Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for using the SGA website

The website https://www.sportsgovernanceacademy.org.uk (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.

The Services

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 info@sportsgovernanceacademy.org.uk.
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 https://www.sportsgovernanceacademy.org.uk (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.


Service Access Policy

1. Event Booking and Cancellations

1.1 SGA development services such as training courses, conferences and networking events are funded by Sport England. Places will therefore be prioritised for individuals working in organisations in receipt of funding from Sport England and/or UK Sport who are required to be compliant with Tier 2 or Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance. 

1.2. If you work or volunteer in an organisation funded by Sport England or UK Sport which is required to be compliant with Tier 2 or Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance, you can book your event places via the SGA website.

1.3. As all SGA course and conference places are funded by Sport England, we want to make sure that we deliver best value to the sector every time we run an event. So, if you have booked a place at an event and can no longer attend, please tell us at the earliest opportunity so that it can be reallocated to benefit someone else. If you have a colleague who would like to take your place, please also let us know to assist with our planning and preparations.

1.4. If you do not belong to an organisation funded by Sport England or UK Sport but would like to take part in SGA training courses, conferences and events, please contact us to request a place. You can do this on the event page or via info@sportsgovernanceacademy.org.uk.

1.5. Where places are available, we will reallocate them to people from organisations that we believe will benefit from them most. We will prioritise any spare places for members of other sports and physical activity organisations. The decision of the SGA to allocate these places is final. If you have requested a place that is not available via SGA, we will let you know if further support can be provided from the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.

2. Board development workshops

2.1. The SGA has a limited fund with which to provide board development workshops to organisations in receipt of Sport England and/or UK Sport funding. This service will be awarded on application and the criteria for awards will be published on the application page.

3. Qualification

3.1. The Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance qualification is not part of the SGA. It is wholly provided by the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland for the published course fee and you can find out more information about it by following the link from the SGA website to the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland website.


April 2021