Via a collaboration with the mobile health app RecoverMe, Watford FC has reiterated its commitment to responsible and safer gambling.
With the goal of raising understanding of gambling treatment options, RecoverMe was created by three junior NHS doctors.
Offering a lifeline
The app helps those dealing with gambling issues to use their personal mobile device to help manage their addictions. By providing a pathway to recovery facilities and providing versatile and immediate access to support, it ‘offers a lifeline’ to these individuals.
Tejus Patel, Co-Founder of RecoverMe said: “RecoverMe are thrilled to be working with Watford FC in raising the profile of gambling addiction and, in particular, awareness of treatment options.
“We are excited to build a long-lasting relationship with Watford in reducing gambling-related harms and raising the awareness of gambling addiction amongst Watford’s supporter base and beyond.”
Watford, the EFL Championship team, is funded by Sportsbet.io, a cryptocurrency betting company, which co-hosted the inaugural Cryoto Cub at Vicarage Road in May 2020.
The operator owned by the Coingaming Group “recognised the need to support those with a gambling addiction” and thus supported the new relationship.
About two million people are reportedly projected to be at risk of suffering from gambling addiction in the United Kingdom.
Reinforcing responsible gambling
Watford Commercial Director, Paul O’Brien, remarked: “I am delighted to be working with the team behind RecoverMe to build awareness of the app.
“We recognise our role in reinforcing responsible gambling and have previously committed to ensuring we use our various club communications channels to share relevant messaging. Our partnership with RecoverMe fully reinforces that commitment.”
Watford was one of 11 professional English football clubs to receive a letter warning of the possible dangers of supporting gambling companies through social media platforms from ‘50 former gambling addicts‘.