WILTSHIRE has become the first county FA to achieve The FA’s new Code of Governance for County Football Associations.

Wiltshire 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.

Last year, The FA became the first national 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 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 includes provisions for gender and ethnic diversity, and youth representation across the County.