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26 Nov
BSA Webinar - Gambling and Online Gaming
26 Nov 2019 10:30 - 26 Nov 2019 11:30

Introducing the First Official BSA Webinar

Gambling and Online Gaming: Education, Awareness and Protection - The Inside Story with Patrick Foster

Patrick is a former professional cricketer, insurance broker and independent school teacher whose life was torn to shreds by his pathological gambling addiction. Despite his idyllic upbringing and success as a youngster, Patrick's life become monopolised by gambling from his University days onwards as he found making the transition from playing sport and into the real world a huge challenge. His gambling addiction brought him to the verge of taking his own life in March 2018.

The mist has lifted and he has gained some insight into the nature of the condition that was keeping him so unsettled for such a long time and the impact it has had on his life and that of his family and all around him. 

With 500,000 children, aged between 11-15, gambling weekly, and young people aged 16 to 23 three times more likely to develop a gambling problem, problem gambling and gaming addictions amongst young people is a growing concern.

In a digital age where 96% of our children and young people are thought to own a smartphone, gambling has never been more accessible to young people, making it the UK’s fastest growing societal issue faced by our younger generation.

With links to low attainment, truancy, mental health issues, anti-social behaviour and, in the extreme, criminal convictions or suicide, problem gambling and gaming among young people is something that schools can simply no longer ignore.

Please note: if you are unable to make the time or date of this webinar, we can send you a recording of the session afterwards. If you interested in this, please email for more information.