Bolton Wanderers has announced that it will cut ties with all gambling organizations and instead support charities that provide support to people with gambling addictions.
League One Bolton Wanderers to remove gambling kiosks from the University of Bolton stadium and not forge new relationships with gambling companies; just to stay involved with the companies they are obligated to by EFL
The club said in a statement Thursday that the only game-related promotion they will participate in are those to which they are contractually bound – the EFL is currently sponsored by Sky Bet.
The changes will include the removal of the on-site gambling provision at the University of Bolton Stadium and will not enter into new trade partnerships or endorsements with companies representing the gaming industry.
League One club president Sharon Brittan said: “The problem of gambling ruins lives and we have taken this position to show our support for those suffering from gambling addiction.
“The latest research shows that there are between 340,000 and 1.4 million adults addicted to gambling in the UK and more than 60,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 16 are addicted.
“We as an industry must do more, and through our work with Bolton Wanderers in the community, Bolton Wanderers Football Club will support outreach programs for those experiencing gambling problems.”
Bolton CEO Neil Hart added: “We recognize that some people do want to gamble and also that the league has a business association with a gaming company, and we respect that.
“However, we will not engage in any activities to promote the game outside of EFL’s existing contractual requirements.
“This means that we will not provide betting kiosks on match day or enter into new agreements with gambling companies.
“In the spirit of transparency, the club operates a club lottery that allows fans to participate match by match or monthly with all this fundraising proceeds that support good causes related to the club and fan engagement projects. We will continue to provide this support for our local community and our incredible fans.
“As a club that is at the heart of our community, we want to support those who suffer as a result of gambling addiction.”