Edition #6: Gambling and sport

Carol Every from Valad Solutions and Sally Gissing and Alice Dunt from the foundation displaying the School Education Program resources.
Carol Every from Valad Solutions and Sally Gissing and Alice Dunt from the foundation displaying the School Education Program resources.
(L to R) Carol Every from Valad Solutions and Sally Gissing and Alice Dunt from the foundation, photo: Paul Jeffers


LOVE THE GAME: our school and sporting club programs get a makeover

A betting agency advertises Gold Coast $2.82 vs St Kilda $1.41 on a match soon to be played. How much would a player win if they bet $10 on Gold Coast and they ended up winning? A payout on this match, not involving a betting agency, would have been Gold Coast $3.00 vs St Kilda $1.50. What does this tell you about the percentage return that the betting agency has planned for?

It’s secondary school maths, but not as many of us know it.

These questions are part of a new kit of resources the foundation’s School Education Program has created for teachers. Our School Education Program and Sporting Club Program help young people develop informed and healthy attitudes towards gambling. As well as running sessions for young people, we support parents, teachers and club and school communities to raise awareness of the risks of gambling and minimise the exposure of children to gambling. The programs currently work with over 200 sporting clubs and in more than 100 secondary schools across Victoria.

This month we launched LOVE THE GAME, a new identity for these two key programs, as well as new resources for the school program.

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Authentic, relevant and hands-on

On 17 October, the Hon. Marlene Kairouz, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, unveiled LOVE THE GAME at the launch of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2016.

‘Young people are growing up in a time when exposure to gambling advertising is unprecedented,’ she said. ‘We need to arm our kids with the tools to make informed decisions when they’re faced with gambling choices.’

The LOVE THE GAME resources for schools, including 10 teaching units developed with the Mathematical Association of Victoria, as well as literacy, health and humanities units, were trialled in a number of Victorian secondary schools.

The minister reported, ‘Students who took part in the pilot had fewer misconceptions about gambling and at the end of it they understood that gambling resulted in spending money rather than making money.’

Williamstown High School was one of the schools trialling the program. Principal Gino Catalano says the more authentic the activities, the more engaged students are.

‘When you have theory from a text book or some odds in a maths class, perhaps the real messages don’t get through. But as soon as you’ve got a curriculum that makes the activities far more relevant and hands-on, then we’re more likely to get those messages through.’

Watch the pilot in action at Williamstown High School.

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The kit, including teacher resources for Year 10 to12 classes and tailored resources for Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) teachers, will be sent to all Victorian secondary schools in November 2016. The foundation also provides a policy template to encourage secondary schools to include a gambling policy as part of their suite of health and wellbeing policies.

Find out more about LOVE THE GAME and how your school or club can participate in the School Education Program or the Sporting Club Program.

You can also read about the foundation’s new Love the game, not the odds awareness campaign, which features information about the impact of gambling on young people, and tips for talking to teenagers about gambling.

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