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Nov 15, 2021   |  12:53AM AET

Wanderers and Office of Responsible Gambling extend partnership

Wanderers and Office of Responsible Gambling extend partnership

Western Sydney Wanderers FC are proud to confirm the partnership extension with the Office of Responsible Gambling under GambleAware until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The Reclaim the Game partnership is set to continue to address the normalisation of sports betting and advertising in sport, as well as continue to raise community awareness of the risks of gambling.

The Wanderers were the first A-League club to partner with GambleAware in an effort to provide a more family-friendly sporting experience at CommBank Stadium so that members and fans could enjoy the game without betting getting in the way.

Research has found that many young people think sports betting is normal, and just over a third reported that gambling ads had increased their knowledge of gambling options.

The Red & Black together with GambleAware will continue to educate their members, fans, players, staff, and community on the importance of the Reclaim the Game program and how to be more gamble aware.

Launching their 2021/22 campaign today, produced by Chisel, with players from the club’s ISUZU Ute A-League and A-League Women’s sides, the campaign encourages Wanderers’ members and fans to get back to what football is all about and not let a bet take you away from the match.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said it was important for the club to play its part in spreading the message.

“It is very important to us to continue to build on our relationship with GambleAware as this is an issue that affects a lot of our Western Sydney community,” said Tsatsimas.

“Together with GambleAware and their campaign to Reclaim the Game, we hope to educate and create greater awareness of the impact that sports betting can have in professional sport.”

Office of Responsible Gambling Director Natalie Wright spoke highly of the partnership.

“Our partnership with the Wanderers to date has been very successful,” said Ms Wright.

“We are thrilled to be working with them for another season, to continue to educate their members, fans, players, staff and community about the importance of Reclaim the Game and highlighting the risks of gambling.”

If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support 24/7.