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This section provides guidance on the policy and process by which Sports Councils in the UK recognise sports and Governing Bodies of Sport. This information will be of use to Governing Bodies of Sport who wish to apply for Sports Council recognition or for anyone with an interest in the way the recognition process works.

Recognition is a joint policy, operated by the five Sports Councils operating in the UK (Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and UK Sport). Under a new process introduced in 2010, applications for recognition of a sport, and a Governing Body for that sport, are dealt with together.

Recognition of sports and Governing Bodies of Sport is subject to application. Applications must be approved by all the Home Country Sports Councils, with the following exceptions:

  • Where a Governing Body of Sport operates in a single Home Country, recognition of the body requires the approval of that country‚Äôs Sports Council only.*
  • UK Sport also needs to approve the recognition of Great Britain and UK National Governing Bodies.

* For Northern Ireland, applications will also be considered for Governing Bodies of Sport that operate across the island of Ireland including Northern Ireland who wish to be recognised by Sport Northern Ireland.