Vicsport is proud to partner with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to present the 'Love the Game” message to sporting clubs and as a sponsor of the Love the Games Victorian Community Sporting Club of the Year award at this year’s Victorian Sport Awards.
The Foundation’s Love the Game Sporting Club Program is all about celebrating the moments that make sport great and disrupting the social norm that sport and gambling need to go together. So it’s fitting that their award will be presented to a club that has demonstrated an outstanding achievement in community sport and active recreation.
A key aim of the Love the Game Sporting Club Program is to reduce the exposure of young people to sports betting advertising. To do this, the program has partnered with more than 300 local clubs as well as elite clubs and statewide partners, including AFL Victoria, Cricket Victoria and Football Victoria, who have pledged to say no to sports betting sponsorship.
In addition to prevention initiatives such as Love the Game, the Foundation works across a number of areas to reduce harm from gambling, including research, support services, policy advocacy and behaviour change campaigns.
The Foundation’s current campaign is the 100 Day Challenge, designed to prompt Victorians to think about their relationship with gambling. Available as an app or web-based program, it enables participants to set individual goals, get support and advice, discover new activities and chat to others who are also taking on the challenge.
Sporting clubs are encouraged to promote the challenge to members who may want to take a break from, cut back on, or quit gambling altogether in 2019. To make it easy to spread the word, the Foundation has created images, social media posts and posters you can download and share.
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