Code of Governance





Northumberland FA evidenced full compliance with the regional Code of Governance which sets a higher precedent than the current gold standard for sport and aims to provide support and guidance to those running the grassroots game up and down the country.


In January 2020, The FA became the first national governing body in English sport to introduce a regional Code of Governance, with a number of other sports now following the model which has been endorsed by Sport England. The Code itself represents a ‘Gold Standard’ of governance, made up of 65 requirements based on Sport England and UK Sport’s Code for Sports Governance.


The requirements within the code means each County FA can assess their current practices against the highest standard of corporate governance in football, supporting their development and ensuring they have the structures, functional operations and decision-making processes in place to offer the best possible service to the game at a local level. The code also includes provisions for gender diversity, ethnic diversity and youth representation across the County FA network.


All 50 CFAs have self-assessed against the Code and are committed to improving their governance, with Northumberland FA becoming the latest to be awarded with the County FA Code of Compliance logo, which can be used on County FA external and internal communications channels.


Andrew Rose-Cook, Chief Executive at Northumberland FA said: "We're delighted to have achieved this standard, which recognises that the service we provide is of the highest quality. I hope that it will demonstrate to everyone involved in grassroots football in our area that Northumberland FA upholds the highest standards in all of our work, and take confidence from our commitment to continuous development of  high quality governance of the game."


Tim Foster, Head of Operations at The FA, said:  “As the national sport that millions of people play and support across the country, it’s vitally important that The FA and the County FAs serve and lead the game as effectively as possible. Through this Code of Governance for County FAs, we have set out how they can enhance their governance at county level and ultimately deliver an even better service to their communities. I’d like to congratulate Northumberland FA in becoming fully compliant and look forward to seeing many other County FAs achieve this same standard as their ongoing work progresses.”

For further information on the Code of Governance for County FAs, please see here.