Rugby union is frequently described as a game for all, and good governance is the key to ensuring that all involved in the sport are appropriately and fairly represented.
The Rugby Football Union, as the governing body of rugby union in England, believes that the need for good governance within sport has seldom been more clear.
Governance encompasses the areas of discipline, safeguarding, club support, regulations, insurance and anti-doping amongst other things and good governance at every level is crucial in ensuring that the sport of rugby union is run openly, fairly, and safely for the good of all and that the sport’s integrity and standing is protected.
Governance has become an increasingly important issue that clubs have to address. From addressing issues of finance and compliance, review your club’s governance by taking the RFU Good Club Governance Health Check.
To review certain governance areas in more depth please access the below health checks:
- Committee structure and succession planning
- Constitution and values
- Financial and procedures
- Legal status
- Are you ready for funding?
Further details about what the RFU means by good governance are outlined in the Good Governance Model.
Good Governance Toolkit
- Club workforce review
- Steps to take your new rugby section to market
- Restructure analysis
- Setting up a new rugby section
- Disaster recovery plan
- Financial procedures manual
- Reserves policy
- Constitution checklist
Club Management Reference Guide
The RFU has developed a guide to assist clubs in identifying the legal, regulatory, tax and other statutory requirements of which clubs need to be aware in order to ensure good governance and financial management.
The purpose of this is to act as a checklist that will point clubs in the right direction of these key issues upon which they need to focus. This in turn will enable clubs to better identify areas where they need to take action and to seek further information and advice where necessary.