Isle of Man Sport currently recognise 28 sports and Governing Bodies of Sport (GBS) which can be found here.

The aim of recognition is to confirm that a Governing Body of Sport is the sole body which governs a particular sport through the common consent of the sport itself. Gaining status as a recognised sport and the recognised Governing Body of Sport for a sport does not confer any additional rights, authority or endorsement by Isle of Man Sport and nor does it mean that a Governing Body of Sport is eligible to receive funding from Isle of Man Sport.

A recognised Governing Body of Sport would be expected to be performing the following functions within its jurisdiction:

  • Administer the practice and participation of its sport
  • Control and regulate the sporting environment
  • Develop its sport
  • Influence both members and organisations of which it is a member

If your sport is not currently listed as a recognised sport by Isle of Man Sport and your Governing Body of Sport wishes to apply to become a recognised sport, please read and go through the checklist here to check whether you are in a position to apply.

If you have any queries around the engagement process or require further information or clarification, please contact Louise, our Sports Liaison Officer, via email:

*Please note that Isle of Man Sport cannot be involved in the formation of a Governing Body of Sport.*