The Racecourse Association Supports Responsible Gambling Week
The Racecourse Association has today announced its support for Responsible Gambling Week, an industry-wide initiative to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.
#RGWeek18 will take place starting from today, November 1st, ,until November 7th under the slogan ‘Let’s Talk about Responsible Gambling’ and this marks the first year that Racecourses are participating.
The RCA’s support brings all 59 of its members into the campaign and will encompass running Responsible Gambling Week messages throughout their communications and sharing social media posts throughout the week detailing the five key responsible gambling behaviours:
- Only spend what you can afford
- Set your limits for time and money
- Gambling is not the answer to any problem
- Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea
- Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationships
The event is being organised by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), which brings together every sector of the gambling industry through its member trade associations, covering online, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers and casinos. #RGWeek18 also includes Ireland for the first time, where the initiative will be supported by more than 800 bookmakers, and by the Arcades Association, the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Greyhound and Horse Racing Tote.
At every gambling venue in the country, responsible gambling literature will be available to customers, designed to trigger conversations about how to keep gambling fun and safe. Customers who need further help or information will be signposted to GambleAware, an independent charity which funds research, education and treatment, and is supporting Responsible Gambling Week.
Among the initiatives taking place during the week is a responsible gambling training programme being run by the charities, GamCare and Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGam) for teachers, university professionals and community workers who work with younger people.
John Hagan, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, said: “We’re delighted that the RCA will be supporting Responsible Gambling Week. As an industry we are dedicated, year-round to promoting responsible gambling, but what makes Responsible Gambling Week special is the opportunity for gambling operators from every sector to unite behind the same message and engage in a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly. The engagement and support of football clubs is enormously helpful in highlighting the week.”
Paul Swain, RCA Brand & Experience Manager, added “We are proud to support Responsible Gambling Week alongside our racecourse members. The gambling and horseracing industries are of great importance to one another and for many racegoers, trying to pick a winner is the most exciting part of their raceday. This demonstrates a united front from all sectors of the gambling industry and allows us to share vital messages to millions of customers.”