Gambling Addiction & Sport Information Seminar

19 Sep 2016

Gambling Addiction & Sport

Information Seminar

Tuesday 27th September 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm

O’Connor Theatre, Science Hub, UCD, Belfield

UCD Sport and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are hosting a FREE seminar on the evening of Tuesday the 27th September that will look at the area of gambling addiction and sport. This is an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent with the ease of access through online mediums especially among young men involved in sport. 

While the majority of people who gamble may not have a problem with it, research is showing that problems associated with gambling addiction are increasing in Ireland – the Institute of Public Health estimates that up to 40,000 people could have a gambling disorder. Therefore, it is important to educate young people and their club coaches/volunteers about the issues involved and provide information on supports available to those who may be suffering.

The seminar will include speakers who will tell their own stories with gambling, the Rutland Centre will outline what the reality is around this addiction as well as what treatment and supports are available, and we will also hear how the GAA are working to both raise awareness of the issue and support their players to tackle it. Attendees will be able to identify what problem gambling is and have the knowledge to encourage those who may be experiencing a difficulty to seek support and assistance.

7.15pm            The Reality & Impact – A Sports Persons Perspective

7.30pm            Gambling Addiction – The Situation, Signs & Supports

7.50pm            The Road to Recovery

8.10pm            How Sports Clubs Can Address this Issue

8.40pm            Panel Discussion

Attendance is free, but must be booked in advance by registering at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/gambling-addiction-and-sport-seminar-tickets-27701532028  All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.