National Governing Bodies

What is a National Governing Body?

A National Governing Body (NGB) is the organisation in place to govern their sport e.g. Rugby Football Union (RFU). Typically, they are independent, self-appointed organisations that govern their sports through the common consent of the clubs and organisations within it.

Sport England formally recognise and identify a single lead NGB structure which governs a sport at UK, GB or home country level.

Our Work with NGB’s

Active Devon offer relevant support to NGB’s to help more people connect to the opportunities and services they provide. This work is often undertaken with the network of clubs and coaches locally.

Our work with NGB’s focuses on grassroots development and responding to the needs and wants of local communities to help more people to get active in Devon.

If you have any National Governing Body related queries in Devon, please contact

Innovation by NGB’s

Local innovation case study by England Golf

Churston Golf Club, Devon, affiliated to England Golf take new approaches to getting women to take up golf and join their club

  • 16 women trained through GolfMark
  • 60% went on to take out taster memebership at the club

Read the case study here

Our Work in Action

Our Work in Action

Active Devon have worked in partnership with England Athletics and more specifically their Run Together programme to grow and develop beginner running groups all over the Devon. Working with local community networks, workplaces, clubs and volunteers we have:

  • Established 46 new beginner running groups
  • Trained and supported over 100 leaders
  • Helped over 2400 people to start running