Review of sports boards this week
A review of rules governing sports boards, ordered following an investigation by The Daily Telegraph into the lack of black leaders in the sector, will be launched this week.
Sport England was last night close to announcing details of a review of the country’s Code for Sports Governance, after the Government promised one in the wake of the Telegraph findings.
It was revealed how just three per cent of directors of taxpayer-funded sports organisations were black, and that no Premier League club and virtually no English Football League club had a black owner, chairman or chief executive.
The findings led to calls from campaigners for the industry to be set a 20 per cent ethnicity target, as well as prompting MPs to investigate the exclusion of black people from sport’s corridors of power.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will this morning hold a one-off session on widening access to sport, after which it could make recommendations to the forthcoming review.
Among today’s witnesses will be Eniola Aluko, the former Chelsea striker who was in January appointed Aston Villa’s first sporting director for women’s football.
The existing Code for Sports Governance, published in 2015, did not set targets for black, Asian and minority ethnic representation among directors in funded organisations.