The advancement of amateur sport

A charitable purpose aimed at amateurs is ‘the advancement of any sports or games which promote health by involving physical or mental skill or exertion and which are undertaken on an amateur basis.’

Examples of the sorts of charities and charitable purposes falling within this description include:

  • charities advancing sport at a local club, eg local football, rugby, tennis clubs etc
  • multisports centres
  • other organisations concerned with the promotion of a particular amateur sport or game

An example of a registered charity advancing amateur sport is the Hitchin Bridge Club, which was recognised as being established for exclusively charitable aims for the public benefit, namely for the advancement of amateur sport and providing recreational facilities meeting the requirements of the Recreational Charities Act 1958.

1150458 – The Professional Footballers’ Association Charity   the June 2016 accounts show expenditure on legal and professional fees of just short of half million pound to say nothing of £3,242,556 on staff costs. Nothing amateur about these expenditures.