Club & Institute Union
Established June 14th, 1862

"a non-political federation of over 1600 clubs"

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CIU Membership

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For Club Membership to CIU select here

There are numerous benefits in becoming a member of the CIU

Please view the Membership Booklet for more

There are several procedures in becoming a member of a CIU Club

The most often used is to go to your local Club (search list of Clubs) and ask for a membership form. Usually this will have to be seconded by 2 members who know and can vouch for you. Your application will then be put before the Club committee and an interview held with you. A decision will be made within a reasonable timescale as to your acceptance or rejection of membership.

Once accepted there is uaually a joining fee, annual membership and the cost of the annual Pass Card and Associate card. (see CIU membership offers). You will be given a set of rules for that Club which must be adhered to at all times.

If you have just moved into an area and wish to join a Club then it is best to go and see the secretary of your local Club or the Club of your choice and discuss the options with them about joining.

Once a member then you are able to take advantage of all the offers, benefits and entertainment available.

Please see our FAQ section if you require more information.

For more information:
Download our Membership Booklet
call us at Head Office on 0207 226 0221
Use the contact form

See Clubs in your area for more information


A monthly publication supplied free of charge to all clubs in membership of the Union

The Journal is also available to individual club members for an annual subscription.

The Journal contains presentation photographs, clubs fund raising activities and is a way of finding out what other clubs in the Union are doing. It also provides useful information to club officials on club management issues.


The ability to purchase the Associate and Pass Cards, enabling them to visit any of
the other clubs in membership of the Union throughout Great Britain.

By purchasing the Union's Associate Card and Pass Card, club members can visit any of the other clubs in membership of the Union.

These cards enable club members to enjoy the benefits of associate membership. Club members are also able to participate in national games, education schools etc.


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.

Select the images below to download the forms
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


Clubs can participate in local and national games leagues playing pool, snooker, dominoes, cribbage, fishing and many more. These have, over the years, become increasingly competitive and many profes sional snooker players started as amateurs representing their local club.

The Union offers members reduced rates at race meetings and hold meetings throughout the country with exclusive facilities for CIU club members.

CLUB Membership Benefits

There are numerous benefits for a Club to become a member of the CIU

More details available here

•  The opportunity for members to purchase Associate and Pass Cards, in order to be able to visit almost 1,600 affiliated clubs throughout Great Britain.

•  Monthly Journal giving news and views on other clubs and articles of club management and legal advice. 
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•The opportunity to attend Branch and National Meetings thus meeting fellow club members and exchanging ideas with other club officials.

•  Regular information from local branch and national offices helping officials run their clubs efficiently.

•  Participating in local, area and national games quizzes and in all types of sports against fellow clubmen. 
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•  An Annual Report containing vast amounts of useful information.

•  Participation in local and national seminars and lectures concerning all aspects of club administration.
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•  Subsidised trips to race meetings.

•  Beneficial arrangements with breweries, banks and other suppliers through deals registered on behalf of clubs.

•  Opportunities to stand for elections at local or national levels.

•  Up to date information and advice on matters of law affecting clubs.

•  Better relationships with police, local authorities, government bodies etc.

•  Solicitors would be required to help the club with rule changes at a cost of several hundred pounds.  The Union’s Rules Department does this free of charge.

•  Who would organise and pay for arbitrations if the club was not in the Union?

•  Member clubs can purchase all Union publication and stationary from their Branch at competitive rates.

Over the years the knowledge and experience gained by those involved with the
Union has benefited all our members and we hope this will continue for many
years to come.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to know more information
Download our Membership Booklet
Call us at Head Office on 0207 226 0221
Use the contact form

See Clubs in your area
for more information

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