Bolton Wanderers F.C. To Stop All Betting Promotion
BOLTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Bolton Wanderers’ Antoni Sarcevic warms up during the EFL Trophy Northern Section Group D match between Bolton Wanderers and Port Vale at University of Bolton Stadium on August 31, 2021 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers F.C. has announced that they will stop all betting promotions at the University of Bolton Stadium and will cease all betting sponsorships and commercial partnerships.
The move comes as club Chairman Sharon Brittan says they are taking a strong stance in supporting “those who are suffering from a betting addiction.”
With this move, there will be no gambling kiosks or on-site betting provisions at games. Wanderers F.C. has said that they will continue to respect all standing sponsorships within the English Football League One.
Bolton Wanderers CEO Neil Hart stated:
We recognise that some people do want to bet and also that the league has a commercial partnership with a gambling company in place – and we are respectful of this.
In addition to offering resources to help with gambling addiction, Bolton Wanderers F.C. will launch a mental health project called “Team Talk,” in which a safe space will be provided for men age 18 or older.
The Team Talk safe spaces will aim to provide men with a laid-back setting to talk while making connections easier through a mutual love of Bolton Wanderers F.C.
On top of the Team Talk project, the Bolton Wanderers have partnered with Bolton-based charity Whysup, which raises awareness on mental health and addiction.
Entering their Saturday matchup with Sunderland, The Wanderers are eighth in the EFL table with a 3-3-1 record. They are looking to have their highest finish in the league since the 2016-17 season when they finished as the runner-up to Sheffield United.