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New governance tool launched
The launch of a new online governance, finance and control self-help tool for sports organisations was yesterday welcomed by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP.
The tool -Things to Think About - has been developed by Sport England and UK Sport in response to requests from national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) for support as they develop their governance, finance and control frameworks.
Things to Think About covers governance, strategic planning, financial management, human resources, organisational policy and risk management. It sets out the standards assessed in Sport England and UK Sport core-funded sports bodies, along with prompts to help organisations to think about the principles behind those standards. It also provides links to other specialist websites.
Hugh Robertson said:
“The work of NGBs is a crucial part of the Government’s strategy for sport, both at an elite and at a community level. Good governance is vital for NGBs to meet the needs of their members and to be able to demonstrate to the tax-payer that they are delivering for the public money invested in them.
We want to work with NGBs to help them improve the governance of their sport. Things to Think About, from Sport England and UK Sport, is a great starting point for that.”
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said:
“We believe that good governance is essential to the delivery of sporting outcomes so we very much hope you will find this new tool useful. We’ve trialled the site with several of our partners and the response has been that Things to Think About will be really useful for both developing and well-established organisations.”