The Football Pools, an iconic Liverpool business, first started selling its coupons outside Old Trafford, home of fierce rivals Manchester United
On average we have a winner every 3 minutes
We have a presence in over 25 countries
The Football Pools is the UK’s favourite football gaming brand
Pools, or tote betting, is the most popular legal form of sports-based betting outside of the UK
The global pools market in football and horseracing is worth $80 billion
We donated £600 million to help fund major improvements in stadium safety across many clubs in the UK
The global gaming market is worth $350 billion and growing +5% year on year
Sportech is one of the leading suppliers and operators of pools/tote betting in the world
Sportech has launched a Joint Venture in India
The biggest ever Football Pools top prize was £4 million won in March 2010
The Football Pools is the world’s oldest football gaming company
Across North America, Sportech Racing has a 50% market share in horseracing pools
We have paid out over £3.2 billion in prize money to our customers
We are the exclusive operator of pools/tote betting on horseracing in the Netherlands
We are the leading provider of horseracing wagering solutions in North America with over 25,000 terminals
The Football Pools has over 360,000 players every week
We process over $13 billion in bets every year
Over the years we have donated over £1.3 billion to good causes
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1.2 The committee shall comprise at least three directors. A majority of the members of the committee shall be independent non-executive directors.
1.3 Only members of the committee have the right to attend committee meetings. However, other individuals such as the chief executive, the company secretary and external advisers may be invited to attend for all or part of any meeting, as and when appropriate and necessary.
1.4 Appointments to the committee are made by the board and shall be for a period of up to three years, which may be extended for further periods of up to three-years, provided the director still meets the criteria for membership of the committee.
1.5 The board shall appoint the committee chairman who should be either the chairman of the board or an independent non-executive director. In the absence of the committee chairman and/or an appointed deputy, the remaining members present shall elect one of themselves to chair the meeting from those who would qualify under these terms of reference to be appointed to that position by the board. The chairman of the board shall not chair the committee when it is dealing with the matter of succession to the post of chairman.
The company secretary or his or her nominee shall act as the secretary of the committee.
The quorum necessary for the transaction of business shall be two both of whom must be non-executive directors. A duly convened meeting of the committee at which a quorum is present shall be competent to exercise all or any of the authorities, powers and discretions vested in or exercisable by the committee.
The committee shall meet at least twice a year and otherwise as required. Meetings may be held by telephone.
5.1 Meetings of the committee shall be called by the secretary of the committee at the request of the committee chairman.
5.2 Unless otherwise agreed, notice of each meeting confirming the venue, time and date, together with an agenda of items to be discussed, shall be forwarded to each member of the committee, any other person required to attend and all other non-executive directors, no later than five working days before the date of the meeting. Supporting papers shall be sent to committee members and to other attendees as appropriate, at the same time.
6.1 The secretary shall minute the proceedings and resolutions of all committee meetings, including the names of those present and in attendance.
6.2 Draft minutes of committee meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the committee. Once approved, minutes should be circulated to all other members of the board unless it would be inappropriate to do so.
The committee chairman should attend the annual general meeting to answer any shareholder questions on the committee's activities.
The committee should carry out the duties below as appropriate.
8.1 The committee shall:
8.2 The committee shall also make recommendations to the board concerning:
8.3 All recommendations of the committee, in respect of the appointment of directors, shall be referred to the board and shall only take effect when approved by resolution of the board at a meeting which is properly convened and constituted and otherwise made in accordance with the company’s articles of association.
8.4 The committee may consider nominees put forward by any member of the board.
9.1 The committee chairman shall report to the board on its proceedings after each meeting on all matters within its duties and responsibilities.
9.2 The committee shall make whatever recommendations to the board it deems appropriate on any area within its remit where action or improvement is needed.
9.3 The committee shall produce a report to be included in the company's annual report about its activities, the process used to make appointments and explain if external advice or open advertising has not been used.
The committee shall:
10.1 have access to sufficient resources in order to carry out its duties, including access to the company secretariat for assistance as required;
10.2 be provided with appropriate and timely training, both in the form of an induction programme for new members and on an ongoing basis for all members;
10.3 give due consideration to laws and regulations, the provisions of the Code and the requirements of the UK Listing Authority's Listing, Prospectus and Disclosure and Transparency Rules and any other applicable Rules, as appropriate; and
10.4 arrange for periodic reviews of its own performance and, at least annually, review its constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness and recommend any changes it considers necessary to the board for approval.
The committee is authorised by the board to obtain, at the company's expense, outside legal or other professional advice on any matters within its terms of reference.