This report presents the first study on the engagement of the host country’s National Governing Bodies of sport (NGB) with the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The project was designed and implemented by Dr Vassil Girginov from Brunel University and was supported by Sport England and UK Sport, who provided valuable advice and logistics. In particular, the study examined how NBGs leveraged the Games for capacity building by strengthening a range of core capabilities in an interconnected and holistic manner.
The UK Government has made a commitment to use the London 2012 Games to make the UK a world-leading sporting nation (DCMS, 2007). This promise could not have been achieved without developing the organisational capacities of NGBs who form the backbone of the UK national sport system.
Strengthening the work of NGBs is of strategic importance as they are entrusted with managing significant public funds and with providing services to a vast network of an estimated 150,000 affiliated sport clubs, over 5 million members, 14.7 millions of participants and over 3 million adults in England who volunteer in sport. In the run up to the Games (2009-2013), Sport England invested £450 million through 46 NGBs to deliver its strategy Growth, Sustain, Excel. In addition to allocations to individual NGBs there are over £3million for improving their governance and £16million for coaching development. NGBs’ role in helping to deliver a successful Olympic Games is multifaceted and crucial in the three phases of the event – before, during and after – in developing athletes, staffing competitions and drawing lessons from the Games respectively.
Editor's comments - [ The study interprets organisational capacity as an emergent combination of attributes, assets, capabilities and relationships that enables a NGB and its members to perform, develop and self-renew, and to create developmental value. ] Reference this?Girginov, V. (2013). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Girginov, (2013)
Reference : Girginov, V. (2013). UK National Governing Bodies of Sport leveraging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for organisational capacity building. London: Sport England
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