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07 November 2019

Racing bodies support Responsible Gambling Week

The Racecourse Association and the British Horseracing Authority have signed up to support Responsible Gambling Week, which begins today.

Responsible Gambling Week aims to reach the widest possible audience and stimulate conversations about safer gambling: engaging with customers, operators, associations, media owners, support agencies, influencer and training organisations, government agencies and the broader general public.

The key objectives of #RGWeek are to raise awareness of:

  • how to gamble more safely
  • the tools that are available to help customers gamble responsibly
  • where to find more help and support for those who need it.

The campaign is run in partnership with the charity Gamcare, which provides literature and learning tools about safer gambling, and runs the National Gambling Helpline. It is supported by the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission, and other charities, including Young Gaming and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Citizens Advice.

A large, and growing, number of organisations outside the gambling industry are participating in RG Week. The English Football League, Championship League, and some Premier League football clubs are all promoting RG Week.

The British Horseracing Authority, Racecourse Association and racecourses across Great Britain are also behind the campaign. In the wider world, Welcome Break motorway service stations and the publishing company, Bauer, are offering their backing to raise awareness – the latter’s “Take a Break” magazine, the UK’s most popular women’s weekly magazine, will highlight the RG Week’s objectives.

Racing to School’s recent collaboration with the YGAM is one example of how organisations in racing are taking steps to educate people about risks associated with betting, and how to gamble safely: read more here.

Look out for a special #RGWeek Racing Together blog next week.

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