Warragul Industrials and Garfield will join community clubs across Victoria in showing their support for playing footy without the intrusion of sports betting when they pull on the boots this weekend.
Saturday’s Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition clash at Western Park has been earmarked as the region’s ‘Champion Game’ as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s state-wide Love the Gameround.
More than 400 sporting clubs, including Victoria’s 10 AFL teams, 23 leagues and commissions, and community clubs are signed-up members of the Love the Game program, demonstrating to young people that sport and betting do not need to go together.
Warragul Industrials Football Netball Club President Dale Bainbridgesaid it was important to show kids the real value of participation and play, and to encourage them to enjoy footy for its own sake, not because any money has been risked on the outcome.
“While sports betting advertising is widespread, we need to remember that it is the great goals, spectacular marks and team spirit that make our national game special.”
Bainbridgesaid Warragul Industrialswas proud to say ‘no’ to sports betting sponsorship, and supports adults involved in the club to encourage kids to love the game, not the odds.
“Whether you’re a parent or a coach or a supporter, it’s important to talk openly with kids about the risks of gambling,” he said.
For hints and tips on how to start the conversation, Foundation Chief Executive Officer Shane Lucas invited people to visit http://www.lovethegame.vic.gov.au
“Sports betting advertising encourages kids to think betting on sport is normal. And when something is normalised, it can seem like there’s no risk involved,” Mr Lucas said.
“Love the Game helps raise awareness of the risks associated with gambling, especially in relation to sport, and encourages all of us to rethink gambling.
“We believe this engaging and fun program will help kids make better informed choices about gambling throughout their lives.”
The Love the Gameround will take place from 27 June to 30 June. Participants are encouraged to share their Love the Gamephotos and experiences on social media using #lovethegamenottheodds