Karate England takes up the gauntlet for good governance

Karate England 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.

John Bell, Chairman of Karate England believes that the Code will help them become more effective.

“By signing up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance, Karate England 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 Karate England has had such as hosting seminars on Health and Safety and Insurance and the Law as it affects Karate and continue on the path of good governance”.

Tim Lamb, CEO of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “I’m delighted that Karate England 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.

Karate England is part of the English Karate Council (EKC), formed earlier this year; the EKC is promoting a seminar on Governance of Karate and Child protection on the 29th September in Loughborough: further details can be found on the EKC and Karate England websites.

Notes to editors:

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

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.

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 Tel: 020 7976 3926.