Safer gambling week

Southampton Football Club and its partner Sportsbet.io are supporting this year's Safer Gambling Week, running from 19th-25th November to raise awareness of how to gamble more responsibly.

Safer Gambling Week is a campaign led by the gambling industry to promote tools that are available to help people gamble safely all year round, as well as sources for more advice and support.

As part of the Southampton's commitment to promoting responsible Gambling, the club has teamed up with Main Club Partner Sportsbet.io to launch 'Listen to the Saint in you', encouraging fans to consider the risks before placing a bet.

Safer Gambling Week Tips

 Gambling should be a fun activity and there are some simple things that Safergamblinguk.org advise to help you manage your play.

Only spend what you can afford

Always keep in mind that you are more likely to lose the money you stake than you are to win any more, and don't gamble with money you need for things like rent and bills.
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Set your limits for time and money

Decide how much you have to play with before you begin, and when this is gone it's time to step away. You may be tempted to spend more, as it can sometimes feel like a win is 'due' any minute, but this frame of mind will simply lead you to lose more.
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Don't gamble when you're angry or upset

Emotions like anger, sadness or a feeling of general stress can make it more difficult to make clear decisions and can lead to you losing money you can't really afford, and potentially important relationships. This is especially true of alcohol is added into the mix.
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Don't let it interfere with relationships

If you spend too much time gambling, never mind too much money, you may be missing out on other important events and activities, and missing out on spending time with the people you care about. Keep gambling balanced with other things you enjoy, and other social activities too.
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Gambling is not the answer to any problem

Gambling is most definitely not a way to make money, or to fix something else in your life that you are not happy with. Yes, some people win big, but this is not as often as it may appear! Over time, the house always wins. Any other problems you have will probably be make worse if you use gambling as a way to get away from them.
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RecoverMe

Fans can also get support from RecoverMe, a new mobile health app that empowers individuals to manage a gambling addiction from their pocket, which can be downloaded here. RecoverMe's app gives support for problem gamblers, encouraging them to seek help by providing a discrete option for support, with an aim to prevent gambling related harm nationwide.

At Southampton FC, we recognise that gambling can form a part of a fan's enjoyment of football, but we also believe that we have a responsibility to raise awareness of the support available for those that might need it.