Football Index has donated its shirt sponsorships of Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers football clubs to the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), in order to raise awareness of the charity in time for Safer Gambling Week.
Special edition shirts will be worn by Queens Park Rangers for their match against Watford on Saturday, 21 November. In the meantime, Nottingham Forest will be sporting the YGAM logo while away on Tuesday, 24 November at Bournemouth.
Football Index is reported to be donating £5,000 to YGAM to further show their support for the charity. Football Index is the main sponsor for the shirts of both clubs this season, with its goal being to trigger a conversation about safer gambling and help YGAM’s message in reaching more and more football fans.
YGAM’s co-founder, Anne Evans, a life-long fan of Nottingham Forest, said: “Education is essential if we are to safeguard our children and young people from the risks. I’m hoping the profile of these two great clubs, alongside Football Index’s support, will help us reach more communities, families and young people”
Mike Bohan, co-founder of Football Index, added that the operator was delighted to support the initiative and promote Safer Gambling Week.
“At Football Index, we have always made safer gambling one of our utmost priorities, and we are incredibly pleased to be able to support YGAM’s important work to educate future generations and prevent harm. We hope that this initiative will increase awareness and prove an important step towards ensuring young people have the information and knowledge to make informed decisions about gambling.”
Director of external affairs at YGAM Daniel Bliss also expressed his appreciation by saying: “It is vital that we educate our future generations about the potential risks associated with gambling so we can collectively help prevent harm. This weekend will provide an important opportunity to raise the profile of the charity and help us support parents, teachers and young people across all communities.”
Safer Gambling Week began on 19 November and will go forth until 25 November.
Despite difficulties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)’s chief executive, Michael Dugher, said that the lockdown will not affect this, and while retail gaming locations would remain closed, online operators would be conversing with their customers in order to shed light on the help that has been made available, in order to start promoting safer gambling tools such as limits on spending and setting time limits.