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SGA essays in sports governance

This series of essays aims to provide a deeper dive into topics of interest and relevance to the Sports Governance Academy community. Authored by experts in particular disciplines and by practitioners in sports governance and management, they will give the reader a closer look at current themes, best practice and initiatives in the sector.

By inviting authors to present their topics in essay form, we want to give them the scope and freedom to explore more deeply areas of governance affecting sports organisations, predominantly in the UK but drawing on comparative international examples where appropriate. The approach taken will vary from essay to essay. Some will provide a case study to help the community get to grips with developments in the sports governance landscape. Others will present the results of original ongoing research. Others still will offer intriguing perspectives on governance debates, approaching familiar topics from a different angle.

We hope that you find plenty in the series to get you thinking and to help you and your organisations in your approach to governance and in facing the challenges ahead of us.

  1. Organisational Resilience Web Image 2

    Organisational resilience - sports bodies in times of change and uncertainty

    Date: 28th Nov 2022

    Sports organisations face an increasingly complex range of challenges, adversities, and changes which manifest themselves at a pace which can leave those dealing with them reeling. How individuals and teams working within sports organisations can equip themselves to deal with these rapidly shifting environments is a question that can be addressed by the study of organisational resilience.

    Organisational resilience seeks to understand and explain how and why organisations adapt and thrive in environments which are complex and uncertain.

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    Cascading good governance

    Date: 29th Jul 2022

    In this essay, Chris Pringle from The Football Association provides an in-depth account of the implementation of the Code of Governance for County Football Associations. This presents to the SGA community an example of how a major NGB is addressing the principle of ‘cascading’ good governance which became a requirement under the revised Code for Sports Governance.

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    Sporting governance in an accelerating world

    Date: 22nd Nov 2021

    In this essay, the first in the series, Dr Alan Watkins shares his thoughts on decision making drawn from his experience both as a physician and neuroscientist and as a leadership development consultant.

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