Things to Think About

Welcome to our Things to Think About ( TTTA ) self-help tool

This tool sets out the standards we assess in our core-funded sports bodies and provides prompts or Things to Think About in relation to the principles that support those standards.It also provides links to some other specialist websites, which may be of help to you and your organisation. 

The Things to Think About self-help tool can be used by all those involved in governing and managing sport, from your Board and senior managers to your finance staff and those who are involved in putting organisation-wide policies in place.

This tool is not an off-the-shelf package that gives instant answers and solutions. Instead, for our core-funded sports bodies it provides a year-round resource which we hope will help you to constructively challenge how you do things as you continue to improve and develop your organisations. 

It can also be used by non core-funded sports bodies, at all stages of development, to help you build up your governance, finance and wider control frameworks (including, for example, HR and strategic planning) and may also be useful for sports bodies who are applying to Sport England for recognition as national governing bodies of sport ( NGBs ) under the sports councils' joint National Recognition Policy.

Find out more about the recognition process and application criteria

We fully appreciate that organisations (whether they are  NGBs or other bodies in the sports system) vary in their legal status, size, complexity and capacity and that the best ways for you to govern and control your organisation will accordingly depend on your particular circumstances. We suggest that you use this tool in a way that works for your organisation and is proportionate to your organisation’s needs. 

Learn how to use the TTTA self-help tool


Information placed in this Governance, Finance and Control Framework section, including the TTTA self-help tool, is for information and guidance only and does not constitute formal professional advice.

As such, no reliance should be placed on the information contained in this website including the website links.

All information relates to governance, finance and control frameworks, not to specific legal, financial or other matters. Where specific issues arise in your organisation advice should be sought from the relevant expert(s) as necessary.

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Please note this guidance is a self-help tool. Sport England and UK Sport are unfortunately unable to provide any further specific support in relation to governance, finance and control matters.