British Airways Clubs
Gambling Policy and Code of Practice
(Revised October 2014)
1. Under the Gambling Act 2005, it is a requirement that any form of gambling should be conducted in accordance with the Licensing Objectives. These are:
(a) preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime,
(b) ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and
(c) protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
2. All gambling within BA Clubs is conducted strictly in accordance with the laws which apply to private members’ clubs. No betting or gambling is permitted on club premises except under the authority of, an in accordance with the directions of, the club management. No unauthorised betting or gambling will be tolerated on club premises, and disciplinary action may be taken against anyone who conducts any non-approved gambling.
3. All lotteries, draws and other competitions involving gambling which are conducted by BA Clubs or club sections must be run in accordance with rules approved by the Board of Trustees of BA Clubs. Authority for the approval of such activities may be delegated to the Operations Director or Finance Director of BA Clubs.
4. Such rules must ensure that every competition is conducted fairly for all participants, that the method of choosing winners, whether manually or by means of an electronic random number generator or other device, is clear and transparent and that observers from among the club membership are permitted to attend and witness any draw or selection to ensure that it is conducted fairly.
5. The club has an established procedure for any complaint regarding the conduct of any club activity, including gambling, and any member aggrieved by the manner in which such a competition is or has been conducted should contact in the first instance the Operations Director, who will ensure that the matter is investigated thoroughly.
6. In any cases where a member or other competitor is aggrieved by the decision of a club officer in respect of a gaming activity organised or conducted by the club, the matter may be referred to an independent arbitrator experienced in club and gambling issues chosen by agreement between the parties or, in the case of lotteries conducted under the club’s operating licences, by the independent arbitration service IBAS through the Lotteries Council, of which BA Clubs is a member.
7. Except in specified circumstances, no person under the age of 18 years, whether a club member or guest, shall be permitted to take part in gambling activities on club premises, and the rules of all such competitions shall make this clear. Notices shall be placed at each gaming machine made available for play on club premises stating that they are restricted to person over the age of 18, and club staff will monitor such machines on a regular basis. In the case of lotteries conducted otherwise than among the members present and participating, safeguards shall be in place to ensure that no-one under the age of 16 is permitted to participate and that warnings as to age restriction are placed upon any ticket, chance or other communication inviting persons other than members to participate. In the case of electronic entries, all participants will be asked to confirm that they are aged over 16.
8. Members of the club staff will also monitor gambling activity so as to ensure, wherever possible, that any abnormal or persistent gambling activity by individual members is noted and brought to the attention of the club management. Lottery participation will be controlled in a similar way, through the computer records of participant members. Advice and counselling will be offered to anyone thought to be at risk. A self-exclusion form will be available in the club and in the online application screen for lotteries run by the club. No members or guest who has opted for self-exclusion will be permitted to enter any form of gambling activity promoted by the club for a period of at least six months from the date of submitting the form to the club’s office. If any form of money laundering through gambling is suspected, the matter shall be immediately brought to the attention of the Finance Director and, if necessary, the procedures outlined for reporting such matters to the Gambling Commission shall be followed.
9. A report shall be prepared for each year on gambling activities within the club and any problems encountered, to be delivered to the Board of Trustees of BA Clubs.