Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club


Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan

Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club

Medical Risk Assessment and Medical Plan



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

Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club?s ground is accessible by public road and would permit direct access for emergency vehicles to the pitch and stand.


First Aid Facilities

The principal first aid room  is a within the main building beside the entrance.

It will contain basic first aid equipment, a medical couch, and adequate storage. There is a toilet next door to the first aid room.


Referee?s Room

The referee?s room is sited in the main building beside the entrance, and contains a toilet, a sink with running water, a shower and changing space for 4 persons along with coat hooks for 4 persons.


Organisation and Personel

The club also ensures that there is at least one qualified Sports First Aid staff member present at all matches.

There is an announcer present at every home match. This person will have immediate access to the public address system 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 any 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 first aid room which will allow removal of players from the pitch to the first aid room if the player requires assistance to leave the pitch.

The nearest accident department is at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, which is 14 minutes from the ground under normal traffic conditions. The first-aider looking after an injured player will make arrangements through the Club Secretary either to arrange transport for a player to the infirmary 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 changing rooms, first aid room, referee?s room  and the Players? Lounge. The risk as assessed is small for these areas and negligible for open areas of the ground.

2.1.2.   Structural Failure - the identifiable source of risk is the covered enclosure structure. This is of modern structure and is regularly inspected. The risk is considered negligible under normal circumstances to slight and high winds.

2.1.3.  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.

2.1.4.  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 1000 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.       Illness

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).

A automated external defibrillator (AED) will be present at all games home and away (once the club has achieved SFA Entry Level club licence status).

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 111.

3.3 Assessment

Current arrangements are satisfactory.

3.4 Actions Required



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, usually the Club Secretary.

Where there is an anticipated attendance of greater than1000, in addition to the above ;

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

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



Mandatory Review Date (to be reviewed and published annually)

Reviewed on 11th January 2023 in consultation with NHS Scotland Staff Nurse Alyson Hope.

Next Review Date - 11th January 2024


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