By Owain Flanders
The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced the launch of a new £10m ($12.2m) national gambling education and support programme in the UK.
The programme will see charities GamCare and YGAM provide an independent programme which aims to ensure all 11-19 year olds across the UK have access to gambling awareness education.
The initiative will involve the provision of education to 120,000 young people and the training of over 100,000 professionals, including teachers, youth workers, community mental health practitioners, police and community sports trusts.
Members of the BGC will provide independent funding for the initiative.
The programme is part of a package of BGC safer gambling commitments announce in November 2019.
The safer gambling commitments were agreed by the chief executives of the leading gambling companies in the UK with the aim of addressing the harm gambling can cause to customers and young people.
Michael Dugher, CEO of the BGC, said: «As the new standards body representing most of the regulated industry, the BGC is delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative.
«Educating our young people is vital if we are to ensure they are better informed and fully aware of the potential risks.
«It’s also essential those who are teaching them are fully trained and able to look out for the tell-tale signs of any gambling-related harm and how to access help if required.»