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:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
See the video below for an overview of the e-learning 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 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:
The fee for this qualification is £1,100. There are some bursary places available.
The Sports Governance Academy (SGA) offers a bursary scheme to allow individuals who are successful in the application process to access the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance free of charge.
The SGA's bursary scheme will offer
See the SGA website for more information.