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Carlton joins the majority of Victorian AFL clubs in saying ‘no’ to sports betting partnerships

16 March 2016

With a new coach and leadership team, the Carlton Football Club is continuing its quest to set higher standards for values and behaviour by being the latest club to say no to deals with sports betting companies.

Foundation chief executive Serge Sardo says the charter is all about drawing a line in the sand. “Gambling is changing the way young people experience sport with some companies saying when the game isn’t exciting enough, have a bet.”

“Real fans are more interested in the game than the gamble and these clubs are standing by their fans by saying no to sports betting partnerships,” he said.

Signing the charter means Carlton and the other clubs have walked away from sponsorships with sports betting companies and committed to working with the foundation to limit the exposure of young fans to gambling.

A card-carrying Blues member, Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett says she’s proud her club is standing up for fans.

“Every club that has signed the charter has been inundated with positive feedback from members who are fed up with the normalisation of gambling.

“Reducing the exposure of young fans to messages about gambling and educating players and fans about the risks are key to reducing gambling harm in our community,” she said.

Carlton CEO, Steven Trigg says the club recognises it’s important to take a proactive role in the education of the club’s stakeholders and the wider community.

“Through our new partnership with the foundation, we’re able to further our work in the community – particularly with young people and their understanding of the risks associated with gambling,” he said.

Carlton is the eighth Victorian AFL club to sign the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s charter, joining Richmond, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda. The A-League’s Melbourne Victory and the Big Bash League’s Melbourne Stars and Renegades have also signer the charter.

“To join other AFL clubs in signing the responsible gambling charter is a great show of solidarity, and we look forward to supporting the foundation’s initiative” said Steven Trigg.

“The program encourages clubs to maintain a distinct separation between gambling and sporting activities and refrain from displaying sports betting or gambling-related signage in or around the club,” he added.

The program also commits participating clubs who own or operate pokies, to work with the foundation’s Gambler’s Help venue support program and help services, with a focus on ensuring those venues are managed to the highest possible standards.

SFNL Tradeshow

20 February 2016

Southern football netball league tradeshow 2016 - David Canizzo and Gareth Hanlon
The 2016 Southern Football Netball League (SFNL) Tradeshow was held on February 17 and proved to be a raging success, with over 25 league partners including the Local Gambler’s Help Agency – Gambler’s Help Southern – proudly promoting the sporting clubs program to over 100 representatives from the 34 SFNL clubs.

Gareth and MyTien from Gambler’s Help Southern attended the night in support of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s partnership with SFNL, and held a snap poll of club opinions in relation to gambling.

The majority of the 25 SFNL clubs that participated in the poll felt that today’s youth were overexposed to gambling, and they could clearly see the growing convergence between gambling and sport.

Club representatives also felt that it was important to raise awareness of both senior players and of parents of junior players, about the risks associated with gambling.

This makes the foundation’s Gambling’s Not a Game program all the more relevant, and supports the SFNL’s strong commitment to the foundation’s sporting clubs program.

This year SFNL will be giving the program named competition branding across all social media channels to the “Gambling’s Not a Game Division One Reserves”.

We look forward to seeing more SFNL clubs on board with the program this season, supported by Gareth, MyTien and team at Gambler’s Help Southern.

Melbourne Victory, Collingwood and St Kilda Football Clubs learn about looking after themselves and their mates when it comes to Gambling.

20 February 2016

Senior soccer players, AFL football players and staff at Melbourne Victory, Collingwood and St Kilda football clubs have participated in gambling awareness information sessions as part of their support for the foundation’s Sporting Clubs Program.

The boys heard about the modern gambling environment and the increasing normalisation of gambling in sport, why they as young athletes are a target audience for the gambling industry, and how they, as leaders, can look after themselves and their mates when it comes to gambling.

Players also heard from a ReSPIN speaker, who retold their own lived experience of losing money, relationships and their livelihood through gambling, and how they had managed to overcome a gambling addiction and successfully turn their life around.

The boys at each club found the information sessions engaging and useful, and took home key gambling prevention messages, including the influence they can have on their own and other’s lives around them when it comes to gambling.

More information about the foundation’s partnership with elite sporting clubs can be found here

Tigers say ‘no’ to sports betting partnerships

17 February 2016

Richmond Football Club has joined the majority of Victoria’s AFL clubs in saying no to sports betting partnerships as part of the movement to separate gambling from the game.

The club has signed a three year partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation preventing them from accepting sponsorships from sports betting companies, and they have agreed to work towards limiting the exposure of young fans to gambling.

Richmond CEO, Brendon Gale said the new partnership is important, given the popularity of betting markets in AFL and sport.

“Through our new partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, we’re able to take a lead in helping the community. Young people in particular need to understand the devastating risks associated with gambling,” Gale said.

“To join other AFL Clubs in signing the responsible gambling charter is a strong stance by the AFL community, and we look forward to supporting the foundation’s initiatives over at least the next three years,” he said.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett congratulated Richmond on signing the charter.

“Victorians love their footy and we are really pleased to see Richmond taking steps to reduce the exposure of gambling to their youngest fans.”

“This charter will help address the normalisation of gambling among kids and it will also better educate players and members about the risks of gambling,” she said.

The foundation’s CEO Serge Sardo said “We’re delighted Richmond is the latest team to join the growing push back of elite clubs who want to put the focus back on the game and not on the odds.”

Western Region Football League feature Gambling’s Not a Game at their annual partners night

15 February 2016

Western Region Football League have partnered with the foundation’s sporting clubs program for the 2016 AFL season, and had a spotlight on gambling at their recent Partners Night.

Representatives from the league’s 31 clubs attended the evening, and heard from Community Educators Katie and Carmen about the program and the foundation’s initiative to separate gambling from sport. Club members were highly engaged and very supportive of the program, having noticed the nexus occurring between gambling and sport, and the impact this is having on our enjoyment of the game, and the conversations that our young people are now having about sport and gambling.

Clubs were supportive of positive role modelling from senior players and club staff, and of the important role that Charter Champions can have in upholding the Responsible Gambling Charter in their clubs.

We hope to now see a number of new clubs sign up to the sporting clubs program, and continue to work towards creating a responsible and healthy sporting club environment for their players, supporters and broader community.


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