Knowledge base

Our knowledge base is a toolkit of trusted free resources to help you get to grips with governance and start to develop good practice. Each module contains a range of materials to meet your needs in all aspects of governance.

Please remember that our resources reflect core governance principles and good practice but do not constitute legal advice.

Explore the topics below to benefit from:

  • accessible guidance that explains key governance concepts and principles
  • frameworks and checklists to help structure and support your governance activities
  • templates and exemplars to assist your preparation of key documents

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We are always adding content to the knowledge base, so please check back for updates.

List of tools and supporting documents

A list of our current tools to help you quickly find the relevant templates, checklists and other supporting documents.

Introduction to sports governance

Essential concepts and principles of sports governance

A Code for Sports Governance

A Code for Sports Governance is the principal code for organisations in England and for those funded by Sport England or UK Sport.

Governance codes and frameworks

An introduction to the principal governance codes for the sector across the UK.

Relevant legislation and ensuring compliance

The key legislation and regulatory documents that determine good governance

Roles and responsibilities

A look at the roles played by the central figures involved in running sports organisations.

Building effective boards

How to build, support, develop and evaluate your board

The role of the governance lead

Make sure you have the right board support

Meetings and decision making

How preparation, papers and protocols enable good decision making

Risk and control

Protect your operations, sustainability, finances and reputation


How to set up and run effective committees for your sports organisation

Ethics and culture

Setting the tone from the top and embedding it throughout the organisation

Stakeholder engagement

How to harness stakeholder voice in your organisation

Information management

Protect and drive value from your key assets

Safeguarding and welfare

How to ensure strong safeguarding and welfare policies

A–Z of governance terms

Speak the language of sports governance

Meet the authors

Learn more about the authors behind the SGA knowledge base