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Mark Palios and Tranmere Rovers form team to combat gambling threat!

22 April 2020

Tranmere Rovers has  put together a team to combat the potential increase in online gambling which is another threat to communities arising out of the  pandemic.

Tranmere Rovers, The Big Step, Gamban, TRFC Captain Scott Davies and the NHS have come together to create a formidable team to help those who have been affected by gambling.

Chairman Mark Palios:

“When gambling gets out of hand it is like a virus itself and has huge consequences for individuals and families, undermining the relationships and destroying the trust that underpins everything.”

"With the boredom and isolation that results from the  lockdown  it has never been more important to help those that are affected or at risk and we felt the time to act was now. The project with The Big Step is not just a short-term fix, but will evolve into  a longer-term initiative too. 

"In the short term, we will be available as a confidential point that will help to direct people to the help that's available through our partners. That is not just for Tranmere Rovers fans but for all members of their families and  our community generally.

"Once isolation is over and it is safe to do so, we shall be hosting a series of events and programmes to help supporters and the wider community to overcome their gambling issues as a permanent feature of our work in the community.

“As the first Football Club working alongside Gamban and  teaming up with such other heavyweight organisations to combat (excessive) gambling, Tranmere Rovers has added  an extra layer of support to its fans and the wider community and taken another step forward in the Game re-defining its relationship with gambling"

Captain Scott Davies was keen to get involved in the project having experienced the impact that gambling can have.

"As someone who has seen first-hand the impact of gambling in the past, I fully support the partnership between TRFC, The Big Step, Gamban and the NHS. 

“Having an affection for sport can easily lead to gambling addiction and issues, so it's really important that football and other sports do all they can to support those affected. 

“It's great to know that TRFC fans now have somewhere to turn to get help through the Club, The Big Step and its partners."

James Grimes (Project Manager of The Big Step)

 “I’m delighted that TRFC have partnered with The Big Step and will be able to reach people who need support.and put measures in place to help anyone affected by gambling related harm in the community.”

Matt Gaskell (Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead, NHS Northern Gambling Service)

“It is fantastic to see how seriously Tranmere take the welfare of their fans, and that they understand the link between gambling and football is a harmful one. 

“We will be on hand to offer support for those whose gambling is causing them real problems. We can also offer support to the family affected as well.”

Jack Symons (Gamban Chief Executive & Co-Founder)

“The commitment to supporting both players and fans in these uncertain times highlights just how much they contribute both to the Club and community. 

“This is a clear sign of commitment from TRFC, acknowledging the impact of gambling harm."

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group

“This is a brilliant initiative by The Big Step and Tranmere Rovers and I would urge other clubs to do the same”

 

If you or a loved one have been affected by gambling and wish to seek help, we are here for you.

We will be taking calls in order to give people as much help as we can and to refer them to the relevant professional.  All calls are confidential.

Don’t suffer in silence!

Please call us on 0151 609 3325 or email community@tranmererovers.co.uk

Below are important links to the help that is available via our partners in this initiative:

The Big Step

NHS Northern Gambling Clinic

Gamban


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