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Gambling in football: what do the fans think?

The gambling industry has hijacked the beautiful game, with adverts, branding and sponsorship almost everywhere you look, but how do fans actually feel about it? Words by Tom Fleming A grassroots game ...
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Gambling with mental health

The pandemic triggered a nationwide mental health crisis, with anxiety, financial concern and boredom all rising dangerously, creating fertile ground for online gambling companies to exploit.   Words...
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The Big Step's March event announced!

This year, we will be holding a remote walk on the 6th and 7th of March. As some of you may know, we usually organise group walks, which of course isn’t possible at the moment due to the pandemic,...
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Gambling and football: a toxic relationship

The 2005 Gambling Act Before the 2005 Gambling Act, the only gambling-related adverts shown on TV in the UK were for the football pools, bingo and the National Lottery. The Gambling Act, which came into...
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Our letter to 11 football clubs regarding gambling promotion

As part of a group of 50 people harmed by gambling, and with the support of 12 MPs, politicians and public health experts, we contacted 11 football clubs asking them to stop directly promoting gambling...
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Peter Shilton's campaign joins forces with the Big Step!

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and his wife Steph have announced their campaign to rid football shirts of gambling sponsors – Shilton’s Soccer Shirt Gambling Ban – will be supporting the Big...
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The Call for Evidence explained

The UK Government’s long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act is currently underway, giving us a unique chance for our voices to be heard, and for us to get the changes that will massively benefit...
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What’s changed since 2005?

The UK Government’s long-awaited review of the outdated 2005 Gambling Act is currently underway. A lot has changed in 16 years. Words by Tom Fleming Cast your mind backThe year is 2005. A wobbly-legged...
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Tranmere Rovers and The Big Step

The Big Step is delighted to announce a working partnership with Tranmere Rovers Football Club. As part of the club’s excellent community scheme, The Big Step will raise awareness of gambling addiction...
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