Sports Integrity, e-learning for members, the DRA's involvement and the report on sporting integrity which places Darts as the No 1 sport for integrity.
The PDPA have introducing for the second year certain educational programmes for our members in 2020, including E-Learning packages which will be available on the website and sent directly to each of our new members.
These will be distributed at the start of the 2020 season following Q-School, full members are required to take the module every 3 years.
DARTS has been given a stamp of approval by the British public after topping an independent poll as the UK sport with the highest integrity.
The UK Sports Integrity Index by Portland polled over 2,000 members of the general public in June 2017-18 to measure the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK. To see the full report CLICK HERE
Schedule 6 Gambling Act 2005:
The DRA have now been added to schedule 6 effective as of December 2017. This means that they are now a recognised SGB under the act and the Gambling Commission can share information with them.
The DRA consider it is essential to maintain the integrity of the sport.
And to this end work closely with the Gambling Commission and betting operators to monitor betting activity on matches. Where there are suspicious or unusual betting patterns in relation to a match the DRA will be notified before the match is played.
The DRA works in partnership with Quest who provide an Integrity Unit and confidential contact lines. The Integrity Unit will assess and analyse information received on a confidential basis, reporting to the DRA Disciplinary Committee chair any matters that it considers may require further investigation and regulatory action.
The DRA welcomes any information relating to corruption in Darts including information on match fixing, gambling in Darts by participating players, or any other information relating to attempts by potential corruptors to compromise the players or match officials in any manner.
Such information can be passed to the Integrity Unit either through a confidential email: email@example.com or on the Darts Hotline: 07305 964578
The identity of any person sharing information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to anyone outside of the DRA without the specific permission of the person providing the information. The PDPA represented its members and the association at the ‘House of Commons’ as part of its commitment to the PPF ‘ Professional Players Association’ and its involvent in educating the participants in our sports, with a review of the PPF Education Programme on Sports Intergity.
PDPA CEO Alan Warriner-Little & Chairman Peter Manley attended the function at the house of commons which was also represented by all UK sports and the betting industry, and Tracey Crouch the Minister for Sport. Brendon Bateson OBE and chairman of the PPF hosted the afternoon which also saw ministers expressing their support to the integrity programme.
The PPF is proud to have led the way on educating sports people against match fixing, with the support of betting partners the funding and expertise has allowed our members to develop and support some of the best sport specific betting industry education programmes in the world. Working with the player associations means that the education can be tailor-made for the players in each sport. It is delivered by people the players know and trust and the tutors will have often played in that particular sporting field.
The philosophy is based around face to face education delivered by each association with the help of E-Learning and further interaction with their members including dedicated website resources, specially designed videos and social media.
The PPF is a member of the UK’s sports betting groups, the sports betting integrity forum and an expert group on match fixing. Looking into 2018, one of the challenges we continue to face is the high turnover of players which means the messages we give need to be fresh, entertaining and relevant in order to better engage players. Brendan