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Rangers FC and Kindred collaborate for gambling education sessions

The move marks a new step in fostering a safer gambling environment within sports organisations.

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Rangers FC in Scotland is set to launch independent gambling education sessions for its players and staff, courtesy of a collaboration with Kindred.

The initiative, funded by Kindred, will be spearheaded by Epic Risk Management, a safer gambling consultancy with experience across various sports entities.

The tailored education sessions aim to cater to individual needs, drawing insights from former football players who have first-hand experience with gambling-related issues, including those who have played at an international level.

Sam Mead, UK General Manager at Kindred Group, said: "Kindred wants to run a sustainable business built on people enjoying themselves safely. That's why we have reaffirmed our commitment not only to this project with Rangers, but to our ‘Journey towards Zero’ too.

"Added to that, we are investing in our technology stack to further develop our detection software. This, allied with a greater emphasis on education and safer gambling messaging will help Kindred drive forward its model of sponsorship that is benefitting clubs and their communities"

Karim Virani, Chief Commercial Officer at Rangers FC, added: "We realise the importance of safeguarding our players and staff and allowing them to discuss issues relating to the sector in a welcoming and understanding environment.

"That the sessions are led by former football players is a big advantage, going beyond discussing the rule book and adding that key element of relatability. We're grateful to Kindred - with whom we have a positive, long-term relationship - for funding the sessions that are helping us lead the way in Scotland on this matter."

This effort will involve participation from the men's first team, B-team, women's teams and selected academy cohorts in separate sessions.

This development comes in the wake of Kindred's recent report highlighting an increase in revenue from harmful gambling sources in Q3 2023.

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