Re­view of sports boards this week

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ben Rumsby

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.

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