GAMSTOP, are a company that offers a free service that allows people place to restrictions on their online gambling and prevents people from accessing gambling apps and websites.
It’s been announced GAMSTOP has signed a partnership with EFL Crystal Palace FC resulting in the premier club sharing information about GAMSTOP on social media across male and female teams. Advertising space will be made available at the Selhurst Park ground.GAMSTOP will provide training in how the service works in protecting vulnerable people from excessive gambling for fans and the community at their South London home.
CEO of GAMSTOP Fiona Palmer recognised that during the pandemic, there was a significant uptake in sign-ups, and ensuring people are safe while gambling is of utmost importance. People need to be aware of where they can reach out for help if they feel their gambling is getting out of control or they know someone who may be gambling excessively.“The support of Crystal Palace will help us extend our reach and we hope that the other Premier League and women’s clubs will follow their example.” Crystal Palace FC is committed to preventing gambling-related harm and will be raising awareness through its official website. The importance of the service provided by GAMSTOP is imperative in the prevention of gambling-related harm. The majority of people who bet on football games do it for fun and don’t look at it as having a gambling problem. However, sometimes the fun element can be overwhelmed by a compulsion to gamble excessively, and anyone who is experiencing these types of problems can access the free GAMSTOP tools.In the UK alone, more than 195,000 people are already signed up with GAMSTOP, and an increase in sign-ups during 2021. 55,000 women have signed up with GAMSTOP and self-excluded from gambling websites after numbers rose due to the pandemic.There’s much controversy over gambling operators and shirt sponsorship which has come under much scrutiny from the UKGC. The current Gambling Act 2005 is under review by the UK Gambling Commission as it does not reflect the digital age of gambling.