Governance and Risk management is a crucial aspect in the effective and efficient management of sporting organisations.

Whether it's a local club or a national governing body, the quality of governance can greatly influence the success and growth of the organisation. In this digital age, technology plays a significant role in improving governance practices - one such innovation is the introduction of simple board portals which are gradually being adopted across the sector although many challenges remain – mostly cost.

In this article, we delve into the concept of sports governance, the challenges often encountered, and how simple and value for money board portals, like Governance360, can drastically improve the governance landscape in UK Sport.

Understanding Sports Governance

In simplest terms, sports governance refers to the system by which sporting organisations are directed and controlled. It encompasses a broad range of aspects, including organisational structures, regulations, decision-making processes, accountability and transparency measures.

The Importance of Good Governance in Sports

Good governance is the cornerstone of any successful sports organisation. It ensures that organisations are managed in a transparent, accountable and inclusive manner. This, in turn, enhances the credibility of the organisation, attracts investment, and fosters a culture of integrity and professionalism.

Challenges in Sports Governance

Despite the importance of good governance, many sports organisations face numerous challenges in implementing effective governance practices. These include lack of resources, inadequate training, conflicts of interest, lack of diversity, and insufficient transparency and accountability mechanisms particularly when a few volunteers are charged with running an ever-growing list of things to do.

The Role of Technology in Sports Governance

Technology has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of sports governance. It offers innovative solutions to overcome traditional governance challenges, streamline processes, enhance communication, and promote transparency and accountability.

The Advent of Board Portals

One of the technological innovations that have revolutionised sports governance is the board portal.

A board portal is an online platform that facilitates secure digital communication among board members. It provides a centralised location for board materials and tools, thus enhancing board efficiency, security and collaboration.

Governance360: A Simple Board Portal for Sports Governance

Governance360 is a simple, easy-to-use board portal designed specifically for sports governance. Built by practitioners with experience in all levels of UK Sport, including National Governing Bodies, Governance360 provides an effective solution to improve governance and risk practices in sports organisations.

Unique Features of Governance360

Governance360 comes with a range of features tailored to the unique needs of sports governance.

These include secure document storage, meeting management, task management, risk and compliance tools, digitally produced director and trustee education and more. These tools help to maximise volunteer time, reduce risk, and improve governance frameworks.

The Value of Governance360 in Regional, Club or Member Body Governance

Not only can Governance360 be used by national governing bodies, but it can also be utilised by regional bodies, clubs or member bodies to enhance their governance practices. By providing a centralised, secure platform for governance activities, Governance360 saves time, promotes collaboration, and enhances transparency and accountability at all levels of the organisation. This includes their unique partner model, where NGBs can create levels of tailoring specifically for their Sport and Clubs – for example by providing templates through the platform to all of their members, or deploying a Risk Register to each club to then start to tailor.


In conclusion, good sports governance is pivotal to the success and growth of sports organisations. Despite the challenges, technology, and particularly simple board portals like Governance360, provide practical solutions to improve governance practices. With its range of features and user-friendly design, Governance360 is a valuable tool for any sports organisation seeking to enhance its governance frameworks and ultimately, its performance and credibility.

From local clubs to national governing bodies, the adoption of such a tool could be a game-changer, helping to navigate, streamline, and enhance the ever-important landscape of sports governance. Embrace the future of sports governance today with Governance360.

Post by Laura B
Laura is a member of the Customer Success team at Governance360