A National Sport Governing Body (NSGB) is an organization that governs and administers a sport on a national scale.  All NSGB’s must demonstrate that it has an appropriate constitutional structure and control the environment of its sport.  A recognised NSGB is responsible for the following:

  1. Promote its sport
  2. Manage the rules and regulations of its sport, including anti-doping, child protection and equality;
  3. Prepare and implement a vision and strategic plan for its sport and determine how it will be implemented locally and internationally;
  4. Implement a governance framework for its sport;
  5. Encourage and grow participation;
  6. Develop coaches, athletes, officials and participants;
  7. Organise and host competitions.

Recognized National Sport Governing Bodies

The Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation provides financial and advisory support to National Sports Governing Bodies to assist them with their sports development programmes.  Department assistance is also provided to maximize sports participation and to encourage the pursuit of athletic excellence among their elite athletes.

In order to be eligible for support, all National Governing Bodies must meet the criteria with this NSGB Recognition Policy.