Ahead of Safer Gambling Week (November 19-25), Football Index, the UK-regulated gambling platform and the world’s first football stockmarket has donated its shirt sponsorship for Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers football clubs.
QPR will be wearing special edition shirts for their game this Saturday, November 21, while Nottingham Forest will be sporting the shirts on Tuesday, November 24, to promote the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), the national charity which aims to raise awareness of the potential risks and harms associated with gambling.
As part of the nationwide Safer Gambling Week campaign, the two Championship clubs will carry the logo of the YGAM on the front of their shirts to promote the charity, which provides free educational training and resources to help prevent gambling-related harm among young and vulnerable people.
Football Index, the principal shirt sponsor for both clubs this season, is hoping this will help trigger a conversation about safer gambling and help the YGAM reach more football fans. Committed to providing a safe environment and to raising awareness about gambling-related harm, Football Index will also be supporting the YGAM’s work with a £5,000 donation.
This follows Football Index’s earlier initiative this year, which saw it launch a new Gambling Awareness Initiative with Nottingham Forest, highlighting the importance of safer gambling and helping to educate football supporters within local communities.
QPR play Watford in a London derby at Loftus Road this Saturday, while Nottingham Forest are away at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Mike Bohan, Co-Founder of Football Index said: “We are delighted to support YGAM and promote Safer Gambling Week this year. At Football Index, we have always made safer gambling one of our utmost priorities, and we are incredibly pleased to be able to support YGAM’s important work to educate future generations and prevent harm. We hope that this initiative will increase awareness and prove an important step towards ensuring young people have the information and knowledge to make informed decisions about gambling.”
David Cook, Chief Commercial Officer at Nottingham Forest said: “This builds on last year’s activities. We are once again very supportive of Football Index’s desire to highlight and promote the safer gaming message, in particular through this promotion of the YGAM charity. It’s great to work with a brand that takes responsibility in how they work, and who always look to stress the importance of responsible gaming for the wider fan base.”
Euan Inglis, Commercial Director at Queens Park Rangers said: “In all of our activation discussions with Football Index, safer gambling messaging is always at the forefront of content that is produced. The donation by Football Index of our front of shirt property to YGAM to help promote Safer Gambling Week is an initiative that we as a football club fully get behind and are delighted to support.”
Daniel Bliss, Director of External Affairs at YGAM said: “We’re enormously grateful to both clubs and Football Index for their fantastic support. It is vital that we educate our future generations about the potential risks associated with gambling so we can collectively help prevent harm. This weekend will provide an important opportunity to raise the profile of the charity and help us support parents, teachers and young people across all communities.”
Anne Evans, Co-founder of YGAM, whose son tragically committed suicide in 2010 after suffering from gambling addiction, also commented: “As a lifelong Nottingham Forest fan, this is a special moment for me personally. I started the charity to make sure other mothers and families do not have to experience the hurt that I did. Education is essential if we are to safeguard our children and young people from the risks. I’m hoping the profile of these two great clubs, alongside Football Index’s support, will help us reach more communities, families and young people.”
About Football Index
Football Index is a UK and Jersey licensed and regulated gambling platform, known as the Football StockMarket or simply ‘The Index’ that allows traders to gamble on the future success of football players, rather than gambling on the short-lived outcome of individual football matches. Traders place bets, known as Shares, for the chance to win daily payouts – more commonly referred to as Dividends. Dividends are calculated based on player performance on match days, and their presence in the platform’s Media Rankings which pay out on the top trending footballers each day.
YGAM is working in partnership with GamCare and is supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), to deliver the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’ to reach millions of young people and raise awareness of the potential risks of gaming and gambling-related harms.
If you are a teacher or someone who works with young people then you can book onto YGAM’s expert training by visiting their website www.ygam.org.