The Jersey Football Association evidenced full compliance with the regional Code of Governance, which sets a higher precedent than the current gold standard for sport and aims to provide support and guidance to those running the grassroots game up and down the country.
In January 2020, The FA became the first national governing body in English sport to introduce a regional Code of Governance, with a number of other sports now following the model which has been endorsed by Sport England. The Code itself represents a ‘Gold Standard’ of governance, made up of 65 requirements based on Sport England and UK Sport’s Code for Sports Governance.
The requirements within the code means each County FA can assess their current practices against the highest standard of corporate governance in football, supporting their development and ensuring they have the structures, functional operations and decision-making processes in place to offer the best possible service to the game at a local level. The code also includes provisions for gender diversity, ethnic diversity and youth representation across the County FA network.
All 50 CFAs have self-assessed against the Code and are committed to improving their governance, with Jersey FA becoming only the seventh County FA to be awarded with the County FA Code of Compliance logo, which can be used on County FA external and internal communications channels.
David Kennedy, CEO of the Jersey FA, said: "We are extremely proud to achieve this recognition which is a major milestone for the association. For the last few years, it has been our priority to modernise the Jersey FA and good governance has been at the heart of that process. We are only the seventh County FA to achieve compliance which demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we operate our business to the highest possible standards."
Bradley Vowden, President of the Jersey FA, said: "We are not just the governing body of football in Jersey, we are also a registered charity who relies heavily on partnerships to deliver our strategic objectives. By achieving the Code of Governance, our existing and future partners can be given the assurance that we are an organisation who values accountability and transparency and will continually strive to be the best we can be."