Book Tony Kelly as your Guest Speaker

Tony Kelly on gambling-related harms

Tony Kelly is an experienced and engaging speaker who is available to talk to your audience about gambling-related harms.

By candidly sharing his own experiences with problem gambling, Tony’s presentations help an audience really understand the human costs of problem gambling.

You can get in touch with Tony via:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07444 512184

An experienced and accomplished speaker


Tony has a huge range of speaking experience. His speaking and interview engagements include:

  • BBC Radio Shropshire
  • BBC Radio Essex
  • BBC Radio Stoke
  • BBC Radio Cwr
  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • BBC Radio 2
  • BBC Midlands Today News [TV]
  • BBC Breakfast [TV]
  • Channel 4 News [TV]
  • Channel 5 News [TV]
  • Chrissy B Show [Sky Channel-TV]
  • ITV Tonight Programme [Credits]
  • SGN Conference [Scottish Gambling Education Network]
  • Haringey Gambling Summit
  • 20-plus School Gambling Education Deliveries
  • 5 College Gambling Education Deliveries
  • World Leader Summit [Online]
  • 4 Charity Dinners
  • Security In Sport Conference- Qatar
  • Numerous Online Webinars
  • 2 appearances as Stoke City Guest Speaker.

Speaking at Private Schools

Through The McLellan Practice, Tony is available for presentations at private schools.

As highlighted in The Gambling Commission’s 2023 report report, 26% of 11 – 17-year-olds spend their own money on gambling. Easy access to gambling through apps, together with omnipresent gambling advertising, mean that young people are more vulnerable than ever to gambling addiction.

Against this backdrop, Tony offers an honest and compelling account of his own lived experience with gambling addiction. He has a wealth of experience of speaking to young people, and has now delivered his workshops to thousands of young people.

For private school speaking engagements, or for more information, please visit The McLellan Practice website.

Speaker Biography

Tony Kelly is a former professional footballer who, at the age of 16, became Bristol City’s youngest ever player. He went on to play 210 professional football league games for six different clubs between 1990 and 1999. His football highlights include working with legendary managers such as Alan Ball and Lou Macari; and his famous goal in the 1991 League Cup!

However, Tony’s glamorous lifestyle as a professional footballer was turned upside down by a devastating gambling addiction that impacted the trajectory of his life. He lost over £500,000, had three houses and three cars repossessed, broke up with his partner of 20 years, suffered mental health issues, and ended up bankrupt in 2010 with a bankruptcy file of £192,000.

Despite the odds against him, Tony demonstrated immense courage, resilience, and mental strength, enabling him to come back from the brink and turn his life around. His journey towards recovery began with his first publication book in 2014, “Red Card,” in which he put his story to print. Later, he published his second book, “Red Card- A Bet You Can Win!“, detailing his gambling journey, which ended in him overcoming his demons.

The positive feedback from the media, including his BBC Breakfast interview in 2013, encouraged Tony to continue sharing his story and message with others, highlighting the fact that anyone can become addicted to gambling. Today, Tony is an advocate for gambling reform, a published author, an educator on gambling harms for young people across the UK, and the founder and CEO of his own company, the Red Card Gambling Support Project. Not only has he managed to recover from his addiction, but he is also using his lived experience to support and help others, which is truly remarkable and admirable.

Tony is well-respected by his peers and as a prominent figure in the gambling education space, he is always looks for opportunities to share his story and inspire others. He has delivered his personal talks to thousands of people in various settings, such as his local church, schools, colleges, local councils, and business dinner events; making him a powerful public speaker.

Tony’s story is a testament to how one can rebuild their life after suffering trauma and adversity. Through dedication, hard work, faith, and hope, he demonstrates that one can recover from addiction and go on to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for years to come. His story is truly inspiring and serves as an example of the human spirit’s resilience in the face of overwhelming odds

Please see ‘Booking and enquiry’ section below for Tony’s contact details.


You can see many examples of feedback for Tony’s presentations on Red Card’s Schools page and on the Gambling Awarness for Non-League Football page.

Here’s one example of feedback provided following a talk to over 300 students at Langley College.

Yesterday, Hope in Haringey could be seen in support of the former footballer & Founder of a Gambling Support CIC, RED CARD, Tony Kelly at Langley College.

Across 3 incredible & packed sessions, Tony shared his battle with gambling addiction – a vice that cost him over £500,000 across the length of his career.

Now in recovery, Tony is a fantastic speaker and educator on the dark side of gambling, with his talk showing just how damaging gambling addictions are in our communities.

Julie Goodyear

Head of Safeguarding.

Langley College


Learn about gambling harms from ex-pro footballer Tony Kelly

  • Available 7 days a week
  • Available anywhere in the UK
  • Speaker fee is negotiable
  • Gambling awareness and education expert
  • Will share his personal story
  • Signed copies of Tony's book available
  • Pictures with tony available
  • Any setting/platform

Booking and enquiries

Tony Kelly is available all year round.

To book him as a guest speaker, please use the form below. If you’re not ready to book just yet but have an enquiry, please get in touch.

[email protected]

Tel: 07444 512184

Tony is available on LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter