The “2016 PROtect Integrity” Erasmus+ project 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 including football.
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.
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.
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.