The governing docs will have to be written carefully, and not all CICs will qualify, but in principle there's no reason why an amatuer sports club cant be a CIC and a CASC. Confirmed with HMRC 27th July 2010.
Here's the link to thier detailed notes: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/casc/casc_guidance.htm#15
I had the same reaction when I first approached them, but thats mainly down to an individual not being up to speed. There is nothing vague in the facts, CICs can qualify, simple (assuming they fit the general criteria) have you looked at the guidance notes link above?
If you get told anything different let me know who is saying it and i'll take it up with them also.
Hi, I'm looking for some guidance on this as the local council have decided not to give me discretionary relief even though they gave me mandatory relief when I first opened in September. They have since took the relief away which is a huge financial burden which the CIC cant afford. They said if I was a CASC then I would get the relief. Could you point me in the right direction to go with this? How easy is it change to a CASC? and is this the best option?
It is definitely possible for a CIC to also be a CASC and we have been through the process with a number of sports clubs now. As you are already registered as a CIC you will need to file a resolution to adopt new articles of association that also meet the CASC requirements, we are able to prepare these for you. You would still be a CIC and you do not have to give up that registration.
What sport does your club play?
The issue may actually be if you are considered a "club" yourself.