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Sport Governance Principles

Sport Governance Benchmarking Report

Evaluation and Assurance of funded National Sporting Organisations

The 2020 Sport Governance Standards Benchmarking Report, produced by collating data from 64 sports, is designed to provide National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) insights from the self-assessment process against the Sport Governance Standards (SGS), conducted in September 2020. The SGS are aligned to the new evolved Sport Governance Principles (released July 2020), effectively bringing the principles to life.

The aim for this report is to benchmark the current governance maturity of all NSOs, form the basis of a Sport’s Governance and Organisational Enhancement Plan, as well as identify the major development needs of the NSOs to prioritise support, education and resources for the sector.

Background

Understand the rationale and data behind the SGS benchmarking report.

Key Insights

Observations from the 2020 SGS benchmarking report.

Results

In total, there are 37 Sport Governance Standardsacross the nine Sport Governance Principles. NSOs were asked to self-evaluate their governance maturity against each standard using a four point scale, with a score of 1 representing low maturity, and a score of 4 representing the highest level of maturity.

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3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
0.5
0.0
1. SPIRIT OF THE GAME
2. THE TEAM
3. THE GAMEPLAN
4. THE PLAYERS
5. THE RULEBOOK
6. THE PLAYBOOK
7. THE DEFENCE
8. THE BEST AND FAIREST
9. THE SCORECARD

Principle 1: The Spirit of the Game

Values-driven culture and behaviours

Principle 2: The Team

Aligned sport through collaborative governance

Principle 3: The Gameplan

A clear vision that informs strategy

Principle 4: The Players

A diverse board to enable considered decision-making

Principle 5: The Rulebook

Documents that outline duties, powers, roles and responsibilities

Principle 6: The Playbook

Board processes which ensure accountability and transparency

Principle 7: The Defence

A system which protects the organisation

Principle 8: The Best and Fairest

A system for ensuring integrity

Principle 9: The Scorecard

Embedded systems of internal review to foster improvement

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