Changes to strengthen the Code for Sports Governance have been confirmed after an extensive consultation involving hundreds of organisations.
The revised approach is primarily focused on ensuring bodies in receipt of substantial public funding from us or UK Sport have a detailed and ambitious diversity and inclusion action plan to increase diversity on their boards and senior leadership teams, as well as across their wider organisations.
The requirement to set plans, and publish them, focusing on organisations as a whole, will encourage transparency about where organisations are making progress and where they’re falling behind.
Launched in 2016 by us and UK Sport to drive improvement across all areas of governance, the Code has been applied to over 4,000 organisations who receive government or National Lottery funding from either organisation.
It’s had a significant impact since its introduction, helping to improve the standard of governance across national sports while accelerating the diversity of boards.
Since its introduction, representation on boards across sport from women, people from Black, Asian and other ethnically diverse backgrounds and those with a declared disability has increased notably.
Female representation on the boards of partners complying with the Code has risen.
The original Code had a clear requirement for funded bodies to drive greater diversity on their boards, helping female representation on the boards of partners complying with the Code rise to 44%.
Numbers have also risen in relation to representation from people from Black, Asian and other ethnically diverse backgrounds, and from those with a declared disability, increasing respectively to 13%* (from 4% in 2015) and 13% (from 3% in 2015), reflecting the progress and desire of the sector to make change.
While there’s been progress, the review highlighted the need for organisations working in sport and physical activity to do more and go further in considering how they can best reflect society as a whole, across a wider range protected characteristics as well as regional and socio-economic factors.
The evolution of the Code therefore puts a stronger emphasis on ensuring organisations have greater ambitions to drive up further diversity and inclusion across all aspects of their work.
Following the conclusion of the review, we and UK Sport can now confirm a number of changes: