Governance

GreaterSport is committed to providing high quality governance and financial expertise.

Articles of Association

The Articles of Association are the constitution by which GreaterSport is governed.

The objects for the reason GreaterSport was established are:
(a) To provide people in Greater Manchester and surrounding neighbourhood with facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation, in the interest of social welfare and with the object of improving the conditions of life of such persons without distinction on the grounds of race, gender, ethnic origin or disability;
(b) To advance the mental and physical health of the community by providing facilities for sport and physical activity and promoting community participation in healthy recreational activities.

GreaterSport’s Articles of Association were originally revised in September 2015 in order to comply with legal changes and guidance since the original Articles were written. The current Articles (October 2017) have been revised to comply with ‘A Code for Sports Governance’ (Sport England/UK Sport). View the Articles of Association here.

Safeguarding

GreaterSport takes the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk very seriously and believe in equality for all. We work closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and, increasingly with the Ann Craft Trust (who provide information for Adults at Risk). Click here learn more about our Safeguarding policies and practices, to find resources to support your safeguarding practices or to report a concern.

Equality and Diversity

At GreaterSport we believe that our diversity makes us stronger and we seek to ensure that our workforce reflects the talent of the communities we serve.

By working together, ensuring that the people who work for us are the best they can be irrespective of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, disability, or religion we believe we are more able to respond to the needs of our local communities.

We believe in people. We believe that with the right opportunities, everyone should reach their full potential and we believe that sport and physical activity is a fundamental key to unlocking potential. Through our work we seek to enrich the lives of residents across Greater Manchester, through the simple power of movement.

Board Diversity

GreaterSport’s Board is fully committed to recruiting and engaging people with appropriate diversity, independence, skills, experience and knowledge to take effective decisions that further our organisational aims and objectives.

  • GreaterSport has a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board (currently achieved); and,
  • GreaterSport will demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on the board including, but not limited to Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

GreaterSport Board recognises the need to have a board that is diverse and reflects the community is serves.

The Board is making strives to increase representation from BAME groups with a target of 30% of the board having BAME representation by 2021 (currently 25%).

GreaterSport’s Board has a Nominations & Remuneration Committee. The Terms of Reference of the sub-committee (which has delegated authority by the Board) outlines GreaterSport’s policy for Equality and Diversity.

The Board is committed to ensuring that information on the GreaterSport website outlines the company’s work to foster all aspects of diversity within its leadership and decision making. This includes an annual update of progress against our diversity targets and actions identified.

Checklist for Change - Women in Sport

In order to drive greater diversity, GreaterSport will take into account the Women In Sport 'Checklist for Change' guidance, to improve diversity in leadership.

Download the GreaterSport Equality Policy here.

GreaterSport Diversity Action Plan

The GreaterSport Diversity Action Plan sets out our key actions that we aim to achieve over the next few years. Download it here.

Annual General Meeting

GreaterSport holds its Annual General Meeting in September each year. The last AGM was held on 20th September 2019. 

The Directors at the AGM receive papers and vote on the following:

  1. Minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Matters arising from minutes of last meeting
  3. Voting of Chair
  4. Voting of Vice Senior Independent Director
  5. Changes to Trustees
  6. Nomination & Remuneration Sub-committee and Audit & Risk Sub-committee membership
  7. Appointment of Auditors
  8. Approval of final audited Company Accounts – including Finance Report information paper.
  9. Audit Report
  10. Declaration of Trustee interests.

The 2019 AGM was included within the board meeting and the minutes can be found here

GreaterSport Board Meetings

GreaterSport Directors meet 4 – 5 times a year.

2019 dates

22nd March 2019 - Minutes available here.
21st June 2019 - Minutes available here.
20th September 2019 (including AGM) - Minutes available here.
12th December 2019 - Minutes available here.

2020 dates

6th February (Board planning day)
20th March - Minutes available here.
19th June
18th September (including AGM)
10th December

In addition to the main Board meetings there are two sub-committees that report back to the main board:

Risk Management Plan

The GreaterSport risk management plan is based on guidance from the Charity Commission and includes risks associated with:

  • Strategic risk
  • Operational risks
  • Financial risks
  • Reputational risk
  • Legal & compliance

The matrix lays out a philosophy of risk management based on identifying levels of risk, and establishing an appropriate organisational response to risks falling within each level. The placement of each risk within the risk map is calculated by multiplying the Impact of risk score (1-5) and the Likelihood score (1-5) to give an overall risk score. The detail for each risk is contained in the risk management plan.

Risks are scored in accordance with the following scoring system:

Please find the latest version of our risk management plan here.