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Good Governance in Grassroots Sport: Guidelines

Good Governance in sport is more important than ever before

The last four years the economic crisis has dominated and influenced most societies and citizens. Across Europe all societies are looking for ways to recover and regain economic and societal development. This is a challenging process and for sure it will involve several stakeholders to address and implement the appropriate and sustainable solutions. The financial crisis started as a result of very bad governance – the recovery of economic and societal development need to be based on good governance. This is one of the reasons why good governance will rank very high on your agenda as leader of a grassroots sport in the coming years. Being an important sector with growth potential, both economic wise and improvement of the life of the citizens in general, comes with expectations to lead and manage the sector in an appropriate way. It is obvious that good governance in the leadership of grassroots sport is necessary. However, we cannot just introduce a given set of rules and regulations and then consider they will ensure good governance. Good governance depends on your context, competences and capacity - it depends on you and your colleagues leadership skills.

Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President


Good Governance in Grassroots Sport (GGGS) project partners concluded that “we need good governance principles and guidelines for grassroots sport. We need good governance principles and guidelines that fits, guides and motivates, both the volunteer and employed leaders in our sector”.


The GGGS project, with special contribution from Transparency International Germany, has developed Guidelines for Good Governance in Grassroots Sport. This document is meant to be a tool to enable grassroots sport leaders to assume this important responsibility. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide access to a sport specific governance resource that will improve governance practices at the board and leadership level. It can assist members of boards and committees, executive officers and managers of sport organisations to develop, implement and maintain a system of governance that fits the particular circumstances of grassroots sport, and to provide the basic information to establish and maintain an ethical culture through a committed approach.


The guidelines’ objectives are:


  1. To help sport leaders (political leaders and managers) better understand their role in Good Governance
  2. To guide organisations in their desire and process to adhere to Good Governance in sport principles