EUFAPA By-laws

Article 1
Name and site

Name: European Federation of Adapted Physical Activities (EUFAPA).
Site: Tř. Míru 115, Olomouc, 771 11, Czech Republic.

Article 2
Position of EUFAPA

2.1. EUFAPA is an independent organization uniting its members based on common interest.

2.2. EUFAPA acts as legal subject.2.3. EUFAPA is a European organization concerned with promotion and dissemination of experiences, results and findings in the fields of adapted physical activity and sport science, and their practical application to the benefit of individuals across the life span.2.4. While EUFAPA supports physical activity opportunities for all individuals with special needs, the particular focus of EUFAPA programs and activities are individuals with impairment conditions, disabilities or handicaps which may limit the individuals’ ability to pursue the physical activities of interest to them.

Article 3
The aim of activities

Fundamental purposes of EUFAPA are:

3.1. Encourage European cooperation in the field of physical activity to the benefit of individuals of all abilities.

3.2. Promote, stimulate, and coordinate scientific research and experiences in the field of Adapted Physical Activity (APA) throughout Europe, and to support the application of research results in various areas of professional practice such as education, adaptation, inclusion, coaching, leisure, recreation, and rehabilitation.

3.3. Make scientific knowledge of adapted physical activity and practical experiences available to all interested national and international organizations and institutions.

Article 4
Fundamental Activities

To achieve its purposes, EUFAPA:

4.1. Initiates, coordinates, and organizes international conferences, symposia, meetings, seminars and clinics.

4.2. Supports and initiates projects for training and advanced training of staff in the field of adapted physical activity.

4.3. Encourages and promotes the studies in adapted physical activity.

4.4. Encourages and promotes exchange of experts, as well as cooperation among institutions for higher education and research in adapted physical activity.

4.5. Promotes processing of information and documentation in adapted physical activity and their exchange among institutions and associations.

4.6.Encourage and disseminate examples of good practices in APA favouring inclusion of persons with special needs.

4.7.Stimulates and provides for publication of information and knowledge in sport sciences, and encourages mass media to spread ideas and results.

4.8. Cooperates with national and other international organizations.

Article 5
Definition of Adapted Physical Activity

This definition of APA is always a purpose of discussions and evolutions worldwide. It may thus evolve with time.

Adapted physical activity is defined as a cross disciplinary body of knowledge directed towards the identification and solution of individual differences in physical activity. It is a service delivery profession and an academic field of study which supports an attitude of acceptance of individual differences, advocates enhancing access to active lifestyles and sport, and promotes innovation and cooperative service delivery and empowerment systems. Adapted Physical Activity includes, but is not limited to, physical education, sport, recreation, and rehabilitation.

Article 6

6.1. Members can be persons older 18 years and legal subjects agreeing with by-laws.

6.2. Decision about acceptance of member based on application is made by board of directors.

6.3. Membership starts right after this decision.

6.4.Membership is terminated by:

  1. resigning of member via written notification to the board,
  2. the death of member,
  3. in legal subject its termination,
  4. decision of board based on severe violence of members duties,
  5. termination of EUFAPA.

6.5. The proof of membership is written notification by the board

Article 7
Right and duties of members

7.1. Member has rights to:

  1. take part in general assembly,
  2. elect its representatives,
  3. be elected as representative,
  4. to address EUFAPA representatives with suggestions or complains.

7.2. Member has responsibilities to:

  1. follow the organizations by-laws,
  2. take part in reaching the purposes of organization,
  3. pay membership fees at the amount decided by the general assembly,
  4. make sure that the interests and the good name of organization are not violated.

Article 8
EUFAPA representative

EUFAPA representatives are:

  1. general assembly,
  2. board of directors,
  3. president.

Article 9
General assembly

9.1. General assembly (GA) is the highest representative of EUFAPA.

9.2. GA consists of all EUFAPA members.

9.3. GA is organized according to the needs, but at least on annual basis. Board of directos must organize GA if requested by at least two thirds of EUFAPA members.

9.4. Fundamental tasks of GA:

  1. decides about modifications of by-laws,
  2. approves EUFAPA tasks for certain period, annual report, annual budget and annual financial report,
  3. elects members of board of directors,
  4. decides about the number of members in the board of directors,
  5. decides about the termination of EUFAPA.

9.5. GA quorum is above 50% of members.

9.6. Every member has one vote. Votes of all members are equal.

9.7. GA decides based on voting. The decisions are made by simple majority The decision about modification of by-laws or termination of organization requires voting of more then 2/3 of all members.

Article 10
Board of Directors

10.1. The board of directors is executive representative of EUFAPA, which reports its activities to GA. The board of directors is managing EUFAPA business between GAs.

10.2. The board of directors members are elected at GA based on the nomination of EUFAPA member.

10.3. All members of the board of directors are elected for two biannual (4 years).

10.4. The board of directors members are: president, president-elect, past president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

10.5. The board of directors has at least five members.

10.6. The meetings of board of directors are organized by president and in his (her) absence by vice-president, at least twice a year.

10.7. The board of directors fundamental tasks:

  1. coordination of EUFAPA business,
  2. organization of GA,
  3. preparations of motions for GA,
  4. decision about membership.

10.8. Presidents a vice-president represent EUFAPA to the outside and act in the name of EUFAPA.

10.9. The board of directors’ quorum is more then 50% of its members.

10.10. Decisions are made by simple majority.

10.11. The board of directors can co-opt new members, which would be responsible for specific tasks (journal editor, coordinator of international program, webmaster etc.). These members have equal rights as elected members of the board of directors.

Article 11

11.1. The President represents the Association on all occasions. He/She signs all agreements and official contracts as well as any documents committing funds of the Association.

11.2. The President presides over the General Assembly, Board of Directors and prepares all materials for their meetings.

11.3. He/She will, at annual meetings of the Association and such other times as he/she deems proper, communicate to the Association or the Board of Directors on such matters and make such suggestions as may in his/her opinion tend to promote the purposes of the office of President, including submitting an annual report to the membership.

11.4. The president shall assume the duties for any member of the Board who is unable to fulfil their duties or for any position that is vacant or suggests cooptation of new member.

Article 12
Members of the Board of Directors

12.1. Past President

12.1.1. The Past-President is responsible for elections, advice and awards on behalf of the Association.

12.1.2. The office is held for a two biennium (four years) term immediately following completion of the term as President.

12.1.3. If the office of Past-President is vacant, the duties of the office are assumed by the Secretary.

12.2. President Elect

12.2.1 The President-elect works closely with the President on all matters. In case of death or absence of the President, or of inability from any cause to act, the President-elect shall perform the duties of the office.

12.2.2 The President-elect is responsible for maintaining professional and scientific research database

12.2.3. The President-elect is responsible for scientific activities and EUFAPA presentation and cooperation with research journals in kinesiology.

12.2.4. In case of existence of EUFAPA official journal, the president elect is responsible for cooperation with the editor and editorial board.

12.2.5. President Elect is responsible for presenting the ideas of members to the board.

12.3. Vice-president

12.3.1. Vice-president is responsible for cooperation with professional, regional and national organizations.

12.3.2. Vice-president coordinates cooperation with potential organizational members or representatives of national APA organizations.

12.3.2. Vice-president is responsible for marketing and cooperation with EUFAPA webmaster

12.3.3. Vice-president  regularly (minimum 2x year) informs members of board of directors about the development and potential problems in the areas of APA.

12.3.4. Vice-president prepares recommendations for the area of APA service delivery.

12.4. Secretary

12.4.1. Give notice of all meetings of the Association and its several divisions and all committees and keep a record of their activities.

12.4.2. Conduct all correspondence and carry into execution orders, votes, and resolutions not otherwise committed.

12.4.3. Keep a list of members of the Association.

12.4.4. Notify officers and members of their election.

12.5. Treasurer

12.5.1. The Treasurer  keeps accounts of the money received and expended for use of  EUFAPA.

12.5.2. He/She deposits all sums received in an approved bank(s) or trust company(ies).

Funds may be drawn only upon signature of the Treasurer or President.

12.5.3. Funds, books, and vouchers in his/her hands shall, at all times, be under supervision of The Board of Directors and subject to its inspection and control. At expiration of his/her term of office, he/she shall deliver over to the successor all books, money, and other property, or in absence of a Treasurer-elect, to the President.

Article 13
Financial Regulations

13.1. EUFAPA might have both current and immovable assets.
13.2. Sources of assets are:

  1. gifts and donations from physical and legal subjects,
  2. gains from assets,
  3. gains from fundamental EUFAPA activities,
  4. membership fees,

13.3. Board of directors is responsible for the management and annually provides report to general assembly including accountant reports.

Article 14

14.1. EUFAPA can be terminated by:

  1. Voluntary termination or fusion with other organization based on the decision of General Assembly.
  2. Decision of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

Article 15
Closing remarks

15.1. EUFAPA can issue organizational and meeting guidelines based of the decision of General Assembly.