Gambling Awareness for Non-League Football

Free gambling awareness workshops for non-league clubs.

Gambling harms in non-league football —it's time to act.

Problem gambling isn’t just a problem for league football players. It also affects the lives of many young players in our non-league clubs.

For the team, problem gambling can lead to absenteeism, lateness for training, lateness on match days and poor performance levels.

However, for the player, the consequences can be more severe and can include financial debts, relationship breakdowns and mental health issues.

Participating non-league clubs

How Red Card can help

Red Card can help you support your young players by delivering free gambling awareness workshops.

These 90-minute workshops are aimed at 16-25 year old semi-pro footballers and those who work with them, including managers and coaches.

Workshops are delivered at club premises in London, the South East and the Midlands. We can also deliver sessions online.

Workshops are delivered by experienced presenters used to speaking to young people, with real-lfe experience of gambling addiction.

We also provide information packs for attendees, who will receive a CPD-accredited certificate.


The Football Non-League Gambling Awareness Project

Our research found that a proportion of young non league players (16-25) are problem gambling, and we have received a number of emails from non-league club managers and chairman expressing their concerns.

The Gambling Commission has therefore funded a two-year pilot project to investigate and address the issue.

Thanks to their funding, non-league clubs can now benefit from our free educational workshops. For the moment, these are available for clubs located in London, the Home Counties and the Midlands.

Excerpts from our workshops

Kettering Town FC.

A short clip from our CPD-Accredited gambling awareness workshop delivered to 35 young players, and their staff. The workshop took place on 12th May 2023.

Bedworth United  – feedback

Tony Kelly and Bedworth United Academy Manager Jamie Lenton discuss Red Card’s Football Non-League Gambling Awareness workshop delivery to Bedworth United.

Bedworth United Under-18s (2024)

  On April 9th 2024, facilitators Darren and Tony worked with young players at Bedford United. The session was reported on BBC’s Midlands Today  – broadcast on April 10th –  as well as on the BBC’s website.

Delivered by lived experience facilitators

Our sesssions are delivered by people who have experienced problem gambling and the harms that go with it.

Our lived experience facilitators therefore bring their own compelling stories to these sessions, for engaging and impactful training.

They have extensive experience in delivering sessions to a wide variety of audiences.

Sessions are often delivered by ex-pro footballer Tony Kelly.

Feedback on our workshops

Please accept this email to confirm that both myself and all at AFC Dunstable support what you are doing at the Red Card Gambling Consultancy and firmly believe that there is a greater need for more Gambling Awareness for Non-League Young Players and Staff.

We wish you all the best and we will not hesitate to support any future initiatives.


David Airey

AFC Dunstable

[Testimonial extract] As an ex professional and semi-professional footballer, who is now lucky enough to work with young players in football, I fully understand the temptations and the culture surrounding gambling in everyday walks of life. Therefore, educating young people about the issues associated with gambling and the impact this can have, not only on the individual themselves, but on friends, family and work colleagues is absolutely essential...

The literature provided by Tony is superb and offers a visual for participants to take home and share with family members. The information includes advice and guidance on how to recognise gambling habits and how best to implement strategies to overcome such problems...

I strongly recommend the ‘Red Card Gambling Support Project’ workshop to players, management, coaches, staff and fans of other football clubs (both semi-professional AND professional), as well as education providers including schools, 6th forms, colleges and universities across the country.

View the whole testimonial

Jamie Lenton

Academy Manager & 1st Team Head Coach
Bedworth United

Download our flyer

If you know a non league club who might benefit from our course, please send them our flyer for the course, or for our services point them in the direction of this page. Thank you!

CPD Accredited Workshops

Our gambling awareness in non-league football workshops are now accredited as CPD courses by the CPD Standards Office. .

Support your young players' wellbeing.

Red Card's gambling awareness workshop is designed to support your young players' wellbeing through education and support. Thanks to Gambling Commission funding, we can offer free 90 minute workshops, delivered on club premises or online, delivered by lived experience facilitators.

This workshop is currently available for clubs in London, the Home Counties and the Midlands.

Booking and enquiries

Training is available all year round.

To book our non-league football gambling awareness workshop, please use the form below. If you’re not ready to book just yet but have an enquiry, please get in touch.