Burnley FC and the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) have joined forces to educate the club’s supporters about risks related to gambling.

According to the Burnley Express, the duo will take over PSHE lessons at local Lancashire schools to deliver this initiative.

The Clarets’ decision to partner with YGAM comes not long after the Leeds United Foundation did likewise.

“Invaluable” training 

Delivering the lessons with YGAM will be Burnley FC in the Community, which is the club’s equivalent of the Leeds United Foundation.

Callum Barnes, NCS Manager for Burnley FC in the Community, has shared his thoughts on the joint-initiative. He said: “The training provided by the YGAM team will prove invaluable across our organisation.

“We will continue to utilise this partnership to up-skill our staff and provide workshops to the wide range of children and young people we work with throughout our community projects.

“The club also believes that YGAM’s resources will be able to benefit the other youth projects it has been delivering, including the Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Inspires programmes.”

Once a handful of staff at Burnley have taken an accredited YGAM training course, the club will also carry out a national education programme.

Helping the local community 

When commenting on the charity’s new partnership with Burnley, YGAM National Education Manager Sam Starsmore had the following to say.

“As an organisation, we are thrilled that Burnley FC will be putting our fully accredited training to use by delivering our resources to local schools as part of their PSHE lessons.

“Training the team at Burnley has been an absolute pleasure, and their passion for the local community has shown us just how committed they are to dealing with the complex issues of gaming and gambling-related harms in children.

“I am very much looking forward to training the rest of the staff at the club and working together in the months ahead to ensure that we inform, educate and safeguard young people in Lancashire and beyond.”

Delivering national initiatives 

YGAM has been active in raising awareness of potential gambling-related harms to young adults in the UK this year. In July, the organisation launched a new Parent Hub. This was launched to give parents access to information about possible risks that loot boxes in video games could cause, as well as general information about the dangers of excessive gambling.

Around two months later, YGAM introduced a problem gambling training programme for professionals in healthcare. The initiative was developed in partnership with Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) and Betknowmore UK. Healthcare professionals in London will receive training on how to treat gambling problems this year before the service is rolled out to the West Midlands in 2021, and then nationally one year later.