The SATSport framework for effective governance in grassroots sports organisations

Simone Digennaro, Mark Lowther, Antonio Borgogni


This paper is based on a study that was initiated to better understand the dynamics of the grassroots sport landscape and establish a framework for effective governance practice in this important area of sport policy and management. Researchers had previously identified the value of exploring good governance specific to the non-profit sector and in particular the unique features of informal sports organisations and small community clubs. The research methodology blended a meta-analysis of relevant literature to identify key principles followed by primary data collection to evaluate and validate the emerging framework. The results of the study provided a typology of the sport governance landscape and clear evidence of the need to develop a framework for effective governance appropriate to the needs of grassroots sports organisations. Furthermore, it supported the construction of a flexible and dynamic self-regulatory instrument – known as SATSport- that organisations might consider for measuring and illustrating commitment to good governance.


SATSport, Governance, Grassroots Sport, Good Practice, Self-Assessment

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603