Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Vester Voldgade 100, 2, DK-1552 Copenhagen, Denmark +45 29 48 55 51 /


DGI, Denmark

Contact Person

  • Søren Riiskjær
  • Steen Tinning


1. What is the meaning of Grassroots sport for you?

    Sport is about body activity and movement practised on a voluntary basis with the primary purpose of working out and getting exercise. Grassroots sports are organized by the active – often in various forms of network of volunteers. Grassroots sports can also be organised in associations and the associational organised sport can support and cooperate with the self-organised grassroots initiatives.


    2. How do you define Good governance?


    … as general concept?

    In broad terms governance relates to management decision processes. How are decisions made and realised – or not realised? Governance concerns formal organisations as well as various forms of network. In general, good governance is characterised by a high degree of openness, transparency, accountability and democracy. If the organisation or network administers financial funds (contingents, donations, sponsorships, public contributions, etc.) it will be good governance to administer these funds on the basis of the political decisions in the organisation or network and in compliance with the administrational principles of economy, productivity and efficiency.


    … when referred to the Grassroots Sport?

    Good Governance in Grassroots Sport can be defined within the same frame with the crucial addition that the management decision processes should be organised in a manner that promotes involvement and commitment of the volunteers, possible politicians and employees in the network or organisation in question.





    3. What are your organisations priorities and main principles in good governance in grassroots sport?

      DGI operates on the basis of two fundamental values: A humanistic view of humanity and democratic participation.

      A humanistic view of humanity.

      A humanistic view of humanity builds on the respect for the individual human beings’ right to develop freely and responsibly and this involves


      • Respect for the individual human being and its possibility of having an impact on the outside world
      • The right for everybody to develop freely while being responsible to the community
      • Acknowledgement of the individual’s importance and value


      Democratic participation.

      Democracy concerns organisation form and decisions – and more than that. To a great extent democracy is also social conventions and a way of thinking. Democratic participation entails dialogue, broadness and openness.


      This means that

      • Openness and transparency are at the root of the decision processes.
      • DGI support the individual’s commitment and participation in the joint decisions.
      • DGI respects the right to different opinions and expressing them.
      • Active participation and commitment are prerequisites for participating in the joint matters.
      • Decision processes in DGI are based on dialogue and cooperation.
      • Ultimately, the majority makes the decision concerning necessary joint matters while respecting the minority.


      On this background the democratic participation is an attitude that forms the basis of every decision and in a broader sense the development of communities in DGI.


      4. What kind of skills and experiences should ”board members – political leaders in sport” have to meet the requirements and principles of Good Governance?

        Board members and other political leaders have to be able to live in accordance with the values of Good Governance in practice – on the personal and humane level, too. The individual board of directors or management groups should be capable of practicing strategic management, political communication and promoting involvement and commitment among the volunteers, possible politicians and other relevant parties in and surrounding the network or organisation in question.