How Sport England's new values shaped the development of the Sports Governance Academy

Date: 24 February 2020

Author: Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England

At Sport England, we recently launched our new corporate values: ambitious, collaborative, inclusive and innovative.  Unlike most corporate values, which we all know have the potential to sit on a shelf or on a poster somewhere and never get used, these values really embody the way we are working, our behaviours and our general approach to working with organisations in the sport and physical activity sector. We are working with organisations in a collaborative way to help them achieve their objectives. We recognise that for our sector to be successful we need to support and help organisations to be successful, and this involves being a source of support and a place to go for advice and resources.

We understand that the success of an organisation is dependent on having the right structures and decision-making processes in place, but that this is not enough. Success also requires us to have the right people leading and operating within those organisational structures. Only with the right systems, processes, structures and people, will an organisation be successful.  And so, the worlds of governance and leadership collide, and our task is to identify the role Sport England can play to assist and help the sector be successful.

Our challenge is to help ensure we do everything we can to make our sector successful, and this goes beyond being a funder. We need to provide the tools and assistance to enable any sport and physical act

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