The Sports Betting Group (SBG) was formed in 2010 following the publication of the Report of the Sports Betting Integrity Panel (the Parry Report) commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Parry Report findings contained a number of recommendations for Government, sport, the betting industry and the Gambling Commission to strengthen the integrity of sport and betting markets.
One of the key recommendations was the formation of a sports betting group to provide leadership for sport and to share good practice on betting integrity matters, including the development of a Code of Practice.
The SBG is chaired by the Sport and Recreation Alliance which also provides the group’s secretariat function.
The SBG’s role is to:
The current SBG Terms of Reference can be found here.
“Bringing sports together to provide leadership and share good practice”
The SBG comprises representatives from across a wide range of sports and player associations. The current SBG members are:
|Simon Barker||Professional Players Federation|
|Brant Dunshea||British Horseracing Authority|
|Emma Boggis||Sport and Recreation Alliance (Chair)|
|Jamie Herbert||Premier League|
|Bruce Crawford||British Curling|
|Stephen Farrow/Meena Botros||Lawn Tennis Association|
|Duncan Gibson||Greyhound Board of Great Britain|
|Jacqui Johnston||British Rowing|
|Jenni Kennedy||The FA|
|Alys Lewis||Rugby Football Union|
|Nigel Mawer||World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association/Darts Regulation Authority|
|Jenny Nicholson||British Cycling|
|Tim Payton||Independent consultant|
|Graeme Sarjeant||Rugby Football League|
|Paul Scotney||Independent consultant|
|Leigh Thompson||Sport and Recreation Alliance|
|Chris Watts||England and Wales Cricket Board|
The SBG works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders both on a bilateral basis but also through the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) which brings together sports governing bodies, the Gambling Commission, law enforcement and betting operators in a collaborative approach to address the risks of sports betting corruption.
SBIF’s key function is to oversee delivery of the Sport and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan which sets out the national framework for protecting the integrity of sport and betting markets.
A number of SBG representatives sit on the SBIF. This ensures that the work of both groups is coordinated and that SBG’s views are taken into consideration in SBIF discussions. SBG members also assist the SBIF through its working groups.