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On Course Bookmakers

On course bookmakers at racetracks provide instant access to betting on races and in some countries are the only legal means of placing bets on sports events

Individual racetrack licences can place age restrictions on access to certain areas, require age restricted enclosures and provider for age verification to take place at the point of bet or the collection of winnings.

How can the Age Check Certification Scheme help on course bookmakers?

We test that age check systems work. We do this through audits, test purchasing and mystery shopping. We can visit on course bookmakers attempting to enter age restricted enclosures, place bets or buy alcohol. We can provide the industry standard signage for all parts of the track and provide specialised training for full time and casual staff for joints.

Why do I have to get this done?

Racetracks will be subject to local licensing and planning restrictions which are likely to place strict obligations on both track owners and the individual businesses operating at the track to take steps to prevent the underage gambling or collection of winnings. The penalties for failing to comply can be substantial including the forced closure of the racetrack. 

What posters and materials do I need to be compliant?

You may be required to display certain posters or warnings in relation to access to gambling services or the purchase and consumption of alcohol at the track. Our shop has all of the materials, posters, badges, signs and policies that you need to comply with local laws.

What training do I need for our staff?

As a minimum, you should regularly remind your staff of the rules concerning age restricted goods. However, to be fully protected, you should put your staff through a structured training programme, as a part of when they start work with you. This training programme should be using certified materials and recorded.

How do I get my age check systems tested?

If you want a test purchase carrying out at your racetrack, you can book this through our shop.

If you’ve got a programme of test purchasing activity that you want to discuss with us, then just get in touch. We can provide discounts for programmes of activity. We would be happy to prepare a bespoke proposal for you or to respond to an invitation to tender.

Our test purchasing and mystery shopping services are available in most of the G20 Group of Nations and the European Union.


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