Pub­lic bod­ies to tackle board­room di­ver­sity in first joint re­view

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Tom Mor­gan Tele­graph Tele­graph

UK Sport and Sport Eng­land have an­nounced ef­forts to avoid “an­other false dawn” on board­room di­ver­sity af­ter a in­ves­ti­ga­tion laid bare the scarcity of black rep­re­sen­ta­tion in po­si­tions of real power.

The govern­ing bod­ies are launch­ing their first joint re­view of the Code for Sports Gov­er­nance, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on “equal­ity, di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion” across the sec­tor.

It emerged last month that just three per cent of board mem­bers of tax­payer-funded na­tional govern­ing bod­ies were black.

“With black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic num­bers at board and lead­er­ship lev­els quite rightly in the spot­light at the mo­ment, this must not be an­other false dawn for ad­dress­ing the racial in­equal­i­ties that ex­ist within sport, and the re­view of the Code for Sports Gov­er­nance will serve as one of the key pieces of work on this front,” said Tim Hollingswo­rth, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sport Eng­land, last night.

Launched in April 2017, the Code for Sports Gov­er­nance has ac­cel­er­ated the pro­fes­sion­al­i­sa­tion of many na­tional sports bod­ies with fo­cus ar­eas such as new rules to en­sure at least 25 per cent are in­de­pen­dent mem­bers and guar­an­tees that at least 30 per cent of each gen­der are rep­re­sented on boards. How­ever, last month the

dis­closed how a to­tal of 64 per cent of funded NGBs had no BAME board mem­bers.

Some of the coun­try’s big­gest funded and un­funded sports bod­ies have only one black board mem­ber be­tween them. No Pre­mier League club, mean­while, have a black owner, chair­man or chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Si­mon Mor­ton, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of UK Sport, said: “We are par­tic­u­larly mind­ful of the need to en­sure that boards are re­flec­tive of so­ci­ety across the UK. We’ve seen the power of the code to ef­fect pos­i­tive change to gen­der bal­ance, and it’s right that we con­sider how this ap­proach can be broad­ened. Our de­sire to con­duct a sub­stan­tive re­view into how the code can help to drive equal­ity and di­ver­sity forms an im­por­tant part of our com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a high performanc­e sys­tem that is truly in­clu­sive.”

Last week Eniola Aluko, the for­mer Eng­land for­ward, and Paul Cleal, an ad­viser on im­prov­ing di­ver­sity at ex­ec­u­tive level, said clear tar­gets for govern­ing bod­ies were needed to tackle the dearth in po­si­tions of real power.

Aluko, the sport­ing direc­tor of As­ton Villa Women, sug­gested a tar­get of 30 per cent should be set to in­crease BAME in­clu­sion. Such a goal would bring sport broadly in line with am­bi­tions re­cently set out for foot­ball by Kick It Out, the anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion cam­paign group. Aluko also said foot­ball should be aim­ing to “find a black Pep Guardi­ola or a black Ju­r­gen Klopp”.

Pres­sure: Eniola Aluko be­lieves rul­ing bod­ies in sport should have clear tar­gets to rec­tify the lack of BAME rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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