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GAA ban sponsorship from betting firms from 2019

From 2019 onwards, betting organisations will no longer be permitted to provide sponsorship in GAA after a motion was overwhelmingly passed at the 2018 Congress.

The Community and Health department of the association, supported by the National Health and Wellbeing Committee, had put forward the motion, that the sponsorship by a betting company of any GAA competition, team, gear, or facility be forbidden, in a move to help tackle the problem of prevalent use of gambling and help uphold the integrity and honesty of the association.

According to John Fogarty, who is reporting from the congress meeting this afternoon, an overwhelming 93% of voters voted in favour of passing the motion.

There are very few instances whereby teams or events will be affected by the change, but it does put a stop to something that has overtaken other sports, with the prescence of betting firms part and parcel of numerous soccer and rugby organisations.

On a non-corporate level, the affects of gambling addition has been well documented within the GAA, with the likes of Offaly’s Niall McNamee and Tyrone’s Cathal McCarron speaking vocally about the detrimental effects it has had one them and those around them.

Speaking to today, addiction counselor Alan Martin discusses the scourge gambling has on the GAA community.

“What I discovered more and more is that these lads are looking for a high and a buzz from the sports field. They lead a healthy life and when they come off the sports field, they’re kind of left feeling a bit somewhat empty and they’re looking for some buzz or that chase and it might be a small gamble that might start them off.”

“It has become more intrinsic within the GAA, and with mental health and gambling, they’re so attached.”

For anyone who wants to find out more, visit Gamblers Anonymous Ireland.

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