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Governance in the Modern Sporting Landscape

All sports governing bodies and sports clubs need to maintain up to date and thorough governance. This will require a review of their existing constitutions/articles of association to check that they are in line with modern practices. In particular, if in receipt of core funding from other stakeholders such as lottery fund distributors, they will need to reflect the funding criteria such as rotation of directors, terms of directors, appointment of independent directors and the appointment of the chair. Also careful provision needs to be made for conflicts should they arise.  The whole area of gender-balanced boards will also come into play.

Governance issues also include recruitment and ensuring that the proper procedures are in place for recruitment of board members and chairs. This dovetails ith the HR roles of a governing body and HR need to ensure that there are proper contracts and letters of engagement in place for all officers.

Governance has taken on a much larger role and identity in the last 15 years and it is usual to have a dedicated board member responsible for governance issues and for updating the board.


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