Club & Institute Union
Established June 14th, 1862

"a non-political federation of over 1600 clubs"

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CIU Associate & Pass Cards

There are numerous benefits for a Club to become a member of the CIU
One of these is the Associate Card and Annual Pass Card

January is the time of year when it’s worth issuing a reminder on the rules for Associate and Pass Cards.

According to CIU rules, every club member should be issued with an Associate Card (see picture) when they become a member of the club for the first time. This involves a one-off payment of £3.50 on the part of the member. In addition, each year, when they renew their subscription to the club, members should be issued with a Pass Card. This involves a cost of £3.50 and is due to be paid each year.

It’s important that members asking for a Pass (or ‘year’) Card must already hold an Associate Card from the club they are asking to issue them with the Pass Card.

It is mandatory to purchase a Pass Card each year to accompany the Associate Card. The Associate Cards and Pass Cards are not transferable from one club to another.

Both the Associate Cards and Pass Cards should be obtained from the Club Secretary.


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

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

•Monthly Journal giving news and views on other clubs and articles of club management and legal advice.  Click here for more information

•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.  Click here for more information

•An Annual Report containing vast amounts of useful information.

•Participation in local and national seminars and lectures concerning all aspects of club administration. Click here for more info

•Subsidised trips to race meetings. Click here for more info

•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?


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


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.

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