It is not the role of the sports councils to establish or appoint national governing bodies. SGBs are typically independent, self-appointed organisations that govern their sports through the common consent of their sport.
The aim of the recognition process is to identify a single lead SGB structure which governs a sport at UK, GB or home country level. Our recognition criteria focus on establishing if an SGB has achieved a position of pre-eminence within its sport and if it has a reasonable level of organisation and governance. Sports council recognition of a national governing body is not a guarantee of funding and neither does it mean we have approved or accredited the quality of its programmes. A sports body’s membership of an International Federation does not automatically mean that the body will become recognised as an SGB by the Sports Councils. Recognition does not bestow any official powers on a national governing body to govern its sport
Recognition is a process shared by all five Sports Councils (UK Sport, sportscotland, Sport England, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland)
Applications for recognition of a sport and a national governing body (SGBs) for that sport are dealt with together. Recognition is subject to application and applications must be approved by all the home country sports councils with the following exceptions:
If you are considering making an application, you should:
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