Our experience

Since I Trust Sport was founded in 2013, the company has been involved in some of the most significant sports governance projects at national and international level, taking on client work from 12 countries.

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Governance reviews of International Federations

I Trust Sport has conducted almost 200 governance reviews, including all of the Olympic International Federations, both summer and winter, four times since 2017.

In June 2022 the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) published the Fourth Review of International Federation Governance, reporting on the governance performance of the 33 international sports federations that were part of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. A similar study of the seven winter Olympic sports federations was published in December 2022.

As for each previous edition, I Trust Sport managed the overall process, preparing and distributing questionnaires, conducting a detailed moderation of self-assessment responses, analysing findings and writing the overall report, plus detailed results for each of the participating organisations.

In 2019, I Trust Sport was commissioned to carry out governance reviews of a group of over 50 non-Olympic International Federations.

- Reviews of summer Olympic sports: 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022

- Reviews of winter Olympic sports: 2018, 2020, 2022

- Review of over 50 non-Olympic sports

- Example of a detailed study of an individual sport

Governance reviews of International Federations

Client projects across 12 countries

So far, I Trust Sport has taken on client projects from the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Norway, North Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, the UAE and the USA.

Client projects across 12 countries

Work with national and international institutions

I Trust Sport has produced research for organisations such as the Council of Europe and OECD on sports governance.

Some specific examples of our work include:

  • International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) – supporting the development of an international sports governance benchmark for this multi-stakeholder platform
  • European Olympic Committees – partnering in the GAMES project to promote gender equality in leadership of National Olympic Committees, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
  • Code for Sports Governance in the UK – Founder Rowland Jack helped to develop the Code, which sets mandatory standards for national federations and major events that receive public funding
  • Sports Governance Academy– Rowland is the leader for two training courses

Work with national and international institutions

Commentators and speakers on sporting issues

I Trust Sport has published a variety of articles on sports governance topics including in these media:

Play the Game

Governance and Compliance Magazine

Compromiso Empresarial (Spain)


LSE Review of Books

(See the blog for more details of articles)

Rowland Jack regularly speaks at conferences and universities, including:

International Compliance Association Annual Conference

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Open Data Switzerland

Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate Crime and Investigations

Loughborough University

Birkbeck, University of London

ICSA: The Governance Institute

MESGO course supported by UEFA

Legal Panel Framework established by Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport and Sport England

EOC EU Office / POINTS Project

International Netball Federation Congress

Ed Hawkins is a subject matter expert on gambling corruption and human trafficking in sports. He has regularly appeared on live television and radio and spoken at conferences.

Commentators and speakers on sporting issues

Advising sponsors

With our unique experience of the global sports governance landscape, I Trust Sport can assist with due diligence and risk assessments for potential partnerships.

We also help current commercial partners in sport to have a meaningful and responsible influence on organisations they support.

Advising sponsors

Advising individuals

I Trust Sport has advised individuals associated with sports bodies who want to promote governance reforms.

Advising individuals
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