Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
This month we've put an Olympic spin on our messaging by reminding our supporters to #justwatchthegames. The AFL Western District Commission is responding to rising community concern around the impact of youth gambling through a new partnership with Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF).
Through the Foundation’s Sporting Clubs Program, football and netball clubs in the Western District are encouraged to counter the growing culture of gambling in sporting clubs by creating responsible and healthy club environments.
AFL Western District Region General Manager Lachy Patterson said affiliated clubs and leagues had agreed to support the program through a comprehensive awareness campaign and by encouraging clubs to sign a Responsible Gambling Charter.
“This relationship has been forged to encourage clubs and their members to focus on the love of the game, not the odds, to minimise gambling at club level and to reduce the exposure of youth to gambling related advertising.
“The Foundation has developed a Responsible Gambling Charter which helps clubs take a responsible approach to gambling. Our leagues are encouraging clubs to sign the charter as a commitment to understanding and reducing the potential risks in the club community.”
All leagues in the Western District now display VRGF logos and advertising on their websites, have promoted the Sporting Clubs Program via social media and display regular advertising in their weekly football magazines. Affiliated leagues who participate in the AFL Victoria Country Championships will also display the ‘Gambling’s Not a Game’ logo on playing shorts and off field apparel.
“The response and support for the program from our affiliated leagues has been extremely positive. No doubt this shows that our clubs, as indicators of our community, understand it is a very important issue that needs addressing,” Mr Patterson concluded.