ROLE

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:

  • Bring together sports bodies to discuss sports betting integrity issues and, where appropriate, promote co-ordinated action on integrity matters.
  • Develop and maintain the Sports Betting Group Code of Practice.
  • Communicate to sports bodies the importance of protecting their sports from the threats posed by sports betting corruption.
  • Provide help, guidance and support to sports bodies to put in place measures to protect against sports betting corruption.
  • Engage with Government and other relevant parties including the Gambling Commission, the Sports Betting Integrity Forum and the betting industry to recommend improvements to the legislative and regulatory regime.

The current SBG Terms of Reference can be found here.

“Bringing sports together to provide leadership and share good practice”

MEMBERSHIP

The SBG comprises representatives from across a wide range of sports and player associations. The current SBG members are:

RepresentativeOrganisation
Simon BarkerProfessional Players Federation
Brant DunsheaBritish Horseracing Authority
Emma BoggisSport and Recreation Alliance (Chair)
Jamie HerbertPremier League
Bruce CrawfordBritish Curling
Stephen Farrow/Meena BotrosLawn Tennis Association
Duncan GibsonGreyhound Board of Great Britain
Jacqui JohnstonBritish Rowing
Jenni KennedyThe FA
Alys LewisRugby Football Union
Nigel MawerWorld Professional Billiards and Snooker Association/Darts Regulation Authority
Jenny NicholsonBritish Cycling
Tim PaytonIndependent consultant
Graeme SarjeantRugby Football League
Paul ScotneyIndependent consultant
Leigh ThompsonSport and Recreation Alliance
Chris WattsEngland and Wales Cricket Board

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

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.

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