As many 2017 funding round deadlines are approaching it is vital that National Governing Bodies address compliance to the Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance (the 'Code').
This weekend's news that Table Tennis England have successfully passed the necessary resolution to comply with the Code at the second attempt serves as a stark reminder to other National Governing Bodies. Just weeks ago British Cycling needed an open call to arms from no less than Sir Chris Hoy to pass similar resolutions, highlighting the need for National Governing Bodies to address the code sooner rather than later as we approach many 2017 funding round deadlines.
The Code dictates how NGBs must organise and document their structure in order to ensure a 'gold standard' of governance principles for their sport. It applies to all organisations in the UK which receive, or intend to receive, funding from UK Sport or Sport England; however is advisable for all NGBs recognised by or seeking recognition from the UK Sports Councils.
However, despite the Code being described by Sport England as 'the biggest step forward in sports governance history', it would appear that some NGBs are underestimating the reaction of their members to these fundamental changes.