Cats sign Responsible Gambling Charter


GEELONG Football Club has become the latest team to say no to gambling sponsorship by signing the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s responsible gambling charter.

Victoria's Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz joined Geelong Football Club CEO Brian Cook and Vice-Captain Harry Taylor, as well as Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Deputy Chair Mary Anne Hartley and CEO Louise Glanville for the announcement today (14 July 2017).

Geelong Football Club’s signing of the responsible gambling charter means all 10 Victorian-based AFL teams are rejecting gambling sponsorship.

With Simonds Stadium already a pokie-free zone, today Geelong Football Club also announced that by 2020 there will be a complete prohibition of gambling advertising displayed on the LED signage at the ground, when the current contract expires.

The responsible gambling charter commits sporting clubs to limiting the exposure of young people to gambling activities and advertising. Clubs which sign the charter forego sponsorship from betting companies.

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“To have all 10 Victorian-based AFL teams commit to the responsible gambling charter sends a strong message that it’s the game that’s exciting, not the odds," Ms Kairouz said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is very supportive of the charter and it’s fantastic to see Geelong Football Club become the 14th Victorian-based elite sporting team to join in.”

Geelong Football Club CEO Brian Cook said there was a large amount of gambling advertising around AFL matches, but ideally fans should be able to go to games and enjoy them without "the odds.”

“We’re pleased to partner with the foundation as we look to minimise the exposure of gambling messages at Simonds Stadium in the future.”

Source: A state government media release