Geelong Netball Club are leading the way on responsible gambling as the first netball club to sign the foundation’s responsible gambling charter and participate in the ‘Gambling’s not a game’ sporting clubs program.
As part of their commitment to the program, the club hosted an education session for its members and players about responsible gambling on Friday 28 March 2014.
Around 30 people attended the session to learn how they can adopt a responsible approach to gambling, both individually and collectively, to create a healthy club environment.
The foundation’s presenters also highlighted the signs to look out for in loved ones, friends and teammates who may have a problem with gambling.
Foundation ambassador Matt Torcasio shared his personal story of tackling his gambling problems, particularly talking about the important role his girlfriend played in his recovery.
Some of the feedback from the session included:
“I’m now aware of what I can do to help those around me that gamble.”
“It was interesting to learn about the long term effects gambling can have on you and others.”
“Matt’s story is really powerful and memorable.”
Representatives from the local Gambler’s Help service also attended the session, helping to promote the available information and counselling services in the area.
The foundation will continue to work with the Geelong Netball Club throughout the year to implement the responsible gambling charter and provide ongoing support and advice.
If you have signed the responsible gambling charter and are yet to book in your education session, please contact the foundation to make arrangements on 03 9452 2600.