GAMSTOP, the national self-exclusion service, has announced its first collaboration with an English Premier League team, Crystal Palace FC.
The top tier squad will share details about GAMSTOP’s resources through its social media platforms, including the men’s and women’s squads, as well as donating commercial space at its Selhurst Park home field, as part of the arrangement.
In addition, GAMSTOP will offer free training in the Eagles’ South London home to demonstrate how its service will support disadvantaged individuals in the city.
Raising awareness of the scheme
Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP said: “Crystal Palace’s support will be hugely beneficial in ensuring that people who could benefit from using GAMSTOP are aware of the scheme.
“The pandemic has led to increased sign-ups and we are trying to ensure that anybody who is struggling with their gambling, or has a loved one experiencing problems, knows where they can access support.
“The support of Crystal Palace will help us extend our reach and we hope that other Premier League and women’s clubs will follow their example.”
Discouraging unhealthy gambling patterns
The club urged users to get clinical assistance and resources from rehab professionals, as well as to use other resources including filtering apps and bank blocking to discourage unhealthy gambling patterns, according to a post on the team’s website.
Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish added: “We are delighted to be helping to raise awareness of this important service. Whilst most people who gamble on football do so to enhance their enjoyment of the sport, GAMSTOP gives anyone experiencing problems with their gambling a chance to regain control.”
Crystal Palace emphasised its contribution to ‘encouraging its supporters to bet safely,’ citing the club’s 2018 deal with BeGambleAware, the first of its kind throughout the Premier League.
The announcement comes as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) completes its review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which is bringing increased attention to the relationship between professional sports and betting from both the political and public realms.
Several Premier League clubs met on Thursday to discuss how the two industries should work together, with a special emphasis on betting firm jersey sponsorships.
GAMSTOP now has over 195,000 people registered across the UK, with monthly sign-ups expected to rise in 2021 due to an increase in online gaming “during lockdown.”
Earlier this year GAMSTOP announced that over 55,000 women had registered to self-exclude from gambling websites, with the service noticing an increase in numbers after COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020.