The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS -

THE RISE of gam­bling along­side foot­ball has been huge, with vir­tu­ally ev­ery pro­fes­sional club hav­ing a bet­ting part­ner. Now com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly see­ing an open­ing in Non-League, which has cer­tainly had its prob­lems in the re­la­tion­ship, with some cases of play­ers caught bet­ting il­le­gally.

In the Bostik League, Bet­ have signed up to spon­sor per­for­mance of the month and season-end Fair Play awards and it has pre­sented Dul­wich Ham­let with a dilemma. While they ac­cept the need for fel­low Bostik clubs to raise rev­enue wher­ever they can, they per­son­ally are against such spon­sor­ship.

Their so­lu­tion is to agree to the terms of the spon­sor­ship but do­nate any prize money re­sult­ing to a char­ity work­ing with gam­bling ad­dicts. And it has to be said that while the ma­jor­ity of fans can en­joy gam­bling re­spon­si­bly, the po­ten­tial for ad­dic­tion is sig­nif­i­cant.

Well done to Ham­let. I hope, should the sit­u­a­tion arise, those of us in the game will have the courage to take a sim­i­lar de­ci­sion based on sense and sen­si­bil­ity.

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