News from the European Lotteries
Our partner, the European Lotteries (EL) had an action-packed September. Here is a short summary of their activities in the first month of the autumn.
European Commission Sport Unit Breakfast welcomes EL
On the 17th of September, EL was invited to take part in the Sport Unit Breakfast to present how lotteries are supporting and using sport. EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier highlighted the importance of promoting the values of sport and the sustainable financing from national lotteries.
"Supporting sport and sharing its values – responsibility, sustainability and integrity – is in the DNA of lotteries", said Mr Höltkemeier.
"National lotteries in Europe are primary partners of sport and for decades, EL members have provided it with sustainable financing of more than 2bn EUR per year – mainly to grassroots sport but also to professional sports and sport infrastructures. Safeguarding lottery funding is essential for all these levels", he added.
EL members finance numerous projects in the EU to benefit sport and society. Furthermore, a strong commitment to safeguarding the inspirational value and sports integrity has always been a core objective in all national lottery operations. EL is a founding member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the lotteries’ integrity body.
Gilles Maillet, Director of Sport Integrity at La Française des Jeux (FDJ) gave an example of lotteries and sport in France: "FDJ supports sport and its values, both in terms of lottery funding and promoting a fair, clean sport without doping, match-fixing and manipulation. We are one of the founding members of the French National Platform against match-fixing and an active member of GLMS. By working with authorities to propose and help develop legislation, we can promote legal betting and international cooperation worldwide."
A strong commitment in the fight against sports manipulations was emphasised with a reference to the Macolin Convention, which entered into force on 1 September 2019. Since the early stage, EL has advocated for and supported the Convention and urges more countries around the world to sign and ratify it.
Participants of the Breakfast were impressed by the amount of funding regularly given to sports, but even more by the reliable approach lotteries use by adding responsibility and integrity as important rules to their engagement. They asked for more communication on this and agreed that the supportive approach of lotteries has to be secured.
Alexandre Husting, Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Attaché of the Permanent Representation of Luxemburg to the EU concluded that "Public lotteries are indeed a strong and necessary partner for supporting good causes, and sport is for sure one of them".
EL & the European Week of Sport 2019
EL is an official partner of the European Week of Sport and continues to work closely with its members and like-minded associations. Invited by the European Commission, EL was honoured to be present, together with ENGSO at the Opening Ceremony in Finland on 23 September.
Just like in previous years, EL members planned their activities in order to encourage their citizens to #BeActive and engage in an active lifestyle. EL is proud that its members promote the European Week of Sport in their respective countries through activities, projects and communication platforms. Here are just a few examples from EL members:
OPAP, Greece: During the European Week of Sport, OPAP supported activities that took place in 128 Sport Academies all over Greece, involving almost 10.000 children, parents and coaches. Activities included mixed team football matches between parents and children, girls and boys; parent football training; aerobics event for their members; and a beach soccer tournament. Here you can read OPAP's report on the European Week of Sport.
Jogos Santa Casa, Portugal: For the 5th consecutive year, Jogos Santa Casa is the main sponsor of the cycling event, Subida à Glória, that dates back to 1910. On the 21st of September, a cycling race, open to everyone, took place in Lisbon where cyclists pedal 265 meters up a slope of over 17 percent. All climbs are timed to select the best four timings for men and women who compete for the semi-finals and the Grand Final. In general, Santa Casa supports sport in Portugal contributing to its promotion to Portuguese citizens. It sponsors 16 sports federations, 97 national senior teams, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Committees of Portugal.
Totalizator Sportowy, Poland: This EL Member is dedicated to building longstanding partnerships with sports clubs, athletes and sporting event organisers. This excellent work is highlighted especially during the European Week of Sport each year. Totalizator Sportowy continues to support the most popular disciplines such as football or basketball, as well as those that are less popular, like rowing or skating. Since 1994, Totalizator Sportowy has contributed nearly 3 billion EUR to support sport.