Stewards, the unsung Heroes

January 25th, 2016 | Football

Stewards, the unsung Heroes

Throughout a matchday, many people are applauded for their service; the players, the managers, the referees, but one group of volunteers, without whom we couldn’t hold games at the Athletic Grounds, is our dedicated squad of Stewards.

For twelve months of the year, sometimes several days a week, our Stewards arrive at the ground two hours before spectators and leave one hour after. They assist in ensuring we are all kept safe and well throughout the game and assist our event controllers Shane Shevlin and Padraig Haughey.  Our Stewards, who help out both at provincial and national level, are one of the reasons that the Athletic Grounds was chosen to host this weekend’s Dr McKenna Cup Final, where they did a fantastic job stewarding a crowd of over 7000.  While we have excellent facilities, it must be remembered that we would be unable to have any spectators at our ground without our Stewards.

Our Stewards have many, many years of service. A special mention and congratulations must go to Raymond McSherry from O’Hanlon’s GAC who was awarded a medal at the weekend for his stewarding service in Páirc an Chrócaigh.

Armagh GAA are currently recruiting for Match Day Stewards to add to its existing pool and looking for interested applications to forward their details.  If you are interested, please send an email to developmentofficer.armagh@gaa.ie

Have you several hours per week you can give to the County to cover games in the Athletic Grounds or occasionally in other areas of Armagh? Are you friendly, courteous, enthusiastic and willing to learn new skills? If so, then we want to hear from you.

Please let us know a bit about your background, have you done any security work before, what hours would you be willing to give per week.

Roles of Voluntary Stewards on Event Days

To maintain a safe and secure environment in your given area and to be familiar with the stadium ground regulations, ensuring that any breach of these regulations is brought to a safe conclusion.

  • Crowd Control – sideline duty and stand vomitories
  • Customer Care – usher and assist patrons, disability awareness assistance, direct patrons to designated smoking areas and recycling banks
  • Emergency Procedures – e.g. assisting with stadium evacuation
  • Media – assist with photographers and reporters pitch side
  • Match Day Miscellaneous –dressing rooms, players tunnel duties

Requirements to be a Voluntary Steward

Voluntary Stewards must be:

  • 18+
  • Available to work weekends & few week nights.
  • Fit and active
  • Friendly, courteous, enthusiastic

Type of Event Days Volunteers will be asked to Steward  

Event days which voluntary stewards will be requested to steward include GAA matches and concerts.

Voluntary Stewards Benefits

Voluntary Stewards are not paid in monetary terms. However, every event day they are provided with a free match day programme, sandwiches and beverages. A FETAC training course is also provided for all stewards.

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