Sport Integrity kit to protect grassroots sports

Integrity kit to protect grassroots sports

A ‘Sport Integrity Readiness Kit’ to help grassroots sports manage integrity and reputational threats has been developed by Victoria University (VU) researchers.

Grassroots sports are increasingly confronting the same integrity issues as elite sports, such as match-fixing, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and inappropriate behaviour of players, administrators and spectators.

The kit, prepared for Sport and Recreation Victoria, contains materials, questions, and case studies to help sports clubs evaluate their ability to manage and safeguard sport integrity within their own organisations.

Developed by VU’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) in collaboration with the University’s College of Business, the kit offers evidence of integrity threats at community sport level and defines terms such as supplements, match-manipulation, and gambling.

The kit provides a sport integrity readiness template to help organisations improve their integrity management capability and an action plan template to set and act on priorities.

The initiative is important because previous research shows a low level of awareness and capacity to manage integrity issues at the community sport level,” say co-authors Professors Dennis Hemphill and Elisabeth Wilson-Evered.

VU has worked in the area of sport integrity for many years with researchers providing training and workshops on ethics, ethical leadership, and integrity to elite-sport participants.

The University is also currently contributing to a national plan for an Integrity Commission, an independent investigatory and adjudication body that will apply integrity decisions in sport.

Read more about VU’s sports integrity kit here. Story credit: Victoria University newsroom.

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