High compliance with new code

Less than a year after it was made live, the new Code for Sports Governance already has many early adopters

20 December 2017

A man and a boy high-five after a game of table tennis

Working with UK Sport, we have written to 55 out of the first 58 national bodies for sport to have been involved with the new Code for Sports Governance, confirming that they have met all of its requirements.  

The new Code was made live in April 2017 and contains important changes to the governance of sport, including:  

  • Greater transparency, to help fans and those taking part better-understand the decision-making of those leading their sports
  • Reforms to board memberships, including at least 25% independent members
  • Commitments to greater diversity, including at least 30% of each gender on boards
  • Establishing boards as the ultimate decision-making authority within a sport rather than traditional councils
  • Tighter term limits for board and council members to ensure a regular renewal of ideas and expertise.  

This is a very significant achievement for sport as a whole

Jennie Price, chief executive

The 55 compliant organisations range from some of the largest in the country such as the FA to those with more modest resources such as England Handball. They have been involved with one of the most advanced and large-scale governance reforms in the world.  

“This is a very significant achievement for sport as a whole,” says our Chief Executive Jennie Price.  

“Improved standards of governance will benefit the millions of people who play or give their time to sport every week.” 

Next steps 

We expect the three remaining organisations to achieve full compliance by April 2018, meaning that all 58 will have fully adopted the Code within one year of it having been made live. These 58 will be the early adopters in more than 600 sporting bodies who will all need to comply with the Code in order to be eligible for public funding and support in the future.  

The governing bodies will also have to ensure that they continue to remain compliant with the Code and will be expected to put action plans and commitments into practice, particularly those in relation to diversity. We and UK Sport will continue to work closely together to support and monitor this progress in the months and years ahead. 

The 55 compliant organisations so far

Sport England sole funded:

Angling Trust

Badminton England

Baseball Softball UK

Basketball England

Boccia England

Bowls Development Alliance

British Fencing

British Orienteering

British Water Ski and Wakeboard

British Wrestling

Exercise, Movement and Dance UK

England and Wales Cricket Board

England Athletics

England Boxing

England Golf

England Handball

England Lacrosse

England Netball

England Squash

Football Association

GB Basketball

Goalball UK

Lawn Tennis Association

Rounders England

Rugby Football League

Rugby Football Union

Snowsport England

Swim England

Table Tennis England

Taekwondo Organisation Ltd

Wheelchair Rugby GB


Sport England and UK Sport jointly funded:

Archery GB

British Canoeing

British Cycling

British Gymnastics

British Judo

British Rowing

British Shooting

British Triathlon

British Weightlifting

England Hockey

English Institute of Sport

GB Taekwondo

GB Wheelchair Basketball

Pentathlon GB

Royal Yachting Association

UK Athletics

UK Coaching


UK Sport sole funded:

Boccia UK

British Amateur Boxing Association

British Athletes Commission

British Paralympic Association

British Para Table Tennis

British Swimming

Sport Resolutions