PROtect Integrity Wrap-up Meeting

PROtect Integrity Wrap-up Meeting

The staff of our Erasmus+ “2016 PROtect Integrity” project met last week in Amsterdam for the final project meeting. The main goal of the meeting was to review and evaluate the project so far and discuss the remaining actions, including the ongoing research, led by prof. David Forrest and based on responses collected from players’ questionnaires, aiming to evaluate the integrity education delivered by player association during team visits. The paper and other outputs of the project will be published before the end of the year.

Besides project’s main focus on delivering face-to-face integrity education to 15 000 players in Europe, the project has included many other activities and positive developments, such as successful #PROtectIntegrity social media campaign, meetings covering specific issues as well as dialogue and cooperation with essential stakeholders.

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PROtect Integrity Dissemination Conference

PROtect Integrity Dissemination Conference

With our Erasmus+ project “2016 PROtect Integrity” concluding at the end of the year, we have organized the Dissemination Conference in Barcelona on 25-27th of September. The goal of this event was to share the first results of the project, share best practices and partners’ experiences through the project and to further discuss issues related to match-fixing and the player unions’ role in protecting the integrity of sport.

The Conference has gathered around 50 participants representing national player unions (from and outside project consortium) and other organizations such as  FIFPro, IRPA, PPF, World Players, Europol, ESSA, RGA and National Platforms from France and Denmark. The delegates had an opportunity to get an update on completed and ongoing project activities of the project, particularly the academic research led by prof. David Forrest, as well as best practices presented by partner player associations. With the ambition to go further in order to tackle match-fixing, the second day included interventions on initiatives and cooperation against match fixing.

The Conference took place during the European Week of Sport, which is strongly supported by EU Athletes and its members. As a part of the project, we have prepared a short video available here, which features elite players from around Europe, united in the #BeActive and #PROtectIntegrity message addressed to grassroots level and young athletes.

The PROtect Integrity initiative will continue next year, with the Erasmus+ project “PROtect Integrity Plus”.

 

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EU Athletes application PROtect Integrity+, selected for EU co-funding as part of Erasmus+ Sport Programme

EU Athletes application PROtect Integrity+, selected for EU co-funding as part of Erasmus+ Sport Programme

In April 2016, EU Athletes have submitted an application to the Erasmus+ Sport Programme for a project related to Matchfixing  : PROtectIntegrity+.

Last week the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, also known as EACEA, selected EU Athletes to receive a funding of 204.656€ between January 2018 and December 2019 to implement the action.

This grant will be complementary to the financial support offered by the private betting operator, EGBA, ESSA and RGA who have been co-funders of our education program since 2010.

For Yves KUMMER, President of EU Athletes, it’s a great opportunity to continue working to protect the integrity of sport in Europe:

We have now a long history with the private betting operators, they were the first one to believe that player Unions could implement a European wide prevention and education program directly to players. This new project will focus on whistleblowing and reporting and will offer to players, in 8 countries and 8 different sports, new tools to report any forms of approaches. This is something that doesn’t exists yet.

Over the last couple of years the private betting operators have supported the EU Athletes initiatives and for Khalid ALI, General Secretary of ESSA, it’s a new chapter that is about to start in 2018.

We have been working together with EU Athletes for more than 7 years now and we are really this partnership will continue for at least an other 2 years. Integrity of sport is fundamental for private betting operators and we are looking forward to this new project.

The first meeting of PROtectIntegrity+ is scheduled for the last week of January 2018 in Paris, France.

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PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table – Stockholm

PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table – Stockholm

On the 25-26th of April in Stockholm, the third and final Catch-up Round Table has taken place. Besides being an opportunity for 10 participating player associations to give a feedback about the implementation of the project and discuss with the staff, it was focused on problem gambling within professional athletes. During the workshop led by an expert from Sporting Chance Clinic

Following the presentation, round table and discussion, participants explored the areas such as education, player welfare, recognizing and dealing with gambling problem, the need for improved sport governance and the recognition of player welfare in order to properly deal with the issue.

The next meeting organized under Erasmus+ 2016 PROtect Integrity project – the Dissemination Conference, will take place in Barcelona, Spain, 25-27th of September 2017.

 

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PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Milan

PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Milan

The second Catch-up Round Table organized in the frame of our Erasmus+ 2016 PROtect Integrity project has taken place in Milan, 21-22nd of February. The main focus of the meeting was the national cooperation against match fixing and the involvement of player associations within the process. To discuss this topic, we have invited Cassandra Fernandes from the Council of Europe in order to exchange on the added value of the player associations’ involvement in the national platforms. The meeting was equally an opportunity for partners to share their experiences from team visits and implementation the project at the national level. The project staff meeting followed, with the research on the quality of match fixing education, social media campaign planned for the EWoS 2017 and the Dissemination Conference being the main points on the agenda. The final Catch-up Round Table will take place in Stockholm in April. 

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PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Dublin

PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Dublin

In the frame of our Erasmus+ #PROtectIntegrity project, we had the first Catch-up Round Table, held in Dublin on 14-15th of November 2016. The first purpose of the meeting was to work on communication and social media and how it can be best used by the player associations to spread the integrity message. The second day was dedicated to exchanges on the implementation of the project at the national level and further ideas to improve the campaign. Upcoming Round Tables will be held in Milan and Stockholm and will focus respectively on the Macolin Convention’s National Platforms and addictions.

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