Southampton FC and team-up for Safer Gambling Week

Southampton Football Club has teamed-up with its main club partner in support of this year’s Safer Gambling Week, in order to raise awareness of how to gamble more safely.

The annual campaign, which began in 2017 to unite all sectors of the gambling industry and will take place this year from November 19-25, will see over 100,000 staff at more than 9,000 gambling venues and online sites participate.

Led by trade associations the Betting and Gaming Council, The Bingo Association and the British Amusement Catering Trade Association, who are joined again this year by the Association of Irish Bookmakers, SGW sees ‘Let’s Talk About Safer Gambling’ remain as the strapline for 2020.

As part of its commitment to promoting responsible gambling, Southampton has aligned with the Coingaming Group brand to launch ‘Listen to the Saint in you’, encouraging fans to consider the risks before placing a bet. This sees Saints trio Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond and Oriol Romeu give advice to a fan on how to gamble responsibly.

David Thomas, Southampton Football Club’s chief commercial officer, noted: “The club takes its responsibility to promoting responsible gambling extremely seriously, and it is important that we are proactive in exploring new opportunities to implement our commitment to this cause.”

Furthermore, the club is also highlighting the support that is available from RecoverMe, a new mobile health app that aims to empower individuals to manage a gambling addiction from their pocket.

RecoverMe’s app gives support for problem gamblers, encouraging them to seek help by providing a discrete option for support, with an aim to prevent gambling related harm nationwide.

The club will contribute to support growth and accessibility of the app, and forms part of what it calls “a responsibility to raise awareness of the support available for those that might need it”.

Developed by three junior doctors, Minal Jain, Tejus Patel and Adil Nayeem, RecoverMe is centred around scientifically-backed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which allows users to manage their addiction by reflecting on their gambling habits, challenging thoughts and feelings around gambling and accessing mindfulness sessions, as well as having access to an emergency helpline and self-help exercises.