1. Linlithgow Rose Medical/Safety Personnel

Routine match management is overseen and undertaken by named individuals with appropriate qualifications. The structure and operational management for matches where a significantly larger crowd than normal is expected is also set out in this document.





William Calder

  • LRFC Secretary

  • Pre-match engagement with opposing clubs ahead of matches.

  • Liaison with governing bodies

  • Liaison with police and other emergency services

  • Liaison with LRFC club doctor as required

Martin Brown

  • LRFC Vice President

  • LRFC Club Safety Officer

  • LRFC Child Protection Officer

  • NSFA Sports First Aid (Feb 2018)

  • Assesses risk ahead of all matches to ensure medical support is available and proportionate.

  • Acts as “first responder” First Aid provider

Alan Lochtie

  • LRFC Physiotherapist BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy

  • Immediate medical provision to LRFC players at training or matches.

  • Support the Club Safety Officer by supporting management of spectator illness or incident as appropriate.

Bruce Gardner

  • LRFC Committee Member

  • NSFA Sports First Aid (Feb 2018)

  • Acts as “first responder” First Aid provider

Stuart McIntyre

  • LRFC Committee Member

  • NSFA Sports First Aid (Feb 2018)

  • Acts as “first responder” First Aid provider

Dr Napier

  • Club Doctor

  • Attends matches (or arranges attendance of a colleague) as required by risk assessment process.

  1. Medical Team Command Structure

For routine game management, Martin Brown is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of spectators. Alan Lochtie is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of players.


Where arrangements are in place for either Red Cross or Ambulance Service attendance, they will assume command of the provision of medical assistance to spectators in consultation with the Duty Doctor. They will be supported by the Club Safety Officer and other LRFC committee members as required.


  1. Ground Control Systems

The Safety Officer is responsible for the safety management of spectators at routine matches where risk assessment confirms that external support will not be required. He is supported by club officials from the LRFC committee.


The police are automatically notified of all Scottish fixtures by the SFA. They determine whether their officers need to attend. If police officers are to attend, the Secretary makes all pre-match arrangements and the Safety Officer works with them on match day.


In matches where police officers are not in attendance, the club may decide to employ external stewarding support from a recognised and qualified provider. The Secretary will make all arrangements pre-match. The Safety Officer will work with the Stewards on match day to minimise risk to spectators.


  1. First Aid Room

The First Aid room is located underneath the main stand within the pavilion area.There is direct access to the First Aid room from the terracing. within Prestonfield in the Pavilion with a separate door from the outside. The key for the First Aid room is retained by the LRFC Kit Man (Stuart McIntyre) on behalf of the Physiotherapist. The First Aid room will be opened upon instruction from either the Physiotherapist, the Safety Officer or any qualified First Aider.


  1. Medical Equipment

The First Aid room has an examination table, appropriate first aid equipment and a defibrillator.


  1. Ambulance Cover

Ambulance cover is not provided for routine games where attendances are typically less than 500. In the event that an ambulance is required, one of the Secretary or Safety Officer will take the necessary action. A committee member will ensure that the relevant gate is opened to allow an ambulance to access the stadium at the most appropriate point of entry:

    • gate behind the social club for pitch access and proximity to the stand

    • gate in front of the social club for access to the east end of the terracing

    • gate at the Academy end of the ground for access to the west end of the terracing


  1. Doctor, Physiotherapist and First Aider duties

Medical cover for spectators at routine matches will be provided by one of the First Aiders named in this Plan. Where necessary, they will escalate to the Physiotherapist or indicate that emergency services are required.


Where risk assessment deems that additional medical cover is required, the Duty Doctor and/or Ambulance Service will provide appropriate care supported by the LRFC Safety Officer and/or First Aiders.


  1. Communication

Communication between the club and spectators will in the first instance be by tannoy. The club will relay any information from emergency services via the tannoy. Emergency services are expected to follow their normal communications protocols where liaison with hospitals is required.


  1. Critical Incidents

Critical incidents will be managed by the Safety Officer or Secretary dialling 999.


  1. Large Attendances

Where large attendances are expected, the club will arrange meetings between Safety Officers from both Clubs, a representative from the stewarding company, police and the club doctor.


The club now considers itself experienced in the management of large attendances having prepared for Scottish Cup ties in recent seasons against Raith Rovers (att 2250), Forfar Athletic (att 1800), Wick Academy (att 1600) and Stirling Albion (att 1500). In addition, the club has successfully managed the home leg of two Scottish Junior Cup semi finals in 2015 and 2017.


  1. Weather Conditions

Safety of spectators and players is taken into account when assessing the pitch and/or surrounding areas. The pitch is normally assessed by the match referee. The surrounding areas will be assessed in the first instance by the Club Safety Officer.


  1. Emergency Access

Prestonfield is on Braehead Road, Linlithgow and is accessible off Braehead Road. See paragraph (f) above for details of emergency vehicle access points.


  1. Travel Times to Local A & E

The nearest hospitals with A&E facilities are St.John’s Hospital, Livingston and Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. Both are around 15-20 minutes from the ground by car.

LAST UPDATE April 2018