CIMSPA celebrates Code for Sports Governance success

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has become the latest body to reach compliance with the Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance.

CIMSPA joins over 55 national bodies for sport that have already met standards of governance considered to be among the most advanced in the world.

The Code sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity now required from those who seek public funding.

Phil Smith, Director of Sport, Sport England, congratulated CIMSPA on their achievement:

“We would like to thank CIMSPA for their hard work and engagement in reaching this important milestone in governance standards. Our hope is that this work will be rewarded in the coming years as the Code encourages all organisations to be more productive, sustainable and responsible.”

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, welcomed the confirmation of CIMSPA’s compliance with the Code:

“We’re very pleased to have reached this gold standard of governance and are proud to be joining the many sporting bodies that are demonstrating their commitment to excellence by achieving compliance with the Code.

“This is only the beginning – going forwards the work of our board and professional staff team will drive deeper compliance with the Code as we implement the institute’s equality and diversity action plan.

“We will also seek to lead our partners and stakeholders to adopt best practice and put the Code’s values of transparency, diversity and inclusiveness at the heart of their work.”

The Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance requires the following from publicly-funded sporting bodies:

  • Greater transparency to help fans and those taking part better understand the decision-making of those leading their sports.
  • Reforms to board memberships including at least 25% independent members.
  • Commitments to greater diversity including at least 30% of each gender on boards.
  • Establishing boards as the ultimate decision-making authority within a sport rather than traditional councils.
  • Tighter term limits for board and council members to ensure a regular renewal of ideas and expertise.


About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.



Launched in 2011, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA provides leadership and support for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector. The organisation’s strategic priorities include providing direct opportunities for young leaders to grow and succeed, and leading the development and management of career pathways. CIMSPA was awarded chartered status by the Royal Privy Council, in January 2012.