Introduction to The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation


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The Principles represent best practice in governance, developed through our experience working with organisations across the sector. Adopting these principles is the first step towards a sustainable and successful future for your organisation.

Why good governance?

Governance refers to the systems and processes by which your organisation is controlled and directed. This starts with the organisation’s constitution defining what the organisation does, who its members are and how decisions are made. Good governance is about creating a clear, practical and proportionate system that defines what your organisation does, how it does it and who’s responsible for making it happen.

By implementing good governance practices, like those encouraged by The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation, your organisation can make sure that it is being managed effectively, in a way that helps it to achieve its objectives whilst also safeguarding the integrity of the organisation and the best interests of its members.

For more information you can read the foreword from Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

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How to use The Principles

Each principle is accompanied by a list of recommended actions to achieve better governance. The Principles are intended to be applied flexibly, allowing you to consider the size and structure of your organisation, to apply the principles in a proportionate way. We want The Principles to be used as widely as possible; including by National Governing Bodies (NGBs), regional and county associations, sport for development organisations and local sport and recreation groups. Different organisations have different needs, and it isn’t our role to dictate what is appropriate for each organisation. Instead, we’ve provided the resources for all organisations to make an informed decision about what is right for them.

We’ve also included case studies, demonstrating how other organisations in the sector have benefited from applying the principles.

To find out how we can help you implement The Principles in your organisation contact

Signal your organisation’s commitment to good governance by asking your board to adopt The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation.

You can find details of our governance focused training events and workshops here

Access the online report here or The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation digital version here.