PDPA partners with GAMSTOP
PDPA announces new partnership with GAMSTOP – an online gambling self-exclusion tool.
The Professional Darts Players Association has announced a partnership with GAMSTOP, to raise awareness of the tools available to those wishing to self-exclude from online gambling.
GAMSTOP is the free, independent service that allows people to exclude themselves from online gambling websites. As of March 31st 2020, registration with GAMSTOP has been a condition of holding a Gambling Commission license for all British online operators.
The partnership will entail the PDPA raising awareness of the self-exclusion tool among its members through practical workshops, internal communications and through both organisations sharing key graphics and information across social media channels to reach players and the general public.
Those who register with GAMSTOP can choose to exclude themselves from every gambling site for a minimum period of six months, one year or five years. They cannot then remove themselves from the scheme until their self-exclusion period has expired, and if they do not contact GAMSTOP, their registration is automatically rolled over for up to seven years.
This builds on the PDPA’s existing gambling education and preventative measures, which include PDPA-funded gambling education and treatment for gambling addiction provided by Sporting Chance.
More than 160,000 people have already registered with GAMSTOP, which also works closely with gambling charities. Anyone who contacts the service, either through the website or by calling the helpline, is referred to specialist advisors if they need additional help and support with their gambling issues.
PDPA Chairman Peter Manley said: “The PDPA is committed to the wellbeing of our players and we recognise the importance of prevention, education and treatment of gambling problems, including addiction.
“Our partnership with GAMSTOP enables us to raise awareness to our members of a practical tool that helps many people protect themselves from the dangers of online gambling.”
Fiona Palmer, chief executive of GAMSTOP, said: “We at GAMSTOP are already impressed with the work the PDPA is doing in training, and so we’re thrilled that GAMSTOP can now be added to their offering as a practical tool.
“Both organisations share a commitment to protecting and educating those who need help, and we look forward to this partnership ensuring we can reach more people.”
To begin the process of self-excluding from online gambling sites in the UK, please visit: https://www.gamstop.co.uk/