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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

20th December 2017

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.” 


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

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    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

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