Cornwall FA has achieved The FA’s Code of Governance for County Football Associations.
Cornwall 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 Cornwall FA becoming the latest to be awarded with the County FA Code of Compliance logo, which can be used on County FA external and internal communications channels.
Dawn Aberdeen, CEO at Cornwall FA said: “Being one of the first Counties to achieve the FA’s Code of Governance is not only a great achievement for us but emphasises and clarifies the strength in our principles of operating our business to the highest standards. Good governance has always been embedded across our operational structures but with the involvement and strength of direction led by our Board of Directors we can now evidence those standards across the whole business”.
For further information on the Code of Governance for County FAs, please see here.