Summary

This statement shows our commitment to abiding by the latest government and football authorities guidelines regarding Covid-19. This will allow our staff to safely return to work as well as allowing customers and participants in all areas of our business to engage with our services including matches.

Covid-19 has been designated as a Pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as such, various public and private restrictions have been placed upon the general population in order to combat this. At the time of writing, many of these restrictions are still in place, and will remain so until further advice and\or guidance is issued by the UK Government.

In addition to UK Government restrictions and guidance, Chesterfield Football Club will also ensure compliance with the National League and Football Association requirements and directions.

Chesterfield Football Club and Chesterfield FC Community Trust take the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff extremely seriously. We have developed and adopted several important procedures and practices to ensure that the return to work of all employees is done as safely as is reasonably practicable. This will also ensure the safety of all who engage the Club and Trust.

Risk assessments

Detailed plans have been put in place for all parts of our business. Details of those risk assessments are available to participants, customers and partners.

These risk assessments cover:

  • First team protocols for training and matches
  • Academy training and matches
  • Trust facilities and HUB activities
  • Facilities and non-matchday events at the stadium
  • Out-reach work by the Trust including in schools
  • Matchday safety and spectator arrangements

All of these risk assessments have been undertaken with the assistance of external partners including local authorities, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.

There is also a Covid-19 Action Plan that sign-posts our return to full functionality as well as to holding matches in front of paying spectators.

Individual responsibility

All staff of Chesterfield Football Club and Chesterfield FC Community Trust have been made aware of their duties and responsibilities during the current pandemic.  This includes their own safety as well as the safety of colleagues, partners, participants and customers.

There is also a duty of care from those using our services. In some cases, those attending events, including matches, or taking part in projects will have to abide by a code of conduct.

No one, staff or otherwise, should visit the stadium if they display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste). People should also not attend the stadium if someone in their household displays those symptoms.

Other than where people are exempt, customers visiting the Club Superstore and reception should wear a face-covering. We recommend that visitors moving between locations in the stadium and HUB also wear a face-covering.

Key people

Covid Officer: Peter Whiteley

Covid Medical Officer: Dr Mark Blagden

First-team lead: Claire Swindell

Academy lead: John Knapper

Matchday lead: Tony Booker

Stadium facilities lead: Dean Hill

HUB facilities and projects lead: Scott Atkinson

Schools and outreach lead: Keith Jackson

Last updated: September 8, 2020