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Partick Thistle backs The Big Step

Glaswegian football club Partick Thistle has backed The Big Step’s campaign, which seeks to end all gambling advertising and sponsorship in the sport.

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The Jags’ announcement follows on from its participation in The Big Step’s latest campaign event, which saw 40 people undertake a 60-mile walk to visit nine clubs, including Partick Thistle.

Several other clubs have already pledged their support, including Tranmere Rovers, Luton Town, Forest Green Rovers, Edinburgh City, Dulwich Hamlet and Drogheda United. In its announcement, Partick Thistle called for “an end to football’s unhealthy relationship with gambling companies.”

Gerry Britton, the Jags’ Chief Executive, commented: “We were very pleased to welcome The Big Step team to Firhill.

“As a Club, we have staff and fans who’ve experienced at first hand the harm that gambling does and took a decision some time ago not to accept gambling sponsorship.”

He added: “We’ve signed up to the campaign to play our part to support change and will do what we can to help going forward.”

The Big Step campaign is led by people who have suffered from gambling harm and is part of the charity Gambling with Lives.

“Partick Thistle’s support is a fantastic reward for our 60-mile walk at the weekend. The club were brilliant when we visited — with the Chief Executive serving the hot drinks himself,” said James Grimes, The Big Step’s Founder.

“With the Gambling Act Review in such a crucial phase, we applaud Partick Thistle’s commitment to the health of their young fans and the long-term sustainability of the game, and encourage every club in the country to follow their example.”

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