The “Integriball Grassroots and Women’s football” Project takes on a unique perspective, developing and disseminating a multidisciplinary, comprehensive education programme focusing on protecting grassroots (U16-18) and Women’s football players in Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece and Malta from threats of sport manipulation and other related sport-regulatory or criminal activities.
Young players and female football players have been receiving limited attention with regard to comprehensive education against sports manipulations and match-fixing – nonetheless, they are exposed to the same-if not higher- risks, and in certain terms are even more vulnerable. Low media attention, low salaries for professional female players, more flexible regulations and more influence from the public on competitions are all very high-risk factors. In recent years, with increasing attention and sponsoring being given to youth tournaments-not to mention the increasing rate of minors participating in senior tournaments, a concrete need to address and educate young players has developed.
This is the fact, that Project Partners, Stichting CSCF Royal Belgian Football Association The Cyprus Football Association Football Association of the Czech Republic Hellenic Football Federation Malta Football Association Ghent University The Global Lottery Monitoring System together with their supporting partners, UEFA and Council of Europe ,aim to counteract: by using internationally recognized experts’ knowledge to develop curriculum and train local trainers to disseminate the information on fighting sport manipulation to football players.