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Board Skills for Sport – session two


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Board Skills for Sport – session two

  1. 1. Board Skills for SportSession 2
  2. 2. The role of NationalGoverning Bodies
  3. 3. Aims• Role of National Governing Bodies (NGBs)• Sporting pyramid• Governance and accountability
  4. 4. National Governing Bodies• UK Athletics– As the national governing body for athletics, UKAthletics oversees the development andmanagement of the nation’s favourite Olympicand Paralympic sport, from grassroots rightthrough to podium. Since its inception in 1999, UKAthletics has developed to become the mostsuccessful and robust athletics governing body inthe world
  5. 5. • British Swimming– British Swimming is the National Governing Body forSwimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Poloand Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsibleinternationally for the high performance representation ofthe sport– The members of British Swimming are the three HomeCountries national governing bodies of England(ASA), Scotland (Scottish Swimming) and Wales (SwimWales)– British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achievegold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, WorldChampionships and Commonwealth Games
  6. 6. NGB Priorities• Increased participation/membership• Elite performance• Corporate Governance• Facilities and access• School sport• Coaches and teachers• Volunteers
  7. 7. Performance PyramidExcellencePerformanceParticipationFoundation
  8. 8. SportandRecreationAllianceYouthSportTrustInstitutesofSportOtherorganisationsSportEnglandetc.BOANGBsClubsBPAInternationalFederationsSchools,Colleges,UniversitiesCommonwealthGamesAssociationsIOC/IPCUKSportCountySportPartnershipsExcellencePerformanceParticipationFoundation
  9. 9. Governance• Corporate Governance• Public Funding (Lottery & Exchequer)• Accountability• Appropriately skilled board
  10. 10. UK Sport Investment PrinciplesUK Sport will scrutinise the governance and leadership of all sports in which it investsto ensure that organisations are run both professionally and efficiently, with acommitment to achieving the highest standards of corporate governance and financialmanagement with systemic excellence at all levels. Sports must be able to evidencethat equality and ethical standards are visibly integrated into their structures andoperations.Implications• UK Sport will not invest in an organisation where it perceives the governance ofthat sport puts at risk the delivery of its long-term performance objectives• UK Sport will seek evidence that the leadership team within the sport has theappropriate skills to develop and guide the organisation’s strategic direction, with acommitment to drive continuous improvement. UK Sport will embed theserequired standards in its funding agreements, holding sports to account for theirdelivery• Performance reviews will focus on excellence in system development andmanagement as well as results• Consistent failure to meet the required standards will result in the withholding orwithdrawal of funding
  11. 11. UK Sport & Sport England• NGB and Funded Partner AssuranceProgramme– Annual self assurance– Independent review– Governance, finance & control framework– RAG rating– Fit to receive and manage public funds– On-line tools
  12. 12. SRA CodeVoluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport andRecreation Sector• Integrity: acting as guardians of thesport, recreation, activity or area• Defining and evaluating the role of the board• Delivery of vision, mission and purpose• Objectivity: balanced, inclusive and skilled board• Standards, systems and controls• Accountability and transparency• Understanding and engaging with the sportinglandscape