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About us

The Sports Governance Academy (SGA) is the governance support hub for the sports and physical activity sector. We champion good governance because we are passionate about the role it plays in enabling the success of individual organisations and the sector as a whole. 

Our purpose

Our goal is to improve the standard of governance in sport and physical activity organisations in the UK by supporting, developing and connecting the people who work with, and have an interest in governance in sport. Our services are designed to meet the diverse needs of an audience that includes governance professionals, those with governance responsibilities as part of their role, chief executives, board members and everyone who has an interest in improving the way their organisation operates.

The SGA aims to demystify governance and help organisations respond effectively to the growing governance challenges and opportunities the sector faces. We want people at all levels in sport and physical activity organisations to understand the benefits of good governance, and to inspire and support them to develop the skills and confidence to put good governance practice into action in their organisations, such that it becomes embedded in their culture.

Our unique platform for governance support is provided by The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland in partnership with the Sports Councils. This partnership is built on:

  • a shared commitment to champion good governance to enable organisations to be successful; and
  • a common goal to develop the skills, experience, resources and networks that people involved in the sport and physical activity sector need to help their organisations be successful.

The SGA training, events and resource base are open to all with an interest in governance in the sports sector and can be accessed by registering on this website. The board development programme and access to certification are run by application. 

Our values

We strive to be:

Inclusive: Supporting everyone involved in governance in sport and physical activity organisations at all levels of experience.

Empowering: Building individual skills and improving recognition and respect for governance roles across the sector.

Inspirational: Motivating people to go beyond minimum standards and establish good governance as part of their organisation’s culture.

Sector-led: Grounded in the needs of the sport and physical activity sector and driven by the community that we serve.

Who we are

The Programme Board and Advisory Group bring together senior colleagues from The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, the Sports Councils, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and experts from across the sport and physical activity sector.

The SGA's services and resources are delivered by the SGA Team, supported by colleagues at the Sports Councils.

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Our partners

The SGA is delivered by The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland in partnership with Sport England, UK Sport, sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland. Through this relationship, the Sports Councils have come together with the recognised experts in governance to help everyone leading, working and volunteering in sport organisations to develop their governance capabilities and to achieve their goals through establishing a framework for effective and fair decision making.

Find out more about about the SGA partners