32 City stewards meet for a morning of instruction, revision and discussionOn Saturday, February 4, Exeter City Football Club held a stewards training morning prior to the Grecians match against Crewe Alexandra at St James Park.
The morning saw 32 Exeter City FC stewards meet in the Grecian Centre for a morning of instruction, revision and discussion on their duties towards ensuring the safety of all players, officials and spectators at St James Park.
The Training was organised by safety officer Kevin Instance, and supported by stadium manager, Mark Latham and deputy safety officer Gary Denis. The topics discussed included fan survey feedback, first aid, the use of force, security measures and counter terrorism. Stewards also took part in scenario exercises.
The event proved enjoyable, hugely relevant and vital to maintaining the stewards key core skills.
Club chairman, Julian Tagg, visited mid-way through the morning and stated how pleased the club and board were with the high standard of professionalism shown by the stewards, and outlined the number of pleasing comments that have been received by visiting fans and staff with regards to the friendliness and helpfulness of our stewarding staff.
A successful morning was rounded off with a lunch of a hot pasty and doughnut, before all staff continued with their matchday duties prior to the thrilling 4-0 home win over Crewe.
Further training is being planned, whilst the club continues to ensure stewards are correctly trained in Spectator Safety; relevant NVQ level courses are being conducted by South Devon College.
If you are interested in becoming a matchday steward, please email Mark Latham (Stadium Manager) on firstname.lastname@example.org
To be a steward you must be 18 or over, previous experience is not essential as full training will be given.
Further details of the role:
- Must be able to work matchdays only (Saturdays or midweek - some evenings subject to fixtures)
- The basic hours are 13:00-17:00 Saturdays, and evening matches 17.30-22.00pm (all subject to club commitments)
- Candidates must be flexible and able to adjust start time and work solely for ECFC on matchdays.
- Duties involve dealing with the public within the stadium
- Candidates must be of a smart appearance
- As a steward, you would be expected to be trained or working towards an NVQ level 2 in Spectator Safety.