Assurance and governance case studies

Sports Business Group

Controls review & risk assessment

UK Sport and British Cycling – Organisational and risk review
Deloitte were commissioned by British Cycling and UK Sport to conduct an independent review to assess the impact of the creation of Team Sky on British Cycling’s World Class Performance Programme (WCPP). Our report analysed the operational arrangements between the WCPP and Team Sky together with an assessment of how any risks arising under the existing framework were mitigated. Our work assisted both British Cycling and Team Sky to ensure that their performance targets were supported in the best way.

European Rugby Cup Limited (ERC) – Governance review
Deloitte were asked to assist with a brief review of ERC’s corporate governance framework to ensure ERC is adopting appropriate standards of corporate governance practice, enabling it to effectively deliver its strategic aims. Our work included consultations, workshops and benchmarking of corporate governance standards across other sports to provide recommendations to the ERC Board.

UK Sport – Modernisation of National Governing Bodies
UK Sport chose the Sports Business Group to conduct a high-level review of the Modernisation Programme for National Governing Bodies (NGBs), entitled ‘Investing in Change’. This crucial project aimed to help NGBs move towards more effective and efficient operations and help Sports Councils and Government to clearly prioritise funding to support NGBs in their modernisation.

Improving governance

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) – Organisational structure review
We delivered a comprehensive review of the FIVB’s organisational structure to assist its incoming President in his strategic thinking. Following extensive internal consultation and benchmarking with relevant international governing bodies, we proposed a number of changes to the organisation structure which are currently being implemented.

Professional Cycling Team – Process excellence review
We were asked to independently review the controls, communication and governance structures in place at a professional cycling team to identify areas where they could be strengthened. Our findings were presented to the Board and were incorporated into the team’s strategic and operational plans.

Major European football club – Benchmarking best practice
We reviewed the organisation structure and corporate governance of a major European football club, including the provision of best practice examples from across a range of sports clubs. Our work formed the basis of a major reorganisation of the club’s strategy.

Middle East Sports Club – Governance structure review
We were appointed to advise on the organisational restructuring of a sports club in the Middle East. Our analysis resulted in recommendations to the client regarding the club’s governance structure and commercial and property assets, coupled with a practical implementation plan.