NOA Guide


This online guide for National Olympians Associations (NOAs) has been put together by WOA to provide information, tools and resources to help you become a more effective NOA. In each section there are templates that you can download and use, and examples of best practices from NOAs.

Over time, as objectives and practices evolve, this NOA guide will be reviewed and updated thanks to your work and input. Please let us know what you think, what would be helpful for you and how the NOA Guide can be the best it can be for you.   

Bookmark this page and check it regularly or contact the WOA team via if you have any questions or comments.

Joël Bouzou OLY


The overview addresses the following points

  • What is an NOA
  • How do I get involved?
  • What makes a good NOA?
  • NOA Guide topic areas
  • WOA contact

What is an NOA?

A National Olympians Association (NOA) is formed of a community of Olympians who align with the WOA’s Vision and aim to deliver activities that support the WOA’s Mission and Strategic Plan.

Please refer to the WOA constitution for further information on membership criteria of WOA. Further information and tools about NOA governance can be found within the Leadership and Governance Section.

How do I get involved?

There is a growing global network of NOAs.

If you are interested in becoming active in your Olympian community, you can search for the contact information of your NOA through the NOA Directory.

If your country does not have an NOA and you would be interested in forming one, please contact the WOA team.

What makes a good NOA?

The NOA Guide topic areas are based on addressing the NOA Key Performance Indicators that WOA has developed to help guide NOAs. The starting question when developing these KPIs was: What does 'good' look like for an NOA?

  1. Engage with NOA members regularly
  2. Maintain a close association with WOA
  3. Deliver Service to Olympians and Service to Society programmes and events
  4. Have an active leadership with good governance
  5. Have annual operations financed
  6. Engage with other stakeholders, including the NOC

Refer to the NOA checklist to ensure that your NOA is achieving its aims in alignment with the WOA mission.

NOA Guide topic areas

  1. Member Engagement
    • Four factors in communication
    • Templates for your NOA
  2. Branding and Marketing
    • Using the Olympic properties
    • Using OLY in your NOA activities
  3. Project Delivery
    • Understanding WOA Grants
    • Tools and Guides for your NOA projects
  4. Leadership and Governance
    • Structures for Good Governance
    • Membership of WOA
  5. Finance Management
    • Budgeting and Planning
    • Sources of funding
  6. Stakeholder Engagement
    • Working with your NOC
    • Working with other stakeholders

WOA contact

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute best practice from your NOA, please contact the WOA team.

You can also follow WOA via social media on Facebook and Twitter

Updated on 15 April 2019