Surrey FA evidenced full compliance with the regional 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.
In January 2020, The FA became the first national governing body in English sport to introduce a regional 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 Surrey FA becoming the third county association to be awarded with the County FA Code of Compliance logo, which can be used on County FA external and internal communications channels.
Sally Lockyer, CEO at Surrey FA said: “Good Governance underpins everything we do here at Surrey FA, and we are delighted to evidence this through compliance with the FA Code of Governance. As we embark on our new ten-year strategy for grassroots football, we have modernised our structure with an independent board including the Chair of our Youth Forum holding an ex-officio role on our Board of Trustees. Moving forward, our next steps are to support and assist all of our 4,000 affiliated clubs and 20 Leagues to embed good governance across the football eco-system.”
For further information on the Code of Governance for County FAs, please see here
From right to left: Lizzie Liebenhals, SFA Director; Andrew Dickinson, Head of Operations, SFA; Tim Foster, Head of Operations, Grassroots Football Division, The FA; Sally Lockyer, CEO, SFA; Alex Warner, Chair, SFA; Yvonne Rees, Senior Independent Director, SFA.