Bolton Wanderers has announced a partnership with GAMSTOP, the free, independent service that enables people to exclude themselves from all UK-based online gambling websites.
The partnership coincides with Safer Gambling Week, which runs until 7 November, and will see Bolton Wanderers and their community outreach programme Bolton Wanderers in the Community raise awareness of the tools and resources available to those who wish to self-exclude from online gambling.
More than 240,000 people from across the UK are registered with GAMSTOP, which also works closely with gambling charities.
Those who register with GAMSTOP can select a self-exclusion period of six months, one year, or five years. Anybody who contacts the service is referred to specialist advisors if they, or a loved one, need additional help and support with gambling-related issues.
This partnership underlines Bolton’s commitment to promoting safe gambling practices.
Phil Mason, CEO of Bolton Wanderers in the Community and Club Chaplain, said: “We really welcome this additional partnership at a national level to enhance the work we are already doing within the community with local partners.
“Our work locally with the Team Talk and Whysup projects already allow us to work closely in helping those affected by mental health and addiction issues.
“The partnership with GAMSTOP will provide another resource to help those with gambling problems, which can have a direct link to mental health and well-being, and also fits with Bolton Wanderers’ policy in having no commercial partnerships with firms representing the gambling industry.”
Fiona Palmer, Chief Executive of GAMSTOP, said: “We are delighted to partner with Bolton and their community outreach programme, to work with them to raise awareness of the tools and resources available to those who need them most.
Gambling-related harm affects people of all ages, genders, and walks of life, and Bolton Wanderers are playing a crucial role in spreading the message of how GAMSTOP can provide a safety net to those people.”
For more information, or to begin the process of self-excluding from online gambling sites in the UK, please visit: https://www.gamstop.co.uk/