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FSOA support World cup referee’s charity – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

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World Cup referee Howard Webb was recently guest speaker at the Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner in October 2012 at Harrogate and kindly requested that his fee be donated to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.  In March 2013 the FSOA held its AGM and from the raffle once again chose to donated the proceeds of the raffle which was  £405.00 to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.  Howard could not be present this time but John Rutherford Presented the cheque on behalf of the association. The FSOA are […]

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Our Corporate Preferred Partners

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Below are a list of our current corporate preferred partners; all of them have worked with and are recommended by at least one of our football clubs. They are split into sections to make it easier for you to navigate:Security / Training | Communications | Systems / Technology Office / Hygiene / Cleaning | CCTV Equipment Security/Training                       Communications       Systems / Technology     Office / Hygiene / Cleaning   CCTV       Equipment Other   […]

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Football arrests ‘fall by 24%’ says Home Office

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The number of arrests from football matches involving teams from England and Wales has fallen by nearly a quarter, the Home Office has said. Arrests at international and domestic games in 2011-12 fell by 24% to 2,363 – 726 fewer than the previous year. Policing minister Damian Green said it meant football-related arrests were “at an all time low”. Reasons for arrest included racist chanting, missile throwing, ticket touting, violence and public disorder. Alcohol offences, possession of offensive weapons and breaching banning orders were all stated as reasons for arrests […]

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Response from PGMOL

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Following on from our Chairman’s letter to PGMOL, we have received the following response:   Dear John, Your letter was discussed by our management team at the October meeting. I can now confirm that our Directive will be amended to reflect your suggestion. It will therefore read: ‘In this circumstance player and spectator safety should be considered by the Safety Officer and if the police are present, with the senior police officer’ On behalf of PGMOL, thank you for raising this matter. I am sure you will feel that we […]

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Fire risk from massage oil on towels

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Notice to all safety officers Massage oil incidents at clubs resulting in fire. There has been some incidents at Brighton and West Brom regarding massage oils that have resulted in towels being ignited spontaneously following tumble drying. You may wish to visit this as a risk to your club. Please speak to the clubs concerned for further details. Regards John Newsham  

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FSOA response to PGMOL regarding Lightning Strike

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Dear David ADDENDUM TO PGML DIRECTIVES Section 19 – Protocol for managing Pitch Inspections, Postponements and Abandonments I refer to your recent Directive regarding suspension of play in the event of electrical storms or other extreme weather condition. The theme of the Directive does not cause me any concern but what does concern me and the membership of the Football Safety Officers Association is that part of the Directive which states: ‘In this circumstance, player and spectator safety should be considered in conjunction with the Match Commander or Safety Officer’. […]

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Pension changes

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A major change is underway to provision of pensions in the UK. Employers will soon be obliged to enrol all staff in a pension scheme and make contributions for them – a process called “auto-enrolment”. This change will be implemented over the next few years. Each employer will have a staging date for the beginning of auto-enrolment. The process will start with the largest, but there are no exceptions even for those with very few employees.. Employees may notice little or no change if they are already members of a […]

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Much more can and must be done to combat racist abuse in football, says Committee

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In a report published today, Wednesday 19 September 2012, the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee says that football authorities at all levels of the game, supporters’ and players’ groups need to take responsibility for pro-actively tackling all forms of discrimination, including racism, but it is the Football Association that must take the lead and set a strong example for others to follow. The full story can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/120919-racism-in-football-rpt-publication/  

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