All racecourses in Scotland have signed up to support Responsible Gambling Week, an industry-wide campaign to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.
Responsible Gambling Week 2019, which takes place from November 7th – November 13th under the hashtag #RGWeek19, is the public face of the industry’s year-round commitment to promote safer gambling. More than 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues and online sites are taking part, and this marks the second consecutive year that racecourses across the UK and Ireland are participating.
Scottish Racing support will encompass carrying #RGWeek19 messages on LED screens on racedays and publishing information on #RGWeek19 on their website and across social channels throughout the week detailing the five key responsible gambling behaviours:
- Only spend what you can afford
- Set your limits for time and money
- Gambling is not the answer to any problem
- Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea
- Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationship
The campaign is led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, comprised of all the gambling trade associations, and in Ireland by the Irish Bookmakers Association. The objective is to trigger a national conversation about safer gambling, highlighting the tools, advice and help available to customers, and the initiatives being taken by operators to promote social responsibility throughout the year.
The campaign has also attracted the support of the Racecourse Association and the British Horseracing Authority, who will support Responsible Gambling Week 2019, on their website and across their social channels.
A new website www.responsiblegamblingUK.org, will act as an information hub, providing a comprehensive one-stop service for consumers all year round, educating them about all aspects of responsible gambling.
Delly Innes, Manager of Scottish Racing, the organisation which supports and promotes the five racecourses in Scotland, said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting Responsible Gambling Week 2019 alongside the wider racing industry. We will be actively promoting the messaging during racing at Kelso and Ayr, as well as highlighting the practical advice on offer from the IGRG to our racegoers and followers.
John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, said:
“We are delighted that Scottish Racing will be supporting Responsible Gambling Week. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year and are confident this will be our biggest campaign yet. The continued engagement and support of racecourses in the UK and Ireland is enormously helpful in highlighting the week and triggering a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly throughout the year.”