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Duns Football Club

Club Policies

NAME

The club shall be called Duns Football Club.

 

OBJECT

The object of the club is to promote football in the Duns area.

 

MEMBERSHIP

The club is open to all interested in promoting football in the area.

 

OFFICE BEARERS

The office bearers shall be Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Match Secretary which shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

4b    When a vacancy occurs the General Committee will have the power to fill such a vacancy. The office bearers may be re-elected at the Annual General Meeting.

 

GENERAL COMMITTEE

This shall consist of the office bearers and at least three general members from the club. The members may be re-elected at the Annual General Meeting.

 

SUB-COMMITTEE

The General Committee shall have power as occasion arise, to appoint from it’s members such Sub-Committees as it may deem expedient, and to depute or refer to them such of it’s powers and duties as it may from time to time determine.

 

MEETINGS

Meetings shall be held at regular intervals. The meetings

should consist of the office bearers and such general members as are able to attend. In the event of the Chairman or Vice Chairman not being present the Chair shall devolve to the Secretary.

7b.   Special meetings may be called at the request of a least two members of the General Committee.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year not later than 31st June when the order of business shall be (1) Secretary’s Annual Report, (2) Treasurer’s Annual Report, (3) Election of Office Bearers, (4) Election of General Committee, (5) Any other competent business.

 

FINANCE

The Honorary Treasurer shall be responsible for all money transactions and shall submit a financial statement of the club’s accounts at each meeting, and at the Annual General Meeting shall submit an account of the Club finances. The Treasurer shall open and maintain such bank accounts as deemed necessary by the Committee.

 

ALTERATION TO THE CONSTITUTION

10.        No alteration to the Constitution shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting. Twenty one days notice must be given to the Secretary (in writing) of any proposed alteration in the constitution. No alteration shall be made unless three-fourths of the General Committee are present and a two thirds majority shall be necessary to carry a motion. Such alteration shall be immediately enforced after approval.

 

 

Duns Football Club

Our Health and Safety Policy:

It is our intent to demonstrate an ongoing and determined commitment to improving health and safety throughout our club.

We will ensure the health and safety of all our people and any other people who may be affected by our activities. We will comply with the requirements of health and safety legislation.

We will promote best practice and exceeding the guidance of the Health and Safety Executive and other regulatory bodies.

This policy reflects our commitment to ensuring that health and safety is paramount to our club, and that effective health and safety actively contributes to our success.

1. AWARENESS: “All our people and stakeholders have an awareness and understanding of health and safety hazards and risks that affect our business.”

1.1 Health and Safety Policy statement. Adequate resources will be provided to ensure all our people, the sub-contractors and stakeholders are aware of this policy and committed to its effective implementation.

1.2 Communication and consultation. There will be active open communication and consultation between all our people, the sub-contractors and stakeholders. Health and safety will be integrated into our communications, wherever appropriate.

Emphasises the role of behaviour

Pledge for a sustainable approach

Applies to all people who come into contact with the club

Pledge to become role models

Recognition of the connection between health and safety and performance

Recognises knowledge necessary for behaviour change

Pledge for proactive two-way communication with the workforce/stakeholders

Pledge to go beyond raising awareness to secure commitment

 

1.3 Management roles and responsibilities. Roles and responsibilities for health and safety will be defined, as necessary, by the club committee.

adequate resources are provided for health and safety;

health and safety is adequately assessed, controlled and monitored; and

our people are actively involved on matters that affect health and safety.

1.4 Hazard identification. We will identify our workplace health and safety hazards. We will inform our people, the sub-contractors and stakeholders, as appropriate, of these workplace hazards.

We will require our sub-contractors and stakeholders to identify health and safety hazards that may impact on our club activities.

2. COMPETENCE: “All our people and stakeholders have the competence to undertake their work with minimum risks to health and safety.”

2.1 Health and safety training. All our people will be adequately instructed and trained on the health and safety issues that affect them, and the safe working practices that should be followed.

We will ensure the health and safety competence of our sub-contractors and stakeholders.

2.2 Behaviour and culture. Club management will demonstrate leadership in health and safety. Club management will undertake tours to ensure that health and safety issues are identified, assessed and managed. Systems will be in place and people will be empowered to raise health and safety concerns with management.

2.3 Risk assessment and management. We will assess the risks associated with health and safety hazards in the club. All our people will be informed of the health and safety hazards and risks that affect them. We will take action to prevent, reduce or control risks to an acceptable level and reduce the potential for incidents and accidents. We will require our sub-contractors and stakeholders to identify health and safety risks that may impact on our work activities.

 

3. COMPLIANCE: “Our club activities achieve compliance with legislation, and our people are empowered to take action to minimise health and safety risks.”

3.1 Incident investigation. We will report and investigate accidents, incidents and near misses to drive improvement in our health and safety management. Any lessons learned from such events will be used to take corrective action to prevent recurrences.

3.2 Measuring performance. We will actively and openly, review and report on our health and safety performance against published objectives and targets. Improvement plans will be developed to support the delivery of these objectives and targets.

3.3 Health and safety management system. We will implement management systems to ensure we:

comply with health and safety legislation;

fulfill the requirements of BS8800 and OHSAS18001; and

continually improve our health and safety performance.

3.4 Sub-contractor improvement. We will engage and collaborate with our sub-contractors to ensure their:

health and safety capability and competence fulfil our expectations;

health and safety performance is monitored and reviewed; and

work activities have minimal health and safety impacts on our activities.

4. EXCELLENCE: Duns Football Club wishes to be  recognised for excellence in the way it manages health and safety.”

4.1 Developing innovative practices. We will constantly encourage, develop, review and share “health and safety good practice” both internally and externally.

4.2 Influencing stakeholders. We will only work with joint venture partners and clients who are willing to meet and achieve our health and safety expectations. We will engage and influence stakeholders to drive improvements in health and safety.

4.3 Club related health. We will assess our occupational health risks. All our people will be informed of the occupational health risks that affect them. We will take action to prevent, reduce or control health risks to an acceptable level and reduce the potential for ill health, including assessing all our people’s fitness. Health surveillance will be conducted to satisfy health and safety legislation.

Delivering our policy

Our policy will be delivered by:

 

generating a culture that does not tolerate threats to health and safety; and

ensuring the real involvement of all our people, the sub-contractors and stakeholders.

Policy review

This policy has immediate effect and replaces all previous versions. This policy will be reviewed and amended, as necessary.

 

Duns Football Club Disability Policy covering the Disability Discrimination Act

 

  • · Duns Football Club is fully committed to ensuring that its disabled supporters

and customers have as full access as is reasonably possible to make to all

goods, services and facilities provided or offered to the public by the Club.

  • · Duns Football Club recognises that it is has duties to remove any potential

barriers that make it difficult or impossible for some disabled customers to access

our facilities. We will undertake such additional works as are reasonably required

within the timescales set out in the Act.

Duns Football Club guarantees to its disabled supporters and customers that any

complaints of discrimination will be dealt with quickly under that procedure. The Club has advised that any incident of discrimination under the provisions of the Act is a

serious matter and will be dealt with.

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

First Aid Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League.

 

It is the policy of Duns Football Club to take all reasonable and practicable steps to safeguard the Health and Safety and welfare of all employees at work and to protect all other persons against hazards to Health or Safety arising out of the Clubs activities. This document details the Club’s first aid plan, and should be read in coDuns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Disability Discrimination Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League  We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.

 

Duns Football Club fully supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. No applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of disability.

 

It is in the interest of Duns Football Club and those who work for it to ensure that all available human resource talents and skills are considered when employment opportunities arise. As such Duns Football Club is committed to maintaining and managing a diverse work force.

 

This policy is applicable to all staff, contract workers, spectators and guests of the Club on all premises and places of work occupied by the Club.

 

The purpose of this policy it to ensure that Duns Football Club complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to ensure that disabled people falling within the definition of the Act are treated equally and fairly.

 

In line with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, in this policy:

 

• DISABILITY refers to a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

• DISABLED PERSON refers to a person with such a disability.

• DISCRIMINATION refers to treating someone with a disability less favourably than he treats others whom have no disability, and that treatment cannot be shown to be justified in relation to the activities or circumstances involved.

 

Policy

 

Club Policy covering Part III (The provision of goods, services and facilities) of the Disability Discrimination Act

 

• The Club is committed to ensuring that its disabled supporters and customers have as full access as is reasonably possible to make to all goods, services and facilities provided or offered to the public by the Club.

• The Club recognises that not all of its facilities are fully accessible to disabled customers and confirms that it is committed to making the necessary reasonable adjustments described by the Disability Discrimination Act and its relevant Codes of Practice to ensure full compliance with the legislation.

• The Club will provide free access for supporters with disabilities and half-price admission for their carers The Club will ensure that the scheme does not discriminate between disabled people with differing impairments.

• The Club is committed to making the necessary reasonable adjustments described by the Disability Discrimination Act and its relevant Codes of Practice to ensure full compliance with the legislation.

• The Club will undertake such additional works as are reasonably required within the timescales set out in the Act.

• The Club has a grievance procedure in place and guarantees to its disabled supporters and customers that any complaints of discrimination will be dealt with quickly under that procedure.

• The Club has advised its staff that any incident of discrimination under the provisions of the Act is a serious matter and will be dealt with under the Club’s Disciplinary Procedures.

 

Employment

 

When considering persons for employment Duns Football Club will not discriminate against a disabled person:

 

• In the arrangements made for the purpose of determining whom employment should be offered to.

• In the terms under which employment is offered.

• In deliberately refusing to offer or not offering employment to someone based on their disability.

• In the opportunities afforded to a person (i.e. training, promotions or any other work benefit).

• In dismissing someone or subjecting them to any detriment based on their disability.

In conjunction with the Health and Safety Policy, and the Spectator Safety Policy document.

 

Purpose

 

This plan is to provide guidance to staff on the provision of first aid in our workplace (New Hawthorn Park Duns). We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all staff, supporters, or other visitors, and the appointment of qualified first aid officers will ensure that anyone on our premises will have access to first aid assistance should an injury or illness occur.

 

All Duns Football Club members of staff have a duty of care, to themselves and others within New Hawthorn Park, to provide assistance when required, to the level of their competence, including calling on expert assistance when necessary, as set out in this first aid plan.

 

First Aid Procedures

 

1. First Aid Officers

 

• Duns FC will train an appropriate number of personnel to the standard of Sports Injury Training, carried out by an approved body.

• Duns FC will maintain a register of all personnel who have a Sports Injury certificate.

• DUNS FC will ensure that a minimum of one person holding a Sports Injury certificate will be present at each home game.

• For each home game a lead First Aid Officer will be appointed by either the; Chairman or Secretary.

 

2. First Aid Officers Responsibilities

 

First Aid Officers must:

 

• Provide initial first aid attention when necessary to members of staff and the public whilst within New Hawthorn Park.

• Must remain with an injured or ill person until no further treatment or assistance is required, or until the person is handed over to ambulance or other medical personnel, unless the officer’s personal safety is at risk.

• Recognise their limitations and only administer or carry out duties that have been included in their training.

• Ensure the Club’s accident book is updated for the treatment of any person in relation to any injury/incident. The Club accident book is kept in the First Aid Room.

• Ensure that they are aware of the location of the Clubs first aid kits and medical room.

 

3. Absence Of First Aid Officers

In the event of a First Aid Officer not being immediately available to administer first aid in an emergency, Duns Football Club staff should:

 

• If possible escort the patent to the Borders General Hospital

• If possible escort the patent to the Knoll Hospital Duns

• Call an ambulance.

 

 

The Borders General Hospital is approximately 40 minutes from New Hawthorn Park by car. The Knoll Hospital is approximately 5 minutes away by car.

 

 

 

4. Staff Awareness

All staff will be advised of the nature of first aid facilities in New Hawthorn Park; the location of first aid kits; the names of first aid officers; the procedure to follow when first aid officers are absent, and the procedures to be followed when first aid is required.

 

This will be communicated to all Duns FC personnel at the start of each new season, or if a new member joins the Club. The first aid plan will also be published on the Duns Football Club web site, along with all other policies and documentation.

 

5. First Aid Kit

• Duns FC will have available at each home game a mobile first aid kit which has been approved by the Club associate Doctor.

• Duns FC will have available a static wall mountable first aid kit located in the medical treatment room. This cabinet will meet the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) (1981) act, and will be suitable for up to 50 persons.

• DunsFC will have available for each home game a mobile 50 person first aid kit.

• DunsFC will have available for each away game a mobile players first aid bag which has been approved by the Club associate Doctor.

• Duns FC will have available for each training session a mobile players first aid bag which has been approved by the Club associate Doctor.

• First aid kits will be under the control of trained first aid personnel.

• A list of all personnel who have the Sorts Injury certificate will be placed near the first aid kit in the medical room.

• Duns FC will ensure that all first aid kits under their control are fully stocked and will carry out regular audits on the contents, and arrange to replenish supplies when required.

 

The minimum items held in each first aid kit are detailed as follows:

 

Static First Aid Kit in medical room:

Item Required​

Number

Assorted Sterostrip Wash-proof plasters

60

‘Steropax’ Standard Eyepad Dressings

6

‘Steropax’ Standard Dressings (Medium)

12

‘Steropax’ Standard Dressings (Large)

4

Triangular Bandages

8

Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes

20

Safety Pins

12

Pairs of Disposable Gloves

3

Foil blanket

2

Scissors. blunt nosed

1

 

Mobile First Aid Kit:

Item Required​

Number

Assorted sterile adhesive plasters

60

Eyepads

6

Standard Dressings (Medium)

12

Standard Dressings (Large)

4

Triangular Bandages

8

Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes

20

Safety Pins

12

Pairs of Disposable Gloves

3

Foil blanket

2

Scissors. blunt nosed

1

 

Mobile Players First Aid Bag:

Item Required

Number

Plasters 10cm x 9cm

4

Crep bandage 7.5cm x 4.5m

1

Triangular Bandages

1

Zinc Oxide

1

Sterile dressing 12cm x 12cm

1

Cotton buds

10

Elastic adhesive bandage 2.5cm x 4.5m

1

Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes

1

Pairs of Disposable Gloves

1

Sterile swabs 10cm x 10cm

5

Instant ice pack

1

Foil blanket

1

Scissors. blunt nosed

1

 

 

 

6. Medical Certificate

Duns FC will obtain a yearly medical certificate which is issued by the SFA chief Medical Officer. This is normally renewed in August of each year.

 

 

DUNS F C

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND BLOGGING POLICY

 

Purpose

Internet and mobile based social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, Blackberry Messenger,  MSN, Live Profile, Android, and any such similar currently existing or future existing sites, as well as the recent phenomenon of ‘Blogging’ (writing an online and public diary) have become increasingly popular and like most modern businesses, Duns Football Club (“The Club”) is keen to ensure that its brand, employees, workers, customers and sponsors remain protected in what is a very open and public way of sharing information and images across the internet.

 

The principles within this policy remain consistent with the contractual obligations already in place for all employees/workers at the Club. This policy should be read in conjunction with your existing contract or letter outlining terms and conditions of your employment.

 

Legal Liability

The Club acknowledges that blogs and social networking sites provide individuals with a way of sharing their insights, expressing their opinions and communicating in a global environment. When you choose to go public with your opinions through a blog, social networking site or other openly accessible medium, you are legally responsible for those opinions. You should therefore be aware that you can be held personally responsible for any commentary deemed to be defamatory, obscene, discriminatory, proprietary or libellous (whether relating to the Club, other individuals or any other company – including the Club’s customers and sponsors). For these reasons, you need to exercise caution with regard to any derogatory, discriminatory or bullying remarks or characterisations, copyrighted materials, exaggeration or obscenity. In essence, what you post to the internet is at your own risk and other parties can pursue legal action against you personally for postings. Notwithstanding that you will be personally responsible for what you write or post, where what you post relates to your work (or work done by others at the Club), the Club may also be vicariously liable for what you say. You should also bear in mind that if you do anything outside of work which the Club considers is inappropriate given your role or position at work, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the Club in accordance with the Club’s Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures.

 

Protecting the Brand

The Club’s brand and media profile are exceptionally valuable assets which must be protected at all times. Use of the Club’s trademark logo, related brand images (including those of our sponsorship partners) and/or any other intellectual property owned by the Club when social networking or ‘blogging’ without the express consent of the Club is strictly prohibited. This includes photography of Club premises, employees, workers or ex-employees or workers, whether or not you own the copyright to any such images. You may post photographs that are in the public domain to the extent that they or the use to which they are put does not bring the Club into disrepute and provided always that your use of such photographs is not in breach of any other part of this policy. You must not post photographs which either as a result of your uniform, or location, identify you as a representative of the Club.

 

Care must also be taken to protect our employment brand and ensure absolute professionalism. You are reminded of your duty of confidentiality to the Club. You are expressly prohibited from posting anything to the internet or similar medium that might in any way bring the Club into disrepute. This includes ensuring there are no references to other football clubs and other clubs employees.

 

Confidentiality

During your employment/engagement with the Club, you will obtain confidential information in relation to, for example, the Club, associated businesses, employees, sponsorship partners, suppliers and customers. This information must not be shared with anyone, through any medium, for any reason (except in the proper execution of your duties) and must be kept strictly confidential, no matter how trivial it may appear. The internet is public domain and confidentiality must be maintained irrespective of any assurance that you may have been given as to local internet privacy arrangements for particular sites.

Absolute and unquestionable confidentiality must be maintained when dealing with information either directly or indirectly relating to the Club’s shareholders, their families and business interests.

 

Personal Data

For the safety of all employed or engaged by the Club, care must be taken in relation to the posting of personal data. Work based contact details must never be posted on sites used for non-work purposes.

 

Access

You are reminded that great care must be taken if you are accessing non-work related internet sites whilst at work and that access to certain sites is prohibited whilst at work.

 

Non-compliance with this Policy

Failure to adhere to the Social Networking and Blogging Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, depending on the circumstances.

 

This Policy

This policy may be amended by the Club at its absolute discretion at any time.

 

 

BASIC / ESSENTIAL DO’S AND DON’TS

 

• Anything we say online – whether good, bad or indifferent – reflects upon the club and impacts upon its reputation

• Unless you have been specifically authorised by the Manager or Secretary you should not make comment on team news, injuries, trialists, closed door games etc

• Avoid getting involved in online chats or message exchanges with supporters – before you know it what you have said will be reported in another forum elsewhere

• The internet is a public space. If you wouldn’t say it to the Manager, a Director, a fan or a journalist, it’s best not to tweet it.

• Basically if you wouldn’t want your Mum or Granny to read it or see it, then best not to post it

• Any comment or photo you put out makes an indelible impression online – you might think you have deleted it, but it will be recorded and remain accessible

• You should inform the club if you have an account or are setting one up – if there are any problems we can assist you

• Above all else social media can be a great way to keep in touch with fans and friends and to raise your profile – enjoy it.

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

 

Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan

 

Introduction

 

This document combines the Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan. It addresses:

 

• Organisation and infrastructure relating to medical matters ;

• Identifiable risks and how these are controlled;

• General provisions for medical care.

 

Infrastructure and Organisation

 

Access for Emergency Vehicles

 

Duns Football Club’s ground at New Hawthorn Park is accessible by road from the main road through the town and would permit direct access for emergency vehicles to the pitch and stand.

 

First Aid Facilities

 

The principal first aid room is within the changing room area but is directly accessible from the corridor and does not require access through either dressing room or any other room.

 

It contains basic first aid equipment, a couch and water supplies. There are toilets (including a disabled toilet) within the dressing room area.

 

Organisation and Personel

 

Duns FC (“the club”) has an association with a Doctor for advice and guidance on all medical matters. The Doctor is in attendance for major matches (where attendance is greater than 1000 is anticipated). The club also ensures that there is at least one qualified First Aid staff member present at all matches.

 

There is an announcer present at every home match. This person will be located at the entrance to the dressing rooms and is the focal point for co-ordination of messages during the match. He/she will make any safety announcements and will have immediate access to a telephone to communicate with others including the emergency services to ensure expedited management of ant health and safety issues.

Identifiable Medical Risks

 

1. Injury to players

 

1.1 Description

The most likely source of a medical issue is the injury to players during the normal course of the match. This can cover the spectrum of minor injury which is treated pitchside before the player returns to the game to serious injury requiring immediate intervention and hospitalisation.

 

1.2 Current arrangements

 

The club will ensure that there is a qualified sports first-aider present at all matches. A stretcher is available in the dressing rooms which will allow removal of players from the pitch to the first aid room in the dressing rooms if the player requires assistance to leave the pitch.

 

The nearest accident department is at the Borders General Hospital, which is 40 minutes from the ground under normal traffic conditions.The first-aider looking after an injured player will make arrangements through the Ground Co-ordinator either to arrange transport for a player to the BGH for further assessment or to call the emergency services if immediate medical care is required.

 

The risk of injury to players does not vary significantly between normal and major matches and this assessment applies to all matches.

 

1.3 Assessment

The current arrangements are satisfactory but it is recommended that  the procedure for removal of the player from the pitch and making arrangements for onward transport are rehearsed at least annually.

 

1.4 Actions required

Annual rehearsal of arrangements as above

 

2 Injury to Spectators

 

2.1 Description

 

The following risk factors can be considered collectively for assessment purposes ;

 

2.1.1 Fire-there is identifiable risk in the dressing rooms. These are inspected by the local fire authorities and have automatic fire detection and alarm systems. The risk as assessed is small for these areas and negligible for open areas of the ground.

2.1.2 Evacuation-There is negligible risk under normal operating conditions rising to moderate in a “panic” situation in a match with a maximal capacity. This risk is mitigated because (a) unplanned evacuation is extremely unlikely (b) planned, orderly evacuation reduces the risk.

2.1.3,General- there is a general risk to spectators from slips, or other accidents. This is controlled by the maintenance of the ground in good condition. The risk is proportional to the number of spectators.

 

2.2 Current Arrangements

 

Direct injury from fire and structural failure has been reduced to acceptable levels by the inspection and maintenance required by the local authorities. In the event that there was a risk of structural failure this would be controlled by closing off  the affected area of the ground or cancellation of the match.

 

Other risks are proportional to the attendance. The club will ensure that there are additional first aid staff present for matches where more than 500 spectators are expected. The precise arrangements will be agreed in discussions with the police, NHS and first aid suppliers.

 

2.3 Assessment

 

Arrangements are considered adequate for all foreseeable risks.

 

2.4 Actions Required

 

 

3 Illnes

 

3.1 Description

 

There is general risk of illness whenever there are gatherings of people. There are no identifiable risk factors which suggest that players and spectators at a match are at greater risk of illness except the established risks that can be associated with any situation in which there is potential stress (e.g., heart  attacks in those with pre-existing risk factors).

 

3.2 Current Arrangements

 

Immediate care is the same as for physical injury. Anyone becoming ill will be made comfortable and the condition assessed by a first aider or doctor. In an emergency an ambulance will be called –DIAL 999-otherwise advice can be obtained from NHS 24 – DIAL 08454 24 24 24.

 

3.3 Assessment

 

Current arrangements are satisfactory.

 

3.4 Actions Required

 

None

 

General Medical Provisions

 

The following personnel must be present at each home match ;

• At least one qualified sports first aider ;

• A ground co-ordinator to act as the single point of communication

 

Where there is an anticipated attendance of greater than 500, in addition to the above ;

• Attendance by a club doctor is advised ;

• Additional first aid provision should be provided by request from the first aid service providers.

 

The club doctor is responsible for advising on equipment to be present in the first aid room and in the medical bags available to sports first aiders and the sports first aiders are responsible for checking that the equipment is present and in good order.

The team must be accompanied by a sports first aider at all matches, including away matches.

 

 

 

Smoking Policy

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League . We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.

 

This document is designed to describe the Clubs Smoking Policy.

 

No Smoking Policy

 

The Law

The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 state that no smoking is allowed in premises that are wholly or substantially enclosed.

Those who do not comply with the smoking policy will be subject to normal disciplinary procedures, liable to a fixed penalty fine and/or criminal prosecution.

Purpose

 

This policy has been developed to protect all employees, supporters, service users, customers and visitors from exposure to second-hand smoke.

 

Exposure to second-hand smoke, also known as passive smoking, increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Ventilation or separating smokers and non-smokers within the same airspace does not completely stop potentially dangerous exposure.

 

Policy

 

It is the policy of Duns Football Club that ALL of our internal workplaces, including the stand, are smoke-free, and all employees have a right to work in a smoke-free environment.

 

 

Smoking is prohibited in all internal spaces within the boundary ofNew Hawthorn Park, including the stand. This policy applies to all employees, supporters, consultants, contractors, customers or members and visitors.

 

Implementation

 

Overall responsibility for policy implementation and review rests with the Committee of Duns Football Club. All staff and visitors are obliged to adhere to, and facilitate the implementation of the policy.

 

The Chairman shall inform all existing employees, consultants and contractors of the policy and their role in the implementation and monitoring of the policy.

 

Appropriate “No Smoking” signs will be clearly displayed at the entrances to and within the premises.

 

The policy shall also be made publicly available via the Club’s web site and be included within the Club’s Health and Safety Policy

 

 

Unacceptable Conduct Policy

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League

 

Duns Football Club will not tolerate unacceptable conduct from the Clubs employees, committee members, players or supporters at New Hawthorn Park Park or at any other away football stadia.

 

Unacceptable Conduct Policy

 

Duns Football Club aims to create and maintain an environment where spectators can enjoy the game of football, safe in the knowledge that they are free from all forms of harassment, abuse, unacceptable or disorderly conduct.

 

This policy applies for any football matches or events withinNew Hawthorn Park Duns, or at any away ground fixtures.

 

Definition

 

Unacceptable conduct is conduct which is violent or disorderly. Conduct is violent where there is:

 

 Actual, attempted or threatened physical violence against a person or persons

 Intentional damage to property.

 

Disorderly conduct involves any activity which stirs up or sustains, or is likely, or is designed to stir up or sustain hatred or ill will against or towards individuals or groups of people because of:

 

 Gender

 Age

 Colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin

 Membership or presumed membership, of a religious group or of a social or cultural group with perceived religious affiliation

 Sexual orientation

 Transgender identity

 Disability

 Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct both verbal and non verbal

 Displaying writing or any other item which is threatening, abusive or insulting.

 

Racism

 

Duns Football Club condemns racism in any form, either on or off the pitch. Duns Football Club aims to create and maintain a working and spectating environment free from racial harassment and abuse. Everyone connected with Duns Football Club has a responsibility to prevent racial harassment or abuse.

 

A racist incident is defined by Duns Football Club as any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim, or any other person. Racial harassment is defined by Duns Football Club to be any verbal, physical, written or visible abuse that is based on a person’s race, ethnic background, colour, nationality, language or cultural background – and is considered to be unwanted, unacceptable and offensive to the person.

 

Proven racial harassment or abuse will lead to action being taken against spectators and will be reported to the police and may result in a life ban from Duns Football Club. Duns Football Club will give their full support to the police in any criminal actions.

 

All employees, committee members, players and servants of the Club have a responsibility to make it clear that such behaviour by anyone connected with Duns Football Club is unacceptable.

 

Supporters should also note that racist taunts and abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated by Duns Football Club and will be encouraged to condemn and report such behaviour.

 

Any supporters (home or visiting) behaving in this way will face eviction from the ground and their actions will be reported to the police. Season ticket holders who conduct themselves in this manner face having their season ticket revoked and all spectators face the prospect of a life ban from New Hawthorn Park.

 

Duns Football Club fully supports and will promote the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign, details of which can be found at www.srtrc.org.

 

Sectarianism – Kick Out Bigotry the Pledge

 

Scottish football fans have earned a word wide reputation for their enthusiastic and good-natured support of the national team. While most fans follow club football in a responsible way, there are occasions where individuals are intent on causing trouble, using football as an excuse for bigoted and unacceptable behaviour.

 

By working together to remove bigotry from out football grounds we can demonstrate that Scottish football fans and in particular Duns Football club supporters:

 

 Respect people of all backgrounds and celebrate the multicultural society that Scotland has become in the 21st Century

 Want their football clubs, and the support for their clubs, to reflect the diversity of modern Scottish society and

 Are as passionate about their football clubs as they are about their national team.

 

Duns Football Club supports the pledge at www.kickoutbigotry.org/pledge, and the Club encourage all Duns Football Supporters to also sign the Kick Out Bigotry Pledge.

 

 

Consequences

 

ANY PERSON ENGAGING IN UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT MAY BE SUBJECT TO ANY, OR A COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING:

 

 Removal from New Hawthorn Park or away stadium

 Suspension from attending home matches involving Duns Football Club

 Indefinite ban from attending home matches involving Duns Football Club

 Suspension or ban from holding Duns Football Club membership

 Suspension or ban from the Duns Football Club Committee

 Suspension or ban as a Player or Coach from the Duns Football Club

 Report to the police and possible criminal proceedings.

 

Responsibility

 

Everyone associated with the Club has a responsibility to prevent and discourage any form of abuse and as such are responsible not only for their own actions but also those of others. We would therefore encourage everyone to bring to the Club’s attention, any incident or behaviour, of individuals or groups of individuals, deemed to be in breach of this policy.

 

Whilst it is appreciated that behaviour such as that listed above involves the minority of individuals in our society, Duns Football Club wishes to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards both on and off the field of play and that the name Duns Football Club’ is associated with good and sporting behaviour at all times.

 

Duns Football Club Policy Statement on Safeguarding the Welfare of Children & Coaches

 

Every child who plays or participates in football under the Duns Football Club umbrella should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse and the fear of abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in the physical and mental development of young Duns Football Club players.

 

Duns Football Club recognises its responsibility to safe guard the welfare of all young players from the dangers of all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and that they do not suffer neglect or are exposed to bullying.

 

To achieve this aim, Duns Football Club commits to educating its coaches and all staff engaged in and involved with the development of young players, in preventing abuse and taking the appropriate action if there is the suspicion of abuse or a belief that a child is at risk of abuse.

 

Objectives and Methods

 

The club will plan and organise its work with children so as to minimise the situations where abuse of young players may occur.

The club will introduce a system whereby young players, parents, guardians, carers and coaches may talk with an independent person if so requested.

The club will set in place a rigorous recruitment procedure to ensure all reasonable steps have been taken to safeguard children.

The club will issue guidelines on how to deal with the disclosure of suspicion of abuse.

The club will actively encourage its coaches to attend SFA Coach Development Courses.

The Club will issue guidelines based on this policy to all coaches and other relevant staff, as well as having in-house training. The Club will also highlight relevant literature to review, in order that coaches and others fully understand the Child and Coach Protection issues.

The Club will also encourage staff to discuss concerns or queries informally with the Child and Coach Protection Officer where they are in doubt how to proceed.

Where appropriate parents will be advised of the existence of these Guidelines and a summary made available.

This policy is in force to protect all young players from potential abuse and also to protect our coaches from the possibility of false accusations.

 

Types of Abuse

 

It is generally accepted that there are four main forms of abuse. However, specific issues of racism and bullying can also arise and they have severe and adverse effects on people, especially children. Duns Football Club and The Scottish Football Association are committed to protecting children from all forms of abuse.

 

Emotional Abuse

 

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

 

It may feature expectations being imposed on children who are inappropriate due to the child’s age or development. It may also involve causing children to frequently feel frightened or in danger, or the corruption and exploitation of a child.

 

Some level of emotional abuse is persistent in all types of  child abuse although it may exist on its own.

 

Emotional Abuse in Sport

 

This may include the persistent failure to show self-respect, build self-esteem and confidence. And support children that may be caused by :

 

Exposing children to humiliating, taunting or aggressive behaviour or tone.

Failure to intervene where a child’s self confidence and worth are challenged or undermined.

Imposing unrealistic goals or expectations on a child thereby creating

feelings of inadequacy.

 

Neglect

 

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It may involve a parent failing to provide adequate food, shelter, warmth, clothing, and cleanliness. It may also include leaving a child home alone, exposing the child in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury and the failure to ensure that a child receives appropriate medical care or treatment.

 

Neglect in Sport

 

This could include lack of care, guidance, supervision, or protection such as :

 

Exposing the child to unnecessary cold or heat.

Exposing the child to unhygienic conditions, lack of food, water or medical care.

Not intervening to prevent bullying or taunting.

 

Neglect, as well as being a result of a deliberate act, can also be caused through omission or the failure to act or to protect.

 

Physical Abuse

 

Physical abuse may involve the actual or attempted physical injury to a child including hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise harming a child.

 

Physical abuse may also be caused when a parent feigns the symptoms of or deliberately causes ill health to a child they are looking after. This situation is known as Fictitious or Induced Illness Syndrome. A person may do this because they need or enjoy attention they receive through having a sick child.

 

Physical abuse may be the result of a deliberate act, an omission, or the failure to protect.

 

Physical Abuse in Sport

 

This may include bodily harm caused by a lack of care, attention, or knowledge that may be caused by :

 

Over training or dangerous training of players.

Overplaying an athlete.

Failure to take into account the physical limits of a player or their pre-existing injuries or medical conditions.

Administering, condoning or failure to intervene in drug use.

 

Sexual Abuse

 

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of, or consents to what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include no contact activities such as forcing children to look at or be involved in the production of pornographic material, to watch sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

 

Boys and girls can be sexually abused by males and/or females, including people to whom they are not related, and by other young people. This includes people from all walks of life.

 

Sexual Abuse in Sport

 

This could include contact non-contact activities and may be caused by:

 

Exposure to sexually explicit inappropriate language, jokes or pornographic material.

Inappropriate touching.

Having any sexual activity or relationship.

Creating opportunities to access children’s bodies.

 

Recognising Abuse

 

There follows a list of signs or symptoms of abuse. It is important to remember this list is not definitive or exhaustive. Any of these signs or behaviours has to be seen in the context of the child’s whole situation and it is the combination with other information related to the child and his/her circumstances that may indicate abuse.

 

Emotional Abuse

 

Low self esteem or continual self-deprecation.

Sudden speech disorder.

Significant decline in concentration.

“Neurotic” behaviour (e.g. rocking, head banging)

Self-mutilation.

Compulsive stealing.

Extremes of passivity or aggression.

Running away.

Indiscriminate friendliness.

 

Physical Neglect

 

Constant hunger or tiredness.

Poor personal hygiene or poor state of clothing.

Frequent lateness and/or unexplained non-attendance at school.

Untreated medical problems.

Low self esteem.

Poor peer relationships.

 

Neglect (Non-Organic Failure to Thrive)

 

Significant lack of growth.

Weight loss.

Hair loss.

Poor skin or muscle tone.

Circulatory disorder.

 

Physical Abuse

 

Unexplained injuries or burns, particularly if they are recurrent.

Improbable excuses given to explain injuries or refusal to discuss injuries.

Untreated injuries, or delays in reporting them.

Excessive physical punishment by an adult.

Arms and legs kept covered in hot weather.

Avoidance of swimming, physical education etc.

Running away or fear of returning home

Aggression towards others.

 

Sexual Abuse

Behavioural

 

Lack of trust in adults or over familiarity with adults

Fear of particular individual.

Social isolation-withdrawal or introversion.

Sleep disturbance (e.g. Nightmares, bed-wetting, fears of sleeping alone etc)

Running away from home

Girls taking over the mothering role.

Sudden school problems e.g. falling standards, truancy.

Reluctance or refusal to participate in physical activity or to change clothes for games.

Low self-esteem.

Drug, alcohol or solvent abuse

Display of sexual knowledge beyond the child’s age e.g. French kissing

Unusual interest in the genitals of adults or children or animals.

Fear of bathrooms, showers, closed doors.

Abnormal sexual drawings.

Fear of medical examinations.

Development regression.

Poor peer relationships.

Over sexualised behaviour.

Compulsive masturbation.

Irrational fears

Psychosomatic factors e.g. recurrent abdominal or headache pain.

Sexual Promiscuity.

Eating disorders.

 

Physical/Medical

 

Bruises, scratches, bite marks to the thighs or genital areas.

Anxiety/Depression

Eating disorder e.g. anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Discomfort/difficulty in walking or sitting

Pregnancy-particularly when reluctant to name father.

Pain on passing urine, urinary tract problems, vaginal infections or genital damage.

Venereal disease/sexually transmitted diseases.

Soiling or wetting in children who have been trained.

Self mutilation, suicide attempts

Itch, soreness, discharge, unexplained bleeding from the rectum, vagina or penis.

Stained underwear.

Unusual genital odour.

 

RACISM and BULLYING

 

Race and Racism

 

The Scottish Football Association has in place an on-going campaign called “Show Racism The Red Card” which is fully supported by Duns Football Club, aimed at raising awareness on racism and equal opportunities. Children from black minority and ethnic groups (and their parents)may have experienced harassment, racial discrimination, and institutional racism. Although not a separate category of abuse , racism may be recognised as a specific type of emotional abuse under local child protection procedures.

 

All organisations, including football, working with children including those operating where black and ethnic communities are numerically small, should address institutional racism, defined in the Macpherson Inquiry Report on Stephen Lawrence as;

 

“The collective failure by an organisation to provide appropriate and professional service to people on account of their race, culture and/or religion”

 

Any suspicion or allegation of racism, whether by a member of staff, a player or even by a spectator or a parent should be reported to the Chairperson or The Director of Football to be fully investigated and dealt with appropriately.

 

Bullying

 

The lives of many people are made miserable by bullying. Victims of bullying can feel lonely, isolated and deeply unhappy. It can have a devastating effect on a child’s self-esteem, destroy their self-confidence and concentration. They may also become withdrawn and insecure, more cautious, less willing to take any sort of risk. They may feel it is somehow their fault or that there’s something wrong with them and at the worst cause depression and/or feelings of worthlessness that lead to suicide.

 

As a result of the above and to ensure Duns Football Club creates an atmosphere where bullying of children is unacceptable the guidelines for identifying and managing bullying have been developed. Bullying may be done by people in authority or with responsibility for children in their care or it may be done by other children.

 

Any suspicions or allegations that a Member of Staff might be bullying a child must be reported to the Child & Coach Protection Officer and will be dealt with through normal employment disciplinary procedures.

 

Bullying can be difficult to pick up because it often happens away from others and victims do not tend to tell. However you can watch for signs that may indicate the presence of bullying. The following signs are common in victims of bullying behaviour:

 

Hesitates to come to training/programme/session

Is often the last one picked for a team or group activity for no apparent reason, or gets picked on when they think your back is turned.

Is reluctant to go to certain places or work with certain individual/s

Has clothing or personal possessions go missing or damaged.

Has bruising or some other injury.

Keeps ’losing’ their pocket money.

Is quite nervous, withdraws from everybody else and becomes quiet and shy, especially in the case of those who are normally noisy and loud.

Though usually quiet, they suddenly become prone to lashing out at people, either physically or verbally.

 

Action to Help the Victim(s) and Prevent Bullying;

 

Take all signs of bullying very seriously.

Encourage all children to speak and share their concerns, however trivial they may seem.

Create an open environment where children feel that they can tell the person in charge or someone in authority about behaviour , which concerns them.

Take all allegations seriously and take action to ensure the victim is safe.

Speak to the victim(s) and the person thought to be bullying separately.

Reassure the victim(s) that you can be trusted and will help them, although you cannot promise not to tell anyone else.

Keep a record of what is said I.e. what happened, who did/said what, where and when it occurred, who else was present etc.

Report any concerns to the Child & Coach Protection Officer.

 

Action towards the Person Bullying

 

It is important to focus on the bullying behaviour-not to label the alleged perpetrator.

Do not accuse the perpetrator of being a “bully”- refer to what has happened.

Talk with the person about their behaviour. Explain the situation and try to get the person to understand the consequences of their behaviour.

If appropriate, seek an apology from the person to the victim(s)

If appropriate, there may need to be some negotiated recompense for the victim.

Impose sanctions as necessary.

Encourage and support the person to change their behaviour.

Keep a written record of action taken.

 

In the case of an adult (whether or not a Member of Staff)bullying a child , the Child & Coach Protection Officer must be informed and disciplinary action may need to be taken

 

In the case of bullying by a child then it may be appropriate to inform the child’s parents of the concerns and the actions taken in regard to the child’s behaviour. It would always be wise to involve a third party in such a discussion or meeting.

 

Code of Conduct for the Care of Children and Young People

 

To minimise the risk of abuse  (or any false accusations of abuse) the following guidelines for all Duns Football Club staff involved with young players must be followed:

 

Always

 

Treat everyone with respect and encourage players and staff to do the same.

Be aware of risks-even in situations, which require sensitivity, such as dealing with bullying, bereavement or abuse.

Work with children or young people in a public and open environment.

Work in pairs when dealing with potentially hazardous situations such as going into changing rooms to administer first aid.

Encourage open and frank communication between coaches and players.

Encourage children to feel comfortable when reporting problems or behaviour they do not like.

Follow up any concerns, allegations or complaints made by children.

Behave in a professional and careful manner-and insist that others do the same.

Follow the procedures and good practice outlined in this policy.

Be willing to listen to advice and to adapt your own practice when necessary.

 

Never

 

Spend time alone with an individual child or show favouritism  toward any child.

Work or talk with players in private or unobserved.

Take children or young people alone on car journeys, however short.

Take or invite children or young people to your home.

Agree to meet with children outside of football.

Allow or engage in ’horseplay’ such as tickling or wrestling.

Allow or engage in any inappropriate touching-ideally avoid all physical contact with players.

Allow or engage in lewd or sexually suggestive talk or joking.

Get drawn into attention seeking behaviour such as tantrums or crushes.

Assume that your good name or reputation will protect you.

Trivialise, joke about or exaggerate child abuse.

Jump to conclusions about individuals.

 

Don’t believe ‘it could never happen to me’. Take care to make sure that it can’t’.

 

 

Coach Recruitment

 

Apply agreed procedure to all coaches and volunteers

 

In order to minimise risk and to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place, Whitehill Welfare Football Club will take all necessary steps to ensure that all applicants go through a rigorous recruitment programme, which involves taking all necessary steps to ensure that young players are protected.

 

Treat all applicants for positions involving contact with children in the same way.

 

On issuing the Job Description, person specification and application form, the applicants should submit their Application Form detailing previous experience in working with young players and also identifying at least two references. It is advised that one should be associated with former work with children or young people and one with previous sport involvement.

 

Gain a degree of background knowledge from a person who has experience of the coach working with young players.

 

Duns Football Club will investigate each reference given Referees will be sent a reference form to complete and will and will investigate the coach’s previous experience.

 

Where the coach has no previous experience of voluntary or paid contact with young people, two references will be sought from reputable persons (not relative)who can comment on the applicant’s character and relationship’s with others.

 

In addition, successful candidates will be asked to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Application and appointment will be subject to satisfactory response fro Disclosure Scotland.

 

Explore all applicants’ experience of working with young people in an interview before appointment.

 

On successful completion of the Application Form and the Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check results, the applicant will be invited for interview, at which the applicants’ level of experience with working with young people will be explored.

 

Make all appointments conditional on the successful completion of probation.

 

Once selected for the position, the coach goes through an Induction Programme and has their roles and responsibilities clearly marked out for them. An experienced coach will then mentor the new recruit for a probationary period of 3 months. In addition, a Personal Details Form is required to be filled out to be kept on file.

 

On completing a successful probationary period, the new recruit will be established as a coach/manager/official. From then, supervision and performance review will be undertaken in the normal course of coaching management.

 

 

Stewards Code of Practice

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. The Club ground is New Hawthorn Park Duns Berwickshire TD15 2QQ

Duns Football Club will provide an appropriate number of Stewards for each home game. This document details their adopted Code of Practice.

 

Stewards Code of Practice

 

“Your duty is to ensure the safety of the public at all times”

 

NOTE: Stewards must ensure that main exit gates are unlocked and that bolts can be moved freely before and during a match.

 

Duties of Stewards

The basic duties of Stewards should be to enforce Clubs Safety Policy and all ground regulations.

If Police Officers are in attendance they will have ultimate responsibility for decisions taken during an incident or emergency and Stewards will co-operate accordingly.

There are several basic duties summarised as follows:

• To understand their general responsibilities towards the health and safety of all categories of spectators (including those with disabilities and children), other Stewards, ground staff and themselves.

• To control or direct spectators who are entering or leaving the ground, to help achieve an even flow of people in, to and from the viewing areas. Ensure spectators do not cause an obstruction in access and exit areas.

• In the stands Stewards are required to encourage spectators to “move along” to prevent “bunching” at entrances.

• To assist in the safe operation of the ground, not to view the activity taking place.

• To staff entrances, exists and other strategic points; for example, segregation, perimeter and exit doors or gates which are not continuously secured in the open position while the ground is in use. They will ensure that such gates are unlocked and bolts are free to move.

• To recognise crowd conditions so as to ensure the safe dispersal of spectators and the prevention of overcrowding.

• To assist the Emergency Services if required.

• To respond to emergencies (such as the early stages of a fire); to raise the alarm and take the necessary immediate action.

• To undertake specific duties in an emergency or as directed by the Safety Officer or the appropriate Emergency Service Officer, provided they feel safe and confident to undertake those duties.

• Be vigilant and report any suspicious, unidentified, unattended packages.

• In the event of an incendiary device or firework being activated, Stewards will move all spectators away from the area. If the device continues to burn, use a fire extinguisher to deal with the fire if they feel competent to do so. If not, or if the fire spreads, call the Fire Brigade. Such incidents should also be reported to the Police.

• If an accident is witnessed by a steward they must record it in the Club “Accident and Unusual Event Book” which is kept in the  office.

 

Emergency Procedures

Each Steward must-

• Be fully conversant with the Clubs Emergency Procedures and Contingency Plans, and Club Policies. This includes knowing the action to take in an emergency situation.

• Know the location of and be able to direct spectators to the nearest available exit gate.

• Assist and direct spectators to vacate the Ground, if called upon to do so, by the nearest available exit route. In the case of disabled spectators, Stewards will ensure they exit the ground safely, giving whatever assistance is required.

• Know the names of the staff in attendances that are qualified first aiders, and the location of the first aid room and any first aid equipment. A full list of staff with first aid qualifications can be found in the Club Secretaries office.

• Know the location of the nearest telephone.

• Know the location of, and be able to operate effectively, the fire fighting equipment at the Ground. At all times say calm and help to prevent panic by presenting a well-ordered and reassuring attitude.

Identification and Dress

Stewards will be identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest or jacket at all times.

Conduct

Stewards must follow the following guide-lines with respect to their conduct:

• Stewards are deployed to watch the crowd but must be aware of any incident occurring in theGround, which might affect crowd behaviour.

• Stewards must be vigilant at all times and never complacent.

• Stewards must be familiar with the contents of the Club’s Evacuation Procedures.

• Stewards must not consume any alcohol before or during an event.

• Under no circumstances should a Steward make any gesture, whether physical or verbal so as to incite spectators.

• If a Steward is unable to resolve a problem, assistance should be sought from their colleagues or a Committee member. Stewards are not to ignore a problem and hope that it will resolve itself.

• Should it be necessary to eject a member of the public from the Ground, Stewards should endeavour to avoid any physical conduct with the party involved. Any ejection must be reported to the club Safety Officer or a member of the Committee.

• Stewards will remain available within the Ground until end of each game and the Ground is cleared of spectators.

Crowd Behaviour

It is the duty of the Stewards to:

• Prevent spectators from entering the field of play and surrounding areas.

• Identify offenders using foul, abusive and racial language or threatening behaviour and all other contravention’s of the ground regulations.

• Identify offenders who throw missiles/objects from within the spectator areas on to or at the playing surface or surrounding areas.​

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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Duns Football Club

Stewarding Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. The Club ground is New Hawthorn Park Duns TD15 1QQ

 

Duns Football Club will provide an appropriate number of Stewards for each home game. This document details Duns FC Stewarding plan.

 

Provision of Stewards

 

Stewarding for all home games is carried out by Duns Football Club committee members and additional volunteers. Duns FC have published a separate Stewards Code of Practice, document, which contains details of the duties of all Stewards.

 

Steward Supervision

 

The supervision of the stewards at each home game will be delegated to a senior steward appointed by the Club Safety Officer for each home game.

 

Steward Numbers

 

Steward numbers will vary for each game played according to the expected crowd number. Duns FC anticipate an average crowd capacity at each home game of between 50 and 100. For crowds of this size the minimum number of Stewards that will be present will be as follows:

 

Static Posts:

Entrance Gate and Disabled Parking – 2 stewards present up until half-time.

.

 

Mobile posts:

Stand – 1 stewards patrolling this area.

Park perimeter – 2 stewards patrolling this area.

Run-out to park from change rooms – 1 steward patrolling this area, increasing to 2 stewards at the end of each game.

 

A minimum number of 6 stewards will be present and allocated stewarding positions for each home game.

 

For expected crowds greater than average stewarding numbers will be increased by the following numbers:

 

Crowds up to 200 – additional 1steward over normal level.

Crowds up to 400 – additional 2 stewards over normal level.

Crowds up to 800 – additional 4 stewards over normal level.

Mobile communication devices in the form of walky-talkies will only be deployed to stewards for each game. For crowds in excess of 1,000 all stewards will get a brief before the start of the game.

 

Steward Training

 

All stewards who assist on a regular basis will be given training in the form of a course called “Conflict Management Training” by an approved trainer. These stewards will also be given copies of the Club’s contingency plans, steward code of conduct, and spectator safety policy.

 

Stewards who assist on an infrequent basis will be “teamed” with an experienced steward, and these stewards will be briefed by the experienced steward on the duties expected of them.

 

Duns FC do not deploy any specialist stewards for disabled spectators or children, but are made aware to assist any disabled spectators if necessary to the best of their ability.

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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© Duns Football Club – Stewarding Plan – 2014– V1.0

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Record of Preventative & Responsive Actions on Unacceptable Conduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League.

Duns Football Club will not tolerate unacceptable conduct from the Clubs employees, committee members, players or supporters at New Hawthorn Park or at any other away football stadia.

 

Unacceptable Conduct Policy

 

Duns Football Club aims to create and maintain an environment where spectators can enjoy the game of football, safe in the knowledge that they are free from all forms of harassment, abuse, unacceptable or disorderly conduct. Duns Football Club have a policy document that covers all aspects of unacceptable conduct.

 

This document records a summary of all preventative and responsive actions which Duns Football Club take in dealing with unacceptable conduct. The document will be reviewed at least annually, but will be updated as action is taken.

 

Record of Preventative and Responsive Actions Taken

 

Duns FC supports Show Racism The Red Card Campaign and have participated whenever this is promoted by the Scottish Football Association

 

This table summarises all responsive actions taken by Duns Football Club:

 

Date:

Action Taken:

 

No instances of unacceptable conduct yet encountered, so no actions yet recorded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​_On-going_

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Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Stewards Code of Practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. The Club ground is New Hawthorn Park Duns Berwickshire TD15 2QQ

Duns Football Club will provide an appropriate number of Stewards for each home game. This document details their adopted Code of Practice.

 

Stewards Code of Practice

 

“Your duty is to ensure the safety of the public at all times”

 

NOTE: Stewards must ensure that main exit gates are unlocked and that bolts can be moved freely before and during a match.

 

Duties of Stewards

The basic duties of Stewards should be to enforce Clubs Safety Policy and all ground regulations.

If Police Officers are in attendance they will have ultimate responsibility for decisions taken during an incident or emergency and Stewards will co-operate accordingly.

There are several basic duties summarised as follows:

• To understand their general responsibilities towards the health and safety of all categories of spectators (including those with disabilities and children), other Stewards, ground staff and themselves.

• To control or direct spectators who are entering or leaving the ground, to help achieve an even flow of people in, to and from the viewing areas. Ensure spectators do not cause an obstruction in access and exit areas.

• In the stands Stewards are required to encourage spectators to “move along” to prevent “bunching” at entrances.

• To assist in the safe operation of the ground, not to view the activity taking place.

• To staff entrances, exists and other strategic points; for example, segregation, perimeter and exit doors or gates which are not continuously secured in the open position while the ground is in use. They will ensure that such gates are unlocked and bolts are free to move.

• To recognise crowd conditions so as to ensure the safe dispersal of spectators and the prevention of overcrowding.

• To assist the Emergency Services if required.

• To respond to emergencies (such as the early stages of a fire); to raise the alarm and take the necessary immediate action.

• To undertake specific duties in an emergency or as directed by the Safety Officer or the appropriate Emergency Service Officer, provided they feel safe and confident to undertake those duties.

• Be vigilant and report any suspicious, unidentified, unattended packages.

• In the event of an incendiary device or firework being activated, Stewards will move all spectators away from the area. If the device continues to burn, use a fire extinguisher to deal with the fire if they feel competent to do so. If not, or if the fire spreads, call the Fire Brigade. Such incidents should also be reported to the Police.

• If an accident is witnessed by a steward they must record it in the Club “Accident and Unusual Event Book” which is kept in the  office.

 

Emergency Procedures

Each Steward must-

• Be fully conversant with the Clubs Emergency Procedures and Contingency Plans, and Club Policies. This includes knowing the action to take in an emergency situation.

• Know the location of and be able to direct spectators to the nearest available exit gate.

• Assist and direct spectators to vacate the Ground, if called upon to do so, by the nearest available exit route. In the case of disabled spectators, Stewards will ensure they exit the ground safely, giving whatever assistance is required.

• Know the names of the staff in attendances that are qualified first aiders, and the location of the first aid room and any first aid equipment. A full list of staff with first aid qualifications can be found in the Club Secretaries office.

• Know the location of the nearest telephone.

• Know the location of, and be able to operate effectively, the fire fighting equipment at the Ground. At all times say calm and help to prevent panic by presenting a well-ordered and reassuring attitude.

Identification and Dress

Stewards will be identifiable by wearing a high visibility vest or jacket at all times.

Conduct

Stewards must follow the following guide-lines with respect to their conduct:

• Stewards are deployed to watch the crowd but must be aware of any incident occurring in theGround, which might affect crowd behaviour.

• Stewards must be vigilant at all times and never complacent.

• Stewards must be familiar with the contents of the Club’s Evacuation Procedures.

• Stewards must not consume any alcohol before or during an event.

• Under no circumstances should a Steward make any gesture, whether physical or verbal so as to incite spectators.

• If a Steward is unable to resolve a problem, assistance should be sought from their colleagues or a Committee member. Stewards are not to ignore a problem and hope that it will resolve itself.

• Should it be necessary to eject a member of the public from the Ground, Stewards should endeavour to avoid any physical conduct with the party involved. Any ejection must be reported to the club Safety Officer or a member of the Committee.

• Stewards will remain available within the Ground until end of each game and the Ground is cleared of spectators.

Crowd Behaviour

It is the duty of the Stewards to:

• Prevent spectators from entering the field of play and surrounding areas.

• Identify offenders using foul, abusive and racial language or threatening behaviour and all other contravention’s of the ground regulations.

• Identify offenders who throw missiles/objects from within the spectator areas on to or at the playing surface or surrounding areas.​

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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Duns Football Club Policy Statement on Safeguarding the Welfare of Children & Coaches

 

Every child who plays or participates in football under the Duns Football Club umbrella should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse and the fear of abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in the physical and mental development of young Duns Football Club players.

 

Duns Football Club recognises its responsibility to safe guard the welfare of all young players from the dangers of all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and that they do not suffer neglect or are exposed to bullying.

 

To achieve this aim, Duns Football Club commits to educating its coaches and all staff engaged in and involved with the development of young players, in preventing abuse and taking the appropriate action if there is the suspicion of abuse or a belief that a child is at risk of abuse.

 

Objectives and Methods

 

The club will plan and organise its work with children so as to minimise the situations where abuse of young players may occur.

The club will introduce a system whereby young players, parents, guardians, carers and coaches may talk with an independent person if so requested.

The club will set in place a rigorous recruitment procedure to ensure all reasonable steps have been taken to safeguard children.

The club will issue guidelines on how to deal with the disclosure of suspicion of abuse.

The club will actively encourage its coaches to attend SFA Coach Development Courses.

The Club will issue guidelines based on this policy to all coaches and other relevant staff, as well as having in-house training. The Club will also highlight relevant literature to review, in order that coaches and others fully understand the Child and Coach Protection issues.

The Club will also encourage staff to discuss concerns or queries informally with the Child and Coach Protection Officer where they are in doubt how to proceed.

Where appropriate parents will be advised of the existence of these Guidelines and a summary made available.

This policy is in force to protect all young players from potential abuse and also to protect our coaches from the possibility of false accusations.

 

Types of Abuse

 

It is generally accepted that there are four main forms of abuse. However, specific issues of racism and bullying can also arise and they have severe and adverse effects on people, especially children. Duns Football Club and The Scottish Football Association are committed to protecting children from all forms of abuse.

 

Emotional Abuse

 

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

 

It may feature expectations being imposed on children who are inappropriate due to the child’s age or development. It may also involve causing children to frequently feel frightened or in danger, or the corruption and exploitation of a child.

 

Some level of emotional abuse is persistent in all types of  child abuse although it may exist on its own.

 

Emotional Abuse in Sport

 

This may include the persistent failure to show self-respect, build self-esteem and confidence. And support children that may be caused by :

 

Exposing children to humiliating, taunting or aggressive behaviour or tone.

Failure to intervene where a child’s self confidence and worth are challenged or undermined.

Imposing unrealistic goals or expectations on a child thereby creating

feelings of inadequacy.

 

Neglect

 

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It may involve a parent failing to provide adequate food, shelter, warmth, clothing, and cleanliness. It may also include leaving a child home alone, exposing the child in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury and the failure to ensure that a child receives appropriate medical care or treatment.

 

Neglect in Sport

 

This could include lack of care, guidance, supervision, or protection such as :

 

Exposing the child to unnecessary cold or heat.

Exposing the child to unhygienic conditions, lack of food, water or medical care.

Not intervening to prevent bullying or taunting.

 

Neglect, as well as being a result of a deliberate act, can also be caused through omission or the failure to act or to protect.

 

Physical Abuse

 

Physical abuse may involve the actual or attempted physical injury to a child including hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise harming a child.

 

Physical abuse may also be caused when a parent feigns the symptoms of or deliberately causes ill health to a child they are looking after. This situation is known as Fictitious or Induced Illness Syndrome. A person may do this because they need or enjoy attention they receive through having a sick child.

 

Physical abuse may be the result of a deliberate act, an omission, or the failure to protect.

 

Physical Abuse in Sport

 

This may include bodily harm caused by a lack of care, attention, or knowledge that may be caused by :

 

Over training or dangerous training of players.

Overplaying an athlete.

Failure to take into account the physical limits of a player or their pre-existing injuries or medical conditions.

Administering, condoning or failure to intervene in drug use.

 

Sexual Abuse

 

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of, or consents to what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include no contact activities such as forcing children to look at or be involved in the production of pornographic material, to watch sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

 

Boys and girls can be sexually abused by males and/or females, including people to whom they are not related, and by other young people. This includes people from all walks of life.

 

Sexual Abuse in Sport

 

This could include contact non-contact activities and may be caused by:

 

Exposure to sexually explicit inappropriate language, jokes or pornographic material.

Inappropriate touching.

Having any sexual activity or relationship.

Creating opportunities to access children’s bodies.

 

Recognising Abuse

 

There follows a list of signs or symptoms of abuse. It is important to remember this list is not definitive or exhaustive. Any of these signs or behaviours has to be seen in the context of the child’s whole situation and it is the combination with other information related to the child and his/her circumstances that may indicate abuse.

 

Emotional Abuse

 

Low self esteem or continual self-deprecation.

Sudden speech disorder.

Significant decline in concentration.

“Neurotic” behaviour (e.g. rocking, head banging)

Self-mutilation.

Compulsive stealing.

Extremes of passivity or aggression.

Running away.

Indiscriminate friendliness.

 

Physical Neglect

 

Constant hunger or tiredness.

Poor personal hygiene or poor state of clothing.

Frequent lateness and/or unexplained non-attendance at school.

Untreated medical problems.

Low self esteem.

Poor peer relationships.

 

Neglect (Non-Organic Failure to Thrive)

 

Significant lack of growth.

Weight loss.

Hair loss.

Poor skin or muscle tone.

Circulatory disorder.

 

Physical Abuse

 

Unexplained injuries or burns, particularly if they are recurrent.

Improbable excuses given to explain injuries or refusal to discuss injuries.

Untreated injuries, or delays in reporting them.

Excessive physical punishment by an adult.

Arms and legs kept covered in hot weather.

Avoidance of swimming, physical education etc.

Running away or fear of returning home

Aggression towards others.

 

Sexual Abuse

Behavioural

 

Lack of trust in adults or over familiarity with adults

Fear of particular individual.

Social isolation-withdrawal or introversion.

Sleep disturbance (e.g. Nightmares, bed-wetting, fears of sleeping alone etc)

Running away from home

Girls taking over the mothering role.

Sudden school problems e.g. falling standards, truancy.

Reluctance or refusal to participate in physical activity or to change clothes for games.

Low self-esteem.

Drug, alcohol or solvent abuse

Display of sexual knowledge beyond the child’s age e.g. French kissing

Unusual interest in the genitals of adults or children or animals.

Fear of bathrooms, showers, closed doors.

Abnormal sexual drawings.

Fear of medical examinations.

Development regression.

Poor peer relationships.

Over sexualised behaviour.

Compulsive masturbation.

Irrational fears

Psychosomatic factors e.g. recurrent abdominal or headache pain.

Sexual Promiscuity.

Eating disorders.

 

Physical/Medical

 

Bruises, scratches, bite marks to the thighs or genital areas.

Anxiety/Depression

Eating disorder e.g. anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Discomfort/difficulty in walking or sitting

Pregnancy-particularly when reluctant to name father.

Pain on passing urine, urinary tract problems, vaginal infections or genital damage.

Venereal disease/sexually transmitted diseases.

Soiling or wetting in children who have been trained.

Self mutilation, suicide attempts

Itch, soreness, discharge, unexplained bleeding from the rectum, vagina or penis.

Stained underwear.

Unusual genital odour.

 

RACISM and BULLYING

 

Race and Racism

 

The Scottish Football Association has in place an on-going campaign called “Show Racism The Red Card” which is fully supported by Duns Football Club, aimed at raising awareness on racism and equal opportunities. Children from black minority and ethnic groups (and their parents)may have experienced harassment, racial discrimination, and institutional racism. Although not a separate category of abuse , racism may be recognised as a specific type of emotional abuse under local child protection procedures.

 

All organisations, including football, working with children including those operating where black and ethnic communities are numerically small, should address institutional racism, defined in the Macpherson Inquiry Report on Stephen Lawrence as;

 

“The collective failure by an organisation to provide appropriate and professional service to people on account of their race, culture and/or religion”

 

Any suspicion or allegation of racism, whether by a member of staff, a player or even by a spectator or a parent should be reported to the Chairperson or The Director of Football to be fully investigated and dealt with appropriately.

 

Bullying

 

The lives of many people are made miserable by bullying. Victims of bullying can feel lonely, isolated and deeply unhappy. It can have a devastating effect on a child’s self-esteem, destroy their self-confidence and concentration. They may also become withdrawn and insecure, more cautious, less willing to take any sort of risk. They may feel it is somehow their fault or that there’s something wrong with them and at the worst cause depression and/or feelings of worthlessness that lead to suicide.

 

As a result of the above and to ensure Duns Football Club creates an atmosphere where bullying of children is unacceptable the guidelines for identifying and managing bullying have been developed. Bullying may be done by people in authority or with responsibility for children in their care or it may be done by other children.

 

Any suspicions or allegations that a Member of Staff might be bullying a child must be reported to the Child & Coach Protection Officer and will be dealt with through normal employment disciplinary procedures.

 

Bullying can be difficult to pick up because it often happens away from others and victims do not tend to tell. However you can watch for signs that may indicate the presence of bullying. The following signs are common in victims of bullying behaviour:

 

Hesitates to come to training/programme/session

Is often the last one picked for a team or group activity for no apparent reason, or gets picked on when they think your back is turned.

Is reluctant to go to certain places or work with certain individual/s

Has clothing or personal possessions go missing or damaged.

Has bruising or some other injury.

Keeps ’losing’ their pocket money.

Is quite nervous, withdraws from everybody else and becomes quiet and shy, especially in the case of those who are normally noisy and loud.

Though usually quiet, they suddenly become prone to lashing out at people, either physically or verbally.

 

Action to Help the Victim(s) and Prevent Bullying;

 

Take all signs of bullying very seriously.

Encourage all children to speak and share their concerns, however trivial they may seem.

Create an open environment where children feel that they can tell the person in charge or someone in authority about behaviour , which concerns them.

Take all allegations seriously and take action to ensure the victim is safe.

Speak to the victim(s) and the person thought to be bullying separately.

Reassure the victim(s) that you can be trusted and will help them, although you cannot promise not to tell anyone else.

Keep a record of what is said I.e. what happened, who did/said what, where and when it occurred, who else was present etc.

Report any concerns to the Child & Coach Protection Officer.

 

Action towards the Person Bullying

 

It is important to focus on the bullying behaviour-not to label the alleged perpetrator.

Do not accuse the perpetrator of being a “bully”- refer to what has happened.

Talk with the person about their behaviour. Explain the situation and try to get the person to understand the consequences of their behaviour.

If appropriate, seek an apology from the person to the victim(s)

If appropriate, there may need to be some negotiated recompense for the victim.

Impose sanctions as necessary.

Encourage and support the person to change their behaviour.

Keep a written record of action taken.

 

In the case of an adult (whether or not a Member of Staff)bullying a child , the Child & Coach Protection Officer must be informed and disciplinary action may need to be taken

 

In the case of bullying by a child then it may be appropriate to inform the child’s parents of the concerns and the actions taken in regard to the child’s behaviour. It would always be wise to involve a third party in such a discussion or meeting.

 

Code of Conduct for the Care of Children and Young People

 

To minimise the risk of abuse  (or any false accusations of abuse) the following guidelines for all Duns Football Club staff involved with young players must be followed:

 

Always

 

Treat everyone with respect and encourage players and staff to do the same.

Be aware of risks-even in situations, which require sensitivity, such as dealing with bullying, bereavement or abuse.

Work with children or young people in a public and open environment.

Work in pairs when dealing with potentially hazardous situations such as going into changing rooms to administer first aid.

Encourage open and frank communication between coaches and players.

Encourage children to feel comfortable when reporting problems or behaviour they do not like.

Follow up any concerns, allegations or complaints made by children.

Behave in a professional and careful manner-and insist that others do the same.

Follow the procedures and good practice outlined in this policy.

Be willing to listen to advice and to adapt your own practice when necessary.

 

Never

 

Spend time alone with an individual child or show favouritism  toward any child.

Work or talk with players in private or unobserved.

Take children or young people alone on car journeys, however short.

Take or invite children or young people to your home.

Agree to meet with children outside of football.

Allow or engage in ’horseplay’ such as tickling or wrestling.

Allow or engage in any inappropriate touching-ideally avoid all physical contact with players.

Allow or engage in lewd or sexually suggestive talk or joking.

Get drawn into attention seeking behaviour such as tantrums or crushes.

Assume that your good name or reputation will protect you.

Trivialise, joke about or exaggerate child abuse.

Jump to conclusions about individuals.

 

Don’t believe ‘it could never happen to me’. Take care to make sure that it can’t’.

 

 

Coach Recruitment

 

Apply agreed procedure to all coaches and volunteers

 

In order to minimise risk and to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place, Whitehill Welfare Football Club will take all necessary steps to ensure that all applicants go through a rigorous recruitment programme, which involves taking all necessary steps to ensure that young players are protected.

 

Treat all applicants for positions involving contact with children in the same way.

 

On issuing the Job Description, person specification and application form, the applicants should submit their Application Form detailing previous experience in working with young players and also identifying at least two references. It is advised that one should be associated with former work with children or young people and one with previous sport involvement.

 

Gain a degree of background knowledge from a person who has experience of the coach working with young players.

 

Duns Football Club will investigate each reference given Referees will be sent a reference form to complete and will and will investigate the coach’s previous experience.

 

Where the coach has no previous experience of voluntary or paid contact with young people, two references will be sought from reputable persons (not relative)who can comment on the applicant’s character and relationship’s with others.

 

In addition, successful candidates will be asked to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Application and appointment will be subject to satisfactory response fro Disclosure Scotland.

 

Explore all applicants’ experience of working with young people in an interview before appointment.

 

On successful completion of the Application Form and the Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check results, the applicant will be invited for interview, at which the applicants’ level of experience with working with young people will be explored.

 

Make all appointments conditional on the successful completion of probation.

 

Once selected for the position, the coach goes through an Induction Programme and has their roles and responsibilities clearly marked out for them. An experienced coach will then mentor the new recruit for a probationary period of 3 months. In addition, a Personal Details Form is required to be filled out to be kept on file.

 

On completing a successful probationary period, the new recruit will be established as a coach/manager/official. From then, supervision and performance review will be undertaken in the normal course of coaching management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I confirm that I have read and understand the attached Child and Coach Protection Policy.

 

 

 

 

Name———————————————————–

 

 

Signature——————————————————

 

 

Date————————————————————–

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENT CONTROL

 

Mandatory Review Date (to be reviewed and published annually)

 

Review Date – 1st July 2015 –

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

 

Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan

 

 

DFC-D-1.0 2st July 2014

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

This document combines the Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan. It addresses:

 

• Organisation and infrastructure relating to medical matters ;

• Identifiable risks and how these are controlled;

• General provisions for medical care.

 

Infrastructure and Organisation

 

Access for Emergency Vehicles

 

Duns Football Club’s ground at New Hawthorn Park is accessible by road from the main road through the town and would permit direct access for emergency vehicles to the pitch and stand.

 

First Aid Facilities

 

The principal first aid room is within the changing room area but is directly accessible from the corridor and does not require access through either dressing room or any other room.

 

It contains basic first aid equipment, a couch and water supplies. There are toilets (including a disabled toilet) within the dressing room area.

 

Organisation and Personel

 

Duns FC (“the club”) has an association with a Doctor for advice and guidance on all medical matters. The Doctor is in attendance for major matches (where attendance is greater than 1000 is anticipated). The club also ensures that there is at least one qualified First Aid staff member present at all matches.

 

There is an announcer present at every home match. This person will be located at the entrance to the dressing rooms and is the focal point for co-ordination of messages during the match. He/she will make any safety announcements and will have immediate access to a telephone to communicate with others including the emergency services to ensure expedited management of ant health and safety issues.

Identifiable Medical Risks

 

1. Injury to players

 

1.1 Description

The most likely source of a medical issue is the injury to players during the normal course of the match. This can cover the spectrum of minor injury which is treated pitchside before the player returns to the game to serious injury requiring immediate intervention and hospitalisation.

 

1.2 Current arrangements

 

The club will ensure that there is a qualified sports first-aider present at all matches. A stretcher is available in the dressing rooms which will allow removal of players from the pitch to the first aid room in the dressing rooms if the player requires assistance to leave the pitch.

 

The nearest accident department is at the Borders General Hospital, which is 40 minutes from the ground under normal traffic conditions.The first-aider looking after an injured player will make arrangements through the Ground Co-ordinator either to arrange transport for a player to the BGH for further assessment or to call the emergency services if immediate medical care is required.

 

The risk of injury to players does not vary significantly between normal and major matches and this assessment applies to all matches.

 

1.3 Assessment

The current arrangements are satisfactory but it is recommended that  the procedure for removal of the player from the pitch and making arrangements for onward transport are rehearsed at least annually.

 

1.4 Actions required

Annual rehearsal of arrangements as above

 

2 Injury to Spectators

 

2.1 Description

 

The following risk factors can be considered collectively for assessment purposes ;

 

2.1.1 Fire-there is identifiable risk in the dressing rooms. These are inspected by the local fire authorities and have automatic fire detection and alarm systems. The risk as assessed is small for these areas and negligible for open areas of the ground.

2.1.2 Evacuation-There is negligible risk under normal operating conditions rising to moderate in a “panic” situation in a match with a maximal capacity. This risk is mitigated because (a) unplanned evacuation is extremely unlikely (b) planned, orderly evacuation reduces the risk.

2.1.3,General- there is a general risk to spectators from slips, or other accidents. This is controlled by the maintenance of the ground in good condition. The risk is proportional to the number of spectators.

 

2.2 Current Arrangements

 

Direct injury from fire and structural failure has been reduced to acceptable levels by the inspection and maintenance required by the local authorities. In the event that there was a risk of structural failure this would be controlled by closing off  the affected area of the ground or cancellation of the match.

 

Other risks are proportional to the attendance. The club will ensure that there are additional first aid staff present for matches where more than 500 spectators are expected. The precise arrangements will be agreed in discussions with the police, NHS and first aid suppliers.

 

2.3 Assessment

 

Arrangements are considered adequate for all foreseeable risks.

 

2.4 Actions Required

 

 

3 Illnes

 

3.1 Description

 

There is general risk of illness whenever there are gatherings of people. There are no identifiable risk factors which suggest that players and spectators at a match are at greater risk of illness except the established risks that can be associated with any situation in which there is potential stress (e.g., heart  attacks in those with pre-existing risk factors).

 

3.2 Current Arrangements

 

Immediate care is the same as for physical injury. Anyone becoming ill will be made comfortable and the condition assessed by a first aider or doctor. In an emergency an ambulance will be called –DIAL 999-otherwise advice can be obtained from NHS 24 – DIAL 08454 24 24 24.

 

3.3 Assessment

 

Current arrangements are satisfactory.

 

3.4 Actions Required

 

None

 

General Medical Provisions

 

The following personnel must be present at each home match ;

• At least one qualified sports first aider ;

• A ground co-ordinator to act as the single point of communication

 

Where there is an anticipated attendance of greater than 500, in addition to the above ;

• Attendance by a club doctor is advised ;

• Additional first aid provision should be provided by request from the first aid service providers.

 

The club doctor is responsible for advising on equipment to be present in the first aid room and in the medical bags available to sports first aiders and the sports first aiders are responsible for checking that the equipment is present and in good order.

 

The team must be accompanied by a sports first aider at all matches, including away matches.

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENT CONTROL

 

Mandatory Review Date (to be reviewed and published annually)

 

Review Date – 1st July 2015 –

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

Phew Hawthorn Park

Duns

Health and Safety Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League

Duns Football Club is committed to safeguarding the Health and Safety of all Club personnel. This document is designed to describe the Clubs Health and Safety Policy.

 

Health & Safety Policy Including First Aid

 

General Policy

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It is the policy of Duns Football Club to take all reasonable and practicable steps to safeguard the Health and Safety and welfare of all employees at work and to protect all other persons against hazards to Health or Safety arising out of the Clubs activities. The Club has a separate Spectator Safety Policy document, and a separate first aid plan reference.

 

The co-operation of every member of the Club is necessary in promoting this policy and that the standard of health and safety which is achieved is always at least equal and preferably above the standards set by the Health and Safety at work Act and the regulations made under it.

 

It is the policy of Duns Football Club that ALL of our internal workplaces, including the stand, are smoke-free, and all employees have a right to work in a smoke-free environment. The Club has a separate Smoking Policy document.

 

First Aid Structure

 

The executive responsibility for implementing this policy rests with the Clubs Executive Committee, which delegates the responsibility to the Clubs certified First Aid team These are personnel within the Club that have had formal Sports Injury training.

 

In addition, it is the statutory duty of every employee at all times to take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of themselves and all others who may be affected by their actions.

 

Advice

 

Advice on matters of Health and Safety is given to the Club by the Health and Safety Executive and available from “The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds”. Additional advice if necessary may also be received or requested from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

 

Accident Book

 

An Accident Book is maintained in the office. With the exception of injuries sustained on the field of play, all accidents or injuries sustained whilst on club business must be recorded in the Accident Book.

 

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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© Duns Football Club – Health and Safety Policy – 2014 – V1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Berwickshire

TD11 3QQ

 

 

GROUND REGULATIONS

 

 

ISSUE 1 TO BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. The Club Ground is New Hawthorn Park Duns Berwickshire TD11 3QQ

 

This document details the regulations that must be adhered to whilst present within New Hawthorn Park (“TheGround”). For avoidance of doubt Duns Football Club is referred to in this document as (“The Club”).

 

Ground Regulations

1. All matches are played in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League, and the East of Scotland Football League.

2. Play is not guaranteed to take place on any particular day or at any particular time. The Club with agreement of the East of Scotland Football League may change its advertised fixtures without prior notice and without liability.

3. All supporters entering New Hawthorn Park must pay for admission in accordance to advertised conditions and rates including season tickets and concessions.

4. Unauthorised persons are not permitted to enter upon the field of play. All persons are required to keep off the playing surface and stay on the spectator side of the park barriers.

5. Only persons specifically authorised by the Club are permitted to offer match programmes, food, beverages or any other articles or substances for sale in the Ground.

6. The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 state that no smoking is allowed in premises that are wholly or substantially enclosed. Smoking in No-Smoking areas is strictly forbidden. This includes all enclosed buildings within the ground. Those who do not comply with the smoking policy will be liable to a fixed penalty fine and/or criminal prosecution.

8. The obstruction of gangways, access ways, exits and entrances, stairways and like places is strictly forbidden. Nobody entering the Ground shall be permitted to climb any structures within the Ground.

9. Mobile telephones and other communications devices are permitted within the Ground provided that they are used for personal and private use only.

10. The use of foul or abusive language; racist, discriminatory or sectarian remarks, songs or chants; and the promotion or endorsement of any political organisation are not permitted within the Ground or on the Club’s property. Duns Football Club have a separate Anti Discrimination Policy, document reference.

11. Please note it is an offence punishable by law for any person to enter or attempt to enter the Ground:

• Whilst in possession of a prohibited container which is capable of containing liquid and which if thrown would be capable of causing injury to another person.

• Whilst in possession of alcohol.

• Whilst drunk.

• Whilst in position, or under the influence, of any illegal substances.

• Whilst in possession of any article or substance whose main purpose is the emission of a flare for purposes of illuminating or signalling or the emission of smoke or a visible gas.

• Any article which is a firework.

and all persons entering the Ground may be searched by the Club Stewards.

12. Articles which could, or might be used as a weapon, or to cause offence, or which are regarded by the Club or the Police as dangerous or unsafe are not permitted within the Ground. This includes items such as knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety.  Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the Ground, or if found within the Ground they will be asked to leave.

13. All persons entering the Ground may be required to submit to search by stewards to prevent prohibited articles which might be used to cause injury or damage other persons or property being brought into the Ground.

14. The throwing of any objects whether on to the pitch, or surrounding area, or otherwise, is not permitted.

15. Persons use the car parking facilities at the Ground entirely at their own risk in respect of their persons, the vehicle and any personal property left therein. The Club will not accept responsibility for any damage, accidents or losses.

16. Persons using the car parking facilities are reminded to park in a respectful manner and be mindful of other vehicles.

17. Spectators are required to exit the Ground in an orderly manner as soon as practicably possible after the end of each game.

18. In the event of an emergency within the Ground instructions on any necessary course of action will be announced over the Club public address system. Spectators must follow the advice given in such announcements, or directions given by Club Stewards. Whitehill Welfare Football Club have separate Contingency Plan, document.

19. At all times, the right of admission is reserved by the Club.

20. All persons entering this Ground are admitted subject to these Ground Regulations and to the applicable Rules and Regulations of Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League, and the East of Scotland Football League.

ENTRY TO THE GROUND SHALL BE DEEMED TO CONSTITUTE UNQUALIFIED ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THEM MAY RESULT IN SEIZURE OF SEASON TICKET, OR THE PERMANENT BAN FROM ATTENDINAG ANY FUTURE HOME GAMES.

21. The Club reserves the right for its servants, stewards, and agents, and for members of the police force to remove from the ground any person who does not comply with Ground regulations and with the rules and regulations of Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League, and the East of Scotland Football League, or whose presence in the Ground is or could reasonable be construed as constituting a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to other spectators.

INFORMATION

Any breach of Ground Regulations may result in ejection or action by the Police

 

22. Document Control

22.1 Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​_____1st July 2015_____

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Duns Football Club

Stewarding Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. The Club ground is New Hawthorn Park Duns TD15 1QQ

 

Duns Football Club will provide an appropriate number of Stewards for each home game. This document details Duns FC Stewarding plan.

 

Provision of Stewards

 

Stewarding for all home games is carried out by Duns Football Club committee members and additional volunteers. Duns FC have published a separate Stewards Code of Practice, document, which contains details of the duties of all Stewards.

 

Steward Supervision

 

The supervision of the stewards at each home game will be delegated to a senior steward appointed by the Club Safety Officer for each home game.

 

Steward Numbers

 

Steward numbers will vary for each game played according to the expected crowd number. Duns FC anticipate an average crowd capacity at each home game of between 50 and 100. For crowds of this size the minimum number of Stewards that will be present will be as follows:

 

Static Posts:

Entrance Gate and Disabled Parking – 2 stewards present up until half-time.

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Mobile posts:

Stand – 1 stewards patrolling this area.

Park perimeter – 2 stewards patrolling this area.

Run-out to park from change rooms – 1 steward patrolling this area, increasing to 2 stewards at the end of each game.

 

A minimum number of 6 stewards will be present and allocated stewarding positions for each home game.

 

For expected crowds greater than average stewarding numbers will be increased by the following numbers:

 

Crowds up to 200 – additional 1steward over normal level.

Crowds up to 400 – additional 2 stewards over normal level.

Crowds up to 800 – additional 4 stewards over normal level.

Mobile communication devices in the form of walky-talkies will only be deployed to stewards for each game. For crowds in excess of 1,000 all stewards will get a brief before the start of the game.

 

Steward Training

 

All stewards who assist on a regular basis will be given training in the form of a course called “Conflict Management Training” by an approved trainer. These stewards will also be given copies of the Club’s contingency plans, steward code of conduct, and spectator safety policy.

 

Stewards who assist on an infrequent basis will be “teamed” with an experienced steward, and these stewards will be briefed by the experienced steward on the duties expected of them.

 

Duns FC do not deploy any specialist stewards for disabled spectators or children, but are made aware to assist any disabled spectators if necessary to the best of their ability.

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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© Duns Football Club – Stewarding Plan – 2014– V1.0

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Supporter and Customer Charter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League.

 

We recognise the commitment we owe to our supporters and the policies below lay out the Club’s continuing commitment to not only supporters but also to the wider community and the environment. This charter is designed to improve standards of customer relations between Duns Football Club and its supporters.

 

Supporter and Customer Charter

 

Duns Football Club (“The Club”) is committed to delivering the very highest standards of service to all supporters and customers.

 

The Club recognises the special bond between the Club and its supporters. It recognises and respects the invaluable contribution the supporters have made in the past and continue to make to the life of the Club. As such, the Club will make every effort to ensure that its policies and practices are open, accessible and communicated as effectively as possible with its supporters.

 

The Club will annually conduct a review of its Customer Charter, making changes in accordance with the recommendations put forward from the various groups and from guidelines received from the relevant governing bodies. The Club reserves the right to make amendments at short notice to this policy but all changes will be communicated to supporters through the Whitehill Welfare Football Club website.

 

Key Issues Contained In This Charter

 

1. Accessibility

2. Matchday

3. Loyalty and Membership

4. Consultation and Information

5. Community Activity

6. Merchandise

7. Staff Conduct

8. Customer Service

 

1. Accessibility

 

Duns Football Club is committed to providing a high quality customer experience which is accessible to the widest possible audience.

 

1.1. Concessions are available for persons over 60 years of age and for junior supporters under 16 years of age. The Club may on occasions request proof of eligibility.

 

1.2. The Club will provide free access for supporters with registered disabilities and their carers. Supporters with registered disabilities may apply for a free season ticket if they so wish.

 

1.3. The Club offers reduced admission to replays of abandoned games.

• If a match is abandoned after spectators are admitted to the ground, but before kick-off, spectators are entitled to free admission to the re-arranged match.

• If a match is abandoned after kick-off and before half-time, spectators are entitled to reduced admission to the rearranged match.

 

(In both the instances above supporters will be given a voucher/ticket upon leaving the ground which they must present at the rearranged game in order to qualify for any agreed discount)

 

• Admission reductions will not be given if a game is abandoned after half time.

• Refunds are not given under any circumstance.

 

1.4. The club will where-ever possible set admission prices for East of Scotland Football League games in line with the minimum price enforced by theEOSFL. The club will not charge supporters over and above this rate. The Cub however reserves the right to review admission charges and amend at short notice if necessary. If this happens supporters will be kept fully informed via the Clubs website.

 

1.5. Setting of admission prices for Cup-Ties is subject to the approval of the, EOSFL Cup sponsor, and/or visiting club. The Club will also take account of the competition, status of the away Club and the stage of the Competition when determining Cup Tie prices.

 

2. Matchday

 

At all times Duns Football Club will endeavour to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for watching football.

 

2.1. The Club will provide a safe and trouble free environment for all spectators and shall ensure that the quality of service provided is of the highest standard possible.

 

2.2. Duns Football Club will provide an appropriate number of Stewards for all home games. These Stewards will be identifiable as they will wear high visibility jackets or waste-coats.

 

2.3. Duns Football Club have produced a separate Spectator Safety Policy , Health and Safety Policy ,Stadium Regulations, Contingency Plan and Stewards Code of Practice. These documents will be used by the Club to ensure spectator safety is of the highest quality possible during match days.

 

2.4. Any individual who is found to be in breach of the Ground Regulations are likely to be ejected from the Ground. In extreme cases the individual may face the withdrawal of their Season Ticket, banning from the Ground and potential prosecution under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act, 1995 as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act, 1998 or the Public Order Act, 1986.

 

2.5. In return the Club will expect all Spectators to refrain from foul and abusive language, taunts or gestures. In addition racist or obscene behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and any Spectator finding an individual breaking these policies should contact the nearest Club Steward.

 

3. Loyalty and Membership

 

3.1. The Club recognises the loyalty of its Supporters and Season Ticket Holders. At the beginning of each season the Club will run an “early-bird” scheme where Season Tickets will be offered at a discounted rate if purchased before a specific date.

 

3.2. The Club will offer a similar discount for membership fees if paid at the same time as the “early-bird” season ticket.

 

4. Consultation and Information

 

Regular two-way communication with supporters, customers, suppliers, partners, shareholders, the media and the local community remains a priority focus for Duns Football Club.

 

4.1. The Club welcomes open consultation from its customers and welcomes all feedback, comments and suggestions. This can be conveyed to any committee member, sent to the Club in writing, or emailed to the following email address:

4.2. The Club will give due consideration to all feedback, comments and suggestions implementing change where appropriate.

 

4.3. The Club will communicate regularly with supporters and customers, informing them of new developments, policies, fixtures and price changes, promotions and new product launches. This will be done in the main through the Club’s official web site.

 

4.4. The Club will establish and maintain effective partnerships with all sectors of the media and will proved local newspapers with Club and squad information regarding new signings, man of the match photos, Club statistics and all other related articles of media interest.

 

4.5. The Club will maintain its official web site www.dunsfc.co.uk with the latest information regarding match fixtures, cancellations, match reports, and all other related information.

 

4.6. The Club will publicise its position on major policy issues in the Club matchday programme, through the official Club web site, and where applicable through press releases.

 

4.7. The Club will advertise the date of its annual general meeting on the Club web site and in the local newspaper.

 

4.8. In line with the Clubs constitution committee members will be elected by the Club members at annual general meetings.

 

4.9. In line with the Club constitution members have the right to call for an extraordinary annual general meeting if they feel the requirement to do so.

 

5. Community Activity

 

The Club recognises the role it can play in generating and supporting activity both in the local community and the wider football community.

 

5.1. The Club supports local charities and worthy causes allowing appropriate Matchday collections and working with local groups.

 

5.2. The Club supports local community and schools events that promote youth football and grass roots football.

 

5.3. The Club will support visits by charities carrying out events

 

5.4. The Club will support pre-arranged Ground Tours to all interested parties and groups, especially school children.

 

5.5. Whenever possible and appropriate the Club will promote issues such as anti-racism, drug and crime. The Club supports the aims of leading initiatives such as ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ to tackle problems of racism in the game and has its own policy against racism.

 

5.6. The Club continues to support community events through visits and appearances of the Football Players and Management where possible.

 

5.7. Each season the Club will invite local junior Football Clubs to home games for a pre-match mini-training session with a Duns Football Club Coach, and thereafter welcome them and their parents to then stay as guests of the Club to watch the match.

 

5.8. For each home game the match sponsor will be invited to have a match mascot(s). A match mascot(s) will be sourced by other means wherever possible if not available from the match sponsor.

 

6. Merchandise

 

6.1. The Club will make available for purchase all Club merchandising on the official Club web site, or at the Ground on match days or at other suitable locations and times.

 

6.2. The Club offers refunds on all merchandise in accordance with its legal obligations. Customers should also recognise that the printing of sponsors logos and team badge will eventually fade from the original art-work.

 

6.3. The Club will not knowingly buy goods from any supplier or manufacturer who does not comply fully with the labour, safety and other relevant laws of the countries of manufacture with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, overtime, sick pay and holiday entitlement.

 

6.4. Customers of Club merchandise who make purchase must agree to all terms and conditions of the sale, and accept responsibility for following guidance relating to washing instructions.

 

7. Staff Conduct

 

7.1. The Club is committed to eliminating discrimination. We will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminating behaviour and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate disciplinary action in whatever context it occurs. The Club has a separate Anti Discrimination Policy.

 

7.2. It is the policy of the Club that there should be equal opportunity for all. This applies to external recruitment, internal appointment, terms of employment, conditions of service and opportunity for training and promotion regardless of sex, marital status, creed, colour, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic or national origin. The Club is committed to the development and promotion of such equality of opportunity. The policy also applies equally to the treatment of our customers, clients and suppliers. The Club has a separate Disability Discrimination Policy..

 

 

8. Customer Service

 

All Duns Football Club committee members and personnel are responsible for ensuring that the very highest standards of customer service and customer care are maintained.

 

8.1. The Club respect the right of every supporter and customer to be treated with the up most courtesy and respect at all times by all Duns Football Club personnel. The Club has a separate Stewards Code of Conduct document.

 

8.2. The Club strives to provide value for money in all areas.

 

8.3. The Club aims to respond promptly to any contact from a customer.

 

8.4. To avoid confusion Duns Football Club would prefer that all requests/complaints/comments or suggestions, are made in writing by letter. We will endeavour to provide a full response within 14 days.

 

8.5. In the first instance all correspondence should be addressed to the Club Secretary.

 

8.6. In the event that you feel your complaint has not been dealt with promptly or satisfactorily by the Club Secretary, you have the further right to progress directly through the Club Chairman, who has overall responsibility for the Customer Charter.

 

All correspondence should be addressed to the following;

 

Mark Dixon

Seretary

Duns FC

Briberybaulk

Duns.

 

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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© Duns Football Club – Supporter and Customer Charter – 2014 – V1.0

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Equal Opportunities Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League. We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.

 

This policy is designed to promote equal opportunity in all of its activities.

 

Equal Opportunities Policy

 

1. Duns Football Club (“The Club”) is committed to the development of positive policies to promote equal opportunity in all of its activities. The Club is an equal opportunities employer and will abide and adhere to the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.

 

2. All employees and members of staff are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, the Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically, discrimination is prohibited by:

 

• Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability, less favourably than others.

• Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirements(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their employment or membership, which are different from others.

• Imposing on an individual requirements or conditions which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. No individual will be placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which cannot be shown to be necessary to the satisfactory conduct of the job or task.

• Victimisation or harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.

• Any other act or omission of an act which has the effect of disadvantaging an individual against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus all of the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, will be determined solely by the application of an objective assessment of personal performance and ability.

 

3. The Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, an undertaking that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of the member of staff accused of discrimination.

 

4. Any employee or member of staff found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith and will be dealt with under the Club’s disciplinary procedures.

 

5. The Club opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. No applicant, employee or member of staff shall receive less favourable treatment than others, because of disability. The difficulties of their disability permitting, assistance will be provided, wherever possible, to ensure that disabled employees or members of staff are helped to gain access and to undertake their duties.

 

6. The Club, including players and officials, will actively promote initiatives – such as ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ – in the Community. This will be achieved through positive actions as well as communicating via match day programmes, the Club web-site and, when interacting with supporters and school children where-ever possible.

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​_1st July 2015

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© Duns Football Club – Equal Opportunities Policy – 2014 – V1.0

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Anti Discrimination Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League . We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.

 

Duns Football Club is committed to ensuring full participation of all, as we recognise racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination, both institutional and personal are widespread in our society. Such discrimination prevents equality of opportunity to participation within our sport.

 

This document is designed to describe the Clubs Anti-Discrimination Policy.

 

Anti Discrimination Policy

 

1. Duns Football Clubs (“The Club”) policy is not to discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. The Club will not tolerate any such discrimination in any of the Club’s activities.

 

2. The Club will apply this policy when 1) advertising for and selecting applicants for employment 2) seeking volunteers 3) running courses 4) running external coaching, educational activities, and award schemes 5) promoting football development activities 6) selecting teams and 7) considering appointments.

 

3. The Club will not tolerate racist, sectarian, sexual or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

 

4. The Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

 

5. The Club are committed to challenging and dismantling all forms of discrimination in our club by developing club practice that is sensitive to and suitable for all, reflecting the fundamental equality and worth of everyone.

 

6. To ensure full participation of all, we will not accept discriminatory practice by the any Duns Football Club employee, Committee member, volunteers or supporters whether physical or verbal. This will be reflected in our club as normal practice, whether in recruitment of staff or volunteers, our promotional materials or general behaviour.

 

7. The Club gives a commitment to ensure that it is open to all and that team selection policy will be the footballing ability and character of the individual, together with the collective balance of the team.

 

8. Each player and employee contract will include a clause stating that the Club is opposed to racism, sectarianism, bigotry and discrimination in any form and that the player or employee shares these principles and gives a commitment to uphold and promote these standards.

 

9. Any form of discrimination will be looked upon as serious, will not be taken lightly and may lead to disciplinary action by the Clubs Executive Committee.

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​__1st July 2015__

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© Duns Football Club – Anti Discrimination Policy – 2014 – V1.0

 

 

 

 

 

Duns Football Club

New Hawthorn Park

Duns

Environmental Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Duns Football Club is a member of the East of Scotland Football League . We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.

 

This document is designed to describe the Clubs Environmental Policy.

 

Environmental Policy

 

Duns Football Club recognise that our activities inevitably have an impact on the environment. Consequently we are committed to a process of continual environmental improvement and pollution prevention.

 

This Statement provides a framework for developing and reviewing environmental objectives.

 

It is the policy of Duns Football Club to minimise the potentially significant impacts the Club has on the environment. We actively encourage the use of public transport, energy efficiency and promote waste minimisation and environmentally friendly waste disposal throughout the Club and by our supporters.

 

We treat all relevant environmental legislation and regulations as the minimum standard and seek to exceed them wherever possible.

 

We endeavour to identify opportunities to reduce and recycle the resources we consume including energy, water and other natural resources, thereby also minimising the amount of waste we produce.

 

We discourage avoidable travel, encourage the use of walking, cycles, public transport, car sharing and coach use.

 

We expect our suppliers to demonstrate good environmental, social and ethical management practices and we engage with them regularly to identify opportunities for improvement.

 

Our commitment

 

We recognise that our activities impact on the environment. Consequently we embrace the principles of sustainable development and we are committed to a process of continual environmental improvement and pollution prevention.

 

Our aims

 

• Minimise and conserve

We endeavour to identify opportunities to reduce the resources we consume including energy, water and other natural resources, thereby also minimising the amount of waste we produce. Where practicable, we shall reuse materials, recycle waste and procure recycled products.

• Comply

We shall endeavour to comply with all relevant environmental legislation and regulations. Moreover we shall treat these as the minimum standard and seek to exceed them wherever possible.

• Involve and communicate

We shall document and communicate our policy to employees, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and supporters and provide the necessary training and resources to support the implementation of our policy.

 

Measures to Encourage Walking and Cycling

 

Walking and cycling are the most sustainable means of travel. The National Travel Survey has established that 80% of journeys of less than 1 mile (1.6km) are made on foot.

Walking and/or cycling may also be a realistic options for those working at Ferguson Park Park.

 

New Hawthorn Park is fully accessible by walking and cycling.

 

Public Transport

 

New Hawthorn Park is highly accessible by public transport, being located directly on a main bus route. There is a bus stop close to the ground.  Public transport is therefore encouraged by the club as a realistic mode of travel for those working at, or visiting the stadium.

 

Timing of matches

 

Duns Football Club will manage the timing of events, particularly the start time of football matches, to ensure that high flows of football related traffic does not occur at peak times on the local road network.

 

Policy review

 

This policy is a living document and one, which Duns Football Club will keep under review.

 

Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:​_1st June 2015_

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© Duns Football Club – Environmental Policy – 2014 – V1.0