INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM TABLE TENNIS ENGLAND 15th October 2014 

Sports Liability Insurance for Members, Leagues & Clubs 

Table Tennis England have recently met Table Tennis England Account Executive of Towergate Insurance Company who currently provides insurance under our ‘Umbrella Policy’ to all Table Tennis England Individual Members, Local Leagues and their clubs, Directly Affiliated Clubs and County Associations. It was agreed that the results of the discussion should be relayed to our membership and listed below are the main points discussed, which I hope you will find helpful and informative. 

Common Sense Principles

The main principle is that if Table Tennis England considers a person is a member they are covered by the insurance policy. It is Table Tennis England who defines a member and not the insurance company.  Towergate Insurance use a common sense response to any claims. The proposed Rule Change Proposition was approved at the 2012 Annual General Meeting, a member from the 2014/15 year who has not renewed would still be considered to be a member during period 1st August 2014 to 30th September 2014 and therefore covered. After 30th September their membership would be considered to have lapsed and not be covered. This principle applies to renewal of membership only and not for new members. 

What has Changed?

It is the method of collecting the insurance premiums that has changed as it is included in the Table Tennis England Individual Membership fee. The contract is still between the Table Tennis England and its members and the insurance company. It still remains a blanket cover

“Joint & Several Liability” Our Insurance responds to potential “joint and several” liability

claims which means that:- 

(a). Organisations like a County, Club or League, which can be regarded as a separate legal entity because they are an incorporated body, for example a Company which is Limited by Guarantee, a Charity, or a branch of an incorporated body, etc  then such Organisations as well as its named Officers may be held liable for damages and taken to Court

(b). A substantial number of our Organisations, which are affiliated/registered with Table Tennis England, are unincorporated bodies and therefore legally they do not exist. In such cases legal action cannot directly be taken against such Organisations in their own name, but may still be taken against named people, e.g. members of a committee or specified individuals like the Chairman, Secretary or any other member of the committee, either individually or the committee collectively. 

Individually paid up members are covered in their own right, other members by Association to a club, etc. Any individual member can make a claim directly to the insurance company; they do not have to go through their league/club or Table Tennis England etc. 

Non-Members and Guests

If a club/league holds a session for non-members a claim could be made against the committee, or the club, coach, Local League Table Tennis England itself or indeed collectively all together. 

If a non-member causes an action that results in a claim a member would have to make a claim against that person. If they have no cover, e.g. by way of household cover, then there may be little point in following through a claim as they are an uninsured person. However, a claim could still potentially be made against the club/league, etc but for the claim to be successful, the club would have to be shown to have been negligent in allowing that person to play. 

Visitors are insured as if they were members for their first 4 visits. In order to take advantage of this flexibility, a visitors book must be kept up to date. 

Volunteering

Paid and unpaid volunteers are covered at club, league Table Tennis England level, including working at events, tournaments, etc. If volunteers, paid or unpaid, are working for Table Tennis England they are covered by both Public Liability (PL) and Employers Liability (EL) insurance, e.g. unloading tables at an event. Health and Safety legislation also applies. Individual club volunteers and coaches are not covered for EL insurance. Coaches must be covered by their own Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance, usually as part of their annual Table Tennis England coaching licence. 

Liability Insurance vs. Personal Accident Insurance.

It needs to be noted that Public Liability insurance is different to Personal Accident insurance, in the former someone has to be liable but in the latter no one needs to be liable. 

Table Tennis England does not currently provide Personal Accident Insurance for its members. 

In the event of a potential claim Please refer to guidelines in the summary of cover. The Towergate Insurance Claims team can be contacted on 01926 439439 or etta@towergate.co.uk. 

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Table Tennis England at Tel: 01908 208860 or E-mail: help@tabletennisengland.co.uk.

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