Burnley FC partners with YGAM for gambling education

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) charity has announced a partnership with the Premier League team, Burnley FC.

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) charity has announced a partnership with Burnley FC in an effort to educate supporters about the risks associated with gambling.

What’s covered in the partnership?

Under the partnership, the pair will aim to visit local schools in Lancashire and take over PSHE lessons with help of the team’s foundation, Burnley FC in the Community.

Burnley FC in the Community Callam Barnes, NCS Manager said: “The training provided by the YGAM team will prove invaluable across our organisation. We will continue to utilise this partnership to upskill our staff and provide impactful workshops to the wide range of children and young people we work with throughout our community projects.”

The team also believes that YGAM’s resources will be able to benefit the other youth projects it has under its belt, including the Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Inspires programmes.

On top of this, Burnely FC will deliver a national education programme while a handful of staff members at the club have taken YGAM’s accredited training course.

Sam Starsmore, National Education Manager at YGAM, said: “As an organisation, we are thrilled that Burnley FC will be putting our fully accredited training to use by delivering our resources to local schools as part of their PSHE lessons. 

“Training the team at Burnley has been an absolute pleasure and their passion for the local community has shown us just how committed they are to dealing with the complex issues of gaming and gambling-related harms in children. I am very much looking forward to training the rest of the staff at the club and working together in the months ahead to ensure that we inform, educate and safeguard young people in Lancashire and beyond.”

What else has YGAM been up to?

The partnership with Burnley FC marks the charity’s latest effort to ramp up its education on gambling-related harms.

Back in September, YGAM announced the launch of a new training programme on gambling and gaming addictions for healthcare professionals, which includes general practitioners in partnership with Bournemouth University, Betknowmore UK and the Responsible Gaming Council.

The “Mindful Resilience Programme” is intended to provide healthcare professionals with “evidence-led, accredited, quality training” on the health risks associated with gambling-related harm.

YGAM’s scheme will start in London, and then be expanded into the West Midlands in 2021 with plans to roll the scheme out on a national scale in 2022

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