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Darts players group signs up with Gamstop

| By Richard Mulligan
The professional body for elite darts players has announced a partnership with Gamstop to raise awareness of the tools available to those wishing to self-exclude from online gambling.

The partnership will see the Professional Darts Players Association (PDPA) look to raise awareness of the self-exclusion tool among its members through practical workshops and internal communications. Both organisations will also key figures and information across social media channels to reach players and the general public.

The collaboration builds on the PDPA’s existing gambling education and preventative measures, which include PDPA-funded gambling education and treatment for gambling addiction provided by Sporting Chance.

PDPA chairman Peter Manley said: “The PDPA is committed to the wellbeing of our players and we recognise the importance of prevention, education and treatment of gambling problems, including addiction.

“Our partnership with Gamstop enables us to raise awareness to our members of a practical tool that helps many people protect themselves from the dangers of online gambling.”

Gamstop is a free service that has enabled more than 160,000 people to exclude themselves from online gambling websites. Since 31 March 2020, registration with Gamstop has been a condition of holding a Gambling Commission license for all British online operators.

Those who register with Gamstop can choose to exclude themselves from every gambling site for a minimum period of six months, one year or five years.

Fiona Palmer, chief executive of Gamstop, said: “We at Gamstop are already impressed with the work the PDPA is doing in training, and so we’re thrilled that Gamstop can now be added to their offering as a practical tool.

“Both organisations share a commitment to protecting and educating those who need help, and we look forward to this partnership ensuring we can reach more people.”

The partnership broadens darts’ partnership with Gamstop, which has already linked up with the Professional Players Federation (PPF), the body that represents thousands of elite athletes in the UK.

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