EOS Football League – Code of Conduct




General Policy:

* The Board of Directors of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale  bears ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of Ainslie Park.

* The Club undertake to ensure that all premises and facilities at Saughton Enclosure  are constructed, maintained and checked in such a way that the safety of everybody attending the stadium is assured.

* The Club through the Chairman, Club Secretary, Match Day Safety Officer, Deputy Safety Officer, Staff and Stewards will ensure the reasonable safety of those attending events at the ground ..

* The Club will ensure that systems exist for the safe admission, accommodation and exit of Spectators.

* The Club will undertake and maintain a process of risk assessment as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and will have regard to the assessment in formulating and updating this policy.

* The Board will receive regular reports on the operation and implementation of the Policy and its practical effects.

* Due to the changing nature of operations and facilities, The Club recognises that this Safety Policy Statement is not a static document. The statement will be amended and/or added to when the necessity arises. Going forward, the Policy will be subject to regular review as an agenda item of The Club’s Board of Directors, the date of each review being recorded on Board Minutes. The policy will be subject to a major review if changes to facilities or operations take place leading to a substantial revision of working practices.

* An investigation will be held following a major accident or incident involving spectators. The Safety Policy will be reviewed in the light of findings of the investigation.

* The Club Chairman has delegated responsibility to the Club Secretary to ensure that the policy is observed and that The Club operates in accordance with the “General Safety Certificate” issued by Edinburgh Council for the reasonable safety and well-being of all spectators attending the Stadium.

* The Club Secretary and Safety Officer will liaise with Police Scotland, Lothian & Borders Fire + Rescue, Scottish Ambulance service, and any other body in relation to safety at the Stadium.


Entry Of Spectators

The club will ensure the provision of adequate entry systems to the stadium. To ensure that capacities are not knowingly exceeded, entry to games expected to be near capacity will be “all ticket”. The Club will employ sufficient Safety Staff (as outlined in the general safety certificate) to manage the entry of Spectators prior to and during each event.


Exit Of Spectators

The Club will ensure the provision and maintenance of an adequate number of exits from the stadium to accommodate the maximum capacity of any area in use. All exits will be permanently manned by safety staff while the stadium is in use and all such exits will be clearly identified.


Management Of Spectators In The Stadium

The Club operates a Spectator Safety Management system incorporating Safety Staff and CCTV to ensure the safety of spectators when entering and leaving the stadium and whilst they are watching the event. Signs which govern hazards or relate to safety matters are placed prominently at all points of the stadium. Any safety matters which are specific to any event will be conveyed to spectators at the event via the PA system, the programme or such other means as may reasonably be required. Matters which concern public order problems will involve liaison between Stadium Management staff and the police.



The main duties of the Stewards are:

  • To understand their general responsibilities towards the health and safety of all categories of Spectators, other Stewards, ground staff and themselves.


  • To carry out pre-event safety checks.


  • To control or direct Spectators who are entering or leaving the ground, to help achieve an even flow of people in, to and from the viewing areas.


  • To assist in the safe operation of the ground, not to view the activity taking place, and to enforce Ground Regulations.



  • To staff entrances, exits and other strategic points; for example, segregation, perimeter and exit doors or gates which are not continuously secured in the open position while the ground is in use.


  • To recognise crowd conditions so as to ensure the safe dispersal of spectators and the prevention of overcrowding, particularly on terrace or viewing slopes.



  • To assist the emergency services as required.


  • To provide basic emergency first aid.



  • To respond to emergencies (such as the early stages of a fire); to raise the alarm and take necessary immediate action.


  • To undertake specific duties in an emergency or as directed by the safety officer or the appropriate emergency service officer.


  • Stewards must at all times be aware of and be ready to respond to the Stadium Emergency procedures.


Inspection and Safety Reviews

The Club will operate a system whereby all systems and equipment used as part of  the safety function are subject to continuous inspection and test. The frequency or inspections and tests will not be less than that advised by equipment manufactures or statutory requirements. Competent persons will be used to carry out such inspection or tests. The result of all inspections and tests will be recorded.

The result of all inspections, tests, ongoing safety reporting and recording systems which make up the risk analysis, structural, mechanical and electrical surveys will form part of the annual policy review. The certificates will be available for inspection.



With the Public: The Club will endeavour to maintain communications with the public/spectators through information on the Club Website, in Match Programmes; Club publications; public address system; encouragement of stewards in customer care and feedback from all sources both within and outside the Club.

With Staff: The Club will encourage two-way communication with staff on all safety related matters. Staff will be encouraged to report all safety related issues through the chain of command at any time and a record will be made of all such comments.

With Other Agencies: When deemed necessary, the Club will provide facilities for both pre and post-match briefings between the Club and emergency or other external services. The Club will endeavour to provide representation at the appropriate level for all meetings with such services. The Club will attend meetings with the Safety Advisor Group and liaise with other agencies through joint exercises, planning and exchange of information.


Fire Precautions

The Club will endeavour at all times to minimise the danger and effect of fire. This will be achieved by reviewing the fire risk assessment (FRA) regularly to identify all potential risks from fire, in order to remove or reduce the risk to an acceptable level. All changes to the FRA will be notified to the Lothian & Borders Rescue Service.

A No Smoking policy will be enforced vigorously throughout the stadium. The Club will maintain a policy of acting upon the advice of the Fire Authorities given from time to time and employing specific fire stewards, maintaining all fire safety systems in accordance with the FRA, as well as keeping litter to a minimum.


First Aid/Medical Provision

The Club will ensure the provision of reasonable medical, ambulance and first aid cover at all events. The Club will employ a crowd doctor, when appropriate, who will be trained and competent to deal with emergencies at the stadium. The Club will engage ambulance services at a level appropriate to current and future guidance. This is currently arranged with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Club will provide facilities for the use of First Aid personnel and engage an appropriate number of qualified officers for each event. This is currently arranged and provided by St Andrew’s Ambulance Association.


Stadium Management Contingency Plans

The Club will take all reasonable steps to identify all possible types of emergency or system failure that could occur at the stadium while spectators are in the stadium and prepare contingency plans to deal with such incidents. Where such incidents could lead to a major incident, the Club will brief the emergency services and work with them to ensure that these plans are compatible with the major incident plans of those organisations. The Club produced its Contingency Plans and will test their effectiveness on a regular basis.



Equal Opportunities Policy

LTHC P-005 1st  July 2016 issue 1


Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale CCC is a member of the East Of Scotland  Football League. We pride ourselves in community integration at all levels.this policy is designed to promote equal opportunity in all of its activities.

Equal Opportunities Policy

  1. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale CC (“The Club”) is committed to the development of positive policies to promote equal opportunity in all of its activities. The Club is an equal opportunities employer and will abide and adhere to the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.


  1. All employees and members of staff are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, the Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically, discrimination is prohibited by:


  • Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability, less favourably than others.
  • Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirements(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their employment or membership, which are different from others.
  • Imposing on an individual requirements or conditions which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. No individual will be placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which cannot be shown to be necessary to the satisfactory conduct of the job or task.
  • Victimisation or harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
  • Any other act or omission of an act which has the effect of disadvantaging an individual against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus all of the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, will be determined solely by the application of an objective assessment of personal performance and ability.


  1. The Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, an undertaking that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of the member of staff accused of discrimination.


  1. Any employee or member of staff found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith and will be dealt with under the Club’s disciplinary procedures.


  1. The Club opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. No applicant, employee or member of staff shall receive less favourable treatment than others, because of disability. The difficulties of their disability permitting, assistance will be provided, wherever possible, to ensure that disabled employees or members of staff are helped to gain access and to undertake their duties.


  1. The Club, including players and officials, will actively promote initiatives – such as ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ – in the Community. This will be achieved through positive actions as well as communicating via match day programmes, the Club web-site and, when interacting with supporters and school children where-ever possible.


Document Control

Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).

Review Date:                _1st July 2017



We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

The East of Scotland Football League encourages its member clubs to educate their players, officials and spectators on the appropriate standards of etiquette and behaviour that are required of them to ensure football can be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and positive environment

Play your part and observe the East of Scotland Football League’s Respect Code of Conduct set out below:


On and off the field, players of member clubs should:

  • Adhere to the Laws of the Game
  • Display and promote high standards of behaviour
  • Promote Fair Play
  • Always respect match officials’ decisions
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Never engage in acts of vandalism that damage facilities and property
  • Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment
  • Never speak disrespectfully to team-mates, the opposition and club officials
  • Acknowledge that mistakes are common but not intentional
  • Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game.


On and off the field, officials of member clubs should:

  • Show respect to other involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match official’s decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.
  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Never engage in, or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance


Spectators should be encouraged to:

  • Remain outside the field of play and within the designated spectator areas
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success, by both teams

Breaches of the Respect Code of Conduct may result in action being taken by the East of Scotland Football League and/or the Scottish FA.