The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has teamed up with a group of in-game organizations, Chesterfield FC against Altrincham FC, to raise awareness of gambling-related harm and support available to fans.
The club invited a selection of organizations committed to preventing gambling-related harm and the importance of responsible gaming. The initiative aimed to involve fans and highlight the links between poor mental health and gambling addiction.
YGAM participated in the Technique Stadium alongside Derbyshire County Council’s GamCare, Mentell, British Red Cross and Public Health. Representatives of these organizations took the opportunity to talk to fans inside and outside the stadium before the game started.
The teams also distributed flyers with lots of important information to help keep fans safe. Sam Starsmore, Head of Delivery and Jimmy Parkin, Education Manager, participated on behalf of YGAM.
Greg Stenson, Public Health Service Development Officer at Derbyshire County Council, said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Spireite Trust for working with us on the gaming awareness initiative.”
“Gambling is often called a ‘hidden’ addiction, therefore, it makes it extremely difficult to identify and have a conversation with a close friend or relative.”
“Engaging with supporters of all ages and backgrounds before the game, and promoting support services, is an integral part of our public health approach to minimizing game-related harm,” concluded Stenson .
Daniel Bliss, Director of External Affairs for YGAM, said: “This was a really important initiative for the club and we were delighted to be a part of it.”
“It is crucial that we all work together to raise awareness of the clear links between the harm caused by gambling and impaired mental health.”
“There are a lot of people fighting silently so highlighting the support that is available is vital. If the match inspires someone to talk about their mental health and have access to the support they need, it will be a good result,” concluded Bliss.