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Gamstop's annual self-exclusion awareness day draws support from football clubs

Football clubs across all four divisions of professional football in England rallied behind Gamstop, the UK's independent self-exclusion scheme, to mark the second annual self-exclusion awareness day #TakeBackControl2023.

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This year's campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about the service through social media channels, witnessed significant participation from football clubs, including Crystal Palace, QPR, Bolton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra.

Recent data reveals a 30% increase in sign-ups, especially among 16-24-year-olds, during the first half of this year.

Gamstop's reach extended beyond football, with sports organisations like the Professional Darts Players Association and the Professional Players Federation also joining the initiative.

The service, available for online casinos and sports betting platforms, has witnessed growth since its inception in 2018, with over 400,000 consumers registering.

In addition, Scottish clubs like Ayr United and Livingston FC, along with Welsh Premier League Champions, The New Saints FC, actively participated in promoting self-exclusion awareness. Gamstop is also exploring partnerships with Premier League clubs to offer gambling awareness workshops.

Fiona Palmer, Gamstop CEO, expressed gratitude to the sports organisations, saying: “Everyone at Gamstop is incredibly grateful to the football clubs and sports organisations who supported our second self-exclusion awareness day, and we were delighted to welcome new partners this year.

"Sports fans are a key demographic for us, so we know how important they are in reaching these audiences through their own social media channels.”

This initiative aligns with Gamstop's mission to provide a free-to-use self-exclusion service that empowers individuals to protect themselves from gambling harm. The significant increase in registrations, particularly among young adults, underscores the growing demand for self-exclusion tools in tackling problem gambling.

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