Sporting is as exciting as ever.
There are heroes, underdogs, obstacles to overcome, tears and triumphs. But with sport now being so much about the odds, the betting wins and cashing out, it's easy to forget what really matters. Betting is changing the way fans experience sport.
New products and technologies create easier access and gambling advertising has dramatically increased. Sport has become a marketing platform for sports betting operators so now betting brands can be seen at every turn. Young men in particular are likely to be exposed to gambling and gambling advertising, and participate in sports betting more than previous generations.
Taking a stand
Many elite sporting clubs and peak sporting bodies are recognising the importance of reducing the exposure of young people to sports betting advertising and are taking a stand. Victorian clubs are committing to rejecting sponsorship deals with sports betting companies and to working with the foundation to limit the exposure of young fans to gambling.
Clubs are educating players and fans about risks associated with gambling to reduce gambling harm in the community. And clubs who own or operate pokies are committing to the highest standards for operating their venues. Clubs are working with the foundation's Gambler's Help venue support program to train venue staff to identify and support people who might be having gambling issues.
The foundation is working with more than 160 clubs across the state at both the elite and local sporting level to counter the growing culture of gambling in sport. Together, we are reducing the level of sports betting advertising young people are seeing through sport.
Our partners include
In conjunction with the foundation, AFL Victoria has been a keen advocate in the promotion of responsible gambling to its extensive community network of 89 leagues and over 1,100 clubs across the state.
Since March 2012, AFL Victoria has also encouraged responsible gambling to its elite competitions including the TAC Cup, Youth Girls, the Victorian Women's Football League and the Victorian Football League.
AFL Victoria supports and guides football bodies across the state, reaching 148,000 players and over 78,000 volunteers across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Carlton Football Club
In March 2016 the Carlton Football Club cut ties with gambling sponsors as part of the Club's efforts to take a stronger stand on social issues. The Blues signed a new three-year partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, with the aim of reducing gambling advertising to people under the age of 18.
Find out more about our partnership with the foundation at http://www.carltonfc.com.au/lovethegame
Collingwood Football Club
In 2013, the foundation partnered with the Collingwood Football Club for the first time.
In 2015, Collingwood FC made an ongoing commitment to support the foundation and help stamp out gambling advertising and its effect on youth in today's society, whilst continuing to be active within community in promoting the responsible gambling message via social media, online and direct emails to 75,000+ members.
The club's venues have honoured their commitment by developing strong relationships with the venue support worker program and local Gamblers Help services.
To further support the partnership, several player's will actively be involved through the campaigns, which will play an integral role in getting the responsible gambling message out.
Essendon Football Club
The Essendon Football Club partnered the Foundation to raise awareness of responsible gambling in the community. By signing the Victorian Responsible Gambling Charter, the Club will continue to support the key focus of separating ‘the game’ from gambling.
The Bombers and the Foundation will run a number of campaigns involving players and club legends with the aim of strongly promoting the responsible gambling message.
For more information visit http://www.essendonfc.com.au/lovethegame
Hawthorn Football Club
The Hawthorn Football Club and the foundation partner together to promote responsible gambling.
In late 2014, Hawthorn was the third AFL club to sign the foundation's responsible gambling charter. Implementation of the charter not only includes the sporting club environment, but has also flowed down to the two gaming venues in which the club has an interest.
These venues are implementing a Venue Best Practice Guide to go above and beyond what is required in relation to responsible gambling at a gaming venue level. Hawthorn is setting an example for all sporting clubs across the state in how to promote a responsible and healthy environment in relation to gambling.
Melbourne Football Club
In March 2016, Melbourne FC proudly signed the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's charter and made a commitment not to partner with sports betting companies. Melbourne has pledged to promote responsible gambling messages to our players, members, supporters and visitors, and together with the foundation will encourage fans to remember the passion for the game, not the odds. Football is as exciting as ever and it's important for everyone to remember what really matters.
Find out more about our partnership with the foundation at http://www.melbournefc.com.au/lovethegame
The Melbourne Renegades joined forces with the foundation in late 2015 and signed the responsible gambling charter to protect young people from the risks of gambling as part of the foundation's sporting club program.Through the partnership, the club will encourage its fans to love the game, not the odds and focus its fans attentions to the many great things there is to love about the Big Bash.
In December 2015 the Melbourne Stars signed the responsible gambling charter to protect their fans from sports betting advertising and encourage fans to enjoy the game, instead of gambling.Throughout the season, the Stars and the foundation will work together to take the focus back to the love of the game.
Melbourne Victory Football Club
Melbourne Victory's commitment to raising awareness of responsible gambling dates back to November 2011, when they partnered with the Victorian Government to promote Gambler's Help services.
Melbourne Victory was the first A-League team to sign the responsible gambling charter in October 2013, which prohibited them from promoting sports betting to their members and committed them to a range of activities to promote responsible gambling within their club environment.
The foundation and Melbourne Victory promote responsible gambling messages in a range of ways to Victory fans to encourage them to gamble responsibly.
North Melbourne Football Club
The foundation has worked with North Melbourne Football Club since 2013.
As a foundation ambassador, Jack Ziebell leads his North Melbourne teammates in helping to spread the responsible gambling message to the club's fan base and the wider AFL community.
North Melbourne is the only club that does not generate revenue from gambling or pokies, and was proudly the first AFL club to sign the foundation's Responsible Gambling Charter.
In an effort to deliver the responsible gambling message, North Melbourne Football Club and its players undertake many engaging activities, including:
- Match day activations in coterie rooms and to the public, both on-ground and as supporters enter
- Online competitions utilising the clubs website and social media channels
- Exclusive prize giveaways leveraged by the foundation, including money can't buy experiences such as the coin toss
- Education sessions through North Melbourne's unique and award-winning community arm 'The Huddle'. These programs deliver responsible gambling messages to the diverse community in which North Melbourne engages itself regularly
Richmond Football Club
The Richmond Football Club and the foundation joined forces in 2016 to work together to encourage fans to separate gambling from sport and love the game, not the odds.
Through its channels the club will encourage discussion among its fans about responsible gambling behaviors and the normalisation of sport and gambling in recent years.
St Kilda Football Club
In October 2015, St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis signed the responsible gambling charter committing the Saints to encourage responsible gambling behaviours within their club environment and promote responsible gambling messages to their members.
The Saints and the foundation will work together to encourage the club's fans to separate gambling from sport and love the game for how it is intended to be enjoyed.
Western Bulldogs Football Club
The foundation partnered with the Western Bulldogs in 2014 to support the Club's new men's healthy initiative, Sons of the West .
The partnership has since grown and the Club joined other AFL and A-League clubs in October 2015 in signing the responsible gambling charter. The Bulldogs have committed to promoting responsible gambling to their players, members and visitors and continue to encourage community discussion on responsible gambling.