RPA and EPIC to deliver Gambling Education Programme

Date: Tuesday 15th March 2016
Issued on behalf of The RPA.

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today announced that it will deliver a new Gambling Awareness Education programme to all RPA members in association with EPIC Risk Management.

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The programme, which will focus on the potential risks posed by gambling, how to identify problematic gambling and where to seek help, will be delivered to RPA members, and offered to club management, across all Aviva Premiership rugby clubs, London Welsh, England Sevens and England Women. EPIC will also be presenting to the next intake of Academy graduates at the RPA Academy Induction Day in 2016.

As part of the relationship EPIC will provide training to RPA Personal Development Managers (PDMs) to help them identify the signs of someone who may have an issue with gambling and how they can access support.

Paul Buck, EPIC Group Chief Executive, said: “Problem gambling extends across all industries at all levels with particular prevalence in high risk sectors such as professional sport and financial services. We are delighted the RPA have recognised this as a key issue in professional rugby and look forward to partnering with them to deliver what will be the most comprehensive problem gambling education, prevention and intervention programme in professional sport.”

RPA Rugby Director, Richard Bryan, said: “A survey by The Professional Players Federation (PPF) in 2015 suggested that professional sportspersons are 3 times more likely to be problem gamblers than those in the general population. With this in mind and with our commitment to player welfare, on and off the pitch, it is our duty to educate our members on the risk of gambling, addiction and signposting them to expert help when required.”