The roar of the crowd, the thrill of competition, the towering highs of victory and the devastating lows of defeat—this is what colours the local sports club. However, among this revelry, there are hazards for both those in the stands as well as on the pitch. As the owner or manager of a sports club, it is your responsibility to establish a risk management scheme to mitigate possible hazards as they arise.
Your Duties and Responsibilities
- Establishing a set of club regulations for spectators (such as appropriate behaviour, safety procedures, whether or not they are allowed to bring food and beverages into the club)
- Enforcing age limits if your club sells alcohol or you host groups on your premises that provide alcohol
- Training your employees in first aid
- Additionally, before any event, contacting emergency health services and providing an ambulance on-site
- Inspecting and maintaining the condition of both the pitch as well as the stands
- If you identify any hazards that may result in an injury or illness, close the club until a professional can make the proper repairs
- Providing personal protective equipment such as earplugs
- Ensuring access for people with disabilities
- Outlining a thorough set of rules, regulations and guidance for groups that rent your premises
Nearly 16 million adults in the United Kingdom participate in some type of regular sport. To keep playing, ensure that your sports club has a robust risk management scheme.
Sports Club-related Hazards
- Improperly secured equipment or temporary structures that could collapse and cause injury
- Uncontained fires caused by improperly set up or unattended barbecues and bonfires
- The spread of communicable blood-borne pathogens or other diseases due to insufficient first aid or unhygienic facilities
- Physical altercation between attendants (the improperly regulated distribution of alcohol can contribute to such events)
- Incorrectly installed fireworks, which can cause injuries, explosions and fires
- Extreme weather
Successfully Managing Your Risk
- Review your sports governing body (SGB) liability policy to ensure that your club is adequately insured and that there are no gaps in the cover.
- Install informative signs in the dressing rooms and lavatories detailing your club’s ‘blood rule’, first-aid and hygiene policy as well as the medical emergency plan.
- Before and after an event, clean the changing rooms as well as the lavatories with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease and infection.
- Depending on the severity of hazardous or inclement weather, either firmly secure any temporary structures and equipment or disassemble the structures and store them indoors along with any equipment.
- Regulate the amount of alcohol that is sold to customers, and if an individual appears inebriated, cut them off. The standard SGB liability policy does not provide cover for the operation of a licensed premises.
Goal: The Importance of Risk Management
Manage Your Risks
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