The Football Association of Wales (FAW) 2019 Integrity Tour, conducted by Sportradar Integrity Services; the world’s leading supplier of sports integrity solutions, is currently underway.
All 12 JD Cymru Premier teams will host an integrity workshop with a focus on education and match-fixing prevention. Informed by real-life situations and case studies, these workshops will feature interactive learning to ensure optimal engagement with all key stakeholders.
Key topics covered will include the motivations of match-fixers and their methods of recruiting targets, the potential risks and consequences of being involved in match-fixing, and the best practises to safeguard against these integrity risks.
Latest figures from Sportradar Integrity Services suggest that on average £745,000 is bet on each JD Cymru Premier match, an increase from £644,000 in 2017, marking the importance of education provisions given the growing betting marketplace surrounding Welsh football.
Speaking about the workshop, Andrew Whittingham, Head of Education for Integrity Services said: “The FAW have been long-standing partners of ours and have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to integrity down through the years.
"This is our third integrity tour in conjunction with the FAW, and it is really reaffirming to see the importance they continue to place on anti-match-fixing education. We look forward to visiting all 12 teams in the JD Cymru Premier and engaging with their players and staff once again over the coming weeks”.
Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the FAW added: "Dating back to 2014, we have worked alongside Sportradar’s specialists in the integrity field to deliver educational workshops to our teams as part of our overall integrity programme.
"This autumn will see these integrity workshops commence once again, as we at the FAW understand that this is no time to be standing still. Integrity risks are ever evolving, and our players and their teams will have the most up-to-date educational content delivered to them so they are ready to continue upholding their responsibilities to the Welsh game.”