British Rowing’s response to A Code for Sports Governance

On Monday, UK Sport and Sport England launched a new sports governance code. Chairman, Annamarie Phelps shares her thoughts on the code.


“We are very supportive of the new code and the need for a ‘gold standard’ in domestic sports governance. The sporting landscape has changed considerably over recent years, so it is only right and proper that we have a governance code in place that reflects this.

At British Rowing, we are experiencing first hand this change. Two years ago we embarked on a process of constitutional reforms aimed at modernising our governance structure that has seen considerable change to our business. Throughout this process we have had ongoing support and dialogue with UK Sport and Sport England, so we are in a strong position to respond to the new governance code.

A Code for Sports Governance

Read the full report here.

There is plenty of momentum behind rowing at the moment; off the back of a hugely successful summer on the water in Rio by our Olympic and Paralympic rowers. We are in a good position to capitalise on this but we need to ensure we continue to adapt and change to maintain this momentum to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Over the coming weeks, we will be going through the detail of the code to better understand the implications for British Rowing at Board and Council, as well as for clubs across the country and how we can take it forward, aligned to the work already underway. We’ll continue to keep the rowing community involved and informed as we work together to grow a healthy sport.”

Read more about British Rowing’s governance structure here.