British Gymnastics is proud to confirm that it has received formal confirmation of full compliance from UK Sport and Sport England with their new world leading Code for Sports Governance.
British Gymnastics is one of 55 of the 58 national bodies for sport involved in the process so far which the two sports councils have written to to confirm that they have met all the necessary requirements of the new Code. This followed the most widespread set of sports governance reforms implemented anywhere in the world.
Jane Allen, CEO of British Gymnastics said:
"I am pleased with the confirmation that we at British Gymnastics fully comply with UK Sport and Sport England’s significant new Code of Sports Governance. We are delighted that the fact we take governance extremely seriously has been recognised in this way but understand that achieving outstanding governance is a constant commitment and will continue to work hard to improve governance at all levels."
The Code contains several significant changes to the governance of sport, including creating a set of 58 mandatory governance requirements across five themes: structure, people, communication, integrity and policy.
The requirements include:
Greater transparency, enabling participants and fans to better understand the decision-making of those leading their sports
Reforms to board memberships, including at least 25% independent members
Commitments to greater diversity, including at least 30% of each gender on boards
Establishing boards as the ultimate decision-making authority within a sport rather than traditional councils
Tighter term limits for board and council members to ensure a regular renewal of ideas and expertise
Going forward, British Gymnastics and the other governing bodies will continue to work closely with UK Sport and Sport England to ensure they all remain compliant with the Code and put into practice action plans and commitments.
Sport Minister Tracey Crouch said:
"We have been clear that we want our sports governing bodies to have world-leading standards of governance and I am delighted that they have responded so positively to the introduction of the Code. The positive, extensive changes being made will strengthen sport in the UK, increase transparency and diversity and make sure that sports leadership is more representative of modern Britain."
UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl said:
"Our National Governing Bodies should take great pride in what they have achieved. As a nation we have delivered on our promise to develop the strongest set of sport governance requirements anywhere in the world. The impact of these reforms will take time to have an effect however, and the true test will be in how sport in the UK operates every day in its leadership, management, decision-making and commitment to diversity and engagement."
Further details about the Governance Code for Sport can be found on the Sport England website.