PDPA to raise awareness of gambling self-exclusion tools via Gamstop

The Professional Darts Players Association has partnered with Gamstop to raise awareness of the tools available to those wishing to self-exclude from online gambling.

This will see the PDPA raise awareness of the self-exclusion tool among its members through practical workshops and internal communications. Both organisations will also share key graphics and information across social media channels to reach players and the general public.

This builds on the PDPA’s existing gambling education and preventative measures, which include self-funded gambling education and treatment for addiction provided by Sporting Chance.

“The PDPA is committed to the wellbeing of our players and we recognise the importance of prevention, education and treatment of gambling problems, including addiction,” Peter Manley, PDPA chairman, said of the link-up.

“Our partnership with Gamstop enables us to raise awareness to our members of a practical tool that helps many people protect themselves from the dangers of online gambling.”

Gamstop is a free, independent service that allows people to exclude themselves from online gambling websites. As of March 31, 2020, registration has been a condition of holding a Gambling Commission license for all British online operators. 

Those that register, which is currently at more than 160,000, can choose to exclude themselves from every gambling site for a minimum period of six months, one year or five years. 

Individuals cannot then remove themselves from the scheme until their self-exclusion period has expired, and if they do not contact the charity their registration is automatically rolled over for up to seven years. 

Fiona Palmer, chief executive of Gamstop, explained: “We at Gamstop are already impressed with the work the PDPA is doing in training, and so we’re thrilled that Gamstop can now be added to their offering as a practical tool.

“Both organisations share a commitment to protecting and educating those who need help, and we look forward to this partnership ensuring we can reach more people.”