#GoodGovernanceSport dissemination event was held in Sofia, Bulgaria
01.03.2019
On March 1, 2019, a round table was held at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", which brought together representatives of more than 40 sports organizations and made them familiar with the results of an extensive survey of the websites of 56 sports organizations at national and European level aimed at establishing to what extent the sports structures ensure transparency of the decisions made and the financial operations they perform, which are already in the final stage. Full details of the survey data are available at www.eusport.org/GoodGovernance (English) and were presented in detail at the event. The framework of the Erasmus+ Sport Program and the opportunities for financing projects in the field of sport from the European Union was also presented during the event.

#GoodGovernanceSport project is coordinated by the Bulgarian sports development association. #GoodGovernanceSport - 590305-EPP-1-2017-1-BG-SPO-SCP / and is co-funded by Erasmus + Sport of the European Commission / Strategic Partnerships in Sport / partnership of 7 countries, which will last for 30 months, starting on 01/01/2018. The #GoodGovernanceSport project aims to find a way to analyze, collect and promote good practices for appropriate visibility of decisions made and made, responsible bodies and transparency of sports organizations in Europe and partner countries. The project will include training for young sports leaders in Italy, to be held in late May 2019, as well as training of representatives of sports organizations planned for the end of 2019 in Hungary. The Good Governance in Sport project will also provide an opportunity for on-line training of stakeholders in the field of sport as well as a practical handbook with tips for improving the processes in sports organizations.

Highlights of the research report:

Almost 80% of the analyzed sport organizations can be considered social media friendly and have indicated clear link between their websites and the social media channels they use for communication of their messages and updates.
44.6% of analyzed sport structures have published their strategic documents such as vision, strategy, goals and milestones on their webpages.
62.5% of analyzed sport organizations havent published the values of their organization on their webpage. On national level only 25% of the organizations ensured that such data available online.
76.8% of the analyzed websites include list of members of the organization for public review.
Only 48.2% of the analyzed organization had traces of safety and security, inclusion and anti-discrimination policies and initiatives on their webpages and more than half of the analyzed websites do not contain any information about such policies.
71.4% of all analyzed organizations has published in their webpages their Statute or other basic document that regulates how the organization works as a indicator for transparency and open government.
Separate news section for publishing decisions and news about the management of the organization is available in 50% of the analyzed organizations and is missing from the webpages of another 50% of sport structures that has been analyzed.
57.1% of the organizations havent published any board decisions on their public portals in any way and this information is hardly reachable from both project researchers and wide public that might be interested to see how the concrete organization operates. 42.9% of all analyzed organizations have published relevant information and it is available with possibility to be traced over the time.
The information is updated at least every six months only by 37.5% of all analyzed organizations, while 62.5% of analyzed sport structures update their websites less regularly or even do not update the website at all.
Almost 70% of the analyzed sport organizations havent published any documents from their management meetings minutes or conclusions.
83.9% of overall analyzed sport organizations had published list of their management/management boards.
Data for the biographical background of board members is available in 33.9% of analyzed websites and is missing on 66.1% of the portals.
Educational and profesional path of board members until their present position in the analyzed sport organization is available only at 13 of them that are forming 23.2% and it is missing in 43 organizations, 76.8% of all analyzed sport federations.
Only 9 organizations (16.1%) have considered publishing the scope of responsibilities of their management and 83.9% doesnt included such division on their webpages.
Only 8 organizations has published information about the participation/functions, held by each board member in other institutions, forming 14.3% of all analyzed organizations and in 48 of the analyzed structures such information is unavailable that forms 85.7% of sport organizations that result with missing data on this indicator.
Almost 70% of the analyzed sport organizations have developed supporting/controlling bodies and information about those structures and their activities is available on the public portals.
64.3% of analyzed organizations havent published information regarding the board management change process and mandate.
Publication of financial reports has been found in the public portals of 12 of the analyzed organizations, forming 21.4%. Almost 80% of the organizations (78.6%) havent published such data.
75% of analyzed public platforms of national and European sport organizations do not include their annual report. The annual report for each year of the existence of the organization is available for only 4 sport organizations, representing 7.1% of all 56 analyzed federations.
21.4% of all analyzed organizations ensured the availability of information regarding the different funding sources that form their budget, while 78.6% of the organizations havent published documents that ensure tracing this data.

In the full report you will find out more information about the details of the implemented research and different information regarding the good governance in sport. Project team strongly believes that the research will serve for improvement of the public portals of sport related organizations and will contribute to the overall improvement of governance processes in sport sector.
Full report is available at: www.eusport.org/GoodGovernance

During the event the participants also became acquainted with the forthcoming activities under the project "Sports Diplomacy Academy".