Since 2010, the PPF has enjoyed a ground-breaking partnership with some of the UK’s leading betting operators to fund education for players against match fixing. This partnership has enabled us to support the development and delivery of online learning and face-to-face education in football, cricket, rugby union, golf, darts and snooker. We aim to ensure that our sportsmen and women in the UK are some of the best educated in the world about the dangers of match fixing.
The PPF is a founding member of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF). This forum brings together representatives from sport, betting operators, law enforcement and gambling regulation to help coordinate and support the fight against match fixing. SBIF is part of Britain's national platform to address the risks of match fixing and threats to sports betting integrity.
The Sports Betting Group (SBG) brings together representatives from across sport to provide leadership and to share good practice to address the risks from sports betting corruption. The group also provides a source of help and support for sports looking to put in place measures to protect the integrity of their sport.
Problem gambling is an issue which professional athletes can be up to four times more likely to suffer from. We have run two projects with GambleAware since 2014, the first to provide training for player association staff and the second to deliver an online resource to help educate players on this important area.
The PPF was a founding member of Sport Resolutions which is the UK’s sport specific, independent, dispute resolution body. Together with the British Athletes Commission, we nominate a member Director to help ensure that the views of athletes are represented within the governance of the UK’s sports dispute resolution panel.
The PPF is a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) and sits on their Major Spectator Sports Division. The opportunity to work with the major professional sports on areas of common interest and ensure that the views of players are recognised during policy discussions is an important part of our remit.
This partnership was strengthened when we established the Mental Health Charter for Sport with the SRA and MIND in 2015 to encourage and support sport to improve its support for mental health at the elite and grass roots levels.
UK Anti-Doping is the independent agency responsible for combatting doping in elite sport. As part of our ongoing relationship with UKAD, we nominate a representative onto its Athletes Panel to help ensure that the system reflects the needs and experiences of professional sportsmen and women.
The sports law team at Mills & Reeve, has a great reputation for sports law. Mark Hovell regularly attends PPF board meetings providing advice and input on a range of different issues our members are dealing with including contract negotiations, image rights, sports injury and insurance claims, endorsement/sponsorship, anti-doping regulations, representations before tribunals or tax planning.
The PPF has been an active member of EU Athletes since it was established in 2007. EU Athletes is the European federation of player associations covering many different countries and sports but always working to protect players’ interests in Europe and to help spread and share best practice between different player associations.
The Tom Maynard Trust is a sports charity set up in memory of an excellent cricketer whose life was tragically cut short. The Trust works closely with the PPF and its members to fund dual career education and lifestyle advice for athletes. They have kindly supported our Career Transition Week and Mental Health films.
The PPF has been working closely with MIND since 2014. In 2015, we launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport with them and the Sport & Recreation Alliance. This partnership allows us to benefit from MIND’s expertise on mental health as we work to help promote positive mental health across elite and grass roots sport.
We also actively participate in many of their campaigns including Time to Talk Day to help reduce any stigma around mental health in sport and society in general.