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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Uni World Athletes executive meeting in Toronto

Uni World Athletes executive meeting in Toronto

Held at the NHLPA offices’ in Toronto, this meeting gathered the most important union representatives of the planet.

First meeting of the year for #UWA executive committee. Held at the NHLPA office in Toronto, Athletes representatives from around the world, held a 3 days meeting to discuss important issues for athletes such as CAS, the next Rio Olympics or Anti-doping.

For Jean-François REYMOND, General Secretary of EUAthletes, this meeting was a unique opportunity to exchange views and discuss the strategy of the group moving forward “Uni World Athletes is a really important vehicle for our members, not only because of the long standing relationship we have with UNI GLOBAL but because unionized athletes need a global voice and this voice is #UWA.  Issues are now genuinely global for our members and they need a coordinated response. This meeting allowed us the finalize our strategy. Our road map is really clear and it’s time for actions”
The next meeting of #UWA will take place in July in Amsterdam and an other one is schedule already for November 2016 in Europe.

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New board members elected

New board members elected

Natalia Orive is the first women ever to seat on EU Athletes’ executive board.

During the last EU Athletes General Assembly two new members: Natalia Orive from Spanish Female Indoor Football Players Association (AJFSF) and Vasilis Minoudis from Hellenic Professional Volleyball Players Association (HPVPA) have been elected to join EUA Board.

Brendon Batson from Professional Players Federation (PPF) has been re-elected for another three years term. Special recognition must be given to Natalia, who is the first woman ever to sit on EU Athletes’ Executive Board. 

By: Paulina Tomczyk

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2016 PROtect Integrity Conference

2016 PROtect Integrity Conference

In the frame of our Erasmus+ project, 2016 PROtect Integrity conference co-organized in partnership with Interpol has taken place in Lyon, France between 13-15 of April.

During two busy days, the representatives of player unions have participated in Train the Trainer seminar led by Daniela Giuffre from Interpol Integrity in Sport Unit. The program included sessions on integrity in sport, session planning or practical case studies, which have led to interesting exchanges between trade union members and Interpol, working together for the first time. With newly acquired Interpol’s certificates, the participants will soon start delivering face to face match-fixing education via team visits.

The conference was enriched with the interventions from George Paterson related to the European Commission’s role in the fight against match-fixing and Yvonne Nolan, on the Rugby World Cup 2016 Integrity Programme. Sessions on social media and communications and the practical aspects of Erasmus+ project implementation completed the 3 days seminar.

The last day of the event coincided with the #EUSportIntegrityDay held on the 15th of April every year and once again was an opportunity to express our commitment to fight against match fixing. 

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Futsal players support #PROtectIntegrity

Futsal players support #PROtectIntegrity

EU Athletes members: AJFS and AJFSF have undertaken a great initiative promoting #PROtectIntegity around the friendly match between the national futsal teams of Spain and Poland.

On the 25th of January 2016 in Madrid, Spain the AJFS(Spanish Indoor Football Players Association)and the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol organized an international friendly match between the national teams of futsal of Spain and Poland. For the Spanish team, who won 9:2 (5:2), this game was the last test before the UEFA Euro Futsal 2016 that is currently taking place in Serbia.

The main game was preceded by a game between former futsal players from AJFS and professional female futsal players from AJFSF (Spanish Female Indoor Football Players Association). Both players associations are EU Athletes’ members, actively carrying out the#PROtectIntegrity campaign and have seized the opportunity for raising awareness around the problem of match-fixing.

By: Paulina Tomczyk

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EU Sport Forum 2016

EU Sport Forum 2016

EU Sport Forum is a unique annual opportunity for the main stakeholders to engage with the European Commission and to debate on the European Union’s policy in the field of sport. This year, it has taken place in The Hague, The Netherlands, 9-10 of March.

Around 330 delegates participated in this event, in order to discuss key issues such as the role of sport in the social inclusion of immigrants, good governance of sport organization and the 2016 edition of the European Week of Sport. The development of the EU sport policy, the work plan and roles of different working groups were given plenty of attention as well. During the session on results of the 2013 Preparatory Actions in the field of sport, EU Athletes has presented the PDM project, which has allowed to identify best practices and reinforce the players’ associations support for dual careers through exchange visits and job shadowing.  

By: Paulina Tomczyk

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