Former England goalkeeper David James will now be seen in a new role. The footballer has been appointed by the gambling charity organization GambleAware as its first-ever ‘Safer Gambling Ambassador.’
The footballer will assist the charity in its ongoing ‘Bet Regret’ campaigns. With the appointment, GambleAware has also strengthened its partnership with Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), a body which campaigns on a range of issues for the interest of football fans across England and Wales.
GambleAware has also partnered with FSA to create awareness about several issues related to gambling. The two organizations also plan on launching a series of educational campaigns to create awareness about safer gambling practices amongst UK football fans.
David James commented on initiatives: “Supporting Safer Gambling within football is something that is important to me. There is so much exposure to betting and it is increasingly easy to bet impulsively, so I want to encourage football fans to think twice about how they are betting.
Helping fans beat the break this October is only the start and I’m looking forward to working with GambleAware and the Football Supporters’ Association this season to raise awareness of Bet Regret.”
Last month, GambleAware announced its collaboration with Parent Zone, a digital family life specialists, to create awareness among parents about the impacts of online gambling on children.
Gambling addiction in children has been on the rise in the UK. According to a report from the UK Gambling Commission, the number of children facing compulsive gambling issues has risen by over 400 percent in the past two years.