AFL Central Victoria is excited to participate in the 2017 Love the Game Round next month, following AFL Victoria’s announcement encouraging fans to remember the passion, not the odds.
All senior leagues in the AFL Central Victoria Region, together with AFL Victoria and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, are showing their support for the ‘Love the Game’ campaign, focused on helping reduce the exposure of our fans, officials and players to sports betting promotion.
AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said the ‘Love the Game’ Round will help remind football supporters what really matters.
“AFL Victoria understands the importance of reducing harm from gambling and will encourage clubs to focus on the love of the game, not the odds, not just during the dedicated round but every round of the season,” Reaper said.
“People need to be aware of their limits with gambling and the impact it can have on young people, particularly in a sporting club environment.
“It’s time to get back to loving the game for what it is and take the focus off betting and we are confident that our ongoing partnership with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will help us achieve that.”
The Love the Game Round will be held on the 8th of July with Heathcote and District Football Netball League, Loddon Valley Football Netball League and North Central Football League joining twenty leagues across the state in the campaign. The Bendigo Football Netball League will have their Love the Game Round the week prior, 1st July, due to the bye on the 8th July.
Carol Cathcart, AFL Central Victoria Regional General Manager, said “The dedicated rounds will highlight to the community the risks involved with the increased normalisation of gambling in the community.”
Anglicare Victoria representatives from the Bendigo office will attend the following games where promotional items will be distributed to promote the ‘Love the Game’ message:
• BFNL – 1st July – South Bendigo v Gisborne
• HDFNL – 8th July – Huntly v Lockington Bamawm United
• LVFNL – 8th July – Bears Lagoon Serpentine v Mitiamo
• NCFL – 8th July – Charlton v Boort