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NIFL Risk management guidance

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Kick the Risk

We live in a litigious environment and, increasingly, Associations, Leagues, Clubs and match officials are finding themselves legally liable for incidents. The costs of such incidents can sometimes be great, both financially and emotionally.

The economic climate has also led to a rise in the number of claims following injury or damage to third party property. The general public are constantly being bombarded by adverts from accident compensation companies telling them how easy it is to make money at no risk and with little hassle and it can often seem an easy way of making money for cash strapped individuals.

A myriad of legal and health and safety legislation requires everyone involved in football to be one step ahead in planning to minimise the risk of an accident occurring. Bluefin Sport is committed to guiding you through the processes needed to make all aspects of your organisation safe, whilst helping you to be compliant with relevant legislation.

As part of our education programme alongisde NIFL, we aim to provide practical advice on how administrators and participants in the game can reduce the risk of an incident occurring.

Useful advice and guidance

  • Balls in the crowd

    Managing the risk of specatators being struck by footballs. You might think that being hit by a football whilst watching a football match is an inherent risk that a spectator agrees to when entering the stadium, however, in reality it is not that simple.

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  • BBQ and food safety

    Barbecues are a great addition to any event but they need to be done with care to avoid food poisoning or accidents around the fire. Common sense and good preparation can help ensure a safe environment.

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  • Bonfire safety

    Guy Fawkes Night is a time of excitement for children and adults alike, and a time when many football clubs host organised firework and bonfire displays. However, whilst such events represent an opportunity to engage with the wider community, and to raise funds, they also pose significant health and safety risks.

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  • Childrens health: Safety in sport

    Every day millions of youths participate in sporting activities. Participating in sport builds the body and mind, but can also result in injury if the proper safety precautions are ignored.

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  • Crowd and spectator safety

    Crowd and spectator management can be stressful and time-consuming. A seemingly docile crowd can quickly veer into chaos, sparked by a single incident. You need to make sure your organisation and facilities are prepared to handle it. Because crowds can be so volatile, they require careful management.

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  • Firework safety

    Fireworks are an indispensable part of celebrations such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. When your club or organisation puts on a special event with fireworks, take precautions to reduce the risks and keep your employees, volunteers and spectators injury-free.

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  • First aid

    Are you prepared in the event of an injury that requires emergency treatment? Ensuring you have provided sufficient training is equally as important as having the correct equipment easily to hand.

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  • Flood risk

    This guide sets out overview advice for football clubs subject to the risk of flooding. It is designed to outline a general business continuity and health and safety checklist to help get your club back to normal as quickly as possible, should the worst happen.

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  • Pre-match warm up

    What form should a warm up routine take? What needs to be included and why? This guide aims to help you find out.

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  • Preventing sports injury

    Minor sports injuries do not discriminate. Even if players heed every little piece of health and safety advice, they will invariably still experience minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, bruises and blisters. Such injuries are unavoidable in the world of sport.

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  • Safe playing environment

    Inspections are a useful method in identifying risks and must become an integral part of the club’s philosophy prior to the commencement of play. A general inspection may identify normal wear, tear and general deterioration of physical assets and features such as the playing surface, equipment, facilities, access to and from the venue, waterways and pathways.

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  • Slips, trips and falls

    Slips or trips are the single most common cause of injury and actions brought as a result can be extremely damaging to football clubs, especially where members of the public are involved. The key to minimising the risks posed by slips, trips and falls is in identifying potential hazards, both inside and outside the clubhouse and taking steps to eliminate or mitigate them.

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  • Spectators with disabilities

    We have highlighted some areas for consideration for clubs and venues to cater for those with disabilities.

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  • Tents, marquees and gazebo safety

    Erecting marquees or other temporary demountable structures is a sensitive operation that requires a steady hand. Forgetting to anchor just one of the points can undermine the integrity of the entire structure and cause it to come tumbling down - injuring people or causing damage to property.

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  • Winter risk

    When winter is on its way, the onset of the cold weather is likely to bring with it the usual problems for you and your football club premises. This risk guidance offers you practical advice for some of the most common issues.

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