It is not the role of the Sports Councils to establish or appoint Governing Bodies of Sporting activities. Governing Bodies of Sport are typically independent, self-appointed organisations that govern their sports through the common consent of their sport. The aim of the recognition process is to identify a single lead Governing Body of Sport structure which governs a sport at a UK, GB, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or in the case of Northern Ireland, an Ulster or Island of Ireland level. The recognition criteria focus on establishing if a Governing Body of Sport has achieved a position of pre-eminence in governing a particular sport and if it has put in place a reasonable level of organisation and governance. Sports Council Recognition of a National Governing Body of Sport is not a guarantee of funding and neither does it mean the Sports Council have approved or accredited the quality of its programmes. Recognition does not bestow any official powers on a Governing Body of Sport to govern its sport.