defensive organisation, not a club, but a union of clubs.

The Union is neutral in matters of politics, and religion, open for membership to any bona-fide club. It is supported and governed by such clubs as are members.

Benefits of Membership
(see also benefits of the CIU)

These (amongst others) are:
•  Advocacy and defence of clubs in the legislative and other public spheres.
•  Legal and other advice for clubs.
•  Use of its convalescent home.
•  Assistance in legal proceedings where matters of club principles are involved.
•  Assistance in educational work.
•  Day, spring, summer and autumn schools.
•  Indoor and outdoor competitions in every area.
•  Admission to other Union Clubs under reciprocal conditions.

CIU Club Affiliation Information

•  There is an initial fee of £25 in relation to the Club holding a share in the CIU
•  There is an annual fee due based on 50p plus VAT for every member in the Club
•  There is an Associate Card which every member may hold which is for life at a cost of £3.50 incl. VAT, together with a Pass Card at £3.50 incl. VAT (payable each year). This will allow the member into all other CIU Clubs.

If you require further information then please see details of Individual Membership, Club Membership or use our Contact Form


The Union's Rules Department offers a rule amendment service to member clubs at no cost.
The Union has for many years been recognised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), previously the Financial Services Authority (FSA), as a body with the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that clubs rules are in line with their regulatory standards. This has resulted in the Union's Rules Department being able to provide a service to member clubs allowing amendments to rules to be registered free of charge.

The Union's National Executive is aware of changes in legislation which may require rule amendments (most re cently rules relating to licensing and audit) ensuring that the appropriate wording meets the FCA's requirements.


The Union's Branches hold regular Council Meetings and disseminate information to their branch clubs on a regular basis.

Local Branch offices circulate clubs in their region with relevant local information and hold regular Branch Council meetings or Branch Lectures where member clubs can gain useful information on legislation which may help them run their club more efficiently. Lectures are given on subjects such as employment law, gaming, arbitrations, all of which can provide useful knowledge to club secretaries or club officials.

•  Club officials can attend Branch and National meetings enabling them to meet with fellow club members and exchange ideas and experience.

•  Branch meetings enable officials to gain knowledge from others with greater or wider experience and also enable members to attend the Annual Conference if nominated as a delegate by their club.

•  Members can stand for election at Branch or National level.

Clubs in membership of the Union give their members the ability to stand for election, not only as a member of the club committee, but also at a Branch or National level. Club officials who value the wider club commu nity have made a valued and long remembered contribution to the well-being of all clubs within the Union, not only their own.


The Union's arbitration service enables member clubs to fulfil their obligations required under their rule book at a minimal cost - something which clubs may find difficult and costly to provide independently.

The introduction of changes in legislation may affect clubs and the way they are monitored. Resources are limited and therefore the Union is unable to advise every member club. However, should an issue have a possible adverse affect for all clubs in membership of the Union then as much assistance as possible is provided. Through the Un ion's network of National Executive representatives and Branch Secretaries, information is filtered through to clubs and officials through the Club Journal, Council Meetings and Branch circulars.


The Union has strong links with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Non-Profit Making Members ClubS.

The Parliamentary registered All-Party Group has always been a strong supporter of the Union and its member clubs. The Group has been in existence for over 20 years and members of the Group have attended Union func tions, speaking at the Annual Meeting in Blackpool on several occasions.


Officials and members can attend National Schools to keep abreast of legislation and be made aware of the requirements of club offi cials in areas such as employment, licensing, gambling etc.

The Union is built upon the mutual exchange of information and the Union schools are a great way for club officials or members with a desire to help their club by standing for election to the committee, to gain useful information that they can take back to their club.

The Schools are always friendly and lively venues for debate and discussion where students can gather information and pass on their own
experiences in a stimulating environment.

As well as the National Schools, club member's who wish to become involved in the management of their club can apply to take the Un ion's Club Management Diploma, a recognised and highly respected course covering club law, accountancy and best practice.


Many clubs have officials who have served the club and its members selflessly for many years and being able to recognise this with one of the Union's Honours gives clubs and members alike a sense of pride and dedication to the club movement.

The Union recognises the services rendered by clubmen and women to their clubs by the award of Certificates and Gold or Silver badges.

Regarding the service qualifications, applications will not be accepted from clubmen and women who have held no office during the preceding five years.Where service has been given to more than one club, details of such service and membership must be stated.

The CIU also provides a Special 50 Year Certificate for those who have been a club official for 50 years. They must hold current union associate/pass cards, positions must be stated within the club rules and need to be verified by the branch.
If you wish for information regarding a particular individual service to be put into the Club Journal, forward the information such as photo/text to or send it by post to Cath Fitzpatrick, 253/ 254 Upper Street, London, N1 1RY.

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Please ensure all applications are sent to Branch Secretaries for verification and then forwarded on to Head Office to await approval from the National Executive Committee

Certification of Merit

Distinguished Service Award

Long Service Award

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