Sports: Governing Bodies

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of women employed in top jobs on UK sports governing bodies.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

On 8 March this year (International Women’s Day) Women in Sport published their Beyond 30% report which showed that 65% of the organisations funded by Sport England and/or UK Sport have more than 25% women on their boards. While this is a significant improvement on 2015, when the comparable figure was just 46%, clearly there is more to be done. This is why the Code for Sports Governance published last October requires funded organisations to adopt a target of, and take all appropriate actions to encourage, a minimum of 30% of each gender on its board. The governance code is mandatory for all sports bodies seeking public funding. National Governing Bodies who do not comply with the code will need to have agreed with the funding body an action plan which sets out how they will become compliant with that requirement by 31 October this year.

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