National Governing Bodies


Across England, there are many different National Governing Bodies (NGBs) who have responsibility for managing their specific sport.

Your governing body can offer support in many ways, from providing guidance and support on safeguarding and welfare, to information on coaching requirements or helping to identify and develop talent within your sport.

Benefits of affiliation

Many Clubs decide to affiliate to their NGB because of the benefits and opportunities they provide. Affiliation normally has an associated cost, but if you have longer term aspirations to develop and possibly compete, it is almost certainly worth considering. Typically the benefits include:

  • You can enter official competition run by the sport
  • Insurance for players, coaches, etc
  • Access to qualified referees, umpires and/or officials for matches and competitions
  • Guidance about best practice in Club operation and management for that sport
  • Safer recruitment of volunteers (e.g. management of concerns, child protection issues, training and development opportunities)
  • The opportunity to access certain funding sources
  • Access to coach and volunteer training

Find your NGB

Sport England recognises over 100 sports. If you are not sure who your sport’s governing body is, or where to find them, click here.


Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.

In order to be eligible for Clubmark your sport will need to be recognised by Sport England. Click here for a list of recognised sports.

Some NGBs have their own Sport Specific Accreditation programme. Click here to see if your NGB has its own Sport Specific scheme.

All other recognised sports can be accredited with Clubmark through their NGB or CSP. Click here to find out more.