Governing bodies are an essential element of Scottish sport, and one that sportscotland recognises and values. In 2010/11 we invested more than £14.5 million directly in to Scottish Governing Bodies of sport (SGBs) to help them develop their sports.
It is an organisation that governs and administers a sport in Scotland. Traditionally we have described SGBs as the guardians and custodians of their sport.
An SGB carries out most, if not all, of the following*:
* extracted from UK Sport: Investing in Change Report, July 2003
The main role of an SGB is to create a vision and deliver a strategic plan for the development and delivery of their sport, which determines how it will be implemented nationally, regionally and locally.
SGBs originated as a voluntary coming together of sports people (individuals, teams and club members) with a common purpose; to encourage and enable other participants to enjoy and progress in their chosen sport.
There is a great deal of diversity in governing body nature, but they are all autonomous, volunteer-managed, not-for-profit organisations. Increasingly, many governing bodies have paid staff in place. Membership
An SGB is a member organisation. Members can either affiliate direct as individuals or through their club. In many instances participants are affiliated to the governing body to enable them to compete in their sport and to be covered by insurance.
For SGBs to continue to play a major part in Scottish sport they must demonstrate the following**:
...which should all lead to increasing levels of participation and improving standards of performance in sport.
** extracted from Modern Sports Leadership and Governance Programme, July 2003
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