Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) will continue their education and safeguarding-focused collaboration.
So far, the partnership has seen the responsible gaming organisation provide training on tools and information relating to the safeguarding of young people against gambling related harm to the staff of the Premier League club and the Wolves Foundation, via the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme.
Additionally, the arrangement has seen the duo cooperate to deliver the aforementioned objectives of education-provision and safeguarding in Wolves home region of the West Midlands.
“YGAM have delivered training to our staff several times and the feedback is always extremely positive,” remarked Lisa Carter, Head of Safeguarding at Wolverhampton Wanderers. It’s such an emotive subject but part of everyday life for many children, young people and adults.”
Furthermore, YGAM is also working to provide free awareness and workshops for parents and foster carers on problem gambling, leveraging its Parent HUB solution, launched in April of this year.
The collaboration between Wolves and YGAM comes as the relationship between sports organisations – particularly Premier League football clubs – and the betting industry comes under increasing scrutiny, with a ban on betting company sponsorship agreements regarded as a likely outcome of the 2005 Gambling Act review.
Sam Starsmore, Head of Delivery at YGAM, commented: “Working with the teams at Wolves has been fantastic. Raising awareness and delivering education on the potential harms associated with gambling is something that Wolves have been fully supportive of.
“Our work together will continue so we can appropriately armour young people with the knowledge for them to make more informed choices.”