One thousand active professional football players and their coaches will undertake online training courses in player responsibility and safer gambling. The training comes as a result of collaboration between Unibet and Swedish Elite Football (SEF) and is a part of the sponsorship agreement for the two Swedish leagues Allsvenskan and Superettan.
As the main partner to Swedish Elite Football (SEF), Unibet will work together with SEF and the 32 male elite football clubs that are represented in Allsvenskan and Superettan leagues, to educate players and coaches in safer gambling. The online training will now start after the season has ended and the Integrity Officer of each club will ensure the training is conducted.
“During our partnership with Swedish Elite Football (SEF), we have made several efforts to fight match-fixing and harmful gambling. This training is only one example of the work we do with SEF and we will continue our great efforts throughout the contract period,” Philip Lagström, Country Manager Unibet Sweden, said.
“For us, it is very important to share and contribute our knowledge through this sponsorship. Unibet wants a sustainable gambling industry and our ambition is to reach zero per cent revenue derived from harmful gambling by 2023,” Lagström added.
“For some individuals, in society as well as within the athletic environment, gambling can, unfortunately, become a problem. Together with our partner Unibet, we want to take responsibility and offer an additional responsible gambling tool through this training,” Anders Wikström, League Integrity Officer at Swedish Elite Football, said.
“The online training contains a self-assessment where by answering certain questions, you get insight into your current gambling behaviour. Something that we see as a very important measure. The training also contains contact information for those who feel that they might be in a harmful situation, which provides us with reassurance,” Wikström added.