In partnership with GambleAware and our members, we wanted to improve players’ understanding of gambling and raise awareness of the support available to players who may have a gambling problem. This follows on from our research which showed that professional sportspeople are 4 times more at risk of developing a gambling problem than the average person. As a result we’ve launched a new microsite and series of films targeted at sportspeople and highlighting the risks, the warning signs and critically, the support available to players from the player associations. Click here for more information
We are committed to promoting mental wellbeing in professional sport and also using the power of sport to help break down the stigma that sometimes surrounds mental health issues. The PPF is one of the founding partners of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation along with the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Mind. The influential Charter celebrated its two year anniversary in March 2017 with an event at the London Aquatics Centre attended by many of the Charter’s signatories as well as mental health ambassadors from across sport.
Nearly 300 organisations are signed up to the Charter which has seen a really positive impact on how sporting organisations tackle mental health issues. We were pleased to see the Department of Culture, Media and Sport reference the Charter and highlight mental health as a key outcome of sport in their 2015 sports strategy.
Find out more about the support and education provided by player associations in the area of mental health and wellbeing.