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BGC to Launch £10m Gambling Education Programme

by Glenn Baird - May 15, 2020

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced its plans to invest £10m in an educational programme that aims to teach young people in the UK about the dangers of gambling.

The BGC is a group containing representatives from over 90% of the UK’s gambling operators, who come together to create a series of self-governing laws that all its members are expected to buy into.

The recent decision to ban all gambling advertising during the UK’s period of lockdown was one that the BGC came to after decided that vulnerable gamblers were more at risk during the Covid-19 crisis.

The initiative aims to provide all young people aged between 11-19, living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and in full time education the opportunity to have access to at least one period of gambling education as part of their secondary or further education.

Content for the programme will be created by GamCare and the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), which will see over 120,000 young people take part in the lessons.

Up to 100,000 different teaching professionals, from teacher to police officers, will need to be trained in how to deliver the programme.

“GamCare have been working with young people and youth facing professionals to deliver gambling education for many years,” GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings said. “What we see in the classroom tends to be polarised views on gambling, and a lack of clear understanding about its potential risks.

“We are delighted to be working with YGAM and extending this much needed programme. We believe that gambling education should have parity with education around other risky behaviours and the extension of this programme will help us take a significant step towards achieving that aim.”

YGAM founder and CEO Lee Willows added that the charity was delighted to be working alongside GamCare and the BGC to deliver such an ambitious programme.

“Raising awareness and harm prevention education is an important component to reduce gambling-related harms,” he explained. “By training professionals who have influence over young people’s learning, we will equip these professionals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to not only deliver the programme but also highlight the age-appropriate support available from GamCare.”

“GamCare have been working with young people and youth facing professionals to deliver gambling education for many years,” GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings explained. “What we see in the classroom tends to be polarised views on gambling, and a lack of clear understanding about its potential risks.

“We are delighted to be working with YGAM and extending this much needed programme. We believe that gambling education should have parity with education around other risky behaviours and the extension of this programme will help us take a significant step towards achieving that aim.”

YGAM founder and CEO Lee Willows added that the charity was delighted to be working alongside GamCare and the BGC to deliver such an ambitious programme.

“Raising awareness and harm prevention education is an important component to reduce gambling-related harms,” he explained. “By training professionals who have influence over young people’s learning, we will equip these professionals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to not only deliver the programme but also highlight the age-appropriate support available from GamCare.”

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

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