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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for using the SGA website

The website (the Site) is owned and operated by The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland and is available to users under the terms and conditions set out here.

Through the use of the services provided on the Site, you are deemed to have accepted these terms. The Site is the professional development hub for people working in sports governance. It is provided by The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, a body incorporated by Royal Charter (Number RCRC000248) and located at Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS. 

Separate Rules and Terms of Use for The Huddle online community can be found here.


1. Service

1.1 The Site and Services that it offers are provided to you for the express purpose of developing your skills and understanding of governance in the sports sector through access to a knowledge base, training and events and a network of people who are working in or are interested in governance in sport.

1.2 Information from the Site may be used, printed or downloaded on these grounds only and not for any other reasons, whether personal or commercial. Material may not be otherwise copied, displayed, transmitted or distributed without express permission.

1.3 All copyright, database rights and other intellectual property rights to the Site and the material displayed on it belongs to The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland (‘we’), its partners and its third party suppliers. Use of the Site does not confer any proprietary rights over such materials.

1.4 To request permission to reproduce any of the materials on the Site contact
Use of the Site and Services are subject to other applicable terms and policies:

  • The SGA’s Acceptable Use Policy (as laid out below)
  • The SGA’s Privacy Policy

2. Limitation of liability

2.1 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

2.2 To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to the Site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

2.3 We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

2.3.1. use of, or inability to use the Site; or

2.3.2. use of or reliance on any content displayed on the Site.

2.4. You agree not to use the Site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

2.5. We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our Site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

2.6. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our Site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. We strive to ensure the continuous availability of the Site and the Services but accept no responsibility or liability for the consequences of interruptions or delays, under any circumstance. We reserve the right to alter the Site’s design and specification at any time.

3. Assignment and variation

3.1. The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland reserves the right to assign or transfer all or any of its rights and obligations under this agreement to any group companies or subsidiaries or any other third party. In the event of assignment or transfer, notification will either be given to you by e-mail or posted on the Site.

3.2. The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time. Changes in this manner shall be deemed to have been accepted if you continue to use the Site and/or the services offered following any such amendment.

4. Legal framework

These terms and conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with English law and any disputes shall be decided by the English courts.

5. Browsers and cookies

5.1. The Site supports the current and most recent preceding versions of all modern browsers, and follows the HTML5 W3C standard. If your browser is not supported, you may still be able to access the Site, but some display problems may be experienced.

5.2. The Site requires you to enable session cookies (enabling permanent cookies is recommended) in your browser.

For further information on cookies, please refer to the SGA Privacy Policy


Acceptable use policy

1. Acceptable use

1.1. This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access the SGA website (the Site). This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, the Site.

1.2. Your use of the Site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms of website use.

2 Prohibited uses

2.1. You may use the Site only for lawful purposes. You may not use the Site:

2.1.1. In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.

2.1.2. In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.

2.1.3. For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.

2.1.4. To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).

2.1.5. To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

2.2. You also agree:

2.2.1. Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of the Site in contravention of the provisions of our terms of website use.

2.2.2. Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

a) any part of the Site;
b) any equipment or network on which the Site is stored;
c) any software used in the provision of the Site; or
d) any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

3. Suspension and termination

3.1. We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of the Site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

3.2. Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the terms of website use upon which you are permitted to use the Site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

3.2.1. Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Site.

3.2.2. Issue of a warning to you.

3.2.3. Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.

3.2.4. Further legal action against you.

3.2.5. Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

3.3. We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

4. Changes to the acceptable use policy

4.1. We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Site.


Terms and conditions for SGA Events and Training

These terms and conditions apply to the professional development and networking events provided for the Sports Governance Academy by The Chartered Governance Institute (The Institute).
Our events take place online and in person across a range of formats including webinars, podcasts, conferences, lectures, workshops, classroom-based training courses and networking events.
When you book onto any of our online or in person events, you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

5. Booking and payment

5.1. The SGA offers its services free of charge to participants.

5.2. Priority for booking at events with restricted numbers of places (training, conference, networking events, etc.) is given to board members, employees and volunteers of organisations operating in the sports sector in the UK.

5.3. Places which remain after priority groups have been notified are made available to others working in the sector.

5.4. Event bookings can be made via the SGA website and/or booking links distributed through SGA communications.

5.5. Those who do not belong to an organisation operating in the sports sector in the UK but would like to take part in SGA training courses, conferences and events, can contact the SGA Team to request a place via the relevant event booking page or by emailing

5.6. Where places are available, they will be reallocated to individuals from organisations that the SGA believe will benefit from them most. The decision of the SGA to allocate these places is final.

5.7. At in person events, light refreshments will be provided. At day-long training sessions and conferences, this will also include lunch.

6. Cancellations and transfers

6.1. As all SGA course and events places are publicly funded by the Home Country Sports Councils, we strive to deliver best value to the sport and physical activity sector. If you have booked a place on a course or at an event and can no longer attend, please notify the SGA Team at the earliest opportunity so that it can be reallocated to benefit others.

6.2. It may be possible to reallocate places to a colleague of the person who made the original booking.

6.3. All cancellation and transfer requests need to be made via the event booking page or by emailing

7. Event alterations

7.1. Occasionally, the speakers, timings or the format of our events may alter. In these circumstances, the SGA will inform delegates of the changes at the earliest opportunity.

7.2. If circumstances require that an event originally advertised as a physical event be transferred to an online environment, delegates will be automatically transferred. Notification will be sent to delegates advising them of the alteration. Delegates no longer wishing to attend should email

7.3. If the event is offered on a different date and in a different format, delegates will be offered the option of transferring their booking to an alternative date and format.

7.4. If an event is postponed and delegates are unable to make the new date, delegates will be offered priority booking for subsequent dates on which the event is held.

8. Use of personal information

8.1. Contact details provided to complete the booking process may also be used before, after and during the event in the following ways:

Before the event, we may send delegates information such as registration instructions for accessing online events via our delivery platform, or directions to venues for in person events. They may also receive advance reading or other materials relevant to the training or workshop, to help them achieve the optimal event experience. We may also share details of registered delegates’ names, job titles and companies with our trainers and course leaders to assist in their planning of the session.
At physical events, delegates’ names, job titles and company names will be available on a delegate badge for them to wear and may additionally be available on a delegate list offered in either hard copy form as part of a physical delegate pack and/or virtually within an event app or virtual event platform to aid networking.
After the event, we may send delegates follow up emails with confirmation of their CPD hours, certificates of attendance, links to event-related presentations, films, photography, further reading and sponsor links where relevant, and/or invitations to other similar events.

8.2. Details of attendance at events may be shared with the Home Country Sports Councils as funding partners in the SGA in order to assess the efficacy of the programme and to improve its service to the sport and physical activity community.

8.3. If the event is a sponsored webinar, podcast or online conference, delegates’ consent will be sought in the booking process for sharing their email address with the sponsor. If a delegate does not choose to give consent, their email address will not be shared.

8.4. If the event is hosted at an external venue, that venue may request a list of delegate names, job titles and company names in advance of the event taking place to aid planning (for example, to sign in visitors at reception). This list will not contain contact details.

8.5. Delegates who do not want their name, job title or company name to appear on any delegate list, or for their job title and company name to be passed on for the purposes described elsewhere in this section, should notify us at the time of booking by sending an email to

8.6. Delegates may also be invited to register with an additional platform, such as a webinar platform or conference app provided by a third party on behalf of The Institute, to enhance or ensure optimum delivery of their event experience. This registration is optional.

9. Photography and video

9.1. At some in person events, a photographer and/or videographer may be present. At small events (defined as an event with fewer than 100 delegates), there will be notification of this at reception. At large events (defined as an event with 100 or more delegates) delegates should assume there will be photography and/or videography in operation.

9.2. If a conference or networking event takes place online, a screenshot of the platform may be taken which might include delegates’ faces and names. No images are taken or recordings made during online training events.

9.3. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, delegates hereby grant The Institute the right to take photographs of them and authorise the use and publication of said images in print and/or electronically. Said images may be used without reference to the delegate’s name (unless specific permission has been granted otherwise), and may be used for any lawful purpose including, but not limited to, publicity, illustration, advertising and web content.

9.4. Delegates who do not want their image to be used should notify a member of the registration team at the event.

9.5. Webinars are recorded and made publicly available via the SGA website and video hosting platforms. Attendees who participate in webinar discussions, Q&A, etc. should be careful not to communicate information which they would not wish others to access through these recordings.

10. Data retention

10.1. Where the delegate list is shared with planners, trainers or third parties to assist in the planning of their event, the data will be securely destroyed by no later than seven days after completion of the event.

11. Board development fund

11.1. The SGA operates a limited fund with which to deliver bespoke and/or in-house training to organisations in the sport and physical activity sector in order to address requirements not catered for through existing SGA training provision.

11.2. The fund is limited and is accessed via open application against specified criteria agreed with the Home Country Sports Councils.

11.3. Priority is given to organisations that would otherwise be unable to obtain the requested training due to financial constraints.

11.4. The decision of the SGA to allocate training through the Board development fund is final and cannot be appealed.

11.5. Recipient organisations must take up the required training by the date specified by the SGA.

11.6. Recipient organisations are required to acknowledge the provision of training through the Board development fund through their website and/or social media channels.

11.7. Recipient organisations are required to contribute to SGA output in a form agreed with the SGA Team. This may include but is not limited to blog posts, testimonials and/or case studies, etc.

11.8. Terms and conditions pertaining to SGA Events and Training apply.

12. Certificate in Sports Governance bursary scheme

12.1 The SGA operates a bursary scheme with which to provide free places on The Chartered Governance Institute's Certificate in Sports Governance and its component modules.

12.2. The scheme is limited and is accessed via open application against specified criteria agreed with the Home Country Sports Councils.

12.3. The bursary is open to applicants who work or volunteer in the sport and physical activity sector in the UK. Priority is given to applicants that would otherwise be unable to undertake the Certificate or its component modules due to financial constraints.

12.4. The decision of the SGA to allocate places through the bursary scheme is final and cannot be appealed.

12.5. Bursary recipients must accept the place(s) offered by the date specified by the SGA.

12.6 Bursary recipients must provide to The Chartered Governance Institute all information required for the processing of their entry onto the Certificate or its component modules.

12.7. Bursary recipients are required to acknowledge the provision places on the Certificate or its component modules through the bursary scheme via their website and/or social media channels.

12.8. Bursary recipients are required to contribute to SGA output in a form agreed with the SGA Team. This may include but is not limited to blog posts, testimonials and/or case studies, etc.

12.9. Terms and conditions pertaining to SGA Events and Training apply.

18 January 2024