EPIC Risk Management has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS), which will see the two companies join forces to explore gambling and addiction issues in sport.
Through this partnership, EPIC will become an official industry partner of GIS, working together on accredited learning opportunities and supporting best practices. The two organizations will bring together sports industry leaders from around the world to understand current challenges, opportunities and threats; creating informed research that can support the wider sports industry ensures that the risks of gambling and addiction are minimized.
UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport is the premier destination for master’s degrees and executive education in sport across the world. Its goal is to unite, inspire and equip current and future leaders in the global sports industry.
EPIC Risk Management is a world leading independent gambling harm minimization consultancy. Working in the sectors most at risk for gambling harm, EPIC has worked in 27 countries on groundbreaking harm top notch gambling operators and advice.
John Millington, Senior Director at EPIC Risk Management, said: “Compulsive gambling can affect anyone from any background, but several academic studies have come to the same conclusion that athletes are up to four times more likely to suffer the consequences.
“Clearly, education and prevention work for those who regularly participate in competitive sports is extremely important to addressing this issue. The Global Institute of Sport is the ideal partner to help undertake research and harness data on this topic and has partnered with us to make sure the right people can contribute and act on it.
“We also look forward to offering UCFB and GIS students insight and support on these risks, to help them as individuals as well as in their professional careers.
“GIS will make a vital contribution to EPIC’s Pro Sport Advisory Council over the longer term via its new status as an Education Partner.”
Sharona Friedman, President of GIS, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with EPIC Risk Management to both support the sports industry and provide our students with insight into the risks associated with addiction.
“Gambling and addiction are unfortunately issues that can affect anyone, and we believe that by joining forces with EPIC, we can help educate and prevent those who work and compete in sport from being victimized. of these traps.
“At UCFB and GIS, we aspire to both learn from and support the industry to make informed decisions on how to meet the challenges that arise. With the help of EPIC Risk Management, we want to be part of the solution to mitigating problem gambling risk by gathering research, engaging with industry leaders and providing best practice recommendations.
“We are also delighted to have been unveiled as an official educational partner of EPIC; this arrangement will include EPIC offering our students guidance on the risks gambling can present and how to mitigate potential pitfalls. We are excited to grow our close relationship with EPIC and together make a positive difference in the industry.