Bodies tasked with organising sport are holders of public trust. They are the guardians of something which is precious to millions and in many cases they are recipients of substantial public funding.
Public funding is a privilege, not an entitlement, and carries a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of integrity, creating a trustworthy, safe and inclusive environment not only for those wishing to take part but also for those investing or donating time and money.
Governance in the publicly funded sport sector in the United Kingdom is already at a good standard. There are many exemplars of sports organisations with outstanding governance and exceptional leadership whose achievements should be recognised and celebrated.
Later this year a new Governance Code for Sport in the UK will be published. It will build on this achievement, and the existing governance requirements of UK Sport and Sport England and set out the governance standards that will be expected of sports bodies seeking public funding with effect from 2017.
The Code will be ambitious in setting high expectations for anyone in receipt of public funding, thereby not only protecting public investment but helping good organisations to become exceptional.
The Charter below outlines some, but not all, of the key elements that we are seeking to include in the Code.