About the Campaign

2016 PROtect Integrity

 The “2016 PROtect Integrity” Erasmus+ project will provide face-to-face education to close to 15,000 European elite level and youth athletes in 11 countries (Denmark, Greece, France, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, France, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom) and at least 10 different sports (basketball, cricket, cycling, football, Gaelic sports, handball, ice hockey, indoor football, rugby, water polo, individual sports).

The project has started in January 2016 and will last for two years. With a total budget of over €612 000 and is co-financed by the European Commission, the EGBA, RGA and ESSA.

All 22 participating player associations will take part in Train the Trainer conference co-organised with Interpol in Lyon (France). Smaller meetings will be held to tackle specific issues and follow up on the implementation of the project. The education will be supported by athlete friendly key messages on posters, social media and an upgraded version of the internet site.

Action

Match fixing is a potential threat to everyone in sport. EU Athletes is determined to make sure that players are informed about sports betting integrity issues and that everyone knows the risks and the dangers of associating with match fixers.

We are leading the way in developing and promoting effective education programmes for players on sports betting integrity and the prevention of match fixing.  Working with our member player associations, our programmes are being rolled out across 13 European countries and 12 different sports.

To help the members deliver the education we are running tutor training conferences in Berlin and Athens in 2013. We are also providing support materials and a dedicated website with advice and help points.

The most important part of our education programme is that it is delivered through face-to-face sessions at clubs by people the players know and trust – their player associations. This is labour intensive but experience has shown it to be one of the best ways to get messages to players. 

Thanks to our funding from the European Commission and also the private betting companies we are also able to provide funding to our member player associations to help with the costs of team visits. 

History

EU Athletes was founded in 2007 to represent the collective views of European players to governments and sport. We have progressed rapidly and our federation now has more than 35 national player associations and sports trade unions in membership.  We cover more than 25.000 individual athletes across a range of Europe sports.  In 2009 EU Athletes decided to become part of the wider trade union labour movement by joining UNI Europa.

Thanks to the support of the members and the work of the staff, EU Athletes’ reputation has grown and it is now recognised as valuable stakeholders by the European Commission and the Council of Europe and we are represented on almost all European governmental sports forums.

In 2010 EU Athletes entered a partnership with the European Gaming and Betting Association to fund player education against match fixing. Together we developed and published the first Code of Conduct for athletes on sports betting issues. This set the guidelines for players about sports betting integrity issues. Since it was first published, our Code has been widely copied and adapted throughout sport.

In 2012 our education partnership was supported by the European Commission which provided additional funding to expand the education across many more countries and sports.