Each sport has its own National Governing Body (NGB). They are responsible for the rules and regulations governing their respective sports.

A list of recognised sports and their NGBs can be found on the Sport England website.


Officials operate in many sports, each with their own set of laws and rules. Each sport’s National Governing Body will offer support and deliver officiating qualifications.

Skills Active helps to provide easier access to these qualifications and skills through training provisions within the sector.

The Young Officials programme is run by the Youth Sport Trust.

This programme helps National Governing Bodies to develop young sport officials throughout England. Young full-time volunteers lead a project working within their chosen NGB to act as a role model to inspire and support other young people. This also provides a local skilled workforce.


Volunteers can help deliver skills and experience to your club. The following volunteer networks allow you to create a profile so that active volunteers in the area can approach you with support:

East Hants and Havant Mind - Ambassador's in Sport Project 

At Havant and East Hants Mind a key part of their mission is to raise awareness and promote understanding about mental health (wellbeing, illnesses and services).

One of their community projects, the Ambassadors in Sport Project aims to do exactly this within sports clubs, like yours.  

Through the project they will work with your club, team or group to increase your knowledge of mental health awareness, local wellbeing services and how to access them. They will help you identify Ambassadors within your community, providing training specifically aimed at supporting and informing Ambassadors, as well as a whole club basic mental health awareness session.  

The communication between Ambassadors, their clubs and Havant and East Hants Mind helps to keep mental health high on the agenda and create a positive healthy environment for discussions about mental health.  

If you have any questions or would like to know more about becoming an Ambassador, please contact