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BCU takes up the gauntlet for good governance

Article Date: 07/09/2012

7th September

The BCU takes up the gauntlet for good governance

The BCU has signed up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance, an initiative backed by Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson MP. The Code, aims to enable sport and recreation organisations to aspire to and maintain good governance by providing signatories with practical, simple and realistic advice on improving structures and decision-making processes in their sport or activity.

Paul Owen, BCU CEO believes that the Code will help the BCU be more effective and comments, "By signing up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance, Insert organisation name hopes to continue its development and to fully equip itself to meet any future challenges that may lie ahead. Following its principles will help us build on the successes that the BCU has had and continue on the path of good governance”.

Tim Lamb, CEO of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: "I’m delighted that the BCU has signed up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance. The Code has been produced by sport for sport and by adhering to its principles the sector can only become stronger. Put simply, organisations with good governance make better decisions and are more effective as a result. Signing up to the Code is an important step on the way."

Notes to editors: 1. To find out more about the Voluntary Code of Good Governance please visit www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/smart-sport/voluntary-code" or contact Joy Tottman: jtottman@sportandrecreation.org.uk or 020 7976 3926. The Code was developed by a coalition of organisations led by the Sport and Recreation Alliance including the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association and UK Sport.

It has seven basic principles:
• Integrity: ensure all organisations act as guardians of the sport, recreation, activity or area
• Defining and evaluating the role of the board
• Delivery of a vision, mission and purpose
• Objectivity: The implementation of a balanced, inclusive and skilled board
• The creation of basic standards, systems and controls
• Accountability and transparency throughout the organisation
• Ensuring all Code members have an understanding and engagement with the sporting landscape

2. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK and represents more than 300 members – organisations like the FA, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Royal Academy of Dance. Our role, like every trade association, is to speak up on their behalf, represent their views and to provide them with services which make their life easier.