End gambling advertising and sponsorship in football.

End gambling advertising and sponsorship in football.

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The Big Step started this petition to UK Parliament and

My name is James and I'm in recovery from a 12-year gambling addiction. I know how damaging gambling ads can be, especially for young people and children, and that's why I've joined forces with Peter and Steph Shilton to campaign to stop gambling sponsorship in football now.

Gambling adverts in the sport are everywhere. Betting brands are on shirts, around the pitch, in matchday programmes, on club's social media channels, during TV broadcasts, on trophies, on video games and even in sticker books...

Unfortunately this means children are being relentlessly encouraged to gamble and that has consequences.

I was one of many young football fans exposed to this advertising and this proved to be my introduction to a twelve year gambling addiction that destroyed my life.

I'm now over three years without gambling but sadly, many don't recover from this cruel addiction. 

  • There are an estimated 250-650 gambling related suicides in the UK every year (Source)
  • There are an estimated 5 million people affected by gambling related harm in the UK according to YouGov (Source)
  • There are 55,000 children addicted to gambling in the UK. (Source)

I'm proud to represent Gambling with Lives, a community of bereaved families of loved ones who took their life because of gambling.

Together, we founded The Big Step - a campaign to end all gambling ads in football, led by people harmed by it.

 

But football isn't listening... 

  • 19 Premier League football clubs (95%) have a gambling sponsor or partner.
  • 16 Sky Bet Championship football clubs (67%) have a gambling sponsor or partner.

So we need your help...

The UK gambling rules are currently being reviewed, so adding your voice to this petition now is really important.

We need to make as much noise as possible and show the UK Government that we want to end the harmful amount of gambling adverts and sponsorship in football. 

To prevent gambling harm and save lives, we have to stop exposing children to gambling through our beautiful game.

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