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Dorset County Football Association achieves the FA’s New Code of Governance

Posted on: 11/11/2021

Dorset County FA has achieved The FA’s new Code of Governance for County Football Associations.

Dorset FA evidenced full compliance with the FA Code of Governance which sets a higher precedent than the current gold standard for sport and aims to provide support and guidance to those running the grassroots game up and down the country.
Last year, The FA became the first national governing body in English sport to introduce a County Code of Governance, with a number of other sports now following the model which has been endorsed by Sport England. The Code itself represents a ‘Gold Standard’ of governance, made up of 65 requirements based on Sport England and UK Sport’s Code for Sports Governance.

The requirements within the code means each County FA can assess their current practices against the highest standard of corporate governance in football, supporting their development and ensuring they have the structures, functional operations and decision-making processes in place to offer the best possible service to the game at a local level. The code also includes provisions for gender diversity, ethnic diversity and youth representation across the County FA network.

All 50 CFAs have self-assessed against the Code and are committed to improving their governance, with Dorset County FA becoming the only the second in England to be awarded with the County FA Code of Compliance logo, which can be used on County FA external and internal communications channels.
Sue Hough, MBE, Chief Executive of Dorset County Football Association, says: The Association is delighted that in becoming Code Compliant the Directors have re constituted the Board to have increased independence and diversity. One of the requirements of the Code is to achieve the Preliminary Level of the Equality Standard for Sport and we are proud to promote football opportunities for all.

For further information on the Code of Governance for County FAs, please see here.

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