Ground Regulations

  1. All matches are played in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the SFA, and where applicable, the Regulations of FIFA/UEFA Competitions.
  2. Lochee United Football Club reserves the right to change its advertised fixtures without prior notice and without liability.
  3. Tickets allocated by Lochee United Football Club are issued on the condition that no holder shall sell on. The Club reserves the right to cancel this ticket and to retain the money paid.
  4. In the event of the match being abandoned, you would be entitled to a discount for the re-arranged fixture.
  5. In the event of an all ticket match being postponed for any reason, the ticket will be valid for the re-arranged fixture.
  6. All children entering the Ground under the age of 16 receive free admission.
  7. Unauthorised persons are not permitted to enter the field of play or any other place specified by the Club or Police.
  8. All media representatives present must maintain accreditation issued by a Club Official.
  9. Only persons authorised by the Club are permitted to sell items, i.e. Merchandise within the grounds.
  10. Unnecessary noise that is likely to cause confusion or nuisance is not permitted in any part of the Ground.
  11. The use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language is strictly FORBIDDEN. Racial, sectarian, homophobic or discriminatory abuse or chanting is also forbidden and is considered as unacceptable conduct and may result in arrest and a lifetime ban from regulated football matches.
  12. Please note that it is an offence punishable by law for any person to enter or attempt to enter the ground:
    • Whilst in possession of a prohibited container which is or was capable of holding liquid and which if thrown would be capable
    of causing injury to another person.
    • Whilst in possession of alcohol or intoxicated
    • Whilst in possession of any article or substance whose main purpose is the emission of a flare for purposes of illuminating or
    signalling or the emission of smoke or a visible gas.
    • Any article which is a firework. And all persons entering the ground may be searched by the police.
  13. Banners, or other articles which could, or might be used as a weapon, or to cause annoyance or unnecessary
    obstruction or offence, are not permitted within the ground.
  14. All persons entering this Ground are subject to the condition that they may be required to be searched.
  15. Under no circumstances is it permitted to throw any objects which may cause injury or offence whether on to the pitch or track or otherwise.
  16. At all times, the right of admission is reserved by the Club and in general no transfers within the Ground are allowed. Spectators found in the wrong area amid opposing fans may be ejected.
  17. Smoking in no-smoking areas is strictly FORBIDDEN.
  18. On no account will admission be granted to a person who is subject of a current Football Banning Order.
  19. CCTV cameras may be in use and recordings could be used in any proceedings.

Ticketing Policy

Season Tickets Adults £90.00 Concessions £40.00 Under 16’s free

Admission – Napier Drive Entrance/Exit

A club ticket permits you to occupy at the relevant match (but not otherwise).

Tickets will be kept for match officials of both relevant clubs and will be allocated along with a hospitality ticket, meaning they can enter pavillion throughout the game.

If a spectator has a club ticket then they will be given the chance to watch the game from around the white barrier going round the perimeter of the pitch.

If a spectator has a Lochee United Football Club season ticket then they will be given the chance to watch the game from around the white barrier going round the perimeter of the pitch.

If spectators are in any doubt about where they are allocated to be then they should check with the nearest steward.

Lochee United Football Club reserves the right to refuse admission or eject from the ground any person who fails to apply with the terms and conditions of entry.

Concessions

Supporters aged 60 or over are qualify as a concession. In addition students can also gain admission as a concession. Under 16’s can gain free entry to the ground

Disabled Entry

All disabled supporters will entry the ground via Napier Drive. These supporters will have access to the covered viewing area. If they are accompanied by a carer, The carer will be free of charge.

Abandoned Games

If a game is abandoned before half time, all tickets will be valid for the rearranged fixture. If the game is abandoned after half time they tickets will be available half price for the rearranged fixture.

Spectator Safety Policy

General Policy

  • The Committee members of Lochee United Football Club bears ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of Thomson Park.
  • The Club undertake to ensure that all premises and facilities at Thomson Park 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 Forester Park.
  • 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 Committee 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 Committee, the date of each review being recorded on Meeting 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 and Safety Officer will liaise with Police Scotland, Tayside Fire Brigade + 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 ground 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 Ground Management staff and the police.

Stewarding

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 Ground 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.

Communication

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 Tayside Fire Brigade.

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 ground. 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.

Ground 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 ground while spectators are in the ground 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.