BaseballSoftballUK given all clear on Governance Code compliance

Thu 21 Dec 2017

BaseballSoftballUK, along with 54 other national bodies for sport, has been confirmed as being fully compliant with an ambitious Code for Sports Governance launched last year as part of government's new strategy for sport.

UK Sport and Sport England have written to 55 of the 58 national bodies for sport involved in the process to confirm that they have met all the necessary requirements of the new Code, which embodies the most widespread and exacting set of sports governance reforms implemented anywhere in the world.

The organisations judged to be fully compliant range from some of the largest in the country, such as the Football Association, Rugby Football Union, the England and Wales Cricket Board, British Cycling and the Lawn Tennis Association, to some of those with the least resources, such as British Wheelchair Basketball, England Handball.

Regardless of the size or resources of the organisation, many have had to make large-scale reforms to their leadership teams, constitutions and governance structures to comply with the Code, and the process of doing so has involved extensive consultation during much of the past between BaseballSoftballUK and the British Baseball and Softball Federations.

BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd said, “I’m very pleased to report that we’ve received confirmation that we are compliant with the Code for Sports Governance.  This assessment is the formal closure of the governance work undertaken in 2017.  We should feel proud that we have completed this action and that we stand alongside the many other sports that have also done so.

“I would like to thank those within the British Baseball and Softball communities who understood the importance of undertaking these reforms,” John added, “both for the health of our sports’ governance but also for the future of our ongoing partnership with the government.”


The Code contains important changes to the governance of sport, including:

  • Greater transparency, enabling participants and fans to 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.

Governing bodies will have to remain compliant with the Code and will now be expected to put action plans and commitments into practice, particularly those in relation to diversity.  UK Sport and Sport England will continue to work closely together to support and monitor this progress in the months and years ahead, especially with regards to qualitative and behavioural change.

The 58 sports bodies involved in implementing the Code have taken part in the most advanced and large-scale sports governance reform process implemented anywhere in the world, with more than 1,000 pieces of evidence having to be submitted.  The 58 sports are the first tranche of more than 600 sporting bodies of all sizes, all of which will have to comply with the Code to be eligible for public funding and assistance in the future.

Other comments

Sport Minister Tracey Crouch said: “We have been clear that we want our sports governing bodies to have world-leading standards of governance and I am delighted that they have responded so positively to the introduction of the Code.  The positive, extensive changes being made will strengthen sport in the UK, increase transparency and diversity and make sure that sports leadership is more representative of modern Britain.”

UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl told the UK sport community that it should take great pride in what has been achieved.  “As a nation,” Liz said, “we have delivered on our promise to develop the strongest set of sport governance requirements anywhere in the world.  The impact of these reforms will take time to have an effect however, and the true test will be in how sport in the UK operates every day in its leadership, management, decision-making and commitment to diversity and engagement.”

Finally, Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “This is a very significant achievement for sport as a whole.  Improved standards of governance will benefit the millions of people who play or give their time to sport every week.  National Governing Bodies will be stronger, more transparent and more diverse in their leadership.  As a result, they will make better decisions, which will enable them to provide an even better service to those who matter most: the players and volunteers in their sports.”


The 55 national bodies assessed as fully compliant with the Code so far are:

Sport England sole-funded
1  Angling Trust
2  Badminton England
3  BaseballSoftballUK
4  Boccia England
5  Bowls Development Alliance
6  British Fencing
7  British Orienteering
8  British Water Ski and Wakeboard
9  British Wrestling
10  Exercise, Movement and Dance UK
11  England and Wales Cricket Board
12  England Athletics
13  England Basketball
14  England Boxing
15  England Golf
16  England Handball
17  England Lacrosse
18  England Netball
19  England Squash
20  Football Association
21  GB Basketball
22  Goalball UK
23  Lawn Tennis Association
24  Rounders England
25  Rugby Football League
26  Rugby Football Union
27  Snowsport England
28  Swim England
29  Table Tennis England
30  Taekwondo Organisation Ltd
31  Wheelchair Rugby GB

Sport England and UK Sport jointly-funded
32  Archery GB
33  British Canoeing
34  British Cycling
35  British Gymnastics
36  British Judo
37  British Rowing
38  British Shooting
39  British Triathlon
40  British Weightlifting
41  England Hockey
42  English Institute of Sport
43  GB Taekwondo
44  GB Wheelchair Basketball
45  Pentathlon GB
46  Royal Yachting Association
47  UK Athletics
48  UK Coaching

UK Sport sole-funded
49  Boccia UK
50  British Amateur Boxing Association
51  British Athletes Commission
52  British Paralympic Association
53  British Para Table Tennis
54  British Swimming
55  Sport Resolutions

The three organisation still working towards compliance are the British Mountaineering Council, Volleyball England and the British Equestrian Federation, but all are expected to be compliant soon.

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