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VACANCY | Safety Officer

11 October 2021

An exciting opportunity to join the team at AESSEAL New York Stadium has arisen...

Job Title: Event Safety Officer

Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer

Based at:

Rotherham United Football Club, New York Stadium, Rotherham, S60 1AH or any training ground used by the Company.

Working Hours:

The employee’s normal working hours are 24 hours a week (2 working days plus match days generally 24 hours a week) Cup matches will be returned in lieu. Exact hours will be agreed with the Chief Operating Officer to include days, evenings and weekends and matchdays.

Purpose of Role

To ensure, as far as reasonably possible, the safety of everyone attending events at Rotherham United Football Club in accordance with the Safety Certificate terms and Operations Manual. The post holder shall have no other duties on a match day, other than those involved in the execution of the role of Safety Officer.

Key Responsibilities

Assume responsibilities on behalf of the Club for the provisions of the Safety Certificate issued by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Club’s Policy Statement on Spectator Safety.

Regularly review all stewarding at the Stadium and make appropriate recommendations to the COO for corporate consideration.

Act when required as the representative of the Club in regular consultation with South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and The Sports Ground Safety Authority on matters associated with the safety and security of spectators.

Represent the interests of the Club and attend all Safety Advisory Group meetings.

Act as the Club Liaison Officer with the “Emergency Services” in the event of an unforeseen incident, ensuring that the COO is kept fully informed of any developments.

Evaluate the performance of the Deputy Safety Officer, Chief Steward, Stand Supervisors and any specialist Stewards and initiate any action that may be required.

Monitor stewarding levels on a match day to ensure effective and equitable distribution of staff commensurate with the Safety Certificate.

Liaise with the COO on any new legislation and match day safety related advice affecting the Club and arrange for implementation.

Be aware of the requirements of all Sports Grounds legislation, the Green Guide and other advisory documents, the Safety Certificate, the licence issued by the Sports Ground Safety Authority and ensure compliance.

Assume control on behalf of the Club on match days at the Stadium for spectator safety and security, acting in full co-operation with South Yorkshire Police.

Assume responsibility with the COO on behalf of the Club for the joint Statement of Intent agreed with South Yorkshire Police.

Ensure the club is aware of any actions required so that all conditions of the General Safety Certificate are fully complied with. In the event of any non-compliance for any reason the Safety Officer will inform the COO as soon as possible.

Attend and investigate any accidents that take place on match day. Document and submit accident reports obtaining necessary evidence to include maintenance of Accident Book.

Have an understanding of building regulations, fire risk assessment, and the Green (football) guide, together with FA, EFL and UEFA stadium regulations.

Match day liaison with all outside broadcasters (BBC/Sky etc) to provide working access for televised games.

Pre match visual inspection of stadium.

Responsibilities – Pre Match

In the days leading up to each event ensure that:

Any defects reported at the previous match have been rectified.

All ‘life safety’ systems have been checked/inspected and are working correctly. These include the following;

  • The public address system
  • The CCTV system
  • The loud hailers
  • Radio system
  • Electronically operated doors
  • Turnstile count
  • Emergency phones
  • Emergency lighting

Carry out a physical inspection of the ground to ensure that there are no hazards to spectators.

Undertake the required Risk Assessments in conjunction with the Stadium Manager, both generic and match specific.

Ensure liaison with the South Yorkshire Police, particularly in relation to information/intelligence relating to the match.

Enact effective liaison with SYP/CTSA and EFL to ensure counter terrorism measures are reviewed regularly and implemented.

Attend club pre-match meetings to ensure understanding of the issues around each individual game and make colleagues aware of any particular safety related matters.

Ensure attendance of sufficient stewards and steward management personnel. Also ensure all required emergency personnel will be in attendance at each game and inform the COO if there are any problems with this or any other critical matters relating to a particular match/event.

  • Responsibilities – Match day
  • Undertake the following and, if present, liaise with the Police Match Commander. to ensure: -
  • Procedures are in force ensuring that sections of the ground that spectators are admitted to are identified
  • Strategic gates/positions are identified and manned before spectators are admitted to the ground
  • Sufficiently trained stewards are in position to monitor and prevent overcrowding of spectators in any area of the ground.
  • The computerised spectator counting systems and monitors are fully operational and that in the event of a malfunction there is a manual counting system that can be quickly introduced.
  • Ensure in conjunction with the Stadium Manager, that the General Safety Certificate is complied with.
  • Ensure that the Chief Steward has sufficient trained stewards available, together with sufficient trained supervisors, deployed/positioned as agreed with the police, fire brigade and local authority.
  • Ensure that all stewards are fully briefed on their duties and what is expected of them during an event. The brief should include details of the anticipated number of supporters attending the match, together with an indication of any possible conflict that may arise between home and visiting supporters. The stewards must ensure that spectators entering or leaving are controlled and directed and that in the event of an emergency evacuation of the ground, or any part of it, sufficient trained stewards are provided and positioned to ensure a safe and orderly evacuation.
  • By inspection ensure that there are no combustible or hazardous materials stored in the ground that could present a danger to spectators.
  • By inspection ensure that the ground is clear of any materials that could be used as missiles.
  • Ensure that before the public are admitted:
  • All exit gates are unobstructed and that all locking devices are removed.
  • All gates open easily and that any drop bolts or locking devices are functioning correctly.
  • All fire fighting equipment is fully operational and that access to where it is stored is open when an activity is taking place.
  • Ensure all evacuation chairs are operational and ensure sufficient numbers of trained personnel are on duty to comply with the Safety Certificate requirements.
  • Sufficient numbers of trained first aid personnel are available in accordance with the Guide to Safety at Sports Ground (Green Guide latest edition) and that the first aid equipment and materials are maintained at the correct level. (Such inspections should be carried out with Yorkshire Ambulance Service or the lead St John Ambulance Officer or equivalent).
  • Ensure with the support of club ground staff that all ingress and egress routes from the stadium are clear of obstruction and that surfaces do not present a hazard to spectators.
  • Copies of the ground regulations are displayed at entrances to the ground.
  • All exit and directional signs are in place and illuminated where necessary in conjunction with the stadium manager.
  • All internal telephones and radios are in working order.
  • All equipment provided for the emergency services at the ground is in good working order.
  • During each event: Ensure the safety of all persons attending the Stadium. Liaise closely with the Police Match Commander, if present. Consult with him/her prior to and following the match. Ensure that all supervisors are contactable through the Club radio system and that they are easily identifiable.
  • Licensed areas: Ensure that the licensing laws are maintained in the ground through liaison with the DPNS and that no alcoholic drinks are consumed in sight of the pitch when a match is in progress.

General Responsibilities

  • Training: Ensure all stewards that are on duty for matches have received training in line with the national guidelines for the training of stewards.
  • Emergency action plan: In association with the Police and other emergency services, produce Contingency Plans and an appropriate emergency action plan for the evacuation of the ground or any part of it in the event of an emergency. To ensure the plans are regularly reviewed and are tested regularly.
  • Records must be maintained of: Attendance of spectators at matches. Weather conditions at each match. Details of all reported injuries to any person attending the match. “High risk” supporter register with details of those banned by the Club or court, dates of incidents and review periods. Liaison with Police to ensure constant updating of register and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure spectator/staff safety. All such records should be kept on the club's premises and be available for inspection by any duly authorised person.


  • Comfortable in dealing with people at different levels and able to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
  • Able to lead a team through consultation and cooperation, and at the same time achieving the highest quality results.
  • Able to represent Rotherham United Football Club positively at all times and portray an image to internal and external agencies that promotes the club and enhances its reputation.
  • To understand and be committed to equality and diversity and to respect others’ values and beliefs and treat other with dignity and respect.
  • To understand and be committed to Rotherham United Football Club mission, values and goals.
  • Have a detailed understanding of current safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Must possess or be working towards NVQ Level 4 in spectator safety.

Part-time hours: 24 per week

Application deadline: 15/10/2021


Please complete the application form that can be found on the Club website and return as requested as an upload to Indeed along with your CV and covering letter stating their suitability for the role.

Unfortunately, your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the Club.


Rotherham United takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

The club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.

Equal Opportunities:

The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and FA CRC Certificate. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.

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Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent


  • Company pension
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
Please follow Covid19 principles


  • NVQ Level 4 in spectator safety or working towards? (required)
  • Driving Licence (preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No


To apply, click HERE.

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