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Revised Code for Sports Governance published

The Code, and associated documents, are produced in conjunction with UK Sport and come following a review launched last year.

Today we, alongside UK Sport, have published the full revised Code for Sports Governance that we announced earlier this year.

Among the changes announced in July was the need for bodies in receipt of substantial public funding from either us or UK Sport to have a detailed and ambitious Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

Both we and UK Sport will work with our funded partners to help them understand the changes and timeframes expected for producing and publishing the DIAPs, as well as implementing all other requirements in the Code.

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Should members of our funded partner organisations have any questions, we’d encourage you to get in touch with us by emailing, or contacting relevant leads at UK Sport or Sport England.

Alongside the 2021 Code, we’ve also published a separate booklet for Tier 1 - the minimum level of mandatory governance requirements as part of the Code - containing guidance and support tools specific to that Tier, and a diversity audit report following Perrett Laver’s survey of Sport England/UK Sport-funded organisations that began in 2018.

More about the documents can be read below, while our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has welcomed their publication at a time in which sports governance is in the spotlight. 

"While we’re proud of the very positive impact the Code has had since 2016," he said.

"Recent events have once again highlighted the areas in which the many bodies and organisations in receipt of public funding must improve the way they are run and how they can influence their wider membership and structures.

"This is especially crucial in areas such as safeguarding and equality, diversity, and inclusion,   

"So it’s important and timely to be publishing all final documents today, following the review of the Code earlier this year.

"As co-owners of the Code, Sport England and UK Sport now look forward to engaging our partners on the new requirements to make sport organisations as robust and transparent as possible." 

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