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medical emergencies

For all MEDICAL EMERGENCIES on & off the field DIAL TRIPLE ZERO (000) and ask for an ambulance.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is located in the canteen at Bathurst Street Park and with Greystanes FC personnel at our other grounds. EVERY SECOND counts!

It is vital that witnesses of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest immediately call triple zero (000); start CPR and apply an automatic external defibrillator (AED). These three dynamic steps alone could significantly improve the chances of the person surviving.

AED

automated external defibrillator

automated external defibrillator

incident reports

Please complete and submit your incident report within 72 hours of the incident occurring.

This form is for reporting all on-field and off-field incidents relating to Greystanes FC only and is sent directly to the Club secretary for review by the Club executive.

If you would like assistance with reporting an incident contact our Club MPIO (MPIO information on this page).

accidents & injuries

For all medical emergencies dial triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

For Club sports related injury claims on or off the field, contact the Insurance company. Scroll down this page for information on the Club's insurance policy and claims.

insurance information

player insurance is included in the annual registration fee

Football NSW Insurance Programme

Football NSW and Gow-Gates remain committed to providing the football community with a first class sports insurance programme whilst maintaining the affordability of registration.

The plan provides basic levels and does not seek to replace the need for private health and other insurances (necessary to keep the cost of insurance affordable for players).

Football NSW encourages all players and officials to take out their own private health insurance, life insurance and ‘Top Up’ coverage over and above the coverage provided under this plan. Gow-Gates can assist in regard to ‘Top Up’ insurance and other insurance requirements.

All the best for a safe and enjoyable season!

What is Covered

The Football NSW Insurance Programme actually consists of three policies:
  1. Personal Injury.
  2. Public and Products Liability and Professional Indemnity.
  3. Management Liability.

Who is Covered

The Insured is Football NSW Limited and all affiliated clubs, branches and associations (and their member clubs). In addition the plan extends to provide coverage to the following Insured Persons:
  1. Registered Playing Members.
  2. Referees.
  3. Non-Playing Officials (for a full list visit the Football NSW Insurance Programme website).

Football NSW Insurance Programme

When You are covered

Cover is provided under the Sports Personal Injury policy to insured persons whilst:
  1. Playing in official matches sanctioned by the insured.
  2. Engaged in organised training and practice
  3. Traveling directly to, from or between official matches or training and your home or work.
  4. Staying away from your home district for the purpose of participating in representative or club matches.
  5. Engaged in administrative or organised social activities for your club or federation.

The policy also extends to cover insured persons whilst engaged in fundraising activities and voluntary work performed on behalf of the Insured.

In summary, in order to lodge a claim under the Football NSW Insurance Programme you must be an Insured Person engaged in an Insured Sporting Activity.

Examples of Insured Persons engaged in Insured Sport under the Sports Personal Accident policy include:

  1. A registered player injured in an official match.
  2. A coach injured at an official training session.
  3. A parent injured whilst working in the canteen.

The parent would be considered a Co-Opted Volunteer and they would be considered to be engaged in an administrative activity of the club.

A Spectator injured whilst watching the match

Spectators are not “insured persons” and can not claim under the Sports Personal Injury policy. The Club and officials are however protected under the General Policy in the event that they are legally liable for personal injury sustained to a spectator or third party.

Football NSW Insurance Programme Website
The Football NSW Insurance Programme website is provided so that players & club administrators may have immediate access to the policy benefits and procedures of the insurance programme.

working with children check

Coaches, managers & other volunteers

Clubs are obliged and require all volunteers who work with or supervise children to apply for a Working With Children Check.
 
The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is an important NSW State Government requirement which contributes to the provision of a child safe environment.
 
All member Clubs, Associations, Branches, Futsal Clubs, Futsal Centres, Referee Branches, coaches, managers, technical directors, referees, club officials, paid personnel and volunteers in child related roles are required to comply with relevant requirements of the WWCC and the additional requirements of the Football NSW WWCC Policy.

For information on the legisation visit the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 page, below.

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Football NSW Working with Children Check Policy.

It is a requirement of Football NSW that all Technical Directors, Coaches, Managers, Referees and other persons in child related roles working or volunteering with children under 18 years obtain a WWCC and provide their Club, Association, Centre, Branch or Referee Branch with a valid WWC number.

The main elements of policy change are:

  1. All volunteer parents or close relatives coaching or managing their own child’s or close relative’s team, will now require a WWC number; and
  2. All referees, will now require a WWC number.
  3. The only exemption for these roles recognised by Football NSW is the exemption for persons aged under 18 years.

WWCC additional information

Who is exempt?

The following are exempt from the WWCC:

  • Volunteers under 18 years of age
  • Grounds persons
  • Guest presenters or speakers for a one-off presentation
  • Persons who work or volunteer with children visiting NSW from another State to attend an event where the work in NSW will be for no more than 30 days in a calendar year.

Who is not exempt?

  • Parents coaching or managing their own child’s team are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
  • Referees are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
  • Police Officers are not exempt
  • School Teachers are not exempt
  • Committee members are not exempt, even if their own child attends the club
  • Referee coaches, referee mentors and referee assessors are not exempt
  • Persons who have relocated to NSW and hold a working with children clearance from another state are not exempt

What do exempt persons sign?

The FNSW Member Protection Declaration (MPD) now forms part of the terms and conditions when registering on My Football Club.   It is therefore important that all participants are registered in MFC for both child protection and insurance purposes.

WWC Compliance Audits and Fines

The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is authorised to conduct audits on organisations for compliance with the WWC Check.  

Failure to comply by obtaining WWC Numbers from workers and volunteers in child related roles, verifying all WWC Numbers obtained and keeping a record of verifications, can result in significant Government fines (up to $11,000) and a non-compliance notification to NSW Police. 

It is a requirement of FNSW that all clubs, associations and referee branches are compliant with the WWCC and the FNSW Working with Children Check Policy.

FNSW reserves the right to conduct WWC compliance audits on any club, association, branch, centre or referee branch affiliated to FNSW and covered by FNSW insurances.

Child Safe Clubs

Being a Child Safe club is integral to providing a safe sport environment for children.  The safety of all children involved in football is important to children and their parents, guardians and families. 

It is also important to your club, association, branch, centre and referee branch and committees and MPIOs should have a sound understanding of the principles of child safety and apply these in a workable and practical manner within your organisation.


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Member Protection Information Officer

Greystanes FC has a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO). The role of the MPIO is to be the first point of contact for persons with member protection or child protection enquiries, concerns or complaints.

The MPIO provides information to participants about the options available to them and offers information on complaint resolution, policies and other aspects of the issue being discussed. 

The MPIO does not offer advice, suggestions or recommendations nor mediate or investigate complaints and reports.  It is the responsibility of the Club (President and/or Executive) to decide who investigates complaints or reports but it cannot be the MPIO that conducts the investigation.

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Member Protection encompasses several areas: Harassment, abuse, victimisation, racial vilification, child protection and bullying. Any matters outside of this scope are not member protection matters.

The following (tabs) will assist in clarifying what member protection is, how the MPIO role operates at a club or association and where to obtain further information and training.

  1. All clubs, associations and branches must have an identified Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO).
  2. The role of Child Protection Officer (CPO) no longer exists.  This position is now known as Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO). The role of the MPIO falls within the Australian Sports Commissions Harassment Free Sport Strategy and is consistent with all other sports in Australia.
  3. The NSW Department of Sport & Recreation recognizes the MPIO as the relevant position with regards to child protection and the Working With Children Check.
  4. The contact details of the MPIO should be freely available to all members of the club/association;  ideally via websites, newsletters, contact lists etc.
  5. Member protection relates to:
    • Protection
    • Harassment
    • Abuse
    • Discrimination
    • Racial Vilification
    • Victimisation

An MPIO is the first point of contact for persons (within a club/association) considering making a complaint. The MPIO provides confidential, impartial and timely information and support and acts as a sounding board about complaint resolution options.

The MPIO:

  • Listens.
  • Is an impartial support person.
  • Provides information about relevant policies.
  • Can discuss (but not recommend) possible strategies available to resolve the matter.
  • Provides contact information for official complaints, counselling or other referrals.
  • Can also provide information to the club committee about child protection requirements and other definitions and information.
  • Can be required to coordinate the signing and collection of the child protection forms.

The MPIO does not:

  • Give advice to complainants.
  • Intervene.
  • Investigate.
  • Breach confidentiality.
  • Advocate.
  • Make determinations in relation to complaints.

The MPIO provides confidential, impartial and timely information and support and acts as a sounding board about complaint resolution options. Member Protection Information Officers can be beneficial in creating a safer, more understanding and more enjoyable sporting environment.

You can become a certified MPIO with completion of an Australian Sports Commission MPIO training course and a Play By The Rules MPIO Workshop. A free online MPIO course is available at Play By The Rules website.
 
For further information visit ASC or Play By The Rules websites. Other enquiries please contact our Greystanes FC MPIO or the Granville Association (GDSFA) MPIO.

movable goalposts safety

make safety your goal

hazards

Death and serious injury can happen if moveable goalposts are installed incorrectly or when they are used inappropriately. Specifically, blunt force injuries and trauma to the head, neck, chest and limbs can occur from moveable soccer goals due to:

  • instability
  • goals becoming unanchored
  • goals with inadequate anchoring
  • inappropriate or ineffective installation
  • inappropriate use, such as swinging on goalposts or
    cross bars.

A mandatory standard on moveable football goalposts has applied since 31 December 2010 (ACCC). This mandatory standard applies to:

  • moveable football goals weighing 28kg and above (any freestanding football goal designed to be moved for use in various locations).
  • multipurpose moveable goals that may be used for football.

Never allow anyone to climb or swing on the netting or goalpost framework.

Information regarding the Mandatory Standard and other Safety Information is available at Product Safety Australia.

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Four steps to moveable goalpost safety
goal post safety sign
Check it
Secure it
Test it
Respect it

goalpost safety video

car park safety

Stay Alert

We remind all drivers, parents, players and spectators to take care when driving, parking and walking in the vicinity of Parks used by the Club. Please remember that young children will often leap before they look when playing around and we need to be extra careful when around car parks.

There has been reports of vehicles being parked whilst the driver being on their mobile phone or otherwise distracted.

Before opening your door check your mirrors and blind spots for pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles.

RMS statistics show that more than 25% of pedestrian fatalities occur in darkness between 5pm and 9pm. Fatalities increase from April to July, when the days are shorter and mostly occur on weekdays.

Pedestrian road safety and especially child road safety is the responsibility of the whole community, including drivers, parents, carers and educators.

Never leave children alone in a parked vehicle

Leaving young children alone in vehicles is dangerous.
A child left in a parked vehicle will suffer from dehydration and may even die.
Natural curiousity of a child can lead to other dangers inside the vehicle.

Source:Kids & Traffic

no smoking

NSW LEGISLATION

Smoking is banned in spectator areas at public sports grounds and other recreational areas in NSW. The new legislation applies to all sports grounds whether Council owned, public or privately owned and operated.
  • No-smoking signage at sports grounds is not compulsory.
  • The law applies to both covered and uncovered spectator areas and whether seating is provided or not.
  • A practice/training session at a sports ground is regarded as an organised sporting event for the purposes of the Act.

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FFA REGULATIONS

The FFA No Smoking policy as contained in the FFA Member Protection Policy applies to all levels of football:
  1. No smoking shall occur at or near any sporting event or competition involving persons under the age of 18, and this Policy applies to all coaches, players, trainers, officials and volunteers.
  2. Social functions shall be smoke free, with smoking permitted at designated outdoor smoking areas;
  3. Coaches, officials, trainers, volunteers and players will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free while involved in an official capacity for any Governing Body, Club or Representative team, on and off the field.

no smoking

PENALTIES

Fines of up to $550 apply for breaches by individuals who fail to comply with the smoking regulations. NSW Health Inspectors and Tobacco Compliance Officers are permitted to issue fines to individuals who breach the regulation. Some Councils prohibit smoking at all Council owned sports grounds and venues through Council policy and are enforced by Local Council rangers.
  • Fines of up to $550 apply for breaches by individuals who fail to comply.
  • Fines of up to $5500 apply for venue operators who fail to comply.
  • Fail to comply with the directions of an Inspector.  Penalty is $2,750.
  • If a person smokes in a smoke-free area the proprietor is also guilty of an offence.
  • The maximum penalty is $1,100 for an individual proprietor or $5,500 for a body corporate (e.g. sport club).
For more information visit health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree or phone the NSW Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.

incident report form

Please complete and submit your incident report within 72 hours of the incident occurring.This form is for reporting all on-field and off-field incidents relating to Greystanes FC only and is sent directly to the Club secretary for review by the Club executive. If you need assistance with reporting an incident please contact our Club MPIO. More about our MPIO

Your Details

Incident Details

Name(s) of person(s) involved in the incident
and their club(s) and/or association(s)

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Follow Up Action

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Member protection enquiries are handled by our Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO).
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