Macarthur FC is stepping up in its first season to promote community wellbeing by joining Reclaim the Game to address the normalisation of sports betting and raise awareness of gambling harm.
This partnership will support the club’s community efforts to promote an active, healthy lifestyle to the Macarthur and South West region and provide a more family-friendly sporting experience in their home game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Natalie Wright, Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, said it’s exciting to see other codes join the initiative.
“We now have four major agreements across three of the most popular codes after starting with cricket. That really speaks to clubs recognising their role in looking after their fans and their communities,” Ms Wright said.
Aside from not accepting any sports betting sponsorships, the club has committed to educating their staff, players, and fans about the risks associated with gambling.
“Sport is a big part of our Australian culture, and it should be enjoyed without having to experience gambling advertising as part of a match,” Ms Wright said.
Gino Marra, Chairman of Macarthur FC, said that as a new club, they wanted to show their support for the Macarthur region and their passionate fanbase.
“As a club, we want to ensure we are looking after the wellbeing of our members, fans, and the wider community. This partnership does just that.” Mr Marra said.
“Our fans have got behind us in this first season, and we are excited to get behind them, too. The club, including our players, coaches, and staff, are passionate about raising awareness on this important topic.”
The Office of Responsible Gambling is in discussions with other sporting codes and clubs and hopes to announce more sign-ups to Reclaim the Game throughout the year.
If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call Gambling Help NSW on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support 24/7.