The State of Play

National Governing Body CEO Forum Impact in 2014

This report has been compiled by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University on behalf of the Chief Executive Officers’ Forum (CEO Forum) which represents 39 of the leading national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport in England. 

The CEO Forum is a new group which aims to act independently as a voice for national governing bodies of sport; to be a ‘go to’ group for policy makers who impact on sport; and to influence policy that impacts on sport.

The CEO Forum is a mixture of Olympic, non-Olympic, Paralympic and major spectator sports from football and rugby to handball and boccia who have come together with one clear aim; to promote the work and value of NGBs.

‘State of Play’ highlights include:

  • Over 1.8 million people belong to sports clubs [over 1 million more than the total membership of all UK political parties]
  • There are over 1.9 million NGB linked volunteers [more than the entire NHS workforce]
  • NGB linked volunteering was worth £4.9 billion
  • Almost 3 million sports competitions took place in England
  • Over 50,000 NGB affiliated clubs exist across England
  • 9.3 million people did at least 30 minutes of sport every week [up by almost around 900,000 since 2005/06
  • 317 major events were held in England
  • 169 positions were held in international sports administration

The membership of the CEO Forum represents the majority of sports funded by both Sport England and UK Sport. The 39 NGBs that make up the CEO Forum are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Bowls, Boxing, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Goalball, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Netball, Orienteers, Rounders, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Shooting, Snowsport, Squash & Racketball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water-Ski & Wakeboard, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Wrestling. 

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