Good Governance in Grassroot Sport
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Regards from ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

As sport leaders it is our task to make decisions that point to the way forward. It is our task to generate the most knowledge we can about the sector we govern and take decisions that benefit the sector and support our main objectives.

From time to time this puts us in situations where we find ourselves in political dilemmas or situations that involve potential conflicts of interest.
We cannot avoid political dilemmas and potential conflicts of interest, but we can make an effort to prevent these situations and react in appropriate ways when they occur. That is why Good Governance should be part of our genes as grassroots sport leaders. We should learn how to act and react on governance issues as a natural part of our leadership style.

With our “Guidelines for Good Governance in Grassroots Sport” we have created tools which can assist leaders at all levels in grassroots sport in identifying and acting on governance-related topics and dilemmas. These tools can help us take the right steps and work good governance into our genes. 

Much is at stake. Over the last decade we have unfortunately witnessed several
governance issues involving some of the biggest and wealthiest international organisations in professional sport. This is not only bad for professional sport, but it can also harm the image of all sport sectors. It is our task to ensure that similar situations do not find space to develop in grassroots sport organisations.

Let’s get good governance into our genes – a good start is by using the “Guidelines for Good Governance in Grassroots Sport” and Self Assessment tool.


We couldn’t have done it without you! 

As with all our work here at ISCA, we couldn’t have completed the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport project without the support, enthusiasm and knowledge of our partners who made it possible to deliver this project. In this case, we would like to send our thanks to grassroots sport organisations: DGI from Denmark, DTB from Germany, SUS from Slovenia, UISP from Italy, UFOLEP from France, Romanian Sport for All Association, Estonian Sport Association JOUD, Hungarian Sport for All Association, SOKOL from Czech Republic,  MASI Sport Club from Italy and UBAE from Spain. 

A special thanks to our University partners (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio from Italy, Semmelweis University - Faculty of PE and Sport Sciences from Hungary and Cardiff Metropolitan University UWIC from UK), who worked with us to develop the framework of the project, oversee the desk research, support the delivery of the educational programme and self assessment tool.  

Given the project’s focus on grassroots sports’ relation to Public Authorities, the project included three city/municipal partners representing different European regions. Their role was to advise on the Public Authorities’ specific roles, give examples of good practices and provide expertise and experts for the educational programme and consultancy function. Special thanks go to Belfast City, Municipality of Casalecchio di Reno and the City Council of Pärnu.

Our so-called ‘knowledge partners’ gave a specific expertise in the thematic fields of the project. They delivered input to all three project objectives and to all activities of the project within their spheres of competence.  These partners were Sport and Citizenship, Transparency International Germany, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia and the Danish Institute for Sport Studies (Idan). 


Our partners working in grassroots sport say it much better

Darren Bailey, the English FA’s Director of Football Governance and Regulation and Chair of the EU Expert Group on Good Governance in sport:  â€œIn 2013 good governance is an essential tool for sports bodies at all levels. For those involved in grassroots sport, whether as competitors, match officials, coaches or administrators, the application of good governance principles maximises the prospect of producing a safe, inclusive, fun and sustainable sporting experience.”

Toni Llop, from UBAE, Spain, and a representative of the ISCA Executive Committee: “As organisations that are responsible for and accountable to our members and potential members, we need to demonstrate good governance. It is not enough to put the structure in place, you need to live it on a daily basis and make sure that your customers and partners have trust in you and believe in your values as an organisation. This is how we will grow and flourish.”  


Be one of the first 50 to complete our online questionnaire and you could win free entry to the Barcelona MOVE Congress in October 

There are a number of components to having good governance. It is not just about having the policies in place, but it is also about creating an inclusive and democratic culture from the top down.The Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self Assessment tool is an interactive, sports specific resource that is designed to offer organisations insights into the ways in which they operate and to suggest how they can improve their own governance practices.
The tool is now available online, click here


All the essential ‘know-how’ in one place

If you are looking for a place to start with governance in sport, look no further. This helpful guide will run you though the basic components of what governance means, as well as some critical points to think and act upon to ensure you are operating with ‘good governance’.


All you need to know about the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport project

Click here to read the full report
The report provides details of what Good Governance means for sport for all, details of the educational programme that was delivered as part of the project and key conclusions and lessons learned.
For more information on the EU co-funded Good Governance in Grassroots Sport (GGGS) project click here

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