Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club
Supporter and Customer Charter
Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club (“The Club”) is a member of the West 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 Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club and its supporters.
Supporter and Customer Charter
Rutherglen Glencairn Football 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 Club’s website.
Key Issues Contained In This Charter
Rutherglen Glencairn 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 Half Price access for carers looking after a registered disabled supporter.
1.3. There are a small number of restricted view areas in the stadium, but the majority of areas offer an unrestricted view to supporters. (Our meaning of “restricted view” is where you have to move to gain an unrestricted view. Movement of the head to the side to gain a view is not considered a restricted view.)
1.4. 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.
1.5. The Club will set admission prices for league games in line with the rules laid out in the West of Scotland Football League rules. The admission prices will remain constant for the entire length of a season. The Club will not change its prices during a season and will not charge higher prices for matches where a large crowd is anticipated.
1.6. Setting of admission prices for cup ties is subject to the rules of the respective competition.
1.7. Tickets will only be sold in advance for games for which a crowd of over 1,500 is
Expected, or where the governing body or local authority specifically requests for this to happen. Club members will have the first opportunity to buy such tickets before they are made available for the general public. Consultation will take place with away clubs to agree the ticket allocation which they will be allocated.
At all times The 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. The Club will provide an appropriate number of stewards for all home games if the crowd exceeds 1000. These stewards will be identifiable as they will wear high visibility jackets or waistcoats.
2.3. The Club will endeavour to make available hot and cold snacks for all home games.
2.4. The Club have produced a separate Health and Safety Policy, Ground Regulations and Stewarding Plan. These documents will be used by the Club to ensure spectator safety is of the highest quality possible during match days.
2.5. 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 membership, 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.
2.6. 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 members, supporters, customers, suppliers, partners, the media and the local community remains a priority focus for Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club.
4.1. The Club welcomes open consultation from its members and 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 Club Secretary at the following email address :- [email protected].
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 members, 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 website and social media platforms.
4.4. The Club will establish and maintain effective partnerships with all sectors of the media and will provide local newspapers with club and squad information regarding new signings, man of the match photos, statistics and all other related articles of media interest.
4.5. The Club will maintain its official website 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 matchday programme, through the official club website and social media platforms and, where applicable, through press releases.
4.7. The Club will advertise the date of its Annual General Meeting on the club website and social media platforms as well as informing the members by letter.
4.8. In line with The Club’s constitution, committee members will be elected by The Club’s members at the Annual General Meeting.
4.9. In line with The Club’s constitution, members have the right to call for an Extraordinary 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 grassroots 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, anti-drugs and anti-crime campaigns. 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.
6.1. The Club will publicise and advertise the dates of new replica kit introductions in advance of the scheduled launch date. Details of this launch date will be available from the official club website and social media platforms and other media releases.
6.2. Both home and away replica strip designs will normally have a life span of at least one full season, unless changes are enforced due to contractual obligations, sponsorship issues, or availability of make/model of the strips.
6.2. The Club will only charge what it believes to be a fair price for the sale of replica kits and other associated merchandising items.
6.3. The Club will make available for purchase all club merchandising on the official club website, or at the stadium on match days or at other suitable locations and times.
6.4. The Club offers refunds on all merchandise in accordance with its legal obligations. Customers should note washing instructions, especially on replica team jerseys.
6.5. 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.
6.6. 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.
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 Policy.
8. Customer Service
All Rutherglen Glencairn 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 utmost courtesy and respect at all times by all Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club personnel.
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 The 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 General 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 President, who has overall responsibility for the Customer Charter.
All correspondence should be addressed to the following;
Mr Peter Ferguson
(Club Secretary - Rutherglen Glencairn FC)
70 Midcroft Avenue
Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).
Reviewed on 17th January 2023
Next review date: 17th January 2024