On a regular basis I meet with other members of the Football Supporters' Association (FSA) on behalf of you, the Millwall Fans. There have recently been two surveys released online and social media regarding the the effects of Gambling in Sport, and another involving Away Day information. The results to these are below:
FSA Gambling Survey
A national fan survey conducted by the FSA in partnership with GambleAware’s ‘Bet Regret’ campaign has found that fans believe football clubs have to do more to educate people about the risks of gambling, particularly amongst younger fans amid fears they are being unnecessarily exposed to gambling adverts.
The results show that 88% of people believe it's easier than ever to get drawn in to making impulsive bets and only 1 in 10 fans think their club is doing enough to educate people on the risks of gambling.
The survey is the first piece of work undertaken by GambleAware and the FSA as part of ‘Bet Regret’, a campaign highlighting the impact of impulsive gambling.
The Away Fan Survey
The Away Fan Survey conducted by the Football Supporters' Association gives away supporters up-and-down the country the chance to voice their opinions on the grounds they visit... and the 2018/2019 results are in!
On the whole, 52% of visiting fans were happy with their visit to The Den and only 8% had an overall unhappy experience. In particular, the view from the away stand and the security in-and-around the ground were the main contributing factors to satisfied travelling fans.
However, not everyone was impressed with their trip to South Bermondsey, with one fan offering the suggestion to "make the atmosphere less intimidating".
I will continue to attend these meetings and am also on the National Council of Football Fans at the FSA, so I will keep providing you with regular updates on what the FSA's recent activity has been and the surveys released. If you would like to contact me to discuss any issues regarding the FSA, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.