Crewe Town Football Club is committed to high standards of health and safety. It is our policy, as a football club, to maintain these high standards and to encourage all persons associated with the club (including players, managers, coaches, parents together with those persons and supporters of visiting teams) to provide a safe environment for the development of those playing football.
The Clubs Officers, Committee members and team managers/coaches are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Club’s Health & Safety Policy is implemented and that as far as is reasonably practicable a safe operating environment exists in their areas of operation and activities are conducted in such a manner as to minimize the risk to health and safety.
All persons involved with Crewe Town Football Club whether as an Official, Manager/Coach or Player shall read and understand that they will endeavour to comply with the following club health and safety policy. Questions about this policy should be addressed to the Vice Chairman Mark Vodrey.
1. OBLIGATIONS FOR LEADING A SESSION / EVENT
All persons involved in any event organised by Crewe Town Football Club shall have and wear the correct clothing and equipment to participate in the event.
The person in charge of the event shall insure that:
- There is a competent person to administer first aid.
- There is a suitable first aid kit available at the event.
- The full address of the location where the event is taking place is known .
The location of the nearest AED (Defibrillator) is known .
- There is a telephone available for emergency use.
- Parental/emergency contact details for all participants are available.
- A visual risk assessment is carried out prior to any event commencing, this will include – ensuring the area to be used and the surrounding area is free from any obstacles, ensuring the equipment to be used is suitable for its intended use ie. goal posts are safe, corner flags are to the correct height, and that the participants have the appropriate clothing and appropriate equipment.
- All coaches / adults assisting with a session are clearly displaying a valid club or league identity badge in an armband.
- All participants are fully warmed up and prepared for the event they are to participate in.
- In the event of a person receiving an injury requiring medical attention, an ‘Accident Report Form’ is required to be completed. Once this has been completed it is to be given to the Club Vice Chairman/ Welfare Officer.
2. OBLIGATIONS ON PARENTS / PLAYERS ATTENDING A SESSION
A Parent/Guardian consent form is required prior to any person participating in an event indicating any medication or medical conditions pertinent to the activity which the person may have. This must be available in, and registered with, the club’s membership database
That the attendee is wearing the correct kit and safety equipment (including shin pads and appropriate footwear for the playing surface).
All attendees have an obligation to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves, and other persons who may be affected by their actions and cooperate with the Club to enable any such duty to be complied with. Any hazardous situation should be reported to the Club Vice Chairman who in turn shall advise the Committee.
3. GOALPOST SAFETY GUIDELINES
The Football Association, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards Institution, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines for the safe use of goalposts. Too many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect use of goalposts. Safety is always of paramount importance and everyone in football must play their part to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
For safety reasons goalposts of any size (including those which are portable and not installed permanently at a pitch or practice field) must always be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goalposts must be secured by the use of chain anchors or appropriate anchor weights to prevent them from toppling forward. It is essential that under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb, swing on or play with the structures of the goalposts. Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may topple over. Regular inspections of goalposts should be carried out to check that they are kept properly maintained. Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage.
It is strongly recommended that plastic hooks should only secure nets or tape and not by metal cup hooks. Any metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalposts should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks, which cannot be replaced. Goalposts which are “home made” or which have been altered from their original size or construction must not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries. Guidelines to prevent toppling – follow manufacturer’s guidelines in assembling goalposts.
Before use, adults should:
- Ensure each goal is anchored securely in its place
- Exert a significant downward force on the cross bar
- Exert a significant backward force on both upright posts
- Exert a significant forward force on both upright posts
- These must be repeated until it is established that the structure is secure. If not, alternative goals/pitches must be used.
- For reference, you should note that The FA and BSI have developed a standard for future purchases (PAS 36:2000), available from BSI. It is hoped this will be developed into a full British Standard in due course.
- REMEMBER TO USE ALL EQUIPMENT, NOT JUST GOALPOSTS, SAFELY AT ALL TIMES.
4. INCIDENT/ACCIDENT REPORT FORM
Incident/accident report forms can be downloaded here.
This Policy was reviewed 19th March 2021 by The Club Committee.