Certificate in Sports Governance

Certificate in Sports Governance

Champion good governance in sport.

  • No prior qualifications needed
  • Self-study
  • Webinar taught course
  • Course starts w/c 15 April
  • Eligible
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The certificate focuses on equipping those who work in the sports sector with the knowledge and key skills necessary to develop good governance practices within their organisation. Those who complete the course will receive a recognised certificate as well the opportunity to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


If you hold a position with governance responsibilities – a paid or volunteer role – in a sports organisation of any size, from a national governing body or Active Partnership to a smaller local organisation, the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance provides an ideal foundation for your career. It is an accessible and practical qualification for those who work at all levels of the sector and those who are attracted to the sports industry and want to gain a key understanding of the principles of sports governance.

Job roles may include:

  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary
  • Sports Administrator
  • Non-executive director
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Policy Advisor

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of sports governance and their importance in the sports industry.
  • Recognise the different types of sports organisations and their governance structures.
  • Analyse the challenges facing sports governance and propose solutions to address them.
  • Evaluate the impact of relevant legislation on sports organisations and their governance.
  • Identify the risks facing sports organisations and develop strategies for managing them.
  • Understand the importance of ethics, compliance, and stakeholder engagement in sports governance.
  • Apply the principles of good governance to evaluate sports organisations and their governance structures.

Course Content

The course is delivered through an online learning platform (LMS), where you can also ask questions and discuss topics with other students. There are live webinar events, which are recorded so you can catch up if you can’t watch them live. The course is divided into four modules, each covering different aspects of sports governance in the UK. 

Module 1 is common across all our Level 4 certificates and covers Governance: Common Knowledge and Skills. This will give students an in-depth grounding in the principles of good governance.
Module 2 introduces sports governance, including its principles, structures, and relevant legislation. 
Module 3 focuses on the challenges facing sports governance, including the influence of sporting federations and the role of governance structures. 
Module 4 covers risk, compliance, and finance in sports, including funding, risk management, ethics, and stakeholder engagement. 

The learning content covered by the certificate is also available in a modular format. This allows students to undertake one or more modules which are of particular interest to them, without the commitment of completing the entire course and the assessment process.

Module 1 for the April 2024 cohort is no longer available to buy

Register your interest for the Module 1 October 2024 cohort with this form

Module 2 is available to buy now

Module 3 is available to buy now


The recommended study time for the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance is 200 hours, which includes the online content, webinars, practice tasks and assessment exercises. 

This course is based around a self-study model and therefore requires a significant commitment to study, on top of the provided webinar sessions.

You will, however, be part of a cohort of fellow learners with whom you can interact, engage and share ideas and experiences. The SGA will facilitate networking opportunities for its bursary students.


The Certificate is assessed via:

  • LMS participation which will include forum discussions, formative quizzes, and online eLearning modules (20%)
  • A written assignment (40%)
  • A one-hour multiple-choice exam (MCQ) (40%)
    The exam paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions with a pass mark of 50%. 
The full certificate for the April 2024 cohort is no longer available to buy.

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