A Code for Sports Governance

Last updated: 31 Oct 2016 Topics: Safeguarding standards

The Code for Sports Governance sets out the good-governance requirements for sports bodies to receive public funding.

The code has a tiered approach, so that the requirements that must be met will depend on the size of the organisation and the level of funding it receives.

Authors: Sport England and UK Sport
Published: 2016

The 5 principles

Safeguarding children requires good governance supported by an organisational culture, with a commitment to high standards of behaviour underpinned by a clear value base.

The Code includes 5 principles, which cover the crucial elements of what makes a well-run organisation:

  • structure
  • people
  • communication
  • standards
  • conduct

Read more on the Code for Sports Governance.


A Code for Sports Governance (PDF)

Relevant Information

In England, the Working together to safeguard children guidance already affords statutory status for all organisations providing services to children, including sports bodies.

The CPSU’s Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport reflects statutory requirements and government guidance, and are referenced in the Code.