The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) has strengthened its commitment to GambleAware’s leading ‘BeGambleAware’ campaign after confirming that it will launch ‘safer gambling hubs’ to create safe educational environments for football fans across the UK.
Promoting safer gambling engagements, the FSA hubs will maintain a number of free materials for football fans and club stakeholders to download.
The hubs form part of the ongoing BeGambleAware ‘Think Twice or You’ll Bet Regret’ campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of compulsive gambling behaviours.
Marc Etches, chief executive of BeGambleAware, said: “The inventory we have created for the digital hub are all part of our Bet Regret campaign, and throughout this football season we have been working hand in hand with the FSA to help educate fans across the country about safer gambling and the risks of impulsive betting.
“We know that from our own research with the FSA and recent news coverage that fans themselves are concerned about the relationship between gambling and football. By using these assets we are looking to work together with members of the footballing community, to help promote safer gambling amongst fans in the UK.”
During 2019, the FSA joined GambleAware as its nationwide football partner, launching campaigns and carrying out football fan research on behalf of the safer gambling charity.
David Rose, deputy chief executive of the FSA, added: “Supporter groups have real concerns about harmful betting and impulsive gambling behaviours among some football fans.
”We’ll be helping fans across the country lobby their clubs on the issue and get the safer gambling message out there. Football clubs have a unique position in their communities – so this is something they need to take seriously.”