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PFA Scotland will be hosting a national conference, this Wednesday and Thursday, as part of the Don’t Fix It  project. The players union has invited speakers from across the football, sport and legal world, in order to take the next step in the project: the creation of a national education and awareness programme.


As part of a FIFPro and UEFA Initiative which is also co-founded by the European Commission, PFA Scotland is one of nine participating countries in the "Don't Fix It" Project. The project is aimed at improving education and awareness throughout European football on the issue of match fixing, and therefore assuring that the integrity of football is maintained. 


To launch the programme a transnational conference was held in Budapest, Hungary at the beginning of June and Jack Ross from PFA Scotland led a delegation from Scotland which included other stakeholders in our game such as the SFA and the SPFL.


While the conference offered in depth and latest information on match fixing it also provided the catalyst for each of the nine participating countries to prepare their own National conference, at which attendees will increase their knowledge of the issue and hopefully ratify a proposed education and awareness programme.


PFA Scotland has already undertaken significant educational work in the area of sports betting integrity over the past two to three years and is pleased that the structured approach now taken by the Don't Fix It Project will continue to assist in the protection of football in Scotland.


Furthermore, FIFPro has welcomed the recent initiative taken by governments with respect to the threat of match-fixing, shown by the adoption of the "Declaration of Berlin" which amongst other subjects, calls upon governments, sports organisations, law enforcement and other agencies to preserve the integrity of sport.


PFA Scotland is hosting Scotland's National Conference in the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August 2013.  There will be invited speakers from across the football, sport and legal world including the following:


  • Tony Higgins, FIFPro Board Member
  • Kevin Carpenter, Solicitor Hill Dickinson
  • Ian Smith, President Professional Cricketers’ Association FICA
  • Bill South, Director of Security William Hill
  • Joachim Walltin, President, Norwegian Players Union
  • Kate Johnston, Crimestoppers
  • Jack Ross, PFA Scotland
  • David Brand, Integrity and Security Officer, SFA
  • Andrew McKinlay, Head of Football Governance SFA
  • Graham Peaker, Intelligence Coordinator UEFA


There will also be invited delegates from all the major stakeholders within Scottish football.


Photo: Kevin Carpenter and Tony Higgins also attended the Budapest training conference