The Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United will join forces in Western Sydney for this Sunday’s match, to help fans reclaim the game by challenging the idea that betting is a normal part of sport.
Both clubs have committed to their relevant state Government bodies through partnerships with Reclaim the Game and Here For The Game.
The Wanderers’ partnership with GambleAware under Reclaim the Game is part of the Red and Black’s efforts in providing a more family-friendly sporting experience at home matches so that fans can enjoy the game without betting or betting advertisements getting in the way.
There is growing community concern that children and young adults are being exposed to too much gambling advertising and that sports betting advertising makes gambling a normal part of sport.
The awareness of Reclaim the Game comes off the back of the Wanderers’ support of Adelaide United’s mid-week home fixture which saw the clubs come together to raise community awareness around the risks of sports betting.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said it was important for the Wanderers to have a role in educating the community.
“Together with the Office of Responsible Gambling, we are proud to be raising awareness of the impact of sports betting on our community,” said Tsatsimas.
“We hope that we can continue to have an impact on reducing the amount of betting promotions that our fans are exposed to at our home match days.”
Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling Natalie Wright said she was proud to see the Wanderers get behind such an important initiative.
“Sports betting advertising and sponsorship is everywhere in sport. It’s gotten to the point where some fans are so focused on the odds that is distracts them from what’s happening out on the pitch. They’re missing special moments like crucial tackles and amazing goals.”
“We’re so proud to be working with the Wanderers club and seeing their fans get behind this important initiative. It’s also great to see other teams like Adelaide United help address the growing presence of sports betting across their state and our country.”